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“Our first time in Austin has been insane” - Spring King on playing SXSW

Post-festival, the band tell us about their first time playing Austin’s annual new music bonanza.

With Austin’s infamously manic new music flurry SXSW wrapped up for another year, approximately two thousand bands are now in recovery. From rumoured Yeezy appearances that never materialised, to Hannibal Buress from Broad City making a guest cameo on drums for Speedy Ortiz, it was all ‘kicking off’ left right and centre. Post-festival, we caught up with DIY faves Spring King, who played SXSW for the first time this weekend.

“Our first time in Austin has been insane,” the band tells us. “Once we were on the ground, it only took about 15 minutes to realise how amazing Austin is as a city.” Spring King have also returned with a fair few tips for budding SXSW-goers. “There are a few tips we’ve got for bands heading over, preparation wise,” they say. “Here’s our list of 10 musts-brings: shorts, Berocca, sun cream, raincoat, money, mp3 player, books, mobile phone, disposable camera, and your instrument - unless you rent one.”

“SXSW really is a festival that pulsates and brings in the crowds,” they add. “We played 6 shows, and ate some of the best food that our mouths have ever touched. You might shed a tear at the delights of these joints: Torchy’s Tacos,Gourdoughs donut trailer and El Sapo Cantina for a burger (veggie if you’re like Pete). There’s also a great Karaoke bar called Ego’s which you should definitely visit for a sing-along to the Beach Boys or Pet Shop Boys.”

Despite their hectic schedule, Spring King also made time to see a bunch of other acts, and they’re not short on tips. “Delicate Steve, JuanWauters, La Luz, Hiatus Kaiyote, Deerhoof, Thee Oh Sees, Tobia Jesso Jr, and East India Youth all blew our minds,” say the band.

Watch Spring King play BBC Introducing’s stage at SXSW below:

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