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Is SXSW More Business or Pleasure?

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The first leg of SXSW, the "interactive" portion of the festival dealing with emerging technology, media trends, and social advancements, is just about done. Social media moguls, content creators, and developers have had their say on the future of mankind, and the "film" portion is still well underway. But the real highlight of SXSW, for casual visitors at least, is the "music" portion, which will begin on Tuesday.

This year, close to 2,000 bands and musicians will attend the festival, from big names like Bruce Springsteen, The Magnetic Fields, and Talib Kweli, to lesser-known cult artists like Com Truise, Neon Trees, and Hellogoodbye. Last year hosted Duran Duran, The Strokes, and the Wu-Tang Clan. But in reality, anyone could show up, from artists to actors to innovators. It's kind of a pop culture free-for-all with scheduled events on the side. But it's got us wondering: Is SXSW more business or pleasure?


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  • NickTheAceBassist 2012/03/22 01:02:53
    Pleasure
    NickTheAceBassist
    You went to the partyingest city in Texas, I think you know the answer...
  • josh 2012/03/18 06:25:40
    Pleasure
    josh
    Both but for me its pleasure. Btw love picture of auditorium shores, its my favorite venue.
  • YO 2012/03/14 17:29:06
    Business
    YO
    It's both. As one is listening, and moving to the music, one will get hungry,thirsty,and want to feed themselves. Then later a place to sleep, fix the car,shop, before they go home.
  • Lady Winters 2012/03/14 17:23:30 (edited)
    Pleasure
    Lady Winters
    I guess; I've never heard of this festival. I had only heard of Austin City Limits. You know that photo isn't from Austin though; it's from St. Louis. Looks like a political campaign. May want to change your photo there SH.
  • stevegtexas@aol.com 2012/03/14 15:56:32
  • Fef 2012/03/14 05:56:54
    Pleasure
    Fef
    Business gets done at South by Southwest (SWSX), but people mostly go for pleasure....
    sxsw
  • Slowmotion-47 2012/03/14 03:43:42
    Pleasure
    Slowmotion-47
    How about just people in general relaxing and getting alone with no drama.
  • charles nelson 2012/03/14 02:08:08
    Business
    charles nelson
    It's the economy stupid
  • BILL 2012/03/13 21:21:54
    Business
    BILL
    well is this event Free
  • Gregaj7 2012/03/13 21:10:07
    Business
    Gregaj7
    Pleasure IS business.
  • hari 2012/03/13 20:24:15
    Business
    hari
    seemed more a business
  • Cathy 2012/03/13 19:36:45
    Business
    Cathy
    More of a business if they are promoting their own music.
  • Tennessee3501 2012/03/13 19:30:26
    Business
    Tennessee3501
    The bands and soloists who are attending do not perform for free unless they arfe promoting something!
  • Gahnzo 2012/03/13 19:11:23
    Business
    Gahnzo
    Used to be for pleasure, used to be about the music, but as with anything that is successful, it has become bigger than life. it's become more about the business and magnitude of the event rather than discovering new bands. Sad really
  • Fergie 2012/03/13 18:45:39
    Business
    Fergie
    Both but even the bands work a ton at SXSW
  • Wizard 2012/03/13 18:02:33
    Pleasure
    Wizard
    When a festival is involved...it is for pleasure.
  • Ben 2012/03/13 17:26:03
    Business
    Ben
    +1
    It looks like a festival without music. I don't know what it is. I'm confused. I've never heard of SXSW.
  • ..::loc... Ben 2012/03/14 21:30:03
    ..::localeye::..
    Music conference for up and coming and unsigned bands.
  • ♥K14 2012/03/13 16:07:54
    Pleasure
    ♥K14
    Why not both?
  • shadowcat_2 2012/03/13 15:04:49
    Business
    shadowcat_2
    ... for those who are promoting ______.
  • Mike Godwin 2012/03/13 15:04:03
    Pleasure
    Mike Godwin
    C'mon interactive media, film, music? These businesses ARE pleasure.
  • Aksana 2012/03/13 14:54:54
    Business
    Aksana
  • Guido 2012/03/13 12:18:02
    Business
    Guido
    Business for promoters, blast for fans.
  • Pinball Wizard 2012/03/13 04:46:30 (edited)
    Business
    Pinball Wizard
    +1
    But you got to have live music to keep most from getting bored.
    http://sxsw.com/
    http://www.rollingstone.com/m...
  • BoredCollieDogRIPmissDyouRm... 2012/03/13 03:26:58
    Business
    BoredCollieDogRIPmissDyouRmissed
    +2
    Even this guy had enough sense to know it is all business.

    RIP Leslie

    leslie cochran
  • Zuggi BoredCo... 2012/03/13 13:18:35
  • BoredCo... Zuggi 2012/03/13 15:20:29
    BoredCollieDogRIPmissDyouRmissed
    +1
    Yep. I think it last Wed nite/early Thurs. morning. Complications from a brain injury a few years back.
  • Zuggi BoredCo... 2012/03/13 15:49:38
    Zuggi
    +1
    fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck

    RIP, weird and awesome.
  • BoredCo... Zuggi 2012/03/13 15:57:14
    BoredCollieDogRIPmissDyouRmissed
    +1
    Yeah. It just seems someone like that will always be around, then they're not. It's surreal.
  • Stan Kapusta 2012/03/13 03:14:46
    Business
    Stan Kapusta
    +1
    It wouldn't happen unless someone was getting something out of it.
  • Texas Johnny 2012/03/13 02:18:08
    Business
    Texas Johnny
    +1
    When they say it is not about the money...they lie! It is always about the money!!
    From the bagel vendor's cart at 6th and Guadalupe or a pizza joint near the campus. Everyone stands to make some money off this. Originally, it was the music but where there people, there is money to be made. Sorry, college liberals but its true!!
    Capitalism is great and you are feeding it by simply buying a ToFu hot dog and a green tea from downtown cart. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!
  • TruBluTopaz 2012/03/13 01:37:59
    Business
    TruBluTopaz
    +2
    SXSW used to be a funky little music festival that showed in in all the University of Texas area music spots. Then they added movies and that attracted movie stars who thought they were being so trendy and cool by showing up in little bitty Austin TX. Now it's big ticket big labels and a full access armband costs $700. There's nothing new or trendy about it. It's very corporate and very manipulative. Those little bands nobody has heard of can't get a venue anymore because big groups are using it as a kickstart for their fading careers. You want new music? Go to NX35 in Denton where real new bands from all over are playing in bars and on live stages IN THE RAIN. SXSW is just like all those kids games that adults take over and spoil.
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2012/03/13 01:22:45
    Business
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +1
    ULTIMATELY BUSINESS..
  • Robert Morgan 2012/03/13 01:17:02
    Business
    Robert Morgan
    +1
    I do recognize the photo in the article as being taken in St Louis, my hometown, but I've never heard of SXSW before, so I really don't know.
    Forced to choose an answer to leave this comment.
  • TruBluT... Robert ... 2012/03/13 01:38:56
    TruBluTopaz
    SXSW is in Austin. It's always been there.
  • BoredCo... Robert ... 2012/03/13 03:28:42
    BoredCollieDogRIPmissDyouRmissed
    +1
    Hmmm...I was wondering where that picture was taken.
  • Lady Wi... BoredCo... 2012/03/14 17:36:43
    Lady Winters
    +1
    That's St. Louis alright. Look at the capitol building. Weird
  • BoredCo... Lady Wi... 2012/03/14 19:16:17
    BoredCollieDogRIPmissDyouRmissed
    +1
    Yeah, I googled it because that sure as heck isn't the Texas capital!
    St.L has a pretty skyline though. :)
  • Salonje 2012/03/12 22:49:47
    Business
    Salonje
    +1
    It is both business and pleasure.
  • SebaTheSociallyAwkwardPenguin 2012/03/12 22:38:23

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