Announcing the First Wave of Showcasing Artists for the 2019 SXSW Music Festival

And so it begins! The good times and great performances from SXSW 2018 are still fresh in our minds, but with 2019 just around the corner, it’s time to reveal the first wave of 240 Showcasing Artists who will perform at the SXSW Music Festival, March 11-17, 2019. While this is the first Music Festival announcement of the year, the SXSW Conference already announced a Keynote Conversation between Shirley Manson (Garbage) and Lauren Mayberry (CHVRCHES), Featured Speakers Amanda Palmer and Ross Golan, and 600+ Conference sessions including plenty of Music Tracks sessions addressing a variety of relevant topics in both the modern music industry and the industry of the future.

Showcasing Artists include Amanda Palmer (also a Featured Speaker at SXSW 2019), 90’s shoegaze legends Swervedriver, Argentina’s breakout trap star Ecko, and Against Me! Lead-singer Laura Jane Grace’s new band – Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers. We’ve also added modern UK jazz act Ezra Collective, Korean post-rock group Jambinai (who stunned global audiences with their performance at the 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony), frenetic Japanese punk outfit Otoboke Beaver, up-and-coming San Marcos based rap collective PNTHN, and SF garage punks Oh Sees. Also joining the list are New Zealand indie acts The Beths and the ever-influential cult band The Chills, robotics engineer and techno mad-scientist Moritz Simon Geist, electro-infused Palestinians 47SOUL, Haitian-American hip-hop legend Wyclef Jean, and Australian garage punks Amyl & The Sniffers. View the full list of Showcasing Artists below.

We know you’re eager to start digging through the full list. To help you find the artists you’ll love, we offer these tools for musical discovery:

  • Follow the official SXSW 2019 Music Festival playlist on Apple Music and Spotify
  • Jam SXSWfm’s specialty show highlighting artists from today’s announcement
  • Surf through our SXSW 2019 Showcasing Artists Music Videos playlist on YouTube
  • Dig into the Showcasing Artist lineup on the SXSW Schedule and favorite the artists you are interested in seeing at SXSW 2019

Even though we’ve started our Showcasing Artist announcements for 2019, we are still eager to hear more music. The final deadline to apply to showcase is on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 11:59PM PT, so don’t delay. To give artists an idea of what a successful application looks like, the Music Festival team has prepared a few tips. Additionally, here are a few reasons why showcasing at SXSW 2019 will benefit your career.

Join Us in March 2019

Lock in your spot in the middle of all this great music programming by registering to attend SXSW 2019. Timing is everything, of course, and registering before the October 26 deadline will save you a cool 30% on the walk-up rate – not to mention how much easier it is to stay within your budget on airfare and lodging when booking well in advance. For the best available rates and locations, book your accommodations through SXSW Housing & Travel. SXSW attendees can save between 35%-50% using SXSW Housing’s contracted hotel rates compared to direct bookings and online travel agencies.

With the Music Badge you’ll get primary access to all showcases, Music and Convergence Tracks at the SXSW Conference, and Comedy Festival Showcases and Events as well as secondary access to Film programming and Interactive Tracks, Keynotes, and Featured Speakers. It’s a lot, and that’s not even all of it, so keep this access chart handy when making your agenda for SXSW 2019.

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2019 SXSW Showcasing Artists

Everything subject to change.

Alexandra Cardenas (Berlin GERMANY)
Amanda Palmer (Boston MA)
Amaru Tribe (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Amyl & The Sniffers (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Annabel Allum (Guildford UK-ENGLAND)
Arkansas Dave (Austin TX)
Art School Girlfriend (Wrexham UK-WALES)
Ayelle (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Bad Bad Hats (Minneapolis MN)
Bane's World (Long Beach CA)
Baseball Gregg (Bologna, ITALY)
Baywaves (Madrid SPAIN)
Be Forest (Pesaro ITALY)
Berndsen (Reykjavik ICELAND)
The Beths (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Big Phony (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Blood Cultures (Jersey NJ)
Bloods (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Blushing (Austin TX)
Body Type (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Bohemian Betyars (Miskolc HUNGARY)
Bones Garage (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
Boy Azooga (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Brett Newski & the No Tomorrow (Milwaukee WI)
Bror Gunnar Jansson (Gothenburg SWEDEN)
Bubble Puppy (Austin TX)
Castlecomer (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Catherine Britt (Newcastle AUSTRALIA)
Ceramic Animal (Philadelphia PA)
Charli Adams (Nashville TN)
Charlie Belle (Austin TX)
Charlie Faye & The Fayettes (Austin TX)
The Chills (Dunedin NEW ZEALAND)
Chkbns (Saint Petersburg RUSSIA)
Creamer (Nashville TN)
Damien McFly (Padova ITALY)
Darkbird (Austin TX)
David Boring (Hong Kong CHINA)
David Keenan (Dundalk IRELAND)
Dawn Avenue (Mexico City MEXICO)
Deeper (Chicago IL)
Diego Guerrero (Madrid SPAIN)
Drinking Boys and Girls Choir (Daegu SOUTH KOREA)
The Dunts (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Dwagie (Tainan TAIWAN)
Ecko (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Ellis (Hamilton CANADA)
Emily C. Browning (Christchurch NEW ZEALAND)
Emily Fairlight (Wellington NEW ZEALAND)
eX-Girl (Planet Kero Kero JAPAN)
Ezra Collective (London UK-ENGLAND)
Faded Ghost (Shanghai CHINA)
Fanclub (Austin TX)
Feels (Perth AUSTRALIA)
Foa (Eugene OR)
Fontaines D.C. (Dublin IRELAND)
French for Rabbits (Wellington NEW ZEALAND)
French Vanilla (Los Angeles CA)
The Fur. (Taipei TAIWAN)
fuvk (Austin TX)
Gaddafi Gals (Munich GERMANY)
Gaelynn Lea (Duluth MN)
Georgi Kay (Perth AUSTRALIA)
The Gooch Palms (Newcastle AUSTRALIA)
Goo Munday (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Grim Streaker (Brooklyn NY)
Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra (Montreal CANADA)
Hala (Detroit MI)
Hans. (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Hayden Pedigo (Amarillo TX)
Hazey Eyes (Philadelphia PA)
Her's (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Her Skin (Modena ITALY)
Hickeys (Madrid SPAIN)
Hot Flash Heat Wave (San Francisco CA)
Husky Loops (London UK-ENGLAND)
I'm Glad It's You (Redlands CA)
I am waiting for you last summer (Ryazan RUSSIA)
Jackie Bristow (Gore NEW ZEALAND)
Jambinai (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Jazzy Amra (The Bronx NY)
Joe Armon-Jones (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jonathan (Rijeka CROATIA)
JonZ (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
Kabul Dreams (Kabul AFGHANISTAN)
Kandle (Victoria CANADA)
Kidsmoke (Wrexham UK-WALES)
King Kaka (Nairobi KENYA)
King Kanja (Kensington MD)
The Klitz (Memphis TN)
Kofi Black (Staten Island NY)
KOLARS (Los Angeles CA)
Koran Streets (Berkeley CA)
L3ON (Benito Juárez MEXICO)
La Mojarra Electrica (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Laura Carbone (Berlin GERMANY)
Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers (Chicago IL)
Leyla McCalla (New Orleans LA)
Linying (Singapore SINGAPORE)
Lion Heights (Austin TX)
Locate S,1 (Athens GA)
Lowly (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Lucia Tacchetti (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Lunar Vacation (Atlanta GA)
Madge (Los Angeles CA)
Madison Cunningham (Orange County CA)
Magnolian (Ulaanbaatar MONGOLIA)
Mamalarky (Los Angeles CA)
Maybe April (Nashville TN)
Mikal kHill (Charlotte NC)
MIKNNA (Los Angeles CA)
Mirella Cesa (Guayaquil ECUADOR)
Moira Mack (Madison WI)
Moritz Simon Geist (Dresden GERMANY)
My Life as Ali Thomas (Bangkok THAILAND)
Naiboi (Nairobi KENYA)
Nerija (London UK-ENGLAND)
New Fame (Da Nang VIETNAM)
The Ninth Wave (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Nsimbi (Los Angeles CA)
Oh Sees (Los Angeles CA)
ORI (Jerusalem ISRAEL)
Otoboke Beaver (Kyoto JAPAN)
Palberta (New York NY)
Phy (Nairobi KENYA)
PNTHN (San Marcos TX)
Polyplastic (Los Angeles CA)
PowerSolo (Aarhus DENMARK)
Private Island (Los Angeles CA)
Puerto Arena (Montería COLOMBIA)
Puma Blue (London UK-ENGLAND)
Quiet Company (Austin TX)
Raquel (Boston MA)
Reptaliens (Portland OR)
Riley (New York NY)
Rob Markman (Brooklyn NY)
Sarah Tandy (London UK-ENGLAND)
Say Sue Me (Busan SOUTH KOREA)
Seán Barna (Brooklyn NY)
Seratones (Shreveport LA)
Slow Caves (Denver CO)
Slow Pulp (Madison WI)
Sneaks (Baltimore MD)
Sofie Winterson (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Soft Streak (Los Angeles CA)
SONTALK (Nashville TN)
Sphynx (Austin TX)
Steve'n'Seagulls (Jyväskylä FINLAND)
Subhi (Chicago IL)
Swallow the Rat (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Sweet Crude (New Orleans LA)
Swervedriver (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)
Tamino (Antwerp BELGIUM)
Theodore (Athens GREECE)
Tirman Kid (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Tomar and the FCs (Austin TX)
Trudy and the Romance (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Twin Tribes (Brownsville TX)
Twist (Toronto CANADA)
Unge Ferrari (Oslo NORWAY)
Viagra Boys (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Viva Non (Winnipeg CANADA)
Vlad Holiday (Jersey City NJ)
Warm Drag (Los Angeles CA)
Warmduscher (London UK-ENGLAND)
Warm Human (Chicago IL)
Weakened Friends (Portland ME)
Westerman (London UK-ENGLAND)
Western Youth (Austin TX)
William Harries Graham (Austin TX)
Willie J Healey (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)
Wyclef Jean (New York NY)
XETAS (Lockhart TX)
yahyel (Tokyo JAPAN)
Yorka (Santiago CHILE)

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Everything subject to change.

Photo credits, clockwise from top left:
Emily C. Browning - Photo by Charlie Rose Creative
The Ninth Wave - Photo by Neelam Khan Vela
Amyl & The Sniffers - Photo by Jamie Wdziekonski
Otoboke Beaver - Photo courtesy of the Artist
Tomar and the FCs - Photo by Jorge Sanhueza Lyon

(Teaser photo) Otoboke Beaver - Photo courtesy of the Artist

By Hayden Bagot