Hey everyone - I'm doing some helping out of the SXSW Comedy booking this year. We did it last year and it was "hella" fun. Sold out crowds, energetic shows, and passes to see the world's largest and most exciting music festival!
This year the festival is looking for fresh, up and coming talent to showcase. What that means is - they're looking for people who want to drive or fly themselves out there and put themselves up for the opportunity to be on the shows.
The upside? Well, you'll get all-access festival badges, for one. These allow you to cut to the front of the lines for any of the shows. This came in very handy for me last year - I basically got into any show I wanted to see. Some shows ONLY allow people with badges to enter. And all the clubs are really small and intimate - I saw MGMT play in a tiny restaurant bar, the size of an El Torito.
The festival will help the performers with their hotels - meaning they won't PAY for them, but they'll help you acquire hotel rooms to which that the general public do not have access. This comes in handy, because it is extremely hard to get rooms at this stage.
So who's interested? Keep in mind - the festival won't accept everyone who agrees to come out there. So don't just pack your shit and start driving now. Basically everyone needs to be cleared by us.
But the good thing is, if you are an experienced performer who does CDR already, this will be the easiest festival submission you will ever er... submit. I have my big, red, "APPROVED" rubber stamp at the ready.
The shows are March 20 and 21. I believe you could probably come out earlier than that, and stay for as much or as little of the festival as you wish.
If you are interested, please contact me. If you don't know me personally, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
And until next time, the balcony is closed!!