SXXpress Pass

SXXpress (South by Express) Passes allow registrants with Platinum, Interactive, Film, and Music Badges to request priority access to individual Conference sessions and parties, Music Festival Showcases, Film Festival Screenings, and Comedy Festival Showcases. Best of all, they’re free to all registrants!

SXXpress Pass signup opens at 9:00am on the day before an event. SXXpress Pass signup begins on Thursday, March 7 for events on Friday, March 8. SXXpress Pass signup ends on Saturday, March 16, 2019.

SXXpress Passes are digital and can be requested through the online Schedule or in SXSW GO, the official mobile app. Passes will be distributed via email, Apple Wallet, and Android Pay.

How Many SXXpress Passes Do I Get With My Badge Type?

You may only request a SXXpress Pass for events that you have primary access to — see the Badge Comparison Chart for more information on primary and secondary access. For example, registrants with Platinum Badges may request passes for any eligible event, whereas a Music Badge only provides passes to Music Showcases, Music Sessions, and Music Parties. All attendees can request passes to Comedy Festival Showcases.

  • Platinum registrants may request up to three passes per day. This can be any combination of Conference Sessions, Film Festival Screenings, Music Festival Showcases, and/or Parties (Interactive/Film/Music Opening Parties, Interactive Mix at 6, Interactive Bash, and Film Intermission Party).

  • Interactive registrants may request up to two passes per day. This can be a combination of Interactive and Convergence Sessions and/or Interactive Parties (Opening Party, Interactive Mix at 6, and Interactive Bash).

  • Film registrants may request for up to two passes per day. This can be a combination of Film Screenings, Film and Convergence Sessions, and/or Film Parties (Opening Party and Film Intermission Party).

  • Music registrants may request up to two passes per day. This can be a combination of Music Showcases, Music and Convergence Sessions, and/or the Music Opening Party.

How to Access Digital SXXpress Passes

Before you can sign up for SXXpress Passes you must:

  1. Log in and link your badge in SXSW GO or at SXSW Social using the SXSW Social Link Code found in your registration confirmation email.

  2. Pick up your badge from Registration. You must have your physical printed badge before requesting SXXpress Passes.

How to Request Your Individual SXXpress Pass:

Open SXSW GO or the online schedule, navigate to the event you want to attend, then click the “Request SXXpress Pass” button.

You will be sent an email for each successful SXXpress Pass request, including instructions on using the digital pass and when to arrive at the event.

Note: SXXpress Passes cannot be returned or exchanged. All requests are final.

What is the Request Period for a SXXpress Pass?

  • Conference Sessions and Parties (New for 2019): SXXpress Passes may be requested daily from 9:00am on the day before an event. The request period will end when the limited number of Passes allocated have been claimed or five hours before the session, whichever comes first.
    • Eligible Conference events include: Keynotes, Featured Speakers, Solo/Dual/Panel, Focus15s, Meet Ups, Book Readings, Pitch Events, Podcasts, Partner Programming (select venues only), and the following parties: Interactive/Film/Music Opening Parties, Interactive Mix at 6, Interactive Bash, and Film Intermission Party.
  • Film Festival Screenings: SXXpress Passes may be requested daily from 9:00am on the day before an event’s start time. The request period will end when the limited number of Passes have been claimed or five hours before the screening, whichever comes first.
  • Music Festival Showcases: SXXpress Passes may be requested daily from 9:00am on the day before an event’s start time. The request period will end when the limited number of Passes have been claimed or at 3:00pm the day of the showcase, whichever comes first.

What Line Do I Get In at an Event With My SXXpress Pass?

  • Conference Sessions/Parties – Registrants with a SXXpress Pass should proceed to the designated area at the front of the Primary Access badge line.
  • Film Screenings – Registrants with a SXXpress Pass must arrive no later than 30 minutes before the start of the film and proceed to the designated area at the front of the Primary Access badge line.
  • Music Showcases – Registrants with a SXXpress Pass should proceed to the designated area at the front of the Primary Access badge line.
  • Comedy Showcases – Registrants with a SXXpress Pass should proceed to the designated area at the front of the Primary Access badge line.

Need Help?

If you are having an issue requesting a SXXpress Pass in SXSW GO or the online schedule, please stop by any of our Information Booths or the SXSW Help Desk near Ballroom B in the Austin Convention Center and a friendly volunteer will assist you. You may also email info@sxsw.com.


Disclaimers

SXSW Film Screenings: 1) A SXXpress Pass provides admittance only to the event printed (venue and date) on the Pass; 2) The name on your badge and SXXpress Pass must be identical; 3) SXXpress Passes are non-transferable and are only valid when accompanied with your valid SXSW badge; 4) You must arrive no later than 30 minutes before the start of the film and proceed to the designated area at the front of the Primary Access badge line; 5) Admission subject to capacity restrictions; 6) The period to request a Pass ends when the quantity of Passes allocated have been claimed; 7) All SXXpress Pass transactions are final – NO EXCHANGES OR RETURNS.

SXSW Music Showcases: 1) A SXXpress Pass provides admittance only to the event printed (venue and date) on the Pass; 2) The name on your badge and SXXpress Pass must be identical; 3) SXXpress Passes are non-transferable and are only valid when accompanied with your valid SXSW badge; 4) SXXpress Passes do not guarantee admission, which is subject to venue capacity; 5) Due to strict alcohol beverage laws in Texas, all venues require a government-issued photo ID for entry; 6) SXXpress Passes are not valid for minors at venues that do not admit minors; 7) The period to request a Pass ends when the quantity of Passes allocated have been claimed; 8) SXXpress Passes may not be available for some showcases; 8) All SXXpress Pass transactions are final – NO EXCHANGES OR RETURNS.

SXSW Conference and Parties: 1) A SXXpress Pass provides admittance only to the event printed (venue and date) on the Pass; 2) The name on your badge and SXXpress Pass must be identical; 3) SXXpress Passes are non-transferable and are only valid when accompanied with your valid SXSW badge; 4) Admission subject to capacity restrictions; 5) No reserved seating; 6) The period to request a Pass ends when the quantity of Passes allocated have been claimed; 7) All SXXpress Pass transactions are final – NO EXCHANGES OR RETURNS.

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