SXSW 2016: Must-Attend Unofficial Day Parties Guide

SXSW offers so much to do, see and hear, it may seem like an overwhelming task to narrow down the options and decide on a handful of shows to attend. On top of the official showcases and lounges, the number of unofficial shows and events seems to grow each year.

If you’re a savvy SXSW’er, you know that those unofficial events are the real deal. Sure, you could get a platinum badge to secure your spot at the official showcases of this year’s must-see acts – OR you could catch them at one of the many unofficial day parties they’re likely set to play. That’s right, just like the music lovers, the music makers want to get the most out of their SXSW week. Many bands look to join multiple lineups over the week, and sometimes end up playing more than one show a one day.

That said, the sea of day parties is both a blessing and a curse. Most require advance RSVP and are first come first served, which means if you want to make it in you’ll most likely need to get there early. That makes party hopping a risky business. If you leave a party in the middle of the day hoping to get in elsewhere, you may spend your day waiting in lines instead of inside and enjoying the tunes. The FOMO is real – so many awesome day parties, so many awesome bands, and yet your best bet is to pick one or two and set up camp for the day? Pick the wrong day party, and you’ll end up at a dud while everyone else raves about the “place to be” party that you missed out on.

Well, fear not! We’ve got your guide to the must-attend day parties at SXSW this year. We’ve taken into account both the musical lineups and the auxiliary free offerings. Free drinks? Hell yes! Free food? Sign us up! Free giveaways? We’ll take them! Make any of these day parties your priority, and you’ll be able to enjoy a FOMO-free SXSW this year.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16th

Tumblr’s 79¢ Party
Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E. 4th Street
9pm to 2am
Free show – RSVP here.
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This year, Tumblr is celebrating #GirlPower and shining a spotlight on gender disparity with their 79¢ Party at the Scoot Inn. The “79¢” in the event’s name references the gender wage gap in the US in 2014, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and everything from the mostly female musician lineup, to the feminist art exhibit, to the special guest (Texas state senator Wendy Davis) nods to la femme.

LINEUP
Jhene Aiko
Empress Of
Little Simz
Tacocat

Pandora Discovery Den
The Gatsby, 708 E 6th Street
Daytime Doors: 130pm, Evening Doors: 8pm
Free show – RSVP* here.
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Each day at Pandora’s Discovery Den covers a different genre: Dance, Americana, Hip Hop/R&B, and Rock. Featuring both well- and lesser-known acts in each lineup, the Discovery Den has something (and something to discover) for everyone. If you make the RSVP list, you will be given a wristband that grants you entry to all four days of the Discovery Den. Wristbands must be picked up at the Pandora Backyard prior to entry at The Gatsby.

LINEUP (Wednesday | DANCE)
2pm – Louis The Child
3pm – Gryffin
4pm – YACHT
5pm – MSTRKRFT
8pm – MSTR ROGERS
9pm – HAELOS
10pm – Tiga
11pm – Baauer
12am – Adventure Club

THURSDAY, MARCH 17th

Noise Pop, Another Planet Entertainment & DoTheBay Presents: After The Gold Rush IV
The Sidewinder, 715 Red River
11am to 6pm
Free show – RSVP here.
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LINEUPS (two stages)
TUNNEL (Inside Stage)
Louis the Child – 5pm
Methyl Ethel – 4pm
Cloves – 3pm
Diet Cig – 2pm
Day Wave – 1pm
Lex – Noon

BRIDGE (Outside Stage)
Honne – 530pm
Pure Bathing Culture – 430pm
Twin Peaks – 330pm
Bleached – 230pm
Lucy Dacus – 130pm
Whitney – 1230pm
Harriet – 1130am

Waterloo Records
Waterloo Records, 600A N Lamar Blvd
Noon to 7pm
Free show – no RSVP required.
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LINEUP
Yuck
DNCE plus signing
Lil Dicky
Beach Slang
White Reaper
Gold Class
Girls Names

Residual Kid’s Biggest Little Day Party
Frank, 407 Colorado
Noon to 630pm
Free (all ages) show – RSVP here.
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The third annual ‪#‎BiggestLittleDayParty at Frank #hotdogscoldbeer will be hosted by ‪Matt Pinfield, with support from Epic Proportions Tour, API, Lone Star Beer and ‪‎Mosaic Sound Collective. Get there early to score a super limited edition silk-screened event poster.

LINEUP
Yuck
Beach Slang
Creepoid
Hinds
Residual Kid
EMPRA
Racing On The Sun
Gabe Kubanda

Pandora Discovery Den
The Gatsby, 708 E 6th Street
Daytime Doors: 130pm, Evening Doors: 8pm
Free show – RSVP* here.
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Each day at Pandora’s Discovery Den covers a different genre: Dance, Americana, Hip Hop/R&B, and Rock. Featuring both well- and lesser-known acts in each lineup, the Discovery Den has something (and something to discover) for everyone. If you make the RSVP list, you will be given a wristband that grants you entry to all four days of the Discovery Den. Wristbands must be picked up at the Pandora Backyard prior to entry at The Gatsby.

LINEUP (Thursday | AMERICANA)
2pm – The Strumbellas
3pm – The Cactus Blossoms
4pm – Lydia Loveless
5pm – Jake Bugg
8pm – Margo Price
9pm – Sam Outlaw
10pm – Wynonna & The Big Noise
11pm – Hayes Carll
12am – Asleep at the Wheel
1am – Jack Ingram

FRIDAY, MARCH 18th

Brooklyn BBQ at Hotel Vegas
Hotel Vegas Annex, 1504 E 6th Street
1130am to 7pm
Free show – RSVP here.
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Brooklyn BBQ brings NYC to Austin in this two-stage showcase. Trendom favorites Joseph King and Drowners are sure to impress, with sets featuring a mix of old and new tunes—both have new albums releasing soon, and we’re loving what we’ve heard from them so far. Get there early for free drinks from 1130am to 1230pm and free food from 2pm until they run out!

LINEUPS (two stages)
OUTDOOR STAGE
CAMEO presents
Moving Panoramas – 630pm
Caveman – 530pm
Drowners – 440pm
The Big Pink – 350pm
Cullen Omori – 3pm
Shilpa Ray – 210pm
Pink Mexico – 120pm
Night Moves – 1230pm

INDOOR STAGE
CAMEO presents
Joseph King – 645pm
High Wasted – 555pm
SIREN SOUNDS presents
Bombz – 5pm
Acid Dad – 4pm
Ron Gallo – 3pm
ROCKER STALKER presents
The Wans – 2pm
Fable Cry – 1pm
Courtesy Tier – 12pm

Pandora Discovery Den
The Gatsby, 708 E 6th Street
Daytime Doors: 130pm, Evening Doors: 8pm
Free show – RSVP* here.
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Each day at Pandora’s Discovery Den covers a different genre: Dance, Americana, Hip Hop/R&B, and Rock. Featuring both well- and lesser-known acts in each lineup, the Discovery Den has something (and something to discover) for everyone. If you make the RSVP list, you will be given a wristband that grants you entry to all four days of the Discovery Den. Wristbands must be picked up at the Pandora Backyard prior to entry at The Gatsby.

LINEUP (Friday | HIP HOP/R&B)
1:30PM – Niykee Heaton
2pm – Bibi Bourelly
3pm – Kevin Garrett
4pm – Emily King
5pm – Anderson .Paak & The Fre Nationals
8pm – Jacquees
845pm – Tate Kobang
915pm – Lil Dicky
10pm – Tory Lanez
11pm – Kevin Gates
12am – Young Thug

SATURDAY, MARCH 19th

Do512’s 10th Annual THE BIG ONE
Barracuda, 611 E 7th Street
1130am Doors
Free show – RSVP here.
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LINEUPS (two stages)
INSIDE
445pm – Yacht
330pm – HÆLOS
230pm – A Giant Dog
130pm – Public Access TV
1230pm – Sun Club

OUTSIDE
5pm – Wild Child
4pm – Diarrhea Planet
3pm – Diet Cig
2pm – Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
1pm – Drowners
12pm – Yung

Rachael Ray’s Feedback Festival #RRFeedback
Stubb’s BBQ, 801 Red River
10am to 4pm
Free show – RSVP here.
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Rachael Ray and John Cusimano’s signature Feedback Festival is back, this time as a three-stage extravaganza at Stubb’s. Along with the day’s musical lineups, guests will get to enjoy some of Rachel’s Austin-inspired recipes including “Dozen-Spiced Fried Chicken Drumettes with Jalapeño Popper Grits,” “Beer & Bourbon Pulled Pork Sliders with Pineapple Pico de Gallo,” “Upside Down Frito Pie,” and “Grilled Corn Off the Cob with Pimiento Cheese.” Longtime “Feedback” sponsor Blue Moon Brewing Company® will also offer beers, including a debut of its Belgian Table Pils which will be released nationally on April 1. Rachael’s food, featuring King’s Hawaiian and Jack’s Beans, and drinks from In the Raw, are free to all attendees.

LINEUP
Naughty by Nature (headliner)
Jenny Lewis (headliner)
George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic (headliner)
Anderson Paak & the Free Nationals
Matthew Logan Vasquez
The Record Company
Declan McKenna
Bob Schneider
Matthew Caws of Nada Surf (solo set)
Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blined (special accoustic set)
The Cringe
The Strumbellas
Sons of an Illustrious Father

Pandora Discovery Den
The Gatsby, 708 E 6th Street
Daytime Doors: 130pm, Evening Doors: 8pm
Free show – RSVP* here.
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Each day at Pandora’s Discovery Den covers a different genre: Dance, Americana, Hip Hop/R&B, and Rock. Featuring both well- and lesser-known acts in each lineup, the Discovery Den has something (and something to discover) for everyone. If you make the RSVP list, you will be given a wristband that grants you entry to all four days of the Discovery Den. Wristbands must be picked up at the Pandora Backyard prior to entry at The Gatsby.

LINEUP (Saturday | ROCK)
2pm – LOLO
3pm – Tor Miller
4pm – Bleached
5pm – Hinds
8pm – Grizfolk
9pm – Autolux
10pm – Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires
11pm – Troye Sivan
12am – Bloc Party

SUNDAY, MARCH 20th

TACOLAND: A KVRX Hangover Brunch
Spiderhouse, 2908 & 2906 Fruth Street
1pm to 10pm
Free (18+) brunch/show – RSVP here.
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End your SXSW right. Featuring music to end your SXSW on a glorious note (or two), free breakfast tacos, $4 Bloody Marys and $3 Mimosas. CAN YOU DIG IT!?

Taco deets: Come early because Tyson’s Tacos are classy and delicious and free while they last. We will have TWO options- migas and the Yoda (bean, potato, sriracha mayo and avocado). NOM!

LINEUP
Cafe Patio Stage
Kal Marks 2-230pm
Left & Right 245-315pm
Horse Jumper of Love 330-4pm
Tangerine 415-445pm
Super FM 5-530pm
Unstoppable Death Machines 545-615pm
Leche 630-7pm
Paper Bison 715-745pm
Soft Fangs 8-830pm
Dryspell 845-915pm
Shivery Shakes 930-10pm

So there you have it! Hit up any of these events for an authentic unofficial SXSW day party experience. Now you’ll be able to say that you were there, at the scene, for some of the most buzzed about happenings at SXSW 2016!

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Amelia
Full-time fangirl living and working in NYC, on a constant quest to create, share and live out a motto of love. I get down to music, stories told through photographs, traveling with friends and exploring every creative outlet there is. I have terrible grammar, but sometimes I have something worthwhile to say.

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