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5 TIPS TO MAKE THE BEST OF THE FEST 3 MUST-HIT AUSTIN FESTIVALS Sound on Sound: The producers of this new fest put their love of music above all else and it shows in unique lineups, large but not overwhelming crowds and a fraternal atmosphere you wish every festival had. Levitation: Founded by Austin’s The Black Angels, this festival’s curated music reflects the tastes of the founders. Where else can I watch the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne get a tattoo then blow everyone away on stage? Free Week: This local-bands-only event that runs the first 10 days of January has snowballed into a cover-free, local bands, micro version of SXSW. 1 2 Pacing is paramount. Be realistic about how many acts you can see over the duration. Burnout is real. Prioritize quality of experience over quantity of bands. It’s tempting to join the rush to the next band but staying until the end of the set has its own rewards. Immerse yourself in the experience. Document the show briefly (if that’s your thing) but focus on the performance. Diversify! Discover! See at least one band per day you haven’t seen or heard of before. That’s what it’s all about. After-shows are an excellent chance to see an act that rarely plays a small room. Leave some room in your schedule late-night. 3 Greg with James Edward of Temples Bagshaw 4 local bands to watch » Ringo Deathstarr » My Jerusalem » Moving Panoramas » Sweet Spirit » Magna Carda 5 Inbox FEED YOUR Like to be in the know? We’ll send the latest Austin happenings straight to your inbox with our monthly eNewsletters. Just sign up at austintexas.org . PHOTO BY CHAD WADSWORTH; COURTESY GREG ACKERMAN austintexas.org 49

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