Day Three of SXSW was a burner in terms of what could and would happen in terms of pleasant surprises. Starting off with daytime drinking at Carrera’s SXSW haven, the meandering began at the FADER Fort to meet and chat with WARP/LuckyMe wunderkind Hudson Mohawke, we ran into a man in a kilt. The day just got weirder after that; with every obstacle trying to interfere with the continuation of Day Three’s set-in-stone journey. Traffic, cancellations and BBQ were the main reasons. Walking into Stubb’s, there was an expectation that wobbler-extraordinaire Rusko was going to spin a set in the outdoor space. After eating some mac n’ cheese, the twitterverse said otherwise. Rusko couldn’t come to Austin due to layovers in Colorado, and Beats Antique, the headliner, would have an extended set. Checking them out for the first time, the sight was more than enticing.
With belly dancers providing a visual canvas to the Middle Eastern dub and hip-hop breaks provided by Beats Antique, the sites and sounds were sensual as much as they were ethereal. The group took the crowd to another place entirely, with everyone moving in ways that were like snakes being charmed. They finished off strongly and earned more then enough praise from every patron in the audience. The night was thought to be over, but when UK Funky was heard across the street, the journey had to be made.
The question of “Who’s that DJ dropping the UK Funky tunes?” was answered when Diplo was revealed as the man who was spinning a house party, inside the kitchen on the counter. The party (taking place in the Virgin Mobile Freehouse) was more than packed like a can of sardines. But when Diplo dropped Kingdom’s remix of DJ Mujava’s “Township Funk” the crowd went into dance hysteria, causing a scene of chaotic drink spilling and saucy body-shaking. After about an hour, the party winded down and the stage was set for the final two days that would be SXSW. Day Four would prove to be a test of wills and (at times) sonic impairment. On to the next one…
For more SXSW 2010 Day Three photos, check out the URB gallery HERE