For every free taco or Lone Star you throw down your gullet in glee, fair fest-goer, remember that there is a very vocal contingent of Austinites that are NOT HERE AT ALL for the annual sprawl of South by Southwest.

I think I hate sxsw and everyone who attends.

— Chris E (@CErnst2392) March 12, 2017

Let me edit this tweet just a tad: Dear #SXSW people…I hate you. So much. (Haha, I kid! I kid!) #pleasedontmovehere

— Nicole Rodriguez (@Nicole2112) March 11, 2017

Like, at all.

Sound familiar? If you’ve lived in Austin long enough, you’ve heard all the classic lines. “I miss the old Austin.” “Austin used to be way cooler back in the day.” “Austin is turning into California.” “Don’t move here.” “I am terrified of change and the happiness of others when it does not align with my personal interests.”

OH, YOU DON’T HATE SXSW? Find an unofficial party, dude

Like clockwork, SXSW 2017 has brought out haters of all stripes on social media. Some decide to take extreme measures of self-care …

#SXSW is officially BLOCKED from my personal life goodbye

— sadison cryers (@madison__byers) March 12, 2017

… some feel the anger the most in their wallet …

i hate SXSW its regular austin but 37937x more people and everything turns expensive

— succ deer (@deerbats) March 11, 2017

… some find the political even in a festival …

I HATE #SXSW. It brings more liberal punks into a town already full of liberal punks

— Joe Biggs (@Rambobiggs) March 10, 2017

… some are hurtling headfirst into a storm they never anticipated …

i totally forgot sxsw was this week & im about to drive into austin & hate everything

— luci (@luci_c_) March 11, 2017

… and some are just jealous, tbh.

Right now my SXSW hate is reserved for those that got to see American Gods.

— Jordan Worth Cobb (@JoWoCo) March 11, 2017

Even if you were once all about that #FestLife, you’re not immune to the hater virus.

first year since i was 19 that i'm not working sxsw. now i'm seeing it on the outside and i hate this damn festival.

— Aaron (@ollm4n) March 11, 2017

Let’s not forget that there are indeed legitimate grievances to be had.

I have been shushed more than I think necessary at events in crowded bars tonight. Maybe don't have speakers talk where people drink?

— Angelica Mata (@matageli) March 12, 2017

Some people manage to suppress their hateration in the dancery just long enough to make some serious coin off of the throngs of visitors.

Picking up SXSW bar shifts. I guess I don't hate you tourists toooooo much.

— Your Boy Donny T (@MattRoth512) March 11, 2017

No matter your personal feelings on SXSW and Austin itself, it’s important to think about what the cloud of negativity looks like to an outsider.

I'm not entirely sure what SXSW is, and I don't really want to, but when I see people talk about it I assume it's Hate Week.

— Gibson Twist (@GibsonTwist) March 11, 2017


There’s a lot to like about the fest, but to each their own. If you need to escape the chaos, why not stuff your face far, far away?