Preview: SXSW 2013 – General Ticket Information and the Headliners

By on Monday, 4th March 2013 at 9:00 am

South by Southwest 2013 is almost upon us (like next week!), and at TGTF towers we are honing our scoop sniffing skills, polishing our camera lenses and preparing ourselves for a glut of musical goodness. So who can you catch in Austin that you haven’t seen paraded in front of you on MTV and the BBC? Well, probably no-one, but I’m going to point you in the direction of one of the shows I for one, would not be missing. (And best of all, it’s absolutely free – along 2 other nights of outdoor music goodness.)

That is of course, The Flaming Lips‘ Auditorium Shores show on Friday, the 15th of March. Drawing from a back catalogue of (deep breath please):

  • ‘Hear It Is’ (1986)
  • ‘Oh My Gawd!!!…The Flaming Lips’ (1987)
  • ‘Telepathic Surgery’ (1989)
  • ‘In a Priest Driven Ambulance (with Silver Sunshine Stares)’ (1990)
  • ‘Hit to Death in the Future Head’ (1992)
  • ‘Transmissions from the Satellite Heart’ (1993)
  • ‘Clouds Taste Metallic’ (1995)
  • ‘Zaireeka’ (1997)
  • ‘The Soft Bulletin’ (1999)
  • ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’ (2002)
  • ‘At War with the Mystics’ (2006)
  • ‘Embryonic’ (2009)
  • ‘The Terror’ (2013)

Yes, they have that many albums in their backpocket,s ready to unleash a cornucopia of funkadelic sounds at you. So the question before you go and see this show is, could you bear a medley of Wayne Coyne’s latest album, or will you hit and hope for a collection of Flaming Lips singles, from ‘Do You Realise?’ to the mind bending ‘Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots’?

The audience may not be big enough for Coyne’s signature zorbing trick, but hey, would you put it past him pulling the trick out in Austin, Texas?

Get ready to carry the man, that’s all I would say! He is getting on.

But while the band are growing senior (at least compared to the majority of acts showcasing this year at SXSW), their live performances have not suffered in the slightest, and they remain a festival of the weird, the bizarre and the downright whimsical. So take a night off from the un-established and just rock out to one of the most challenging/rewarding bands of the last two decades. Read more about the 3 nights of free shows at Auditorium Shores here.

For your information, tickets to the music portion of SXSW from Tuesday the 12th of March all the way to Sunday the 17th of March are still available; music badges are now US$750 (approximately £499 at the time of this writing) but the walk-up rate increases to US$795 the week of the festival (approximately £529) and hotel rooms are going fast, so if you are still interested, we recommend you act quickly. Please note TGTF as a music Web site does not support ticket touting of any kind and we have been advised by the SXSW folks that wristbands for the gig portion only, which can only be bought by those with an Austin credit card billing address, are not transferable. So be prudent with your purchases to avoid getting ripped off.

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