As you get out of that 4th period, hour-and-thirty-minute class for Spring Break, the first thing you think about is hanging out with your friends and what to do with them. Something that might fill that vacant void could possibly be the week-long South by Southwest festival. This festival has been in Austin for the past 31 years filled with delicious food, energetic music, and amazing movies. However, if you’re on a budget, this festival might become pricey for you when the badges price ranges from $1325-1650, and wristbands ranging from $189. This can be a real hassle when you’re a student and you don’t have the funds for that. Thankfully, there are unofficial concerts that are free. This is a list of seven free concerts during SXSW:
– Biker Gang Showcase FREE
- This showcase will be held in the Spider House ballroom located in 2908 Fruth St, Austin, TX 78705 on March 15. The show starts at 6:00 P.M. and ends at 1:30 A.M. This show is for all ages. One of the many bands performing will be Hot Flash Heat Wave; this band has multiple genres ranging from very energetic punk to more soothing dream pop music. Either way their guitar hooks will get your feet moving!
– Range Life FREE
- This showcase will be held in Cheer Up Charlies located in 900 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701 from the dates of March 12 through the 13. These shows start at 12:00 P.M. and end at 6:00 P.M. each day. This show is all ages. For this showcase though you do have to RSVP to be let in. The link where you have to RSVP is stereogum.com/rangelife. An artist that will be performing is Rico Nasty; this artist describes herself as having a “sugar trap” aesthetic to her music. She has been featured in many articles as showcasing a new type of rap that will get you feeling like a hardcore Powerpuff Girl.
– Greenway Records FREE
- This show will be held in The Electric Church located in 5018 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702 on March 15. The show will start at 6:00 P.M. and end at 2 A.M. Greenway Record hasn’t specified whether it’s all ages or not so be prepared to get asked for ID. A band performing will be Frankie and the Witch Fingers, an alternative band will definitely get you nodding your head to the point where your hair is in your face. They will get you wanting to enter a mosh pit just because of the excitement around you.
– Goat Fest IV FREE
- Goat Fest IV will be held in The Highball located in 1120 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704 on March 15. The show will start at 12:00 P.M. and end at 5:00 P.M. This show is 18+, so bring your photo ID if you are over 18. Also, St. Edward’s students are in luck because they get first priority in the door. One of the artists performing will be Sidney Gish. She’s an indie artist from Portland, Oregon that will definitely get you feeling butterflies in your stomach and having you dance in the smoothest way possible.
– Garten Party FREE
- Garten Party will be held at The Scholz Garten located on 1607 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 on March 14. The show kicks off at 12:00 P.M. and will end at 11:00 P.M. They have not yet announced if it’s all ages or not. One of the artists that will be performing there will be Rainstorm Brother, who describes his music as “post rock inflected freak folk”. When listening to his music, you will feel yourself listen to the meaning of the words more closely with a new sense of meaning to them.
– Hipster Robots Suck FREE
- This showcase will be held in The Side Bar located in 602 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701 on March 14. The show will get started at 12:00 P.M. and end at 6:00 P.M. Since the venue is a bar, the show will be 21+ only. A band that will be performing at this event will be Pkew Pkew Pkew, based in Toronto, Canada. They’re a punk band that have a very 2000’s feeling. When listening to their music, it often feels like you’re riding on your skateboard whilst eating some ice cream.
– Community Records FREE
- Community Records will be held at The Hole in the Wall located on 2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705 on March 15. The show will start at 11:30 A.M. and will end at 7:30 P.M. This show is all ages. One of the bands that will be performing at this show will be Hikes. They’ll be coming back to where they came from, this band originally being from Austin. They’re described as an indie rock group that just simply goes with the flow. This is conveyed into their music that will have you swaying from side to side.