The countdown clock reads 15 days until SXSW 2015 takes over Austin, and it has us reminiscing. From food and comedy to music, film and interactive, we rounded up our favorite moments from SXSW 2014. A whole lot of things happen at the fest, so let us know which of your favorites we missed in the comments.
10. The Watson Food Truck blew our mind with its “cognitive cooking.”
9. Debbie Harry joined the Dum Dum Girls at Spotify House surprising the crowd and bringing together generations of awesome female musicians for an upbeat take on the Blondie classic “Dreaming.”
8. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” exhibit at Austin Music Hall was worth checking out even for non-fans. The Oculus Rift demonstration booth with wind effects took virtual reality to a whole other level.
7. Film critic Joe Gross loved “No No: A Dockumentary,” a documentary about 70s pitcher Dock Ellis directed and produced by Austin filmmakers, calling it one of the smartest, coolest, best-soundtracked sports movies ever made.
6. In his four-minute-and-forty-five-seconds interview, comedy writer Dale Roe asked Jimmy Kimmel how he thought “Lost” was going to end.
5. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s keynote was a rollicking hour of science, humor and good-natured skepticism touching on exoplanets, science education and the Tooth Fairy.
4. Dale Roe called Bill Cosby’s set at Lustre Pearl the “best and last untainted memory of the comedian I’ll ever have.”
3. NSA leaker Edward Snowden appeared against a backdrop of the U.S. Constitution to call out the SXSW audience as part of the solution to the privacy crisis.
2. The Oscar-nominated and many-other-award-winning film “Boyhood” lived up to the hype at its Austin debut. Film critic Joe Gross says, “Everyone was floored then, everyone should be floored now.”
1. Keynote speaker Lady Gaga put on quite the performance at Stubb’s, where a woman named Millie “was straddling Gaga on a bucking mechanical bull and repeatedly vomiting green and black liquids on the performer…” Fans had to win a lottery or complete Doritos missions to get tickets to the show (as well as having a badge or wristband).