2018 Official Showcase Presenter
Beats sparkle like light on water. Fiddles roar like tipsy partygoers, crying out that mysterious Magyar mood of “bitter revelry.” Pop finesse flows through perfectly executed polyglot songs. The wild variety is what Hungary is all about, boasting a music scene with a centuries-long pedigree, a history of fantastic folk and trained musicianship, and a location where East meets Western Europe.
SXSW 2018 will host the first official Hungarian showcase, supported by Music Export Budapest. To represent the country’s broad palette of sounds, these four groups highlight the best of Hungary’s many worlds, from chic cosmopolitan singer-songwriter to upbeat club music to wild and crazy freak folk.
“The bands all represent different genres, the common ground is their ambition to be seen on an international level – and SXSW is a perfect forum,” explains Aron Romhanyi, Artistic Director, Music Export Budapest. “This year five bands got selected from Hungary, and the official “Sounds from Hungary” showcase on the 16th of March will be the first ever Hungarian showcase at SXSW, and we’re hoping it will put Hungary on everyone’s sonic map.”
Date: Friday, March 16
Venue: Palm Door on Sabine (401 Sabine St.)
Lineup: Rackajam, Belau, Boggie, The Qualitons, Bohemian Betyars
Music and Platinum badgeholders receive primary access to official music showcases. Film and Interactive badgeholders, SXSW Showcasing Artist wristbands, and Music Festival wristbands have secondary access. All admissions subject to capacity. Exceptions to be noted in schedule listings and/or at venue entrances. Artists and lineup subject to change.