SAD GIRLS GUIDE TO: SXSW
Take time to PREP:rsvp-ing sucks and figuring out specific things you want to go to sucks also. it’s better to do it before you get there because once you do you’re just gonna be eating breakfast tacos and making fun of bands that sound like other bands. Make use of resources like RSVPster, SXShhh, and South By Free Noms.
CHILL off of where you’re going:Don’t plan every second of every day. It’s not going to work out. You will cry about it. Relax whatever band you miss is probably playing at least 7 more times this week. Also usually the random things you come across are more fun anyway.
Example, two years ago I ended up in a backyard show with homebrew drinking cowboys, guns, and a garage rock band that had a puking drummer. I was only there because I got lost.
Water it DOWN: drink at least half a bottle of water every time you get a free thing. take two big swigs if it’s just a band’s demo cd or a sticker. This is kind of a basic mom rule that could easily go along with ‘wear sunscreen’ but it lessens your hang over and makes it so you aren’t passed out by sundown.
KNOW where you are: Put the cross streets and the address of wherever you’re staying in the notes section of your phone. it saves you when you’re wasted trying to crash.
CLEAR OUT your stuff EVERY morning: Your purse, backpack, chrome bag, whatever is going to accumulate a ridiculous amount of crap you dont want every day. Clear out what you don’t need every morning so you can find things like cash or your id when you need it.
~Extra tip: Good things to keep in your bag - chapstick, water, mini-toothbrush / toothpaste, emergen-c (the orange kind tastes best in beer), bobby pins/hair ties, at least 3 lighters~
Be nice to your FRIENDS: You are wasted and so are your friends. Try not to make out with anybody you shouldn’t and if your friends’ band is playing shows try to make it to their biggest one and let them know you aren’t going to all of them. Don’t be passive aggressive about some stupid thing they said when you are stuck in line with them for half an hour. Also if you ditch them, at least send them a text saying that you bailed so they don’t think you got kidnapped or arrested.
Extra tip: don’t get arrested, texas cops are mean.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DO NOT LET YOUR PHONE DIE: For once thing obviously it helps you not get murdered and helps you ensure that you’ll get every drunk sext all week - but also keeps you in the loop of neat unexpected things happening.
Example: the only reason I was able to get into the weird kanye/jay z show of 2011 was because of twitter.
MAKE OUT with everybody you wouldn’t be able if you weren’t there:Sxsw is where everybody from the internet shows up in one place to eat fried pickles and drink beer. If you wanted to make out w/ that music blogger from another state here’s your chance.
~Extra Tips: start flirting a month - a week prior to really lock that in, don’t make out with anybody if you are in love with somebody else~
I’ll be live tweeting every mistake I make here and turning them into sad girls guide tips while I’m in austin for the next two weeks via this hashtag: #sadgirlsguide2sxsw come say hi bbz