Much of the fun surrounding SXSW is predicting what big performers, keynotes and exhibits will stand out at the fest. Last year proved to be a doozy, with Lady Gaga, Game of Thrones and much more. Here’s what our staff hopes for from SXSW 2015:
10. Addie Broyles says she hopes that at their pop up dinner, “Modernist Cuisine” author Nathan Myhrvold and Austin’s beloved Paul Qui will put their heads together for rabbit 100 ways.
9. Film critic Joe Gross hopes to be be thrilled by “ex Machina,” a movie directed by the writer of “28 Days Later” and “The Nightmare,” a completely terrifying looking documentary about sleep paralysis.
8. Music writer Peter Blackstock hopes to see George Strait show up to sing with Asleep at the Wheel at their Bob Wills tribute night on Tuesday at Saxon Pub.
7. Apple has used the festival in the past to showcase a new product (like the iPad 2) or to promote its services (like the iTunes Music Festival last year). SXSW Interactive is the perfect audience of early adopters for a product like the Apple Watch and it wouldn’t be surprising if the company offered a preview of the device there.
6. More from film: the opening night movie has been problematic for SXSW the past few years. Joe Gross has high hopes that “Brand,” a documentary about Russell Brand, will break this trend.
5. SXSW’s Auditorium Shores shows traditionally include one of the city’s top-drawing homegrown acts. Music writer Peter Blackstock hopes this year that will be Gary Clark Jr., whose tour of Australia isn’t scheduled to start until March 28.
4. Just before Christmas, R&B genius D’Angelo dropped the surprise album”Black Messiah.” As it skyrocketed to the top of critics’ lists, he put in a series of stunning performances. We’ll take one of those please.
3. The opportunity to play life-sized “Pac-Man” just like in the Bud Light Super Bowl commercial during SXSW Interactive.
2. In the battle of who will keynote, Peter Blackstock casts his vote for Bob Dylan, hoping also for a guest appearance at the Doug Sahm tribute night.
1. We’ve had her husband, her sister and her dad, Deborah Sengupta Stith thinks it’s high time “Flawless” Texas diva Beyoncé made an appearance at the fest.