The SXSW Music Festival dates back to 1987 when 177 artists gathered on 15 stages in Austin, Texas. The inaugural Music Festival formed a new music landscape for the city each March through live performances that have continued to grow over the years into what it is today – over 2,000 new, developing, and established artists from 60+ countries.
Among the thousands of live performances over the years, we have picked a few to remember while you await the first round of SXSW 2020 Showcasing Artists coming soon this month.
Broken Social Scene | 2019
Broken Social Scene is an alternative rock collective originally founded by Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning at the tail end of the 90s. They formed the Broken family with members of Metric, Do Make Say Think, and Stars as well as Grammy-nominated Feist. Their debut album, You Forgot It In People, largely defined the “indie rock” era coming out of Canada. Broken Social Scene played the iconic album in full at one of their 2019 SXSW showcases.
Lizzo | 2014
When you love yourself, anything becomes possible. Channeling boundless self-confidence through a downright earth-quaking voice, colorful persona, and undeniable star power, Lizzo struts into the spotlight and steps up with a whole lot of sass, spirit, and soul. Embracing her vocal range like never before and celebrating herself to the fullest, she speaks her mind, censors nothing, and delivers an enviable level of honesty, pure passion, and fresh fire.
Choc Quib Town | 2010
Choc Quib Town is a group of Afro Colombian artists who define their music as "Afro Colombian Hip Hop Funk". The songs of Choc Quib Town mix Afro Colombian traditional genres like Bunde, Currulao, Bambazú and Aguabajo with the music of Afro descendants of the U.S., Jamaica, Cuba and others like Hip Hop, Reggae, Electronic, Rumba, Flow, Salsa, Songo and Guajira.
Mumford & Sons | 2009
Mumford & Sons is a British folk-rock band founded by band members Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett, Winston Marshall, and Ted Dwane. The group formed in 2007 and has accumulated numerous Grammy nominations including their album, Babel winning album of the year in 2013.