SXSW 2011 Free Show Guide

South by Southwest, an annual music and film festival held in Austin, Texas, launched just a few days ago, but it’s not too late to join in on the fun! While a majority of the venues require a purchased wristband for admission, there are still plenty of free shows around the area to enjoy. Here’s a guide to some free, all ages shows we find worth checking out!

March 16, 2011

* The Midgetmen’s Texas Jumpstart 4 @ Hole in the Wall11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m

2538 Guadalupe St.

Entrance to this SXSW party is free with RSVP on Do512 (check out the RSVP page here).
The Midgetmen, who calls themselves slop-punk mavens, will be hosting this party at Hole in the Wall, a bar on Guadalupe and near the UT campus. Other acts are listed below and consist of various indie bands. The anticipated band for this show is Hollerado. They have a really cool and creative music video, “Americanarama,” which won a jury award in the 2011 SXSW Film Awards for music videos. Check it out!
Front Stage
noon – 12:30  The Globes
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.  Ham Sandwich
2:00 – 2:30 p.m.  Golden Dogs
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Sleeptalkers
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Ezra Furman & The Harpoons
5:00 – 5:30 p.m.  Country Mice
Back Stage
12:30 – 1:00  Hounds Below
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Goes Cube
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. The Midgetmen
3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Gay Blades
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Hollerado
5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Shilpa Ray & Her Happy Hookers

March 17, 2011

*Full Metal Texas 2011 @ Emo’s inside/outside stages- doors open at noon

603 Red River

This show is for metalcore fans looking for a lineup with bands well known for their aggressive shows and violent crowds, including Upon a Burning Body and The Word Alive. For more information, visit


5:10 p.m. The Red Chord
4:10 p.m. Motionless in White
3:15 p.m. Upon a Burning Body
2:30 p.m. Letlive
1:45 p.m. Elysion Fields
1 p.m. Better Left Unsaid
12:15 p.m. Head Crusher

5 p.m.  Yob
4:05 p.m. Trap Them
3:10 p.m. Hull
2:20 p.m. Kvelertak
1:35 p.m. Funeral Pyre
12:50 p.m. All Pigs Must Die
12:05 p.m. Goes Cube

*Artery Foundation Showdown @ Red 7 : noon – 6 p.m.

611 East 7th Street

No one will want to miss this free show, with breakout musicians performing all day. New albums and videos have been released from bands such as Dance Gavin Dance (Downtown Battle Mountain II) and Whitechapel (“Breeding Violence”).

Asking Alexandria
Dance Gavin Dance
Of Mice and Men
Miss May I
In Fear and Faith
Chelsea Grin
Sleeping with Sirens
Woe, Is Me
For All Those Sleeping
The Amity Affliction
I Declare War
Close to Home
DJ Set by Big Chocolate

March 18, 2011

*New England Metal & Hardcore Festival @ Emo’s: noon – 6 p.m.

Another show for metal fans who can catch their favorite artists take over the stage with their heavy breakdowns, such as Within the Ruins and The Acacia Strain.

The Acacia Strain
The Red Chord
Trap Them
Our Last Night
Within the Ruins
Dawn of Ashes
The Funeral Pyre
Across the Sun
Armor for the Broken

March 19, 2011

*Alternative Press All Day Party @ Emo’s: noon – 6 p.m.

This show features bands on the current AP Tour spring lineup such as D.R.U.G.S. and I See Stars. Performances last all day and is great for a range of fans, from indie bands like Balance and Composure to deathcore bands such as Oceano.

Black Veil Brides
I See Stars
Versa Emerge
The Ready Set
Enter Shikari
The Almost
Middle Class Rut
Vampires Everywhere!
The Limousines
River City Extension
Balance and Composure
A Great Big Pile of Leaves
Animals as Leaders
Touche Amore
The Downtown Fiction

And many more!

–Jennifer & Smez

EDIT: Bands performing at Full Metal Texas have been updated.


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