It's that time of year again y'all. It's SXSW. For the seasoned vets, and for the groms, here is an FAQ for all your SX queries.
My band is in town. Can we hop on the bill?
Sorry y'all. All booking for SXSW is either handled through 3rd party promoters, or by SXSW since we are an official SXSW venue. There ARE a ton of unofficial parties, and house shows to hop on around town. With a little bit of legwork, we are sure you can find something.
What is the deal with day shows?
ALL day shows are free and open to the public. That being said, we are almost ALWAYS running at capacity. When this happens, we are at a 1 in/ 1 out policy. If you leave, you will have to wait in line to re-enter. It's SX. The name of the game is show up early, and be patient. We are gonna bust our asses to make sure everyone gets to see what they want, but sometimes you gotta plan ahead to party right.
How do I RSVP to _______ day showcase?
There is no RSVP for House of Vans as a whole. There are RSVP's for some individual day showcases. All RSVP info is on our calendar, and updated daily. If a day showcase does not have RSVP info on our calendar, that means there is no RSVP. Regardless of RSVP, EVERYTHING is subject to capacity.
If I get into the day party, does that mean I can stay for the night showcase?
Sorry y'all. After all day parties end at 6pm, we have to close the club for an hour to clean, restock, and triple up on deodorant to get us ready for the official night showcases.
What is the deal with night shows?
We are an official SXSW venue, so preference to ALL night shows is as follows:
Badge >wristbands > GA.
Can we buy a ticket at the door to ________ showcase?
Yes. Though preference is given to SXSW badges and wristbands, it is sometimes possible to buy your way into certain showcases. In addition, SX reserves the right to determine whether or not tickets will be sold. Admission is first come/ first serve, and subject to capacity. So again, show up early and be patient.
How much is the ticket price to ________ showcase?
No clue. Price is decided by SXSW at the time of the event, so show up early with cash in hand.
How early should I show up to try to buy into ________ showcase?
No clue y'all. We know that kind of sucks, but there really is no magic number to ensure you get in. Obviously, the bigger the act or showcase the longer the line, and tougher the chances. We've seen people line up at 9 am to make sure they could buy into a night showcases. We've also seen people show up two hours before, and get in no problem.
Can we purchase tickets in advance or earlier in the day for ________ showcase?
Sorry, SXSW only releases tickets in real time once the doors open dependent on capacity and number of badge/wristbands already admitted. Again, this is SXSW. The name of the game is show up early, and be patient. We are gonna work really hard to make sure everyone gets to see what they want.
We hope this helps. If you have a question that isn't on this FAQ, feel free to shoot us a message.