Thursday, February 14, 2008

SXSW Wristband Info Out, Confusion and Disappointment Reign

For those of you who thought you might just be able to hit up eBay to get your SXSW wristband this year, think again! The festival has foiled your plan this year and forced you to enter a drawing online, which does not automatically qualify you to purchase a wristband . The rules are a little bit daunting to understand at first glance but it goes something like this:

The "initial" drawing (there isn't anything about additional drawings from what I can see) will consist of 4,000 wristbands and the prices will be $139 for Austinites and $180 for out-of-towners. You will be able to submit your information from Thursday, February 21st at 9 a.m., through Monday, February 25th at 9 a.m. in order to enter your name in the drawing. After that 96 hour period of time, some automated machine will pull names at random and if you get one, you're in luck, and if not, you're not so lucky! The wording implies that there will be additional drawings, but there isn't anything on the site about that. I think that the additional drawing might be separate for out-of-towners but I'm not quite sure. Additionally, you will have to pick up your wristband the week of SXSW while you are there, and it will be placed on your wrist at that time. So much for resellers!

Follow the link for all of the rules: http://wristbands.sxsw.com/

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