SXSW announces full artist lineup, notable panelists

The annual event is March 9-18 in Austin, TX

Every March the global music community journeys to the South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas for seven days and nights of music discovery, networking and the opportunity to share ideas. To help manage this endeavor, SXSW is pleased to release the full list of 1,982 artists scheduled to perform at the 32nd edition of the SXSW Music Festival taking place Monday, March 12th – Sunday, March 18th. As well as the performing artists, numerous music industry professionals will be participating in the SXSW Conference.

The SXSW Conference line-up is filled with notable artists, panelists and music-focused panels including: Music Keynote Lyor Cohen; Keynote Conversation with Linda Perry & Kerry Brown; A Conversation with Keith Urban; Music Business 101 – A Q&A with Legendary Music Icon Nile Rodgers; A Conversation with Kim Deal & Steve Albini; Featured Session: Superchunk; From Bronx To Billions: A Hip-Hop History Lesson; New Jack Swing: The Renaissance of Hip Hop and R&B; Changing the Game: Artists as Leaders w/ Ted Leo; Featured Session: Elvis Presley: The Searcher; From CBGB to the World: A Downtown Diaspora; Music Tech: A Gateway to Awaken America’s Youth w/ Young Guru; How About A Little Fanfare? w/ Todd Rundgren, Matthew Caws, Matt Lowell & More; Raw: U-God’s Journey into the Wu Tang; Teamwork, Innovation & Rock n’ Roll with Kenny Aronoff; It’s a Fan’s World: The Life of Superfans; In Conversation: Rubén Blades; Featured Speaker Daniel Glass; Merlin at 10: Independent Labels are Streaming Ahead; Sexual Misconduct in the Music Industry; From Invisible to 8Bi Views: Kondzilla; Instagram for Music: Best Practices; Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Music; and Why Music Journalism Matters in the Streaming Era.

The SXSW Music Opening Party, which offers a strong sample of the talent and diversity that SXSW has to offer, will take place on Tuesday, March 13th at The Main & The Main II from 6-9 pm. This year’s lineup includes Superchunk, Bad Gyal, Pussy Riot, Lali Puna, Starcrawler, and Boy Harsher.

A celebration of the life and music of the legendary Blaze Foley will be presented on Friday, March 16th at 9 pm at the Paramount Theatre. This tribute performance follows the screening of the Ethan Hawke co-written and directed film Blaze. It features musical performances by The Texas Gentlemen alongside Ben Dickey, Gurf Morlix, Alynda Segarra (Hurray for the Riff Raff), Nikki Lane, and JT Van Zandt.

SXSW is pleased to announce new additions to the music festival including Keith Urban, The Roots, Amara La Negra, Dr. Octagon, Elle King, YFN Lucci, Bishop Briggs, Maxo Kream, Smino, KCRW’s DJ Jason Bentley, Elohim, Derez De’Shon, Beach Slang, SOBxRBE, Lil Gnar, and Willow Smith.

See the full lineup.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.