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Bethan's SXSW 2010 Round-up

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Bethan Elfyn | 12:00 UK time, Thursday, 25 March 2010

This year's SXSW seemed bigger and busier than ever before. I didn't step into the same venue twice and, more often than not, found a new venue or courtyard-turned-makeshift-festival-pitch at every turn, even ending Sunday night at a brilliant hardcore houseparty.

I was reminded on this, my fourth visit to Austin, what this festival offers above others: an early look at some touring names that we'll see grow over the next 12 months, a chance to see how the American market and blogsvreact to exciting new British names, a 24 hours-a-day week full of live music in its liveliest setting, and the warm, welcoming, friendly, fun and definitely 'far out' backdrop of Austin, Texas.

My personal band highlights were DD/MM/YYYY, Broken Bells, Dum Dum girls, Washed Out, Warpaint, Fenech Soler, Nice Nice, Pivot, Hudson Mohawk, Flying Lotus,

Of the bands I'd been listening to for a while but had yet to see, I enjoyed: Unicorn Kid, Choir of Young Believers, Local Natives, Yacht, Neon Indian, Oh No Ono, Memory Tapes and Smith & Westerns.

The bands most talked about that I didn't quite get round to seeing (thanks to huge SXSW queues) but would recommend were: Bear in Heaven (about who Huw's been raving), Happy Birthday, Best Coast, Surfer Blood, and Sleigh Bells.

Now for some final photos:

1. Empire Automotive Service; one example of a makeshift venue - a garage turned into an outdoor festival tent.


2. Hot chili sauce shopping from Austin's famous shop, Tears of Joy Hot Sauces.


3. Flatstock. The massive gig poster exhibition at the SXSW convention centre, where the best poster artists from around the world will gather.


3. Austin houses downtown, where lots of house parties were held.


That's all folks! To hear all the interviews and the best new music from Texas, tune in to BBC Introducing in Wales this week.

More posts from SXSW 2010:

Huw's musings from SXSW - Day 4

Huw's musings from SXSW - Day 3

Bethan's SXSW Photo Diary - Day 2

Huw's musings from SXSW - Day 2

Bethan's SXSW Photo Diary - Day 1

Huw's musings from SXSW - Day 1

Bethan's SXSW Photo Diary - Day Zero

South by Southwest, here we come...


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