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About SXSW Music Wristband Packages | How It Works | Wristband Pickup | The Rules

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About SXSW Music Wristband Package

Welcome to the only authorized dealer of SXSW Music Festival Wristbands to music fans living outside the greater Austin area.

Wristbands are usually reserved for local Austinites, but each year, we release a small number of hotel/wristband packages to those living outside of Austin. The hotel/wristband package is a promotional effort by SXSW to give out-of-town music fans the experience of the SXSW Music Festival, which takes place March 15-20, 2016.

A Music Festival Wristband allows access to over 100 stages and thousands of live performances. Admission to all venues is subject to legal capacity. Admission to most venues are subject to minimum age requirements.

Are you an Austin local? Want the full fan experience for SXSW 2016? Leave the traffic and trouble at home! Buy a wristband to access SXSW conference rates at our top hotels and stay downtown.

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How it works

To Make your hotel request:*

  1. Use the "Request My Hotel" button, located at top of this page, to make your hotel request.

  2. Follow the simple steps to complete the hotel request and hit submit.

Note: Please do not hit your browser’s back button while making your request, as it will create an error. If you need to adjust your request, please use the blue "back" button located at the bottom of the hotel request tool.

To purchase your wristband:

  1. Once you’ve made your hotel request online, the SXSW Housing Department will e-mail you coupon codes for each person listed in your room share and instructions on how to purchase your wristbands online.*

  2. Follow the instructions in your email, completing your wristband purchase within 24 hours of making the hotel request.

  3. Housing will verify your wristband purchase and send your hotel confirmation by email.

  4. Get to Austin and check into your hotel.

  5. Bring your room key and photo ID to the Austin Convention Center to pick up your wristband and hit the festival.
    * Guests listed in your room share must be full legal names as this is how the Housing Department will issue their coupons. Guests are required to present their ID to pick up their wristbands.

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Wristband Pickup

  1. Each individual must pick up his or her own wristband and will need to present a drivers license or valid government-issued photo ID to claim his or her SXSW wristband.
  2. The wristband will be fastened on an individual's wrist at time of pick up and may not be removed until the festival is over.
  3. An individual may not pick up a wristband for someone else.
  4. You can pick up your wristband at the Austin Convention Center Exhibit Hall 5.

Read the Wristband FAQ for more information.

Wristband Pickup Times

Tuesday, March 15 | 9AM - 10PM

Wednesday, March 16 | 9AM - 10PM

Thursday, March 17 | 9AM - 10PM

Friday, March 18 | 10AM - 7PM

Saturday, March 19 | 11AM - 4PM

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The Rules

This online system is being implemented to ensure that the majority of wristbands sold go to music fans (rather than scalpers and re-sellers), and to save them the inconvenience of getting in line hours before they go on sale to be sure of getting one.

SXSW will not sell, distribute, or otherwise disclose any personal information obtained in the process of placing your order. Advance sale of 2016 Hotel/Wristband Packages is Thursday, November 19 at 10am.

Purchase Requirements

  1. If you’re an out of town music fan, canceling your hotel room will automatically cancel your wristband purchase(s). Canceling your wristband purchases will automatically cancel your hotel room.

  2. Out of Town Fan Hotel/Wristband packages cost $189 each (includes tax and service charge) plus the cost of the hotel reservation which is paid directly to the hotel upon checkout. Some hotels require a deposit to be charged to the card on your reservation in mid to late February. Check your room reservation agreement for this information when making your hotel request.

  3. You must provide a valid credit card with funds available to purchase the number of coupons you are issued. You must redeem all coupons within 24 hours of making your hotel request. The purchaser will provide their name, phone number, e-mail, valid credit card number and expiration date, and billing address.

  4. Coupons will be issued for each person listed in the hotel request, up to 2 for a single King room and 4 for a double room. These wristbands are non-transferable and nonrefundable. Please follow instructions carefully when redeeming your coupons to purchase your wristband(s).

  5. Each named person must personally pick up his or her wristband (which will be put on his or her wrist at that time) at the Austin Convention Center from March 15 through March 19.


  1. Wristbands guarantee no cover charges. Admission subject to legal capacity. Many venues fill up. Badges get priority entry.

  2. All SXSW Wristbands are non-transferable/non-refundable. No exceptions.

  3. Tampering with the SXSW Wristband will invalidate the wristband. Stretching, tearing, taping or cutting of SXSW wristbands is not permitted. If wristband tampering is evident, the wristband will be voided and the wearer will be refused entry to any/all SXSW venues.

  4. When redeeming coupons to purchase wristbands, the authorized purchaser must be one of the wristband recipients.

  5. Most SXSW Music Festival venues have minimum age requirements. Authorized SXSW wristband holders are not exempt from venue-specific age restrictions.

  6. DO NOT attempt to buy more than one wristband for yourself and one for a friend, because there will be no refunds or assignments of the wristbands you purchase to other names.

  7. By purchasing a wristband, you consent to being placed on our SXSW Music email list for news, updates, promotional and other materials from SXSW. You may update or change your e-mail preferences & unsubscribe at the bottom of any email.

Questions: check the FAQ, Wristband Terms and Conditions or email

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Photo by Tim Strauss