If you happen to be throwing a party this year at SXSW, first off, can we come?
Secondly, if you're sitting there wondering how to make your party the best it can be, we here at Hippohonk have five friendly tips to help you succeed.
- It's all about the music. Sure, there are plenty of people at SXSW who just want to get drunk and flop around, but the majority of us are there because we want to experience the latest and greatest musical acts from around the world (while getting drunk and flopping around). Don't assume that we will get on a boat that cruises around for hours with cheap beer and terrible music just because you have a boat and beer. You're already on our site, so try going for some of those top acts we recommend. You can even tweet us if you want, we chat with some of these bands and we might just be able to hook you guys up.
- Maybe don't let EVERYONE in. It might seem strange, but us party-goers actually like some sort of structure to the parties we attend. ticketbud.com who can handle ticketing and registration for your event. They're a great local Austin company with a straight-forward pricing structure (as low as free if your event is free). They are also extremely knowledgeable on SXSW as made evident by their popular survival guide and they can help you if you have any questions on ticketing or venues. Speaking of venues...
- Stay within city limits. We're like party gypsies out there, we travel from place to place in a haze of free booze and music so make sure you don't venture too far out of the downtown area. If your party is during the day then it's mildly acceptable, just make sure there's a bus route that can take us back to town.
- Free booze. Obviously.
- Amenities and convenience. Make sure we're not waiting in longer lines for the bathroom than we did to get into your party. Also, whatever you can do to get the booze (hopefully the free kind) closer to us, the better. Some SXSW parties will have servers who bring party-goers drinks which is above and beyond. If you can't do that, having some quick access bars scattered around will work just as well. Just make sure that lines going into the bathroom or to the bar aren't somehow in the way of people trying to watch the act on stage. You might think this is a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised.
It's really that simple. If you can knock out at least four out of five of these, you're going to have a good time and you'll have people talking about your party for years.