South by Southwest is going Gaga.
Pop music provocateur Lady Gaga will headline snack brand Doritos’ lineup at the music conference and festival in Austin, Texas. Her concert at the restaurant and music venue Stubb’s Bar-B-Q on Thursday will mark the “Artpop” singer’s first performance at the annual event.
After Gaga’s performance at Stubb’s, the brand will host the next two nights of music at its 52-foot-tall, 500-person venue made to resemble a giant vending machine. The city of Austin denied a permit for Gaga to play the vending machine stage, citing safety concerns.
Those who want to attend won’t need to buy tickets. Instead, Doritos, a brand of PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay, is inviting consumers to compete in challenges to win admission.
Entrance to the 2,000-capacity show will require an act of Gaga-esque unconventional behavior on social media.
With the tasks, which the company is calling “bold missions,” Doritos is turning to the public to assist in its marketing efforts. For the first challenge, the company is calling on fans to upload photos and videos of themselves expressing their individuality through a “bold action.”
“I believe being an individual and speaking your mind is one of the boldest things you can do,” Gaga said in a video announcing the contest.