A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from March 23, 2011
Badgehole (SXSW festival nickname)

"Badgehole” (badge + asshole) is an epithet used by some at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, held annually in Austin. There are badges to get into events, but these are usually very expensive. Many SXSW visitors buy the cheaper wristbands, but the badges take precedence for entry to events. Wristband holders have called badgeholders “badgeholes.”

The nickname “badgehole” has been cited in print since at least 2008.


Wikipedia: South by Southwest
South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of film, interactive and music festivals and conferences that take place every spring (usually in March) in Austin, Texas, United States. SXSW first began in 1987 and is centered on the downtown Austin Convention Center. Each of the three parts runs relatively independently, with different start and end dates. In 2011, the conference lasted for ten days, with interactive lasting for five, music for six, and film lasting the longest at nine days.

VWVortex.com
Cort
03-15-2008 02:57 AM
I’m not racist. I hate everyone. Especially all these badgeholes here for SXSW.

nude without song
01 April 2010
drats, another band i missed!
never would’ve made it into the church w/ my lowly wristband. darned badgeholes!

Austin (TX) American-Statesman
SXSW proves Austin Is no Bolshevik commune
John Kelso, Commentary
Published: 7:58 p.m. Thursday, March 17, 2011
(...)
Check the prices on the SXSW badges: $595 to $750 for a music badge, depending on when you bought it, or $900 to $1,250 for a “platinum” badge that covers everything: film, interactive, and music.
(...)
You could get by with a wristband, a cheaper way to go, and at one point this year selling for $165.

The trouble is that you’re more likely to actually get in to see your favorite band if you have a badge rather than a wristband.

SXSW ticketing has created a caste system, with the wristband people being the untouchables. The badge people get in first, which I’m told ticks off the wristband people, who sometimes refer to the badge people as “badgeholes.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Wednesday, March 23, 2011 • Permalink