Grab 8GB worth of songs from the SXSW 2017 Festival

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 12, 2017
Music and Video

The SXSW music festival is a long standing event at which hundreds of artists perform each year to festival goers.

Music is also made available on the SXSW website, and it is also made available as one huge torrent package each year.

We talked about this back in 2012 in Download More Than 35 Gigabyte Of Free SXSW Festival Music already.

A torrent is created each year featuring songs that artists performed during the festival. The archive dates back to 2005, and the most recent torrent just got uploaded to the site.

 SXSW 2017 Festival Music Torrent

The SXSW 2017 torrent features a massive list of 1201 mp3 songs from hundreds of artists. You may not have heard of most of the artists, unless you are into independent or local music.

While that may make you shy away from the torrent, 8 Gigabytes may take a while to download, it may also help you discover music that you'd never come into contact with otherwise.

Still, it is a shot in the dark. One thing that you may do is visit the official SXSW music site, the Music Bloggers Guide to SXSW, or SXSWFM, an online radio station that streams music 24/7.

Especially the radio station may be useful, as you can let it play in the background while you are doing other things on your computer. It highlights artist and track names which helps you further.

If you check out the SXSW torrent website, unofficial as it states, then you will notice that you can grab torrents from 2005 to 2017. Back in 2012, you could use the site to grab 35 gigabytes of music. Another 39 or so Gigabytes were added in the past five years, so that you may grab about 75 Gigabytes of free music from the site all in all. That's thousands of songs from a lot of artists.

Closing Words

The SXSW torrents have a lot to offer, but it is mostly a shot in the dark as the performing artists are probably best classified as independent or local, and not superstars. This does not mean that the music is bad, only that you will have to listen to the music to find out whether you like it or not.

If you like music discovery, or are a collector of music, then you will certainly want to start up your favorite torrent application to download music from SXSW.

If you are not, you are probably better off listening to the Internet radio station instead.

Now You: Have you downloaded SXSW music before?


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  1. Anonymous said on August 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Why not make use of the mplayer.conf?

  2. Mike J said on August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Huh, I have never even seen this “font cache” pane; videos play at once for me, using VLC & XP SP3.

    1. Martin said on August 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Mike, in theory this should have only been displayed once to you, at the very first video that you played with VLC. The time this window is displayed depends largely on the number of fonts in your font directory.

      1. Mike J said on August 2, 2010 at 2:30 pm

        huh, I lucked out for a change?? Amazing!!
        Apparently VLC keeps this info through version updates, but I didn’t see this message after a fresh OS install about 8 weeks ago, & a new VLC.

  3. myo said on August 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    yes, yes, i have the same problem. sometimes, VLC crashes when it is playing .mov file.

  4. Kishore said on August 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Buidling font Cache pop-up


    Open VLC player.

    On Menu Bar:


    (at bottom – left side)
    Show settings — ALL

    Open: Video
    Click: Subtitles/OSD (This is now highlited, not opened)
    Text rendering module – change this to “Dummy font renderer function”


    Re-open – done.
    Progam will no longer look outside self for fonts

    Source –

    1. Martin said on August 13, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Great tip, thanks a lot Kishore.

  5. javier said on August 14, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    @Kishore, I’ll try your tips, but does this mean it will no longer show subtitles either?
    I do use subtitles, but the fontcache dialog box pops up (almost) everytime I play a file.

    Could this be related to the fonts I have installed? Or if I add/remove fonts to my system?

    I’ll try to do a fresh install also, if your tips does no work. I’ll post back here later…


  6. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,

  7. Kishore said on August 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    @ Javier, The trick i posted will show up subtitles too. If not,Dont worry, VLC is currently sorting out this issue and the next version will be out soon.

    No probs @ Martin !! Its my pleasure

  8. Ted said on October 22, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Try running LC with administrator privileges. That seemed to fix it for me

  9. Evan said on December 8, 2013 at 1:48 am

    I am using SMplayer 0.8.6 (64-bit) (Portable Edition) on Windows 7 x64. Even with the -nofontconfig parameter in place SMplayer still scans the fonts. Also, I have enabled normal subtitles and it is still scanning fonts before playing a video. Also, it does this every time the player opens a video after a system restart (only the fist video played).

  10. Mike Williams said on September 6, 2023 at 1:26 pm

    Does that mean that only instrumental versions of songs will be available for non-paying users?

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