Since 2008, St. David’s Church has been an official SXSW music venue, with the number of performers increasing over the years as we have opened more space to host them. What makes St. David’s unique is that we offer a “less crazy” version of SXSW with parking, food, an in-house coffee shop, Wi-Fi, charging stations, and bathrooms.
In 2018, St. David’s will host concerts in our Historic Sanctuary March 13-16. Here is the current lineup (along with a Spotify playlist of our confirmed artists!) As with all SXSW events, badge holders will be allowed in first, followed by wrist bands. If room is left (which is often the case, especially earlier in the evenings), you can simply pay a cover charge at the door. The cost of entry is dependent on the showcase.
Over the years, reporters from Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, LA Times, and other publications have discovered us and written stories and blogs singing our praises as a great reprieve from the masses calling us “one of the city’s friendliest SXSW venues.”
“Many artists who play acoustically at South by Southwest have come to realize in recent years that the downtown churches St. David’s and Central Presbyterian may be the events best venues for getting their music across to an audience. Thursday evening, Aoife O’Donovan was a perfect fit for St. David’s Historic Sanctuary, her soaring voice finding a home in the spacious room with high ceilings.”
In 2015, note worthy performers included Robert Earl Keen, James Bay, Wynonna Judd, Anderson East, and Leon Bridges. In 2014, Hozier broke onto the SXSW scene with a performance in our Historic Church. Over and over again, musicians tell us they love performing at St. David’s!
“I just wanted to thank you for being a part of SXSW and letting us share our music at your church. It’s really a blessing to be in such a setting and I for one, am excited.” Chad Lawson, 2017 performer
“St. David’s is a special respite during SXSW, with a large banquet room that sells food and beverages at very reasonable prices adjacent to the Historic Sanctuary room and a second SXSW venue, the high-ceilinged Bethell Hall, down the corridor.” Austin 360.
Our very own hospitality team opens up Sumners Hall, located between the two music venues, for concert-goers to relax and recharge. Entrées are made in-house, and we serve local beer and a selection of wines (beverages are not allowed in the worship spaces). Our menu includes brisket sandwiches, salads, veggie burgers, and more. Visit Café Divine’s web page for more information or view a full SXSW menu.
Holy Grounds Café
Holy Grounds is a coffee shop and gift store located in the heart of downtown Austin inside St. David’s church. We offer a wide variety of Austin-made food, and our full espresso bar serves fair-trade organic coffee from Texas Coffee Traders. We also strive to support local artists, green products, and the fair trade movement. Our 2018 SXSW hours will be:
Friday, March 9 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, March 11 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Monday, March 12 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday, March 13-16 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, March 18 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.