Explore Keynotes, Premieres, Showcases, and More at SXSW 2019

Join us for the 2019 SXSW Conference & Festivals in Austin, Texas for 10 days of collaboration with creatives working towards a more connected future. Register to attend and book your hotel today! Explore our packed schedule of exciting programming announcements below as well as an overview of badge access.

The Conference recently revealed more Keynotes – U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner with Acreage Holdings Chairman and CEO Kevin Murphy; a Keynote Conversation with Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond of Beastie Boys with Amazon Music’s Nathan Brackett; award-winning producer, musician, and songwriter T Bone Burnett; investor and author Roger McNamee with WIRED Editor in Chief Nicholas Thompson; and Recode co-founder and editor-at-large Kara Swisher with a special guest. Featured Speakers joining the 2019 lineup include multi-faceted artist David Byrne; actress, producer, and director Elizabeth Banks; actor, writer, and director Ethan Hawke; actress, activist, and philanthropist Amber Heard; producer, songwriter, and musician Nile Rodgers; futurist and best-selling author Brian Solis; food expert, actress, and best-selling author Padma Lakshmi; Gemini co-founders Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and many more.

Rolling out the red carpet for the Film Festival, 100+ Features and Episodic Premieres have been announced for the 2019 lineup including Jordan Peele’s Us as the Opening Night film. Feature highlights include The Beach Bum directed by Harmony Korine; Booksmart directed by Olivia Wilde; The Garden Left Behind directed by Flavio Alves; Pink Wall directed by Tom Cullen; and Untitled Seth Rogen/Charlize Theron Comedy directed by Jonathan Levine, to name a few. Episodic premiere highlights include David Makes Man directed by Michael Francis Williams; Shrill directed by Jesse Peretz and Carrie Brownstein; What We Do In the Shadows directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement; and more. The second wave of Film announcements included Festival Favorites, Midnighters, Shorts, Virtual Cinema, Episodic Pilot Competition, Title Sequence Competition, and Music Videos. Plus, the world premiere of Paramount Pictures’ Pet Sematary, directed by Kevin Kölschand and Dennis Widmyer, will close the 2019 Film Festival.

Flipping the tape over to the Music Festival side of announcements, the third wave of 300+ Showcasing Artists includes DC punk group Priests, Swedish rapper and Sad Boys frontman Yung Lean, buzzy Australian singer-songwriter Angie McMahon, alternative R&B singer/producer Kevin George, Domino Records electro pop producer Georgia, and soulful bedroom pop performer Omar Apollo, South Korean rapper Jvcki Wai, and many more. New additions to the Music Festival lineup continue each week leading up to the event in our Weekly Roundup series.

Browse all confirmed 2019 programming on the online SXSW Schedule. Read on for more information about the SXSWeek® programming schedule, badge access, booking your hotel, and more.

Badge Access

All attendees will receive primary entry to programming associated with their badge type, in addition to enjoying secondary access to most other SXSW events. There are four SXSW Badge types: Platinum, Interactive, Film, and Music. Badges are tied to three access types:

  • Primary: admitted first
  • Secondary: admitted second, after primary line
  • Convergence: one line where all badges have equal access

The Platinum Badge remains your best bet with primary access to all of SXSW. If you have an Interactive, Film, or Music Badge, you have primary access to the respective Conference tracks and events of your badge type, plus secondary access to other tracks and events outside your badge type, giving you the chance to experience more of what SXSW has to offer. All SXSW registrants also receive complimentary access to SXSW Gaming.

To help you get started, we’ve created the 2019 SXSW Badge Quiz. Based on the interests you select, the quiz will suggest the badge that will help you get the most out of your SXSW experience. Take our quiz to find out which badge best suits your needs.

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Book Your Hotel

After you register, make hotel reservations through SXSW Housing & Travel. In 2018, the typical SXSW attendee using SXSW Housing’s contracted hotel rates saved between 35%-50% compared to online travel agencies and direct bookings. Read our Tips to Book Your Hotel including booking for an individual, large groups, and payment policies.

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Join Us for SXSW 2019

Register to join us this March! Already registered? The Attendee Services Hub is your guide through SXSW resources to help you prepare for the adventure ahead. Once you are registered, dive into the suite of tools we have created to help you navigate and access conference and festival events.

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By Jordan Roberts