Tickets to free Garth Brooks show at SXSW sell out within minutes

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Tickets to free Garth Brooks show at SXSW sell out within minutes

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Garth Brooks is playing several dates at the U.S. Bank Arena, armed with his just-released tenth album, "Gunslinger." CONTRIBUTED

Country superstar Garth Brooks, already scheduled for an afternoon keynote at South by Southwest, announced at a press conference Friday morning that he will play a free show Saturday at South by Southwest’s Auditorium Shores show.

Gates will open at 11 a.m. with music all day, including Sunny Sweeney, Nicole Atkins, Holly Macve, Shannon McNally, Cale Tyson and Colter Wall. Free tickets were available to residents of Austin and surrounding areas (with proof of residence via credit card billing addresses). Registration for tickets was available at noon Friday, but tickets sold out within minutes.

SXSW badge-holders and music wristband holders will also be given access without a ticket. According to organizers, special space will be allocated for primary and secondary access.

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