18 Australian acts have been named on the lineup for Texas’ South By Southwest (SXSW) music conference, which will return to Austin in March 2019.
The likes of Amyl & The Sniffers, Bloods, The Gooch Palms, NOIRE, Skegss, Tia Gostelow and WAAX are among the list of 240 acts announced for SXSW today, which also includes eight bands from New Zealand.
View today’s first bunch of Australian acts below, and the full list of 240 acts at the SXSW website.
55 Australian and New Zealand acts performed at SXSW in 2018.
Phil Tripp, the Senior Business Development Manager representing Australia, New Zealand & Hawaii at SXSW, says there are a few reasons for the antipodean success.
“The Australasian countries have both created strong brands as kick-ass performers since 2002, when only five bands total between them played one show each,” he says.
“It’s due to our ‘take no prisoners at the crash barrier’ live performance history, and also the promotion given by Sounds Australia over the past decade with the Aussie BBQ and the New Zealand Music Commission for their annual shows in Brush Park.
“Plus, in Australia, unlike the US and many other countries, we have state peak bodies like WAM, MUSIC SA, QMUSIC, MUSICNSW, MUSIC VIC and NT MUSIC that assist with overseas grants and logistical support along with the Australia Council.
“We are indeed ‘The Lucky Country’ but where luck meets timing for export success at the world’s largest musical flea market, as we jokingly refer to it.”
Applications for SXSW close on 25th October, with more bands to be announced in the coming months.
SXSW 2019 – Australian Acts
Acharné (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Amaru Tribe (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Amyl & The Sniffers (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Black Rheno (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Bloods (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Body Type (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Castlecomer (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Catherine Britt (Newcastle AUSTRALIA)
Death Bells (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Feels (Perth AUSTRALIA)
Georgi Kay (Perth AUSTRALIA)
The Gooch Palms (Newcastle AUSTRALIA)
Goo Munday (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
NOIRE (Brisbane AUSTRALIA)
Skegss (Byron Bay AUSTRALIA)
Tia Gostelow (Mackay AUSTRALIA)
WAAX (Brisbane AUSTRALIA)
WAFIA (Brisbane AUSTRALIA)
Monday, 11th — Sunday, 17th March
Various Venues, Austin, Texas
Tickets: Official Website