Thomas Dolby

LIVE MUSIC: 2012 SXSW RECAP: PART 1

All words/pictures by ace contributor Suzanne Wnek

I just attended my first SXSW and I got everything wrong. But even if you get everything wrong at SXSW, it’s an experience you cant’ help but love, and hey, there’s always next year.

First things first: if you’ve never been to SXSW, it’s not like a huge park with 2 or 3 stages and the acts rotate through while you decide in which field you’re going to sit. Instead, it’s as if all your favorite bars and music venues in the world relocated within a one-mile radius (give or take…someone out there was probably wearing a pedometer).  In those 100s of venues, 1000s of bands can play 40-minute sets over the course of 5 days, and they will.