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Skype Brings Together Bands and Fans at SXSW 2013

Over the past weekend, hordes of music fans and artists once again gathered together in Austin, Texas for the 27th annual SXSW Music Conference.  The days were jam packed with people from around the world in the music industry, eager to share their experiences and stories with one another.  Music truly brings people together, just as Skype does each and every day.

Together with Live nation, Skype created a unique technology fueled experience for music junkies.  Located at the heart of 6th Street at The Belmont, the Skype Mobile Lounge featured stellar daytime and nighttime showcases from some of the top up-and-coming artists.

In addition to the stellar performances, bloggers, fans, and the artists themselves stopped by to check out and use Skype-enabled devices to share their time in Austin with friends and family.  They kicked back, re-charged and relaxed in the company of fellow music lovers.

A peek inside the Skype Media Lounge

Best of all, some lucky fans had the chance to chat with their favorite bands face-to-face.  Through a Skype video call, the fans talked to the bands about their music and what inspires them just moments before the artists went out on stage to perform. Fans also had the opportunity to ask bands burning questions that was shared with the bands through photo share and instant message.

Photographer and Kongos fan Joe got to chat with the band via Skype video call before they took the stage to perform.

Jackie from the Barefoot In Austin interviews Striking Matches over Skype.

The dapper Willy Moon takes questions from fans in our upcoming video series: Live from Live Nation Labs.

Capital Cities stopped inside the Skype video booth for pre-show photo session.

Eagles of Death Metal performing at Skype’s Mobile Lounge - Photo courtesy of Devon Adams

Eagles of Death Metal performing at Skype’s Mobile Lounge – Photo courtesy of Devon Adams

Capital Cities performing their hit ‘Safe and Sound’ – Photo courtesy of Joe Abbruscato

The Skype Mobile Lounge projected for all of downtown Austin to see.

The Skype Mobile Lounge projected for all of downtown Austin to see.

From the road to Austin to the final bow, a great time was had by all. Stay tuned to skypemobilelounge.com where we’ll be sharing videos from the Road to SXSW series that follows four bands – Willy Moon, Capital Cities, The Neighbourhood, Colt Ford – and their journey to the event and how they kept in touch with Skype.  And, stay tuned to see what the fans and bands chatted about at the Skype Mobile Lounge in the two upcoming video series ‘2 Things’ and ‘Live from live Nation Labs.’

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