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Lady Gaga to Perform at SXSW (Update)

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Update: South by Southwest announced this morning that Lady Gaga will perform at this year's festival. She's set to take the stage Thursday, March 13. The City of Austin had originally denied a request to have Lady Gaga perform, citing concerns that the Doritos venue wasn't big enough.

So, SXSW is moving that venue for one night to the Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater at Eighth and Red River streets.

Click here for details on how to get tickets.

Here's @SXSW's announcement on Twitter:

Original Story (Feb. 26, 2014): The city of Austin is denying a request to have Lady Gaga perform in a downtown parking lot during South by Southwest.

For the past two years, the parking lot of Carmelo's Italian Restaurant at 5th St. and Red Riverhas hosted performances in front of agiant, multi-story Doritos vending machine.

But Austin police commander William Mano says the space is not big enough for Lady Gaga. 

"We would love to have that caliber of performer come to Austin, it just needs to be in the correct venue that can accommodate someone of her caliber," Mano said. "Having someone that can draw 30,000 to 40,000 people in a location that only accommodates 800 creates a lot of crowd issues."

Mano says the promoter is still working with the city to find an appropriate venue.

City organizers this year appear to be more cautious about containing the size of SXSW and other events that try to piggyback off the two-week festival. For the first time ever, city officialsstopped accepting new SXSWpermit applications before the deadline. 

Of the 154 event applications the city reviewed, most were not official SXSW events, Mano said. 

"The last several years, we've seen Austin become more and more of a spring break destination," he said. "The major growth, as far as the temporary influx of people coming to visit Austin, is for the non-South by Southwest activities that are going on around town." 

Here's a Google Streetview look at the parking lot outside Carmelo's. 

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Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.
Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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