Your SXSW Guide: Obama, Music & More

Everything you need to know about Austin's SXSW Festival this week.

SXSW started in 1987 and became famous as a music and film festival that highlights undiscovered acts. As it grew the artists on stage became more notable, but the event still keeps to its roots. Last year the movies that premiered inlcuded Furious 7, Get Hard and Spy. But when you hear South by Southwest, it’s important to remember that this festival offers a little bit of everything. They’ve got music, movies, and politics. It’s also famous for it’s food trucks that line the streets of Austin during the week-long event.

This year at SXSW, a lot of attention was given to President Obama‘s appearance. He spoke to an audience of about 2,000 people about the importance of technology-savvy individuals working in government. Michelle Obama is speaking at the festival on Wednesday. No word on what acts the president will be attending.

And of course there’s music. So much music from great artists that you might have heard from and even more music from groups that you’ve never experienced. The wonderful thing about SXSW is that the bands play several times throughout the week, so a lot of people have stories that involve hanging out with their favorite musicians on the streets of Austin. Unlike most other music festivals, the venue for SXSW is basically the entire city of Austin, the band you like might play at a brewery at noon then down the street later that night. SXSW has a full preview guide for all of the acts playing.

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