SXSW was trending on March 7 as Austin gets ready to welcome the first big festival of the 2013 season this weekend. Although South by Southwest isn't just about music, that's a large part of the 10-day, pop culture gathering that includes big acts along with the launch of film projects and online efforts, among other ventures.
According to the site that fronts this festival, "SXSW's original goal was to create an event that would act as a tool for creative people" as well as the firms that make these things happen. The festival came about "to develop...careers [and] to bring together people from a wide area to meet and share ideas."
The SXSW site reported that this is the same goal in 2013. That said, the festival begins on March 8 and ends on March 17, during which time travelers and locals alike will enjoy such indie talent as Wild Child, Young Girls, Crooks, and American Fangs.
To assist in acclimating to this much loved festival for out-of-towners, The Hollywood Reporter provided a terrific guide on the most ideal places to eat and sleep in this Texas hot spot in preparation for the happening event that kicks off on Friday in the Lone Star State
But SWSX is only the beginning of music mania to be presented all over the globe. With that in mind, consider the following festivals that really rock around the world just as spring blooms and summer simmers in so many fascinating places worth visiting when the sounds are sold by high profile musicians, and even when they're not.