One of the biggest festivals around, South By Southwest, kicked off recently in the great city of Austin, Texas. (I might be a tad bit biased because I live in Texas, but shut up). Everyone who’s been to SXSW, or even everyone who knows what SXSW is, knows that it’s not just music, interactive and film. There are so many other unofficial parties and free shows that go on. The Austin Chronicle even has an Unofficial Guide to SXSW, you can find that here.
One of the unofficial artists, Told Slant, recently tweeted a picture of their contract. It appears to say that in the event’s attempt to stop non sanctioned show, if any artists are international, SXSW will refer them to the proper U.S. immigration authorities. According to avclub.com, they also said “accepting and performing at any non-sanctioned events may result in immediate deportation, revoked passport, and denied entry by US Customs Border Patrol at US points of entry.” Felix Walworth, of Told Slant, said he wouldn’t be signing his contract. You can read the whole article here.
According to SXSW’s managing director, Roland Swenson, Walworth pasted two different parts of the contract together. However, the language used in the tweet was the language in the contract. The language has been in the festival’s artist contract for years, and it’s there in case “somebody did something really horrific, like disobey rules about pyrotechnics, starting a brawl, or if they killed somebody.” You can read all of Spin’s article right here. It outlines SXSW’s Performance Agreement, and the actions possible to follow.
The music portion of SXSW will run from March 13th through March 19th. So get out there and see some unofficial shows…or don’t. It’s up to you. If you do go, be safe, be smart and tell my friends out there grinding I said hello!