Both the grandiose and intimate sides of South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival were seen Saturday night, as the festival ended with anticipated performances from Justin Timberlake, Prince and the Smashing Pumpkins, while hundreds of lesser-known acts filled smaller stages, and rumors of other surprise shows continued to swirl.
The size of the event — five days of showcases and parties with sets from more than 2,000 acts, from the well-known such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds or Iggy and the Stooges, to the just-discovered such as rapper Kendrick Lamar and Los Angeles soul act Rhye — also served as a somber reminder of the loss of one of its key organizers, longtime SXSW creative director Brent Grulke, who died suddenly in August. Grulke played a major role in expanding the number of bands from about 500 in the mid-1990s and expanding the festival’s international reach.
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