Chris Talbott

Has SXSW Sold-Out, Lost Sight of Its Mission?

Has SXSW Sold-Out, Lost Sight of Its Mission?

As SXSW shuttered its 28th year, participants debated the growing corporate influence on the conference. Critics say SXSW has lost sight of its core mission: to help new bands get discovered. Instead, they say, the focus has shifted to stars like Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Keith Urban and others whose appearances are underwritten by brands.

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