Posted in comedy | metal | music | pictures on November 9, 2010

Madeline Follin of Cults & Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast
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It was like a buzz band explosion on Sunday when Bethany of Best Coast, who were playing the same stage later, came on stage during Cults' set to lead the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday" to Cults member Madeline Follin who then wished Toro y Moi, who played the same stage earlier, a Happy Birthday as well. Cults were good too. I didn't see any of Best Coast's actual set, though Tim did.

The reason I missed all of Best Coast's set was due to the veggie hot dog eating contest happening on the Yellow Stage. I first met Mike Litt in 2008 when we partnered on a SXSW day party (which was also in partnership with Transmission who puts on Fun Fun Fun). At the time, I didn't know much about Mike except that he was vegan, a bit of an activist, a local Austin event promoter, and that he was responsible for throwing an annual veggie hot dog eating contest every July 4th in Austin. And it was those reasons that made me immediately want to start working with him and we've stayed in contact each SXSW since, and so there was no way I was missing this special edition of his veggie dog eating contest which was happening right at the festival (not to mention I've seen Best Coast multiple times already, I've seen the Bronx, and I wasn't really planning on catching P.O.S. who was also on at the same time).

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And I wasn't alone. A healthy size crowd showed up to view the grossness. Unfortunately there were too many contestants to fit at the table on the stage (forcing them to, at the very last minute with the timer ticking, add a 2nd table in the back for more contestants who couldn't be seen by most of the crowd), and there were a lot of introductions and comedy at the beginning that included getting volunteers from the crowd, plugging local comedy shows and musicians, some guys playing the National Anthem, and all the setup of plates and hot dogs and cups of water (not necessarily how you want to spend your valuable music festival minutes), but all in all (after a bit of anxiety waiting for the actual contest to begin), it was a good time, a rare break from the music for me, and for a worthwhile cause (I think). I (literally) love Mike Litt.

More pictures of the eating contest, metal jean jackets, Suicidal Tendencies, and other sights from Sunday (some which were not covered in the last TWO SUNDAY POSTS), below...

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More pictures from this same day of the festival, HERE and HERE.

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Comments (15)

i think it goes without saying what type of food eating contest i hope there is next year

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 1:51 AM

Damn, the chick from Cults is hot. Too bad her band is fucking miserable.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 2:10 AM

I think it's a sin how many vegetables died for this eating contest. Veggies have rights too.

Call any vegetable and the vegetable will respond to you. None of you hipsters have a fucking clue what that means...do you?

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 2:25 AM

ALL SUMMER

DRINKIN WATER

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 3:26 AM

cults signed to columbia records in the US! and to Lily allen's label in the UK. cults the new MGMT?

Posted by madeline | November 10, 2010 10:39 AM

i think people like their songs. i personally dont get why people outside. its a song obviously written by a music student, its too perfect and clean sounding. the one hook is given right away, its the verse. it doesnt really allow the song to reveal anything new or intersting, it just sticks to the hook which i guess is what people want.

Posted by dufus | November 10, 2010 10:57 AM

lol 3:26

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 11:14 AM

i want to see a band to band brawl of suicidal tendencies vs. the hold steady

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 11:46 AM

Zappa sure.

Posted by george in nj | November 10, 2010 11:59 AM

Nice thighs on that hot dog swallowing judge...

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 1:27 PM

What an absolute shit-show, with the notable exception of Nortec Collective.

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 1:31 PM

@ 2:25...Absolutely Free

@ 11:46...definitely. someone needs to beat that dude from the Hold Steady for writing some of the worst lyrics in the history of music

Posted by Anonymous | November 10, 2010 8:09 PM

Thanks so much for being there!

We'll definitely streamline the process if we get the chance to do it next year. It was quite hectic to pull off the contest in under 40 minutes, and we appreciate everyone that came out and was patient.

We hope everyone had a good time. We especially enjoyed the ending assault of veggie dogs between competitors and audience.

Bun Bun Bun Fest!

Posted by iLoveMikeLitt | November 12, 2010 12:50 PM

I didn't get the idea yet--I need to see at least 4 more pictures of the back of that same jacket.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2010 1:11 PM

2:25 I prefer the live version on Just Another Band From L.A.

Posted by Anonymous | November 15, 2010 1:12 PM

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