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SXSW 2015: Here's everything you need to know for the festival

Staff Writer
Austin 360
A woman uses a XON snow-1 at the trade show during SXSW at the Austin Convention Center on Monday, March 16, 2015. The device is a binding system with an app that helps you to analyze your performance on the snowboard.

The giant Doritos vending machine is gone, Auditorium Shores will hosts free concerts again, and there’s a Paramount tribute night spotlighting Doug Sahm. These are good signs for the 29th year of South by Southwest’s music event.

First up are Interactive and Film, which open Friday. Music starts Tuesday, which is “convergence day,” when the big three conferences and festivals within SXSW overlap (it’s the last day of Interactive, but Film goes to the end).

Below, we round up all of our preview coverage of the festival. Whether you're headed to Interactive, Film, Music or some combination of the three, we've got you covered. Even if you don't have a badge for any part of the fest, we have ways you can enjoy each part. Bookmark this page and be ready to navigate SXSW like a pro.

Interactive (March 13-17)

Film (March 13-21)

Music (March 17-22)

Other handy information for the fest