Mick Fleetwood, Kesha, other speakers added to SXSW music lineup

Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood, platinum-selling rap star Kesha and former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic are among a large group of speakers announced today for this year’s South by Southwest daytime conference lineup.

Mick Fleetwood will be among the featured speakers at SXSW Music this year. Contributed/Sean M. Hower
Mick Fleetwood will be among the featured speakers at SXSW Music this year. Contributed/Sean M. Hower

The announcement also included many additions to the SXSW film and interactive events:

Film: John Cena, Seth Rogen and the cast of “Veep” will speak at SXSW

Interactive: SXSW names Jessica Shortall of Texas competes as keynote, adds Buzz Aldrin, Chris Sacca, Bob Odenkirk, many more to speaker list

Other music additions include Cindy Wilson, a founding member of new wave pioneers the B-52’s, and Sammy Hagar, the “Red Rocker” who later became Van Halen’s lead singer.

Fleetwood’s appearance is related to his upcoming book “Love That Burns: A Chronicle of Fleetwood Mac” via Genesis Publications.

Kesha will team up on a panel in the conference’s “Social Impact” track with Amy Emmerich of Refinery29, a digital media company specializing in women’s lifestyles.

After Nirvana, Novoselic became known for his political activism. He was SXSW’s keynote speaker in 1996, and currently is the board chair of FairVote, a nonprofit dealing with democracy issues.

SXSW will continue to announce hundreds of music performers each Friday for the next few weeks. The last batch included Sara Watkins, Mark Eitzel and Bright Light Social Hour.

RELATED: More SXSW 2017 preview coverage

Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and austin360.com. Twitter: @Blackstock360

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