While tech festivals are obviously focused on the future of technology, that’s not all they have to offer. Some include big-name music performances, impressive art displays, delicious eats and much more. If you’re into the latest and greatest technology, you’ll want to put at least one of these tech festivals on your must-attend list.
SXSW, Austin, Texas
South by Southwest, or SXSW as it’s more often referred to, is the biggie – a renowned tech and music festival that draws hundreds of thousands of attendees from across the globe – 432,500 in 2018. It gathers together innovators and influencers, creatives and entrepreneurs for a glimpse into the future of digital creativity and technology. Attendees get the rare opportunity to mingle with some of the greatest minds in the startup world while learning about the newest games, websites and startups.
In between all the tech excitement is a fantastic mix of up-and-coming, regional, international and legendary artists that perform across the city in parks, clubs, bars, hotels and even churches – with over 100 stages throughout central Austin. In fact, over 2,000 bands arrive from around the world to take part in the annual 10-day fest. There are tunes oozing from every corner in this festival made for music industry professionals, international media and fans – all who share a passion for new music and technology.
Throughout the year the self-proclaimed Live Music Capital of the World, established years ago nationally thanks to the TV show “Austin City Limits,” is a great place to be for music fans. If you’re one of them, you might want to consider searching through the Austin homes for sale so you can take advantage of thriving music scene all year long.
Panorama, New York City
Hosted in New York City at Randall’s Island Park, Panorama brings together technology-inspired installations with top-notch music artists – in 2018, Janet Jackson, The Killers and Fleet Foxes are just a few that are part of the lineup – along with all sorts of tasty cuisine as a celebration of the Big Apple as both a hub of innovative technology and capital of entertainment. One of its recent additions was The Dome, a spherical theater that provides a massive VR experience, bringing together sound and vision to create an immersive experience for several hundred people at a time.
Moogfest, Durham, North Carolina
Moogfest is billed as a “mind-expanding” conference, blending technology and creativity with cut-edge music performed in venues across Durham, North Carolina as the “synthesis of music, art and technology.” A platform for experimentation and conversation, the festival was inspired by the founding father of electronic music and inventor of the Moog synthesizer, the late Robert Arthur Moog, and is held on the weekend closest to Moog’s birthday, May 23. Its mission is to “grow a global community of futurists who explore emerging sound technologies and design radical instruments for change.”
The 2018 schedule featured an eclectic lineup of night concerts along with daytime workshops and panels, with much of the programming focused on a socio-political theme, including speakers like soldier-turned-activist, Chelsea Manning.