I can finally tell you (because I’ve stopped having dreams about it) about the huge 5-day-long party we threw at SXSW 2012. That’s right: not an evening or a day show at a random bar, but tons of excellent music spanning 5 full days, right in the center of Austin, at our own venue. The Hype Hotel is the biggest thing we have ever done at SXSW.
The idea was simple: transfer the online experience of the Hype Machine and music blogs to real life. So we teamed up with 9 of the internet’s finest: Aquarium Drunkard, My Old Kentucky Blog, Gorilla vs Bear, I Guess I’m Floating, Nialler9, No Modest Bear, Yours Truly, Song, by Toad and Cream Team. They curated day and night shows throughout the week, sharing their musical expertise with us.
The bloggers, along with our team, booked 60 artists who played during the week the venue was open. There is no way to condense the long lines, the moshpits, the making out, the dancing, the sweat into one blog post—you just had to be there. But luckily, we have photos, Livestream recorded most of the performances, and you can still hear all the artists who played the Hotel on our schedule page. More videos from the shows will be appearing on the site and here over the next few weeks.
We teamed up with Taco Bell’s Feed the Beat to make the whole event possible. They helped us foot the bill and provided thousands upon thousands of free Doritos Locos Tacos and bean burritos throughout the event, much to the delight of hungry SXSW attendees. At the end of the week, our guests had finished off 18,000 tacos. Can you imagine all those tacos in a room? Of course, we also kept everyone well-hydrated with Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Miller Lite. And if food and drinks weren’t your thing, you could’ve won the hundreds of SOL REPUBLIC headphones that were given away throughout the shows, snapped some shots in the free Hotel photobooth, or enjoyed a warm Texas breeze in the courtyard.
I can’t thank everyone who worked, attended, played and contributed to this event enough. It was incredible to be able to translate something digital into a thrilling, tangible DYI experience that we could share with 25,000 of you.
Thank you, and see you next year!
9 blogs, 60 bands, 5 days
18,000 tacos, 1800 bottles of vodka, 1200 cases of beer, 3 massage chairs
7,000 guests/day, 2010 photobooth sessions