SXSW: Photographer Peter Leeman’s Account of SXSW (Part One)

For 8 days I embedded with WRCT’s envoy to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Grown out of humble beginnings, SXSW now seems to consume the entire city in a fertile, massive agglomeration of live music,parties, corporate showcases and much more. There is an official SXSW festival and countless unofficial events, with the lines between the two consistently blurring.

We put 10 people in a rental van and drove over 20 hours straight, stopping only momentarily for breakfast, Dairy Queen or an obligatory bathroom break. With the promise of seeing more live music in a week than possibly anywhere else on earth, we could not wait to roam the dusty desert streets of mid-central cowboy country. I had half of a press pass, a nice piece of floor to sleep on and a lot of pale white, supple skin  ready to soak up some rays.


Anything and everything becomes a pillow in van with 10 people.

The group stretches their legs after getting gas.

Kyle Henson, WRCT DJ, heads back in for another leg of the journey.

The transportation for the trip.

Driving through the night.

Anna Bieberdorf, WRCT Business Manager, drives into the night.

The group heads into a local Austin cafe for a WRCT alumni meet-up.

Red Bud Isle, an island and park on Lady Bird Lake.

Exploring Austin on foot.

Discussing radio business.

Dave Zak, WRCT DJ, spends time on the balcony.

Allison Cosby, WRCT Interim General Manager and former Pillbox editor enjoys some balcony time in Austin.

The parking lot outside of Cheer Up Charlie's, a casual, popular venue in East Austin.

Merchandise plays at the Viceland showcase, hosted by Vice Magazine.

Merchandise plays at the Viceland showcase, hosted by Vice Magazine.

Waiting for bathrooms, a common pastime at SXSW.

A separate room was set up for a company's new product launch.

Austra perfoms at the Viceland showcase.

Austra perfoms at the Viceland showcase.

Austra perfoms at the Viceland showcase.

Sound checking for Icona Pop.

Icona Pop perfoms at the Viceland showcase.

Icona Pop perfoms at the Viceland showcase.

Peter Leeman is a graduate researcher in field of atmospheric science. He is also a photographer and filmmaker.


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