SXXpress Passes

SXXpress (South by Express) Passes allow registrants with Platinum, Interactive, Film, and Music Badges to request priority access to individual Conference Sessions, Music Festival Showcases, Film Festival Screenings, Comedy Festival Showcases, and select parties.


Photo by Diego Donamaria

Photo by Diego Donamaria

About SXXpress Passes

 

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

How to Access SXXpress Passes

Before you can sign up for SXXpress Passes, you must log in and link your badge in SXSW GO or SXSW Social, using the SXSW Link Code found in your registration confirmation email.

Starting from 9:00am on the day before the event you want priority access to, just log in to SXSW GO or the online schedule, navigate to the event, and click the “Request SXXpress Pass” button. The checkboxes and help text in the SXXpress Pass interface will confirm your eligibility and show you when you can request a pass.

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, transferred or exchanged. All requests are final.

How Many SXXpress Passes Can I Get?

You can request a SXXpress Pass for most (but not all) events that you have primary access to based on your badge type. The allotment of SXXpress Passes per badge type and the events you can request them for is as follows:

  • Platinum registrants may request up to three passes per day for primary access to Conference Sessions, Film Festival Screenings, Music Festival Showcases, Comedy Festival Showcases, and Parties (Interactive/Film/Music Opening Parties and Film Intermission Party).

  • Interactive registrants may request up to two passes per day for primary access to Interactive and Convergence Sessions, Comedy Festival Showcases, and Interactive Opening Party.

  • Film registrants may request for up to two passes per day for primary access to Film Screenings, Film and Convergence Sessions, Comedy Festival Showcases, and the Film Opening Party and Intermission Party.

  • Music registrants may request up to two passes per day for primary access to Music Showcases, Music and Convergence Sessions, Comedy Festival Showcases, and the Music Opening Party.

Event types that do not have SXXpress Passes include: Networking Meet Ups, Mentor Sessions, Workshops and Roundtables, and Gaming Expo.

How Do I Get In With My SXXpress Pass?

You should make sure to have both your SXSW Badge and SXXpress Pass in hand and ready to scan at the door.

  • For Conference Sessions, go to the designated SXXpress area at the front of the primary access line.
  • For Film Screenings, go to the designated area at the front of the primary access line at the theatre, no later than 30 minutes before the listed time for the screening.
  • For Music and Comedy Showcases, go to the front of the primary access line at the host venue.

Need Help?

If you are having an issue requesting a SXXpress Pass, please stop by any of our Information Booths or the SXSW GO / SXXpress Pass Help Desk in Exhibit Hall 1 of the Austin Convention Center, and a friendly volunteer will assist you. You may also email us at info@sxsw.com.


Notes:

SXSW Film Screenings: 1) A SXXpress Pass provides admittance only to the event specified (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 specified (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 specified (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 is 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.

SXXPress Pass Badge Comparison Chart

 

The SXXpress Pass icons (XP) in the corresponding badge priority color can be found in the chart below.

For more information on badge access, SXXpress Passes, and event navigation tools, please visit the Attendee Services Hub.

Primary Access
Interactive Tracks, Keynotes & Featured Speakers
Interactive Opening Party
Film Tracks, Keynotes & Featured Speakers
Film Festival Opening & Intermission Parties
Film Festival Screenings & Events
Music Tracks, Keynotes & Featured Speakers
Music Festival Opening Party
Music Festival Showcases & Events
Convergence Tracks, Keynotes & Featured Speakers
Comedy Festival Showcases & Events

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