SXSW Music Festival Wristbands On Sale Now

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About SXSW Music Festival


The SXSW Music Festival takes place March 12-18, 2018 in Austin, Texas. Discovery comes alive for 6 nights at over 90 venues featuring 2,000 showcasing acts that represent a comprehensive mix of brand new, up-and-coming, international, and legendary artists.

Explore the full lineup of confirmed 2018 SXSW Music Showcasing Artists and start adding acts to your schedule today!

New for 2018:

SXSW Gaming Expo access now extends to Music Festival Wristbands.

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2018 Music Festival Wristbands


SXSW Music Wristband: Price: $169

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Purchase online on January 16, 2018. Note: When a second wristband is purchased, the additional wristband will display in the “Add Ons Sold” section of the Cart.

SXSW Music Festival Wristbands provide entry to all festival showcases and enter after Music and Platinum Badges. Wristbands cannot guarantee entry to every SXSW Music Festival showcase as each is subject to venue capacity.

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How Online Wristband Sales Work


An individual can buy two wristbands – one must be in the name of the credit cardholder and the second must be assigned to an individual named at the time of purchase. When a second wristband is purchased, the additional wristband will display in the “Add Ons Sold” section of the Cart.

The discount wristbands will only be sold over the internet, and will require a valid credit card with an Austin area billing address. Click here for a list of approved zip codes.

There will be no refunds or name transfers after purchase. If you buy more than the two wristbands permitted, you will not be able to give or sell them to other people. Before purchasing a second wristband make sure the second person you buy a wristband for has not made other arrangements and is definitely able to attend SXSW.

You will be sent a confirmation email which will include instructions for picking up your wristband. You must bring a valid form of photo ID to redeem your wristband. Your wristband will be placed on your wrist at time of pick up.

SXSW badges give priority entry over wristbands. Wristbands cannot guarantee admission to every SXSW event. Event admission is subject to venue capacity and age restrictions in compliance with state and local laws. Review Wristband Rules below for further details.

Wristband holders can catch a ride on the SXSW Festival Shuttle – a free circulating shuttle running between the Austin Convention Center, SXSW Outdoor Stage at Ladybird Lake and SXSW Film Festival Theaters. Learn more here.

Don’t live in the Austin area? Special wristband hotel packages are available for out-of-towners! Visit Hotel Music Wristband Packages for more information.

Are you an Austin local? Want the full fan experience for SXSW 2018? Leave the traffic and trouble at home! Buy a wristband to access SXSW conference rates at our top hotels and stay downtown. Book your hotel from the link in your local Music Fest wristband purchase confirmation email.

New for 2018: Music Festival Wristbands provide entry to the SXSW Gaming Expo.

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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 in Exhibit Hall 5 at the Austin Convention Center.

Wristband Pickup Times

Monday, March 12 | 9:00am – 6:00pm
Tuesday, March 13 | 9:00am – 10:00pm
Wednesday, March 14 | 9:00am – 10:00pm
Thursday, March 15 | 9:00am – 10:00pm
Friday, March 16 | 10:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, March 17 | 11:00am – 4:00pm

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Official Rules


This online system is being implemented to ensure that the majority of wristbands sold go to Austin’s music fans (rather than scalpers and resellers), 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 SXSW 2018 Music Festival Wristbands to greater Austin-area residents: Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

Purchase Requirements

  1. You must provide a valid credit card with funds available to purchase the number of wristbands you request (up to 2).
  2. The purchaser will provide their name, phone number, email, valid credit card number and expiration date and billing address. The billing zip code must be listed in the approved greater Austin area list.
  3. A second wristband may be purchased by providing a separate name and email address. These wristbands are non-transferable and nonrefundable.
  4. Each named person must personally pick up their wristband (which will be put on their wrist at that time) at the Austin Convention Center from March 12 – 17, 2018.
  5. Each person may only buy one wristband for themselves and one friend. Any person who succeeds in purchasing multiple wristbands will be charged, but will not be able to use them for other people other than the one friend named at the time of purchase. Click here for an approved greater Austin area list.


  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 purchasing 1 or 2 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 email preferences and unsubscribe at the bottom of any email.

Read the Wristbands Terms and Conditions

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