Empire Control Room & Garage is that place you went to, that perfectly crazy time, at the sweet spot of the night, when anything was possible.

Empire is a 15,000 square foot modern music space at 7th and Red River, boasting three unique stages – the former auto shop known as the GARAGE (1050 cap), the indoor CONTROL ROOM (350 cap), and the creekside outdoor PATIO (200 cap). It has quickly become one of Austin’s premier venues for artists performing in an intimate, unpretentious setting.

Only four blocks from The Convention Center, Empire has 6 years of SXSW brand equity, hosts numerous conferences and corporate events annually, and is the home for unique private event experiences.

Brought to you by the creators of Sidebar and the event-smiths at Heard Presents, Empire is a modern music space and watering hole. A place to chill or rage, to build community or just absorb the constantly shifting visuals and surreal soundscapes. But above all else, Empire is dedicated to creating dynamic music events with the feel and ingenuity of warehouse style parties, all in the name of the fan experience.

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