I'm thinking about going to SXSW in March. Booking time off isn't a problem, nor is getting a flight from Saskatoon to Austin (still under $600 if I book early enough). I had a friend who lives there with his wife, and I can hang around with them and do some touristy stuff around the city on top of the music festival activities. I'd probably only be there for 3 or 4 days at the most anyway.
HOWEVER there's no way I can afford a $600+ pass/badge to see everything. Am I an idiot to think that I can just fly down there and catch some of the free shows? Is the wristband really worth it? Is this all just a dumb idea? :(
Have you been to SXSW before? What was it like for you?