Originally Posted by *BaseClogger*
Lots of great info here, thanks.
I didn't see anything about a wristband as apposed to a badge on the SXSW website... does a wristband get you into as many shows as you want as long as it is affiliated with SXSW? Is it about half the cost of a badge--$300?
It looks like last year, they didn't put the wristbands on sale or announce them until early February (probably because they want to sell as many badges as possible). Last year, badges were $149 for the first 2,000 purchases made through the website - after that, the price increased to $175. I remember when they used to be $60! My guess is this year they are probably $175 for the first 2000 and $199 after. It's the best deal by far still.
I should say that again, badge or wristband, the lines will always dictate whether you can get into a show or not. And the badge holders are let in first. Last time I went, I did have a badge and had no issues getting into any shows. I had friends get in with wristbands with no problems as long as they lined up early (more so than me). I can't say for certain that it will be the case this next year, but I think you should be fine if I had to guess. I just don't want to sway you from a badge and you try to go to the toughest show of the festival to get into and there are more badge holders present and you get left out. That's not an impossibility. But as I mentioned before, a lot of acts play more shows than 1 and if so, chances are you can get into another one of that artist's shows.