Posted on March 12, 2013 at 11:08 AM
AUSTIN, Texas -- Music will be heard throughout the streets of Austin Tuesday for the South by Southwest Festival. It's the first of six days of sounds.
“It's just really inspiring seeing people really living their dream. It sounds cheesy and stuff, but people just come for a good time and just share their art and their music,” said SXSW 2012 visitor Em Brownlowe.
It's the 27th year for the music festival. Over the years South by Southwest has garnered the attention of fans and musicians as one of the best places to catch the latest sounds.
“Just excited to get to share our music with some new people,” said SXSW 2012 performer Jonathan Miner.
“There will be a couple of people down here that we'll we want to see for ourselves. For our personal gratification and really kind of see how we fit in with all of the people traveling in from around the world,” said SXSW 2012 performer Mike Jochum.
Last year’s festival included more than 2,200 musical performers.
Most of the festival's shows will play out on stages in bars and restaurants. Parking lots in downtown Austin will also be transformed into venues. This year festival organizers say there are more than 100 different venues for all of the music.
Most shows require a festival wristband or badge, but there are also free shows available. The shows last from Tuesday through Sunday.