SXSW 2017 Then vs Now

by Mar 10, 2017

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s been a few changes around the barbershop lately. We know many of you will miss relaxing in those giant leather chairs, sipping a refreshing root beer while you wait for your shave. But, we’ve traded them out for something so much better. Two new barber stations have been added to the shop. Redds is having a banner year filled with so many exciting changes and it’s only March!

Austin, TX in March means only one thing- South by Southwest. The Festival is turning 30 this year and has grown from a small-town gathering to a world renown event. Much like our own barbershop, SXSW was once the vision of a few Austinites who wanted to create a place for people to come together and experience something genuine.

“The event has changed in many surprising and meaningful ways since 1987, but at its core, SXSW remains a tool for creative people to develop their careers by bringing together people from around the globe to meet, learn and share ideas.”
– Roland Swenson, SXSW Managing Director

We want to celebrate the birthday of Austin’s largest festival by honoring its legacy. Let’s relish in how much SXSW has expanded and changed while still remaining true to its original vision. Redd’s Barbershop is proud to grow-up alongside the most diverse music, film and interactive events of our time.


2017 VS 1988

left: SXSW 2017 Banner right: SXSW 1988 Schedule of Events

1989 VS 2015

left:1989 Keynote Speaker Robert Christgau (longtime Village Voice rock critic) right:SXSW Film 2015 Keynote Speaker Ava Duvernay photo by Heather Kennedy/Getty Images

2017 VS 1998

left: Bombino 2016 photo by Christopher McNeil right: Nick Lowe 1998 photo by Martha Grenon

2014 VS 1997

left: Richard Linkater, Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman & Randall Poster at a special Q&A for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” 2014 photo by Claudio Fox right: Film Panel 1997 Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino & Richard Linklater photo by Shelley Rutledge

2010 VS 1988

left: Cheap Trick 2010 photo by Scott Melcer right: True Believers 1988 photo by Theresa DiMenno