Parties

SXSW Gaming offers a legendary experiences across not only its cutting-edge programming, expo, and awards show, but also in the epic parties thrown each night.


Parties

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SXSW Gaming Opening Party with host Alex Corea

 

Join SXSW Gaming and host Alex Corea as we kick off the 2018 Festival with special performances by some of the most well-known and quickly rising musicians found in the booming Nerdcore scene. This genre of music, which has taken audiences across the world by storm, is making its way to the heart of SXSW Gaming to be featured in one showcase of incredible talent that you won’t want to miss.

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SXSW Gaming Opening Party with host Alex Corea
Hilton Austin Downtown | Thursday, March 15
Performances: 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Doors Open: 7:30pm
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Mega Ran

Mega Ran
Arguably the world’s foremost link between hip-hop and video game culture, Mega Ran combines the classic nostalgic bleeps and bloops of retro gaming with hard-hitting, topical rhymes and clever wordplay. The former teacher’s music has landed TV, movie and game placements along with multiple world tours, and he is the proud holder of a Guinness World Record for his prolificacy and hustle.
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SAMMUS

SAMMUS
SAMMUS (Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo) is a Philadelphia-based rap artist, producer, and PhD student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Known as much for her rousing stage presence as she is for her prowess as a beatmaker and lyricist, Sammus has spent the past several years cultivating a strong following of activists, hip hop heads, punks, and self-identified nerds and geeks, among others. As noted by the Los Angeles Times, Sammus “has a gift for getting a message across.”
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Rockit Gaming

Rockit Gaming
Rockit Gaming is one of YouTube’s biggest rising Nerdcore artists, dedicated in creating commercial grade content for developers, publishers, and of course – fans. Utilizing YouTube as a main platform for connecting with their audience, they produce two full songs and lyrical typography video every week. With themed lyrics pertaining to storylines, characters, and lore, they blur the line of reality for their listeners – engaging both gamers and non-gamers alike. With over 200 songs in their ever growing catalog, it truly is something you have to see to believe.
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NerdOut!

NerdOut!
Taking cues from modern rock, rap, and comedy and infusing it with references to all things nerd culture, NerdOut made its debut on YouTube in 2015. With its members spanning two continents, by the time Jack, Nem, and Ben met in person for the first time nine months later, the group had already hit nine-figure view totals. As YouTube, and with it the gaming community, continues to rise in the digital age, NerdOut proves to be at the front line, churning out releases for a hungry fanbase.
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Super Soul Bros

Super Soul Bros
Based in Silicon Valley, the Super Soul Bros bring an explosive performance of live, funky video game music. Renowned for their dynamic musicianship, improvisation and infectious grooves, the Super Soul Bros are a hit with all ages. Whether they’re taking requests on the fly, or the crowd is busting into a full-on soul train, it’s always a party with the Super Soul Bros.
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SXSW Gaming Closing Party

 

The SXSW Gaming Closing Party, powered by TheWaveVR, will close out the Gaming Festival with a bang! Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience in EDM and gaming music with the completely immersive TheWaveVR. Join fellow SXSW Gaming attendees and participants beaming in from around the world at The Belmont for the first-ever virtual rave at SXSW Gaming.

Details

SXSW Gaming Closing Party powered by TheWaveVR
The Belmont | Saturday, March 17
Performances: 11:00pm – 2:00am
Doors Open: 10:30pm
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GRIMECRAFT

GRIMECRAFT - Performer at SXSW Gaming Closing Party
Crafting a contemporary musical experience drawn from his love of video games, San Francisco based DJ/Producer/Artist GRIMECRAFT brings a bright glossy mix of candied electronic voices and samples set to a tune of nerd nostalgia. Right hand man for video game remix imprint GameChops and resident DJ of Twitch Studios new show FreshStock, GRIMECRAFT serves as a tastemaker for the internet music scene. He has recently gained worldwide attention for pushing forward the boundaries of music with his latest project TheWaveVR, A virtual reality social music platform that allows users create and perform music live in a synesthetic virtual venue. GRIMECRAFT truly redefines the meaning of future bass.
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Pearl Grey

Pearl Gray - Performer at SXSW Gaming Closing Party
Pearl Grey is a smol as heckie bean that loves Japanese rave sounds, dank drops, and cute things. He crafts and spins really really lit trap, hardcore, drum & bass, and house tunes driven by the pulse of rhythm games and anime. Pearl Grey is half of DROP TEAM EPIC and the community manager at TheWaveVR!
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Jen Lasher

Jen Lasher - Performer at SXSW Gaming Closing Party
One of Electronic Music’s defining vocalists and powerhouse DJs, Jen Lasher brings her all to every performance. With energetic stage presence and endless original content, each show uniquely marks its place in dance music history.
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