Will you be in Austin on March 9th? Because South by Southwest will be starting right around then, we’ll be taping a live episode of The Vergecast, and, hey, you should come and be part of our audience. Nilay, Dieter, Ashley, and Casey will go onstage and crack jokes about technology and also probably brand activations.
We may or may not do something dangerous with a drone (though leaning toward “not” now that I’m writing this sentence). Doors open at 11AM CT and the show will start at noon. I’m told by knowledgeable people that the first 100 guests will get a free Verge T-shirt.
It’s happening at The Belmont (305 W 6th St), a whole darn building that Vox Media will set up for events, kicking off with our podcast and continuing with more shows from the likes of Ezra Klein (who will have Melinda Gates as a guest) and Kara Swisher (with chef José Andrés). SBNation is also going to hold a video game tournament that sounds, well, awesome:
Breaking NBA 2K 1-on-1 tournament. We’ll dip back into the NBA Y2K reserves and build two NBA 2K18 teams: One of tiny, helpless babies and one of 7’10” monsters.
One more show we definitely have to call out: the first ever live taping of Why’d You Push That Button? with Kaitlyn Tiffany and Ashley Carman. We’ll have more details for you soon.
Now, for the disclosure: The Vergecast Live at SXSW has a couple of sponsors this year. We’d like to thank both Great Clips and Tempur-Pedic for sponsoring the show. We’d also like to thank whatever Illuminati-backed conspiracy that led a podcast featuring a fictional vodka brand whose tagline is “cut through the night” to be sponsored by a barber joint (cut) and a company whose goal is help you sleep better (through the night).
Snip snip. See you Friday, March 9th!