Fasten your wristbands, kids. It’s going to be a rowdy fest.

As SXSW festgoers lined up down East Fifth Street to pick up their passes to the always- popular Fader Fort party (an annual fixture during SXSW), an invite-only, VIP preview of the venue kindled good vibes just behind the fence.

The event, sponsored by homegrown computer company Dell, offered up Jack-and-ginger-beer cocktails by the tray-full, as well as free food from Hat Creek Burger Co., Chi’Lantro and Frank. But you don’t care about that. You want to see the stage.??

A look inside Fader Fort at SXSW 2015. (Eric Webb/American-Statesman)

??Bathed in red and blue (and thus, also purple) light, the stage that so many badgeless folks look forward to crowding around each SXSW season looked a little lonely as the minglers scarfed down their bratwurst and checked out social-good installations, like the Vitamin Water Project Hustle room and a write-your-own-goal wall from Dell. 

The band Mew, which sounds so very unmistakably like a pop-rock band from Denmark, kicked off the week’s Fader Fort performances with a theatrical set that picked up steam as it went along. But the main event? Without a doubt the night-capping performance from electropop gods Passion Pit. (Check back later with for a review of the set.) “Entourage” star Adrian Grenier, who’s also a longtime social activist, introduced the band. Turtle was a no-show.


Adrian Grenier introduces Passion Pit at Fader Fort on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (Eric Webb/American-Statesman)


What are you most excited about seeing at Fader Fort this week? Let us know in the comments.