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First held in 1987, South by Southwest, also known as SXSW is an annual conference and festival held in Austin, Texas, that brings together a wide range of creative industries, including music, film, interactive media, and more.

SXSW features a diverse array of programming, including keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, film screenings, and musical performances. The festival attracts a broad range of attendees, including musicians, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, journalists, and other creative professionals.

The founder of South by Southwest (SXSW) is Roland Swenson. Along with his co-founders, Louis Black and Nick Barbaro, Swenson launched the festival as a way to showcase Austin's vibrant music scene and to promote the city's creative culture more broadly.

Famous For:
The festival is known for its innovative and forward-thinking approach, with a focus on emerging trends and new technologies. SXSW has become a key platform for launching new products and services, as well as for discovering new talent and connecting with like-minded individuals and companies.

Creation Purpose:
The initial goal of the festival was to bring attention to Austin's diverse and thriving music scene, which included a range of genres and styles, from blues and country to punk and rock. Over time, the festival expanded to include other creative industries, such as film and interactive media, reflecting Austin's broader reputation as a hub of innovation and creativity.

Fun Facts:
The first SXSW festival in 1987 featured only 700 attendees, while the 2019 festival attracted over 400,000 attendees.

The festival has a significant economic impact on Austin, generating an estimated $355.9 million in revenue for the city in 2019.

SXSW has also been known to feature surprise performances from major artists, such as Prince, Jay-Z, and Kanye West.

In 2019, SXSW featured the world's first-ever live 5G broadcast, using the latest technology to stream a performance by English singer-songwriter, Jacob Banks.

Impact on the Music Industry:
SXSW played a major role in helping bands and artists with their careers. Many successful bands, such as The White Stripes and John Mayer, credit SXSW for helping them gain recognition and success.

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South By Southwest (SXSW) 2024 at a glance

When did South By Southwest (SXSW) 2024 take place?

Festival was scheduled from 08 Mar to 16 Mar 2024 (8 day(s)).

Where was South By Southwest (SXSW) 2024 held?

South By Southwest (SXSW) takes place in Austin, United States. Here is the full address of the festival: Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX, US 78701

Who headlined South By Southwest (SXSW) 2024?

Bootsy Collins, Hinds, Night Drive, Ralphie Choo, Big Wy's Brass Band.

What were the main genres at South By Southwest (SXSW) 2024?

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