Dirty Dog Bar


Dirty Fest 2018

Dirty Dog Bar – located at 505 East 6th Street in Austin, Texas is the largest and best equipped live music venue on 6th Street. We are currently accepting submissions from artists, bands, labels and or management companies for the opportunity to showcase a live music performance during the largest MUSIC FESTIVAL/CONFERENCE in the world from March 9 - March 17, 2018. We will be hand selecting up to 60 artists and/or bands at this FREE ADMISSION showcase series.


Dirty Dog is an official SXSW venue during the music portion of the festival. “DIRTY FEST” and other such day parties are not official SXSW showcases nor are affiliated in any way with SXSW as a franchise. For any info regarding SXSW Music Festival click here.

However, this festival attracts local, national, and international promoters, label reps, managers, booking agents, photographers, fans and more.

Performers that are selected will receive a minimum 30 minute set with a professional sound system and dedicated sound engineer at one of Austin’s most reputable venues.

For any house sound system equipment questions you may have click 

The $30 submission fee covers the costs of Dirty Fest providing a professional back-line,sound / lighting technician, door staff / security and marketing.. SXSW traffic and street closures make it impossible to load and or bring most gear. Parking is non-existent. Artists selected will be required to use Drum and cabinet back-line equipment. We realize some drummers must use their own setup and will make case by case exceptions. There will also be a selection of guitar and bass heads available. You may bring your own combo amps as well. 

Guitars, Basses, Wind Instruments, Cables, Cymbals, Foot Pedals and Snares will not be provided. Upon selection a detailed list of all available backline equipment will be provided. 

The most current list of back-line equipment can be found here.

Artists and Labels who wish to secure a guarenteed spot at the festival have the option to do so. A guarenteed selection will allow you to request and confirm the best available dates and time slots. The guarenteed selection also gets you an extended set of 45 minutes total. 

We are accepting submissions for many genres including but not limited to rock, blues, metal, country, funk, alternative etc.

Selections will be based upon musical creativity, established presence, media buzz and just plain ol’ talent.

Artists selected to perform will not receive compensation or travel expenses to play at these showcases.

Showcase Dates:

​Friday March 9th - 2pm - 1am

Sunday March 11th - 2pm - 1am

Monday March 12th - 2pm - 1am

Tuesday March 13th - 12pm - 1am

Wednesday March 14th - 12pm - 5:30pm

Thursday March 15th - 12pm - 5:30pm

Saturday March 17th - 12pm - 5:30pm 

This is your chance to perform on the same stage as notable acts such as Hole(Courtney Love), Shadows Fall, The Donnas, Skindred, Corrosion of Conformity, Down(Phil Anselmo), Tesseract, Reckless Kelly, Crowbar, Weedeater, Crazytown, Trapt, Travie McCoy, Jackyl, Otep, Red Fang, Hed PE, The Bar-Kays, God Forbid, Jackson Taylor, Veil of Maya, Juliette Lewis, Helmet, Animals as Leaders,The Browning, Eve 6, Lucero, Ill Nino, Devon Townsend, August Burns Red, Whitechapel, Soulfly, Chimaira, After the Burial, The Faceless, Heavy As Texas, Guitar Legend Dick Dale,Filter, Alien Ant Farm, Crossfaith and many many more!!