There's a veritable aural feast on offer at SXSW and wading through impressive line-ups is a full-time research project. If you're lucky enough to attend this year, then it's probably wise to pack a militarized timetable alongside your shorts and sunglasses or, alternatively, you could take a more laissez-faire approach and stagger hopefully between venues with taco in hand.

I was given the near impossible task of whittling down the vast list of parties (unofficial and official) to just ten choice picks. Whichever festival-going tactic you decide to adopt, here's a respectable starting point:


  • 1. We Listen For You / sonaBLAST! Records unofficial SXSW Party featuring Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies, Dent May, Converyor, Shugo Tokumara & more
  • Thursday 14th March: Details

  • 2. VICELAND/Jansport official party featuring Divine Fits, Japanodroids, Wavves, Skaters, Team Spirit
  • Tuesday 12th March: Details

  • 3. Billboard/Spotify Live official party featuring Kendrick Lamar, Youngblood Hawke, Cazzette, Rober DeLon and Angel Haze
  • Wednesday 13th March: Details

  • 4. The Windish Agency unofficial party featuring Mister Lies, Dan Croll, NO CEREMONY///, SOHN, Flume, Oddience, Blessed Feathers, Peace, Klaxons, The Thermals, CHVRCHES, Poolside
  • Wednesday 13th March: Details

  • 5. IAMASOUND/Production Club Inc. unofficial part featuring Disclosure, Charie XCX, Lord Huron, DIIV, Io Echo, Ratking, Oddience, Hunters, Hands, Peace, Papa, Palma Violets
  • Thursday 14th March: Details

  • 6. Pitchfork unofficial party featuring Toro Y Moi, Youth Lagoon, Andy Stott, Foxygen, Mac Demarco, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Delorean, Autre Ne Veut, Parquet Courts, Merchandise, Waxahatchee, California X, Mikal Cronini, White Lung and Rhye
  • Thursday 14th March: Details

  • 7. Noise Pop & Another Planet Entertainment unofficial party featuring Youth Lagoon, Surfer Blood, Metz, Phosphorescent, Nick Bluhm & The Gramblers, Poolside, Wild Belle, Caveman, PAPA, Bear Mountain, Cosmic Suckerpunch and The Sam Chase
  • Friday 15th March: Details

  • 8. Dickies/FILTER official party featuring No Ceremony, Gold Fields, Young Galaxy, Frightened Rabbit, Small Black, DIIV, The Joy Formidable and Fitz And The Tantrums
  • Friday 15th March: Details

  • 9. Stereogum unofficial party featuring Sky Ferreria, Youth Lagoon, Kitty. Metz, Hundred Waters and Bleeding Rainbow
  • Friday 15th March: Details

  • 10. Urban Outfitters unofficial party featuring Mood Rings, Pure X, Chris Cohen, Caveman, Ducktails, Mac Demarco, METZ
  • Saturday 16th March: Details

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