Austin Comes Alive At SXSW

Things like this are perfectly normal in Austin even when it's not SXSW. Our motto is "Keep Austin Weird"
Things like this are perfectly normal in Austin even when it’s not SXSW. Our motto is “Keep Austin Weird”

Continuing my documentation of the week-long music festival that is SXSW, I present round two of my photos. (View the first collection here.)

  We’re going to try and play a little game. In one of these pictures there is a very small child hidden. Can you find him or her? The first person to comment with the answer will get a prize TBD. No worries, I can assure you that whatever the prize may be, it will have no monetary value, only sentimental. (My funding for the HoliDaze is still quite limited.)

I was also given the opportunity to write a guest post for The Travelling Fool covering the basics of SXSW. Never been to Austin? Make sure to check out that article as well.

  And now more SXSW 2012 photos!

6th Street during SXSW 2012

Random SXSW 2012 performance at the 4th Street Fort

SXSW 2012 photos

SXSW 2012 smoker on a trailer

SXSW 2012 photos

SXSW 2012 photos


SXSW 2012 photos

SXSW 2012 street art and a glowstick dancer atop the building
Street art outside a bar and a glowstick dancer atop the building

SXSW 2012
Julie and I

Tattoo artist hard at work during SXSW 2012
The bass was thumping so hard no idea how the tattoo artist kept a steady hand

SXSW 2012

SXSW 2012
Trash on the streets piles up fast — this is at the beginning of the week!

SXSW 2012

Entrance sign at the Fader Fort SXSW 2012

SXSW Videos

Although SXSW (South By Southwest)SXSW videos featuring some of the random musical performances of 2012 is a hard to compare experience — over 2,000 bands in one week! — I did try to capture some of the essence on video. Unfortunately I left the digital camera at home as my pockets were already burdened enough with a flask, new band CDs, and the inevitable hundreds of flyers and handouts from various people, bands, and advertisers downtown. As a result these are all smart phone SXSW videos.

I tweaked the audio on the Santogold performance using Adobe Premiere, as I was standing about six inches from one of the monster speakers at the very front, but otherwise all footage is raw.

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The Band: Nico Sounds


Unknown Artist

Santogold performing Les Artistes

Ever been to SXSW?

(And did you spot the hidden child?)

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About Derek Freal

"Some people eat, others try therapy. I travel."   Cultural enthusiast. Adrenaline junkie. Eater of strange foods. Chasing unique and offbeat adventures around the world since 2008. Derek loves going to new destinations where he does not speak a word of the local language and must communicate with hand gestures, or places where he is forced to squat awkwardly to poo -- supposedly its healthier and more efficient. For more information (about Derek, not squat pooing) including popular posts and videos, check out his bio.

3 thoughts on “Austin Comes Alive At SXSW”

  1. I know, too bad I didn’t get any video of him.. Catching the audio of one of his howl’s mid-song would have been fantastic!

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