The 2016 SXSW Music Festival Artist Announcement - Round One

Written by Rory Burbeck | Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015
2016 SXSW Showcasing Artists Sunflower Bean, Alex G, A Giant Dog, Boulevards, Crystal Castles

2016 SXSW Showcasing Artists Sunflower Bean, Alex G, A Giant Dog, Boulevards, Crystal Castles

Can you believe we’re just five months away from the 2016 SXSW Music Festival? That can only mean it’s time to reveal the first round of Official 2016 SXSW Showcasing Artists.

Our programming team has been busy evaluating the numerous artist applications and traveling far and wide all summer to put together another diverse lineup of music makers from all over the globe. And this is just the beginning...

This announcement includes the new incarnation of Toronto electronic duo Crystal Castles, bedroom pop sensation Alex G, New York indie rockers Caveman, breakout Spanish garage rock darlings Hinds and London electro-pop trio HÆLOS.

FACE – Pakistan’s Foundation for Arts, Culture and Education – will return to SXSW Music with a showcase featuring Imran Aziz Mian Qawwal, Mai Nimani, Wahid Allan Faqir and Overload. Also in this announcement are beloved local Austin-based acts The Band of Heathens and A Giant Dog, who recently signed with Merge Records.

Check out the full list below and start adding acts to your schedule today! You can also follow us on Spotify and check out our official 2016 round one playlist. And our friends at SXSWfm – our official online radio channel – are here to introduce you to many of these acts throughout the next few months, too.

If you haven’t applied to perform at SXSW Music 2016 yet, there’s still time! Applications are open via Sonicbids through this Friday, October 23. If you have applied and still haven’t heard from us, we appreciate your patience – we’ve received more applications for SXSW Music 2016 than in past years.

See these artists and more at SXSW Music 2016, next March 15-20 in Austin. There will be once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for networking and learning at the SXSW Music Conference during the day before showcases each night. Register today before prices increase this weekend!

3ballMty (Monterrey MEXICO)
Abjects (London UK-ENGLAND)
Barry Adamson (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Adée (Kalmar SWEDEN)
Alex G (Philadelphia PA)
Alice on the roof (Brussels BELGIUM)
Aloa Input (Munich GERMANY)
Altimet & the Kawan Band (Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA)
Anamanaguchi (New York NY)
And The Kids (Northampton MA)
Autobahn (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Avec Sans (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Ballroom Thieves (Boston MA)
The Band of Heathens (Austin TX)
Bee's Knees (Los Angeles CA)
Better Person (Berlin GERMANY)
Beverly (Brooklyn NY)
Big Phony (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Bird Dog (Los Angeles CA)
Bombino (Agadez NIGER)
Boulevards (Raleigh NC)
Brass Bed (Lafayette LA)
Bye Bye Badman (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Laura Carbone (Mannheim GERMANY)
Rosie Carney (Donegal IRELAND)
Caveman (New York NY)
Ceasetone (Reykjavik ICELAND)
Chirkutt (Dhaka BANGLADESH)
Cirkus Funk (Cali COLOMBIA)
Cóndor Jet (Providencia CHILE)
The Crookes (Sheffield UK-ENGLAND)
Crystal Castles (Toronto CANADA)
Dash Rip Rock (New Orleans LA)
David Wax Museum (Charlottesville VA)
Demob Happy (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Dolce (Umeå SWEDEN)
Downtown Boys (Providence RI)
Dubioza Kolektiv (Sarajevo BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA)
Eau Rouge (Stuttgart GERMANY)
EMUFUCKA (Tokyo JAPAN)
Expert Alterations (Baltimore MD)
Lena Fayre (Los Angeles CA)
Fear of Men (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Few Bits (Antwerp BELGIUM)
Ian Fisher (Berlin GERMANY)
The Foreign Resort (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Andy Frasco & the U.N. (Los Angeles CA)
A Giant Dog (Austin TX)
Matt Gilmour's Patient Wolf (Austin TX)
Gold Class (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Jon Dee Graham (Austin TX)
William Harries Graham & the Painted Redstarts (Austin TX)
Guerilla Toss (New York NY)
HÆLOS (London UK-ENGLAND)
Haihm (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Har Mar Superstar (Minneapolis MN)
Hinds (Madrid SPAIN)
Howardian (New York NY)
Silvana Imam (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Imran Aziz Mian Qawwal (RawalPindi PAKISTAN)
Into It. Over it. (Chicago IL)
Jahkoy (Toronto CANADA)
Jambinai (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
John GRVY (Madrid SPAIN)
Judah & the Lion (Nashville TN)
KAO=S (Tokyo JAPAN)
Marina Kaye (Marseille FRANCE)
The Kickback (Chicago IL)
La Banda Morisca (Jerez de la Frontera SPAIN)
Lazyeyes (Brooklyn NY)
Lois (Madrid SPAIN)
Demi Louise (Boronia AUSTRALIA)
Love X Stereo (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Lushes (Brooklyn NY)
Mai Nimani (Hyderabad PAKISTAN)
Mamamoo (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
MC Lars (Oakland CA)
Methyl Ethel (Perth AUSTRALIA)
Mise en Scene (Winnipeg CANADA)
Missi & Mister Baker (Portland OR)
Moving Panoramas (Austin TX)
Mumiy Troll (Vladivostok RUSSIA)
The National Parks (Provo UT)
Oil Boom (Dallas TX)
OKRAA (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Paul Oscher (Austin TX)
Overload (Lahore PAKISTAN)
The Parrots (Madrid SPAIN)
PHASES (Los Angeles CA)
Platonick Dive (Livorno ITALY)
The Pocket Rockets (Los Angeles CA)
Ron Pope (Nashville TN)
Prince Rama (New York NY)
Pure Bathing Culture (Portland OR)
Quebe Sisters (Dallas TX)
Self Defense Family (Los Angeles CA)
Skyline (Austin TX)
Sleepers' Reign (Herentals BELGIUM)
Southern Hospitality (London UK-ENGLAND)
The Spook School (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
Suboi (Saigon VIETNAM)
Summer Heart (Malmo SWEDEN)
Sunflower Bean (New York NY)
Sur du monde (Rosario ARGENTINA)
Tarmac (Medellin COLOMBIA)
The Nightowls (Austin TX)
Throwing Shade (London UK-ENGLAND)
Vaadat Charigim (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
Victim Mentality (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Victoria+Jean (Brussels BELGIUM)
Waco Brothers (Chicago IL)
Wahid Allan Faqir (Rahim Yar Khan PAKISTAN)
The Wet Secrets (Edmonton CANADA)
Wildhoney (Baltimore MD)
Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders (Christchurch NEW ZEALAND)
Womps (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Wordburglar (Toronto CANADA)
XYLØ (Westlake Village CA)
Yuck (London UK-ENGLAND)

2016 SXSW Showcasing Artists (clockwise from top left):
Sunflower Bean photo courtesy of the artist
Alex G by Jeff Allen
A Giant Dog by Steven Rudd
Boulevards by Dakota Harper
Crystal Castles photo courtesy of the artist