SXSW Coverage By Belicia Luevano - Day 3
Yesterday proved to me that the universe does not hate me. The day started around 3pm because waking up before 12pm is impossible at this point. The Vaccines’ first show was that day and just knowing they were in the same town as me was enough to love that day.
Spotify House had a line to wait in line and it was only 21+ so there was no chance I would catch The Vaccines’ 3:15pm showcase that day. I just wanted to be on the same block as them so we stood around the taco trucks behind the Spotify house but we were too late for the show. As we turn around to leave I quickly turn back around and hyperventilated for a moment because five feet from me was Freddie, the lead guitarist of The Vaccines sitting on a plastic chair. Because I do interviews with many bands I’ve learned to suppress my excitement and keep from turning red but my hands were still tingling. As soon as he finished talking to his friends and turns to leave I walk to him and ask “Are you part of The Vaccines?” and he just chuckled and said yes. We took some pictures and wished him a good week.
After meeting him my Vaccine fever rocketed so my friend and I decided to plant ourselves outside the Scoot-In venue for the Applauze showcase where the band would be playing at 9pm. It was an outside venue and from the entrance you could see the stage so we sat on the cold sidewalk on the other end of the road to hope to catch a glimpse and hear them. The crowd in the venue was scarce, people were leaving, and people walking by would look at the schedule and after decided they weren’t interested, they would keep walking.
Emily and I were upset, here we were doing whatever we could to hear a band we adore and people who did have the chance to see them were leaving or didn’t care. We are huge social media people so we hashed out our frustration on twitter mentioning both Applauze and The Vaccines in our tweets. About ten minutes go by and Emily and I are impersonating The Vaccines in horrible british accents when a man with a flawless british accent asks us “Are you the girls tweeting about the Vaccines?” All we could do was nod. He then tells us to follow him to see if he could sneak us in. Emily and I said nothing on the way to the backstage entrance because neither of us could believe what was happening. While the backstage security was wrapping backstage access wristbands around our
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SXSW Coverage By Belicia Luevano - Day 1
I know how I said I would go with the flow during SXSW but I’m revising that idea. Poor planning resulted in confusion and an awkward huddle of friends staring at their phone trying to think of what to do.
My SXSW day didn’t start until 7pm. I headed to downtown Austin with some friends and walked a mile to grab some guest passes and enter contests. When we finally reached the Austin Convention Center, we discovered that was not the location to find guest passes and everyone there were movie badge holders. Everyone looked professional in their suits and platinum passes hanging around there neck while we were just a couple of confused girls wearing yoga pants.
SXSW Coverage by Belicia Luevano
Last night I visited downtown Austin and all was still and quiet. By the end of this week at the same location, the streets will be flooded musicians, promoters, and festival-goers from all over the country to attend South by Southwest. The roads will be blocked, the lines for every restaurant in town will go on forever, and each day will be more tiring than the last. Despite the chaos, excitement has kept me from sleeping and eating like a normal human. South by Southwest is the main reason I moved to Austin and now I get to experience the festival for myself.
This year my goals and expectations are simple and flexible. I am not over 21 and don’t have a badge or music pass to gain access into official shows. I’ll go wherever my ear takes me (as long as it is free and open to all ages) and hope to discover new music. While seeing Kanye, Drake, or Fall Out Boy would be amazing, I’m not bothering to attend shows with well-established artists. SXSW is about falling in love with a band you accidentally stumbled upon while trying to find a bathroom. You can have a game plan but be sure to include a plan B, C, and D because no one can expect where the night will go. The excitement is in the mystery.