First round of SXSW 2017 artists includes Survive, Tameca Jones, San Fermin, Diet Cig


Artist applications for the 2017 South by Southwest Music Festival are still open through October 24, but the festival went ahead and dropped the first list of artists playing the festival. It goes heavy on the locals. Synth duo Survive, who are suddenly low-level famous for their standout work on the “Stranger Things” soundtrack, jump out as the buzziest name. Also representing Austin at the festival is our Austin360 Artist of the Month for September, Tameca Jones, alongside hard grinding afrobeat project Hard Proof, singer-songwriter Adam Torres and EMG and Psiplay, KUTX DJ Elizabeth McQueen’s electronic music project.

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Outside of Austin a few notable domestic artists include lo-fi pop duo Diet Cig, baroque pop outfit San Fermin and rowdy country artist Cory Branan.  International artists include Toronto rapper Tasha the Amazon, French singer-songwriter Jain and a mess of Australians including singer-songwriter Vera Blue.

Full list of SXSW artists, round one:

Akina Adderley & The Vintage Playboys (Austin, TX), Agosto (San Isidro, Argentina), Alex Napping (Austin, TX), Rocky Banks (Houston, TX), Vera Blue (Forbes, Australia), BOOHER (Austin, TX), Cory Branan (Nashville, TN), Allysen Callery (Bristol, RI), Alex Cameron (Sydney, Australia), Laura Carbone (Mannheim, Germany), Chain of Flowers (Cardiff, UK England), Chain Wallet (Bergen, Norway), Chelou (London, UK-England), Crater (Seattle, WA), Creepoid (Philadelphia, PA), Diet Cig (New Paltz, NY), Dubfire (Washington, DC), Forth Wanderers (Montclair, NJ), FOXTRAX (Los Angeles, CA), Colin Gilmore (Austin, TX), Henry Hall (New York, NY), Hard Proof (Austin, TX), Hoops (Bloomington, IN), Jain (Paris, France), Tameca Jones (Austin, TX), King Cayman (Madrid, Spain), Alex Lahey (Melbourne, Australia), Lazyeyes (Brooklyn, NY), Carlo Lio (Toronto, Canada), Demi Louise (Boronia, Australia), Elizabeth McQueen, (EMQ and Psiplay) (Austin, TX), Misimplicity (Austin, TX), My Education (Austin, TX), Never Young (Oakland, CA), Agnes Obel (Berlin, Germany), Pastel Ghost (Brooklyn, NY), Sara ∏ (Barcelona, Spain), Polarheart (Sydney, Australia), The Quebe Sisters (Dallas, TX), Ratboys (Chicago, IL), Running Touch (Melbourne, Australia), San Fermin (Brooklyn, NY), Oscar Key Sung (Melbourne, Australia), S U R V I V E (Austin, TX), Tasha the Amazon (Toronto, Canada), Throttle (Melbourne, Australia), Adam Torres (Austin, TX), Trudy and the Romance (London, UK-England), Wafia (Brisbane, Australia), Miss Lavelle White and the L Men (Austin, TX), Yoke Lore (Brooklyn, NY), Jesse Colin Young (Aiken, SC), and Yung Gordon

SXSW 2017 registration opens with price jump for music badges

White Denim performs on the Austin Convention Center Radio Day Stage on March 16 during the SXSW Music Conference. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman
White Denim performs on the Austin Convention Center Radio Day Stage on March 16 during the SXSW Music Conference. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

The South by Southwest Conference and Festival opened registration today and music attendees might be suffering from a bit of sticker shock. While last year’s early bird music badges started at $650, this year the base price has gone up to $825.  With the price hikes the festival promises “expanded access to more of the SXSW Conference & Festivals.”

Our colleague Omar Gallaga talked to SXSW director Hugh Forrest today and he confirmed that the festival is moving towards greater convergence between the Interactive, Film and Music conferences. “Eventually, we envision one SXSW event, and one badge that allows maximum flexibility for all, with access to even more compelling and diverse programming, and choices that allow attendees to shape their own customized SXSW experience,” Forrest said.

The early bird price for the Platinum badge, that offers access to all three festivals, has dropped from $1345 for the 2016 festival to $1150 for 2017.

Speaking specifically to the price jumps in the music and film conferences (last year’s film badges started at $525 and now are also $825) Forrest said, “As the lines between a growing number of industry segments blur, we’ve come to understand the future of Film and Music lies in collaboration and convergence across a myriad of industries. With expanded access across all of our events, the increase in the badge price is now on par with other industry events.”

Forrest said the festival has mailed discount codes to registrants who paid to attend our Film and/or Music events within the past several years.

The 2017 SXSW Conference and Festival runs from March 10-19, 2017.