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Video: SXSW 2015 by the numbers

Kelly West

Every year South by Southwest rolls into town, and every year we talk about how much bigger it’s gotten. But how big is it?

The festival tells us there are 2,200 bands (fewer than last year, actually) and more than 2,300 interactive speakers, but there are also more than 500 unofficial side parties that attract massive crowds as well. 

There are a lot of numbers that are interesting to look at during the fest.

CapMetro has a huge spike in ridership, with a 63 percent increase on the MetroRail line that runs to the Convention Center.

All 503 of the pedicabs licensed by the city are out looking for fares.

The City of Austin has people working 24 hours a day to pick up 61 tons of trash during the 10-day event.

Stubb’s BBQ will serve 30,000 pounds of brisket and 500 gallons of sauce.

260 bands from Austin have official showcases, but only 2 bands from Azerbaijan will perform.

Rock N’ Roll Rentals has rented out all 30 of their drum kits, more than 500 microphones, and 90 guitar amps to venues and touring musicians.

There are more safety measures in place this year. Extra police and DPS officers are on duty, and the Austin Police Department has a team of 120 officers specifically dedicated to crowd control downtown. Austin Energy installed 45 LED bulbs along Sixth Street to provide better lighting.

There are some numbers that are harder to quantify, though we know they must be impressive: Breakfast tacos consumed? Hours spent looking for parking? Number of times you lied about having an RSVP?

Maybe we can track those down for next year. For now, hope you enjoy the video, and the rest of your SXSW.