FOMO NoMore + Huge SXSW Parties RSVP List + Hand Picked Playlist

SXSW Festival 2016

This will be my 6th year in a row doing photography for SXSW and I’ve had some amazing experiences. I’ve been able to photograph bands before their rise to popularity – Ben Howard, James Bay, Macklemore, Leon Bridges… and probably the top of my list of SXSW experiences is brining my mom backstage to meet and chat with Neil Young a few year ago. If you have ever been to SXSW then you know that there are 1000’s of parties and you can get some major FOMO and get yourself lost in a lame event. I have spent way too much time putting together a spreadsheet of parties and events that you should attend. Most of these came from others so feel free to copy/paste into your own list. If you want to conquer SXSW you should start right HERE.

CLICK HERE to view the list of Parties and Events.

Since I’m based in Austin I like to put together a playlist of the not-so-known bands that are must-see shows. Even if you are not attending the music festival I would suggest checking out this playlist:

Here are some of my top SXSW photos that I have taken from previous years… these are my favorite for multiple reasons. Some aren’t my ‘best’ photos but they bring back some great memories that make them my favorite:





















By the end of SXSW, this is who I become:

Daran is the creator of ColoredLion.com & specializes in bringing out the amazing colors that are all around us & almost always has a camera in hand. You can find him at Google+ and Twitter.