Macklemore performing one-night-only Dolby Atmos show

The surprise show will take place at SXSW

Dolby Laboratories and Macklemore are teaming to showcase the future of music through a surprise performance in Dolby Atmos, one-night only at SXSW. This will be Macklemore’s first live concert in Dolby Atmos and will take place at ACL Live at Moody Theater on Friday, March 17th.

“One of the best parts of releasing a new album is getting to perform it live, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to do my first ever performance in Dolby Atmos,” states Ben Haggerty who’s known professionally as Macklemore. “I can’t wait to be back at SXSW to share this moment with my fans and the City of Austin.”

“We are excited to bring the Dolby Atmos live music experience to SXSW with a performance by Macklemore,” adds Todd Pendleton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Dolby Laboratories. “Dolby Atmos is the future of music and on Friday, fans will be able to experience Macklemore’s hits and new songs like they have never heard before.”

During his performance, Macklemore will take guests on an immersive journey in Dolby Atmos, performing fan favorites and songs off his new album, Ben. The new studio album is his third and features a powerful line up of singles including “Maniac” featuring Windser, “No Bad Days” featuring Collett, and “Heroes” featuring DJ Premier, which fans can also stream in Dolby Atmos, where available.

The concert will be open to all SXSW Music, Platinum, Film + Interactive Badge holders, as well as Music and Artist Wristbands. Those without a SXSW credential may attend for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is not guaranteed. SXSW Badge and Wristband Holders receive priority admission.

For those unable to secure tickets, Dolby is celebrating the end of SXSW by hosting a creator and industry event from 9:30 pm-midnight on Friday, March 17th at Dolby House. The free event is open to SXSW guests and Austin locals, and it will feature free food, drinks, and live DJs. This is a 21+ event and a RSVP is required for entry.

Free to the public and SXSW attendees, Dolby House – which is Dolby’s first SXSW experiential take over – features a variety of installations highlighting Dolby innovations across music, movies and streaming, gaming, sports, and podcasts. The space will host 20+ panels, events, and industry + creator meet-ups throughout the week and free food and drinks daily, including food truck appearances from Waffle Love – a local Austin favorite. Guests will also have a chance to experience one of Dolby’s latest innovations, Dolby Atmos for cars, in a top-of-the-line Mercedes-Benz Maybach S-Class sedan and get a “first listen” of Era 300, Sonos’ newest Dolby Atmos-enabled smart speaker, which was announced last week.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

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