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SXSW Music: I Want Candy

By Sarah Marloff, March 12, 2014, 12:20pm, The Gay Place

What do you get when you cross a SXSW party sponsored by Mike's Harder Lemonade and headlined by Brit pop star, Charli XCX?

Sugar overload, obviously.

As the headliner on a night of lesser-known acts, Charli XCX took the Mohawk stage just after 10pm and just in time for the rain.

But that didn't stop the 90s-inspired singer from wearing her sunglasses at night and flipping her curls. And it definitely didn't stop the drunk-on-Mike's crowd from cheering, dancing, and jumping on stage.

After several songs Charli, backed by an all femme-band, broke into a cover of Bow Wow Wow's… I mean the Strangelove's 1965 hit "I Want Candy" (who knew that song was that old?!).

It seemed like pure fate that we, as an audience, would all be holding onto a can of Mike's Blood Orange (this stuff tastes like Red Bull meets cherry cough medicine), and singing along to "Candy on the beach, there's nothing better / But I like candy when it's wrapped in a sweater."

A great show to kickoff the SXSW music portion, the night definitely touched upon the conference's sweet tooth.

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