Has anyone ever been to SXSW in Austin? I was planning to go this year because some friends of mine are playing. However, I found out you can't really buy a single day pass or pay only for the shows you attend. Its like $625 to buy a music pass and I can't justify spending that much for my boyfriend and I both to have a pass, on top of airfare and hotel, when we'll only be there a few days and not for the entire run of the festival. So I just wanted to vent about that - i think its total bullshit you can't pay a cover for the shows you attend. What if you're a local and just want to catch a couple of shows? Also, I had a question for anyone who has been to sxsw or who has been to Austin in general....do you think it would be worth it just to go anyways? I was reading most bands that play the festival book other shows in the area outside of the festival so I'm sure I could still catch some shows. Depending on how many people tag along with my friends' band, I assume they might be able to at least get me in their show, although I'm not 100% of that. I thought it would be fun to at least go and spend a few days partying with them. Or I could spend the money to go on vacation somewhere else. I'm not a huge fan of crowds and I know Austin will be nuts that week. I dunno if it would be worth battling the crowds if I'm not even going be attending the actual festival. Thoughts?