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Bethan's SXSW Photo Diary - Day 1

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Bethan Elfyn | 17:40 UK time, Thursday, 18 March 2010

Today, St Patrick's Day was a sea of green all over Austin, and it was the official kick off of SXSW music festival 2010. Hundreds of the best new bands from around the world were about to hop up and play, and sometimes in quite odd places.

1. Broken Bells were the first band I saw. In a parking lot.

Broken Bells

2. Just down the road, in a venue called Red 7, I saw a pile of good bands including Oh No Ono, The Fresh & Onlys, Choir of Young Believers and Neon Indian.

Here's a chat I had with Alan Palomo from Neon Indian after their first SXSW 2010 performance:

3. Worst moment of the day: the queue for the Levi's/Fader magazine 'fort'. Might try and get in again tomorrow, but the journey there was entertaining enough. It involved a bike ride from downtown Austin to the fort stage, which is just outside the centre of town. The dude pedalling the bike was rather 'rad'! He was telling me about the Chuck Norris Facts website. Yes, Chuck Norris can grate cheese with his beard.

Bike to the fort, and then the queue

4. Later I visited a local gallery/urban art space/shop with attitude named Fifth Gallery and spoke to an artist named John Gomi:


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