Welcome to SouthByWristbands.com

Photo by Jon Shapley

Book a room at a discounted rate with SXSW and purchase a SXSW Music Fest Wristband today!

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Wristbands are usually reserved for Austinites, but each year, we release a small number of wristband/hotel packages to those living outside of Austin. The hotel/wristband package is a promotional effort by SXSW to give out-of-town music fans the experience of the SXSW Music Festival, which takes place March 17-22. These wristbands are available for $169 and you can purchase up to 2 with your hotel request.

A Music Festival Wristband allows access to over 100 stages and thousands of live performances. Admission to all venues is subject to legal capacity. Admission to most venues are subject to minimum age requirements.

For SXSW 2015, we've invited our local fans to use southbywristbands.com to book a hotel room for the nights they would prefer to not drive home. Welcome!

SouthByWristbands.com is the only authorized dealer of SXSW Music Festival wristbands to music fans living outside Austin.

How it works:

To Make your hotel request:
Locals who have purchased wristbands only need to follow steps 1 and 2 below.

  1. Use the Local or Out of Town Hotel Request button to the right to choose your hotel.

  2. Complete the hotel request and hit submit.

To purchase your wristband:
Out of Town Music Fans can follow steps 1-5 below to purchase their wristbands

  1. Once you’ve made your hotel request online, the SXSW Housing Department will e-mail you coupon codes for each person listed in your room share and instructions on how to purchase your wristbands online within 24 business hours of making your hotel request.
    Note: Guests listed in your room share must be full legal names as this is how the Housing Department will issue their coupons and they will need to show ID to pick up their wristbands.

  2. Follow the instructions in your email, completing your wristband purchase within 48 hours of making the hotel request.

  3. Receive hotel confirmation by email.

  4. Get to Austin and check into your hotel.

  5. Bring your room key and photo ID to the Austin Convention Center to pick up your wristband and hit the festival.

Wristband Pickup Times:

Monday, March 16th: 9am-6pm
Tuesday, March 17th: 9am-10pm
Wednesday, March 18th: 9am-10pm
Thursday, March 19th: 9am-10pm
Friday, March 20th: 10am-7pm
Saturday, March 21st: 11am-4pm

The Rules:

  1. If you’re an out of town music fan, canceling your hotel room will automatically cancel your wristband purchase(s). Canceling your wristband purchases will automatically cancel your hotel room. Note: Local fan wristband purchases are not contingent on a hotel reservation.

  2. A valid government-issued photo ID must be presented. No person can pick up a wristband for another person.

  3. SXSW wristbands will be fastened on the wristband holder’s wrist when picked up and may not be removed until the festival is over. Tampering with the SXSW wristband (e.g., stretching, tearing, cutting, taping, etc.) is not permitted. If tampering is evident, the wristband will be invalidated and confiscated and entry to any/all SXSW venues will be refused.

  4. SXSW wristbands are non-transferable and non-refundable. No exceptions. Lost or stolen SXSW wristbands will not be replaced.

  5. SXSW wristbands are the property of SXSW. SXSW may, at its sole discretion, confiscate wristbands from any individual or company at any time. SXSW will not replace confiscated wristbands.

  6. SXSW wristbands are not valid credentials for panels, the SXSW Trade Show, keynote speaker sessions, or other SXSW conference activities, unless SXSW specifies otherwise.

  7. SXSW wristbands guarantee that no cover will be charged at official SXSW Music Festival showcases. Wristbands do not guarantee admission. Admission is subject to legal capacity limits. Many venues reach capacity and SXSW badge holders get priority entry into all venues.

  8. SXSW wristband holders are not exempt from venue-specific age restrictions. Most SXSW Music Festival venues have minimum age requirements.

  9. SXSW wristbands may not be used as a prize in any form of contest, game, or sweepstakes without written pre-approval from SXSW.

For more information about SouthbyWristbands.com, including hotel shuttle information, visit the SouthByWristbands.com FAQ.

Photo by Jon Shapley