The Music Gear Expo celebrates six years in 2015 with a host of new offerings. In addition to the much loved expo portion, the show will feature a number of special activations including: the Stompbox, Shred Shed, the brand new Modular Synthesizer Space, Maker Zone and classroom space, plus the Gear Lounge, Gear Expo Store and Flatstock Stage.
Open to all registrants, showcasing artists and the general public, the Expo has become the key destination for musicians, buyers, gear and tech aficionados at SXSW. It is located adjacent to the popular Flatstock Poster Show on Level 1 of the Austin Convention Center.
The SXSW Music Gear Expo hosts a unique range of companies, from established names in the industry to independently owned up-and-comers. View the 2015 exhibitors.
Dates & Hours:
Thursday, March 19 - Saturday, March 21
Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 5
John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
The non-profit John Lennon Educational Tour Bus mobile recording studio and production facility will be located inside the Music Gear Expo as a featured stop on the 75th Anniversary Tour (in celebration of what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday). This SXSW visit also marks the launch of a specialized augmented reality bus tour created in collaboration with students from Austin, TX. The Lennon Bus will be open to the public and SXSW attendees for unique tours, giveaways and student sessions. For more information visit: lennonbus.org.
Guitar pedal nirvana! Showcasing hundreds of pedals from the top manufacturers that you can plug in and play. Bring your own guitar or borrow one! Curated by The Deli Magazine and SXSW.
The Shred Shed
Want to turn it up to 11? Visitors can crank it up in The Shred Shed, the new space outfitted with soundproof booths, amps and guitars. Guitarists can walk in, shut the door, plug in and shred away!
Hands-on access to cutting-edge music creation apps, allowing users to interface with everything from virtual guitars, keyboards and drums to mixing and DJ software.
Music Gear Expo Store
Need an extra set of strings, a pair of drumsticks or a cable? Need your guitar set-up or repaired before your gig? Have your eye on a new guitar? The Music Gear Expo Store, run by Strait Music, offers a wide range of accessories and a great selection of instruments, as well as instrument repair.
A super comfy place to unwind and relax within the hubbub of SXSW. Swing by, utilize the free wi-fi, and enjoy our complimentary daily Happy Hours.
New for 2015!
The Maker Zone
A DIY space to observe, create, tinker with hands-on workshops, demonstrations and competitions. Build instruments from scratch, make your own guitars, cables and more!
Modular Synth Space
So many synthesizers, it will blow your mind to try them all. Oscillate, modulate and sequence.
Artist Services Pavilion The Artist Services Pavilion will feature companies and organizations that target musician's business, touring, promotional, marketing and gear needs, from web design to apps to recording and mastering.
Contact Luann Williams to exhibit.
Top Photo by Lauren Lindley