the festival

The 2017 RedGorilla Music Festival will take place from Monday, March 13th to Saturday, March 18th in venues on 6th Street, right in the heart of all the action.  The event is free to attend and open to the general public.

RedGorilla has helped many artists gain large-scale followings early in their careers and has showcased some of the best up-and-coming acts over the years, including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, The National, Foster the People, Cage the Elephant, Ryan Bingham, and more.

The RedGorilla Music Festival launched nearly fifteen years ago as the DreamScapers Artist Showcase and grew each year under that name.  In 2007, the founders re-branded the event as the RedGorilla Music Fest, and over 200 artists participated and played shows in venues on 6th Street in Austin, Texas.  In 2008, RedGorilla attracted 300 bands, solo artists, and DJs, and they expanded the event to eight stages.  The 2009 festival boasted over 500 artists on eleven stages, and each year, more and more artists submit to play the festival.  However, through all of the growth, the festival continues to be a "No Badge Required" event and RedGorilla's mission still remains the same: to promote up-and-coming artists and new music, in all genres, and help independent artists further their careers.

The festival takes place during one of the most important music weeks of the year.  The city of Austin, TX hosts the music industry's premier destination, and thousands of fans and industry professionals descend upon Austin to network and check out new talent.  The festival has been an overwhelming success and continues to uphold its reputation as the youthful, rebel showcase that caters to talented artists from all parts of the world!  RedGorilla offers performance slots to bands, solo artists, and DJs so they can take advantage of this excellent opportunity.  RedGorilla also prides itself on making these showcases the best experience possible for participating artists, as well as for their fans. 

RedGorilla Music Festival is not affiliated or associated in any way with South by Southwest, Inc. or the SXSW festival, conferences, or organization.