As the music portion of the festival, and SXSW itself, draws to a close, there’s a lot to consider. Most of this information is related to the unique size of the entire event; other festivals, even the three-day ones that involve camping in rural locations, breed a different sort of exhaustion. They’re hectic and strenuous, but generally run on a single track.
Because it’s so diffuse, and because it takes over a city rather than some blank spot on the map, SXSW feels like a far more complicated proposition. At some point it even starts to feel like its own lifestyle, especially after you’ve spent an entire week eating all your meals standing up, haven’t seen a piece of fruit in just as long, and have feet covered in a wide array of blisters old and new.