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Bethan's SXSW Photo Diary - Day Zero

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Bethan Elfyn | 12:19 UK time, Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Tuesday March 16 (Day Zero - Wednesday is the official first day).

Today was all about the admin and chilling, getting passes, prepping a water-tight schedule and having a wander before the first band strum the first chord.

SXSW is beast of a festival, one of the biggest, craziest, best organised events I've ever been to. Tonight the hot gossip is that Motörhead might play a secret show in a tiny venue, and there's a Lemmy Q&A, so we'll see about that later. First, I had some admin to contend with. In previous years, I've queued for hours in this hall for my music badge, but today the rain has kept a few away. Time for a few photos...

1. Austin Motel. An icon on the Austin skyline, this small kooky symbol is the gateway to one of the coolest streets of the City, South Congress. I wandered down to check out the best vintage shops, grab some great tacos, and kill some time before my first gig of SXSW 2010.

Austin Motel

2. Inside the "SoCo" shopping district there are weird and wonderful curiosity shops. I'm contemplating a boar for my taxidermy collection!

South Congress shop

3. First gig of SXSW 2010 and the highlights included Unicorn Kid and Fenech Soler. Here's the Fenech Soler boys wigging out in their spangly outfits. They sound like a young hungry LCD Soundsystem or a band nipping at the Friendly Fires' heels. Great dance/rock with great strong soaring vocals.

Fenech Soler

I caught up with 18 year old Oliver Sabin, aka Unicorn Kid after his first night of gigging activities at Latitude 30. No sleep 'til... Austin!

  South by Southwest, here we come...

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