SXSW 2022 has come and gone. 

The highest density showcase festival on the planet returned from a 2 year quasi hiatus, and, let me tell you, I’m so glad it’s back. 

A few weeks have passed, during which I’ve had the opportunity to sleep a ton, run some numbers, and come up with some stats, some superlatives, and some takeaways to share with you, dear reader. 

To recap a bit from my last coverage, as prep for the festival I wrote some code to scrape every single performing artist off of SXSW’s official website. 

I then put all 650 of those artists in a single spreadsheet, along with metadata such as their genre, location, and Spotify links. From there I spent an absurdly long amount of time listening to literally every single artist on the list, assigning them a “live set” power number, and coming up with my list of 80 artists I wanted to see. 

I would be surprised if anyone did more research than me on this front; the common reaction when I told people about the spreadsheet was one of concerned shock. 

Enough of that, let’s get to the recap. But first, some stats:

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