SXSW is almost upon those of us who are attending, so we’re trying to keep up with emails and RSVP's while prepping our bodies for the marathon and packing major doses of vitamin B12.
For those who can't make the trek to Austin, there will be a number of opportunities to experience the minute-by-minute happenings, performances, and exclusive video that even the people there on the ground won’t have access to. Plus, audio streams broadcasting live will give everyone in Austin and beyond, stories, news, and music they can take in on the go.
Now in its 16th year, FADER FORT returns with four full days of musical performances from March 15 - 18. Since 2001, FADER FORT grew in popularity, expanding its footprint with massive crowds showing up to check out the artists and the FORT experience, following Twitter rumors of evening shows with suprise appearances, all of which contributed to the magic of SXSW.
This year they return to their roots in a "nod to The FADERs inaugural showcase in 2001," moving the festivities to a more intimate venue at 1209 East 6th Street (Volcom Garden) while still presenting a multi-use, indoor and outdoor environment to mashup music, the arts, drinks, lounging and playing.
"For the first time, The FADER FORT is expanding its programming to six full days, and two events," said today's SXSW 2016 announcement. Now in its 15th year, FADER FORT feels to be kicking it up a notch beyond the annual extravaganza within it's musical compound during SXSW.
When looking back at a Viet Cong show, whether a few minutes or a few days later, words still seem to escape the cerebellum. You’re left more with emotions of being stunned and amazed after catching the Calgary outfit, including their slot at Fader Fort among the wet and the wild that rainy day.
I was in a conversation this week with someone in the music business who was attending SXSW, but was only going for Interactive and Film, not Music. For him, he’d kind of had it. It’s understandable. For those of us that have been going to Sx for a long while, we’ve been able to see it evolve and change over the years.
Much has been made recently of the blooming success of the British four-piece Temples; accolades from the most compliment-stingy media outlets both stateside and in their native U.K., many referring to Temples as the band that finally concoct the classic 60-70s Brit-rock formula while still bringing a fresh sound to British rock & roll. Even the annoyingly opinionated Sir Noel Gallagher managed to massage their growing ego.
Kaffeine Buzz SXSW 2010 Photo Gallery - March 17, 2010
A packed St. Patty's Day, complete with a visit to Levi's Fader Fort and We Were Promised Jetpacks (although we left empty handed), Everything Everything; Band of Skulls at British Embassy, Princeton at Wave Rooftop, and Miike Snow at Galaxy.
One of my all-time favorite parties returns to SXSW Music in 2012 – Fader Fort. This year the main sponsor is Converse, replaced by Levis who has been part of this gotta see scene for the past few years. Today they announced that you can now RSVP – so get on it!