The staff at SXSW have changed the way us locals get our wristbands. That's right, no standing in line for hours outside of Waterloo Records this year. I really like the new system but it is still basically a game of chance. Here's the rundown and the rest of the info can be found here.
SXSW 2008 Wristband Drawing Commences February 21
Wristbands will be priced at $180. The initial round of 4000 wristbands available to Austin residents will be discounted to the price of $139 (includes tax and service charges).SXSW Wristband Drawing
For the first time, SXSW Music Festival Wristbands will be sold to the public via an online drawing. For years, the number of people wanting to buy wristbands has been greater than the amount of wristbands SXSW is able to sell.
This random drawing system is being implemented to ensure that the majority of wristbands go to Austin's music fans (rather than re-sellers), and to save them the inconvenience of standing for hours in long lines at possibly inconvenient times in order to purchase them.
SXSW expects drawing entries to far exceed the available number of wristbands. Submitting a drawing entry does not guarantee eligibility to purchase wristbands.
SXSW will not sell, distribute, or otherwise disclose any personal information obtained in the process of placing your order.
This will be the only advance sale of SXSW 2008 Music Festival Wristbands to the public. A small number of additional wristbands will go on sale the week of the event, at a higher price.Drawing Entry Process:
Wristband drawing entries will be accepted online for 96 hours, (from 9am Thursday, February 21, through 9am Monday, February 25). At the conclusion of the 96-hour period, an automated process will draw entries in random order from all eligible submitted entries. If your entry is drawn, the credit card you provided will be immediately charged for your wristband purchase.
1. You must provide a valid credit card with funds available to purchase the number of wristbands you request (up to 2).
2. You must have a billing address in the approved greater Austin area list.
3. You must provide a name and email for each wristband desired, and any other required fields. If your entry is drawn, each named person must personally pick up his or her wristband (which will be put on his or her wrist at that time) March 9th through March 15th.