Four full days and over 150 bands, right in DFW. Here's a few things to know before you go to NX35.
BUFFET STYLE: NX35 is kinda-like a buffet. Buying a wristband gets you into any of the shows on that day (or all four days if you buy the All-Access one). While that gives you the flexibility to venue hop, we'd expect many of the popular shows (Neon Indian, Telegraph Canyon...maybe anyone on our list) to be packed. Plan accordingly.
SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: Already, the fest has sold out of Saturday night single-night wristbands. This isn't surprising, as plenty of music fans aren't going to want to stop after seeing the free Flaming Lips/Midlake show. The only way you're getting into Saturday night shows now is to get a All-Access four day wrist band.
FLAMING FAIRGROUNDS: Yes, it's true. Oklahoma's pride, The Flaming Lips, are playing a free show at the North Texas Fairgrounds on Saturday. But what if you've already paid for your Saturday access? You'll get to cut to the head of the line to get into the grounds. The gates open at 3 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. Be warned, it's no Superpages, so there aren't nearly enough parking spaces or space in general. We expect that the venue gets to capacity far before the 6 p.m. start time. But what to pack? No blankets, no coolers, no lawn chairs, no backpacks, no pets, no outside beverages, and, of course, no drugs. Need even MORE details? NX35.com has a post devoted only to answer these questions.
PARKING PROBLEMS: We love Denton, but we've lived there and we know there are problems parking for big shows. Going early to any show will help you navigate the one-way streets and no-meter parking of the square. Plan to carpool if possible, or walk/bike if you're in Denton.
WRISTBANDS RULE: You can't just waltz up to registration and snag a wristband. Head to the tickets portion of NX35.com to get your access to the fest. The only other option is to try to walk-up to the venue and get in the night of a specific show. How much will they charge you? Dunno. Will you actually be able to get in? Not if the wristband-wagon has pulled in ahead of you. Pick up your wristband at NX35 registration (314 East Hickory) between noon and 9 p.m. IMPORTANT: Bring your photo I.D. to be able to pick up your wristband, and keep that I.D. handy -- venues may need to see that I.D. a couple of times when you want drinks.
NEED MORE INFO: Though we've been doing our very best to give you the complete schedule, panel options, and bands you should miss, we're not the "official source" for NX35 info. Try the NX35.com site for any additional info you may need.