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You Can Safely Skip SXSW This Year. Spillover Fest Looks Awesome.

The Deep Ellum festival will expand to three days this year.
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Spillover Music Festival unveiled more of its lineup today along with the news that it will grow to unfold over three days, proving once and for all that there is no compelling reason to go to Austin the weekend of March 18.

The Parade of Flesh-produced festival — which capitalizes on the flood of bands in our fair state for South by Southwest by bringing those bands to a city that won’t be inundated with digital marketing gurus from Brooklyn and around-the-block lines for rumored “secret performances” — runs from March 18 through the 20th in Deep Ellum. Trees, Club Dada, and Three Links will each host performances. Dada pulled double-duty last year with its indoor and outdoor stage.

More acts will be announced in February, but the lineup is shaping up just fine. Electro goofballs Anamanaguchi, Illinois rockers The Orwells, Mexican garage punks Le Butcherettes, and the shoegazey Nothing get the big print on the bill. We’re especially looking forward to Broncho, Yuck, Ezra Furman, Shannon and the Clams, and Diarrhea Planet, the Nashville six-piece that seems to play in Dallas more than some local bands, but always delivers a stupendously fun show.

Previous installments of the festival have been fantastic, and have occupied just one day of the week. Does expanding to three days mean three times the good times? Maybe?

Even one day of Spillover is, in our experience, better than a full week of SXSW. Our advice: Stay in Dallas and let the music come to you. Save yourself hundreds of dollars and countless headaches. Avoid overwhelming crowds, abbreviated shows, and an avalanche of garbage mixtapes. If you do drive to Austin for SXSW, you’re just emitting that much more CO2 into the atmosphere, ratcheting up the intensity of climate change and essentially contributing to the end of the world.

A three-day pass for Spillover will run you about $45. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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