Festival returns to Austin for 10 days

South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals has announced that the dates for next year will be March 11-20, 2022 in Austin, TX. The news comes the week the event wrapped its first-ever online version after getting canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic.

“We at SXSW are hopeful that once people feel it’s safe enough to return to what will be the new normal of life, there will be a real enthusiasm for getting back to the things that brought them joy or opportunity or just the simple need to be out amongst humanity,” event organizers share. “We can’t wait to bring people together once again to meet and share ideas. Austin Public Health’s Interim Authority Dr. Mark Escott recently said, ‘I’m very confident that SXSW will look normal, or near-normal next year.’ We, too, share his optimism that we will be able to hold an in-person event in 2022.”

More details will be revealed later.

Tom Petty and Demi Lovato headlined feature documentaries during SXSW Online 2021. Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free is drawn from newly discovered 16mm film from the Tom Petty Archive that was shot between 1993 and 1995 by Petty’s longtime filmographer Martyn Atkins during the Wildflowers album sessions and tour that followed. The film won an Audience Award for Headliner Film. Lovato recounts her near-death OD experience with her YouTube Originals doc.

A new documentary on Foo Fighters fandom turned into the world’s biggest rock band also made its premiere during the event. We Are Thousand takes fans backstage with the Rockin’ 1000 where a thousand musicians gathered in Cesena, Italy to perform “Learn To Fly” in hopes of convincing the Foo Fighters to perform in their small Italian town. It won the 2020 Spotlight Audience Award.