SXSW premiered the The Horror/Thriller film 13 SINS from director Daniel Stamm. Stars Ron Pearlman, Mark Webber and Devon Graye walked the red carpet tonight at Stateside Theatre. Photos by Johnny Au.
For the fifth year in a row, the AU review is heading to the musical mecca of Austin to cover the annual SXSW Film, Interactive and Music Festival. Though we should be used to the sheer size of the event by now, we are still constantly floored by the range of artists putting on showcases all across the city. The AU's head writer, Chris, shares with us his five essential international artists at SXSW 2014 (in no particular order).
It’s that time of year again when the AU review heads to Austin to cover the annual SXSW Film, Interactive and Music Festival. In anticipation, the AU’s deputy editor Sose, shares with us her five international artist picks (in no particular order, and indeed - no Australians here). Believe us that this was not an easy list to put together… read on! And see you in Texas…
Australia's festival scene is set to be well-represented at SXSW this year, now with the St Jerome's Laneway Festival being the third Aussie festival to announce a showcase in Austin this month. Laneway, who have had arguably one of the most successful festival tours of 2014 thus far, will be holding their shindig at Holy Mountain on March 15th, showing off the talents of not only some of our best, but some great international bands as well.
Two of the country's best and well-loved festivals are headed to Austin to show the Americans how we do! Secret-Sounds are presenting the Falls Festival/Splendour in the Grass SXSW party at Holy Mountain in Austin and features some great talent from not only Australia, but the US, UK and Canada too!
SPIN's annual SXSW party is always a popular event for the music loving public who converge on Austin's Stubb's venue each year. They've pulled out all stops with their 2014 event, with a diverse line up set to impress. The gig is taking place across two stages on March 14th and will be featuring live performances by the following artists.
Things are really beginning to heat up now SXSW is edging ever closer, with the huge showcase events starting to roll out their full artist lineups and set times. IHC (iHEARTCOMIX)have unveiled their full schedule for the Austin Party Weekend, which is going to be representing some killer artists from both Australia and abroad. With the likes of DZ Deathrays, Whatsonot, Wave Racer and RÜFÜS (or RÜFÜS DU SOL) flying the flag, we're pretty sure this weekend is going to be that much sweeter.
KGSR, renowned for their SXSW live broadcasts, have unveiled their broadcast schedule for 2014 and it's mega, to say the least! Taking place over four mornings (March 12th - March 15th), Andy Langer, Kristen Kurtis and Kelly Jordan will be hosting a line up of artists including our very own Boy and Bear and Vance Joy, with all event benefits going toward Make A Wish Central & South Texas.
Australian hotshots D.D Dumbo and Vance Joy are set to be must-sees at SXSW this year, with both just announced to peform at the showcases presented by UK music label Communion. The two showcases set for March 12th and 14th, will showcase acts from both the UK and the US as well as our Aussie reps, taking over both Blackheart and St David's Church in Austin. Party.
Fresh from dominating Australian festival crowds, Jagwar Ma will be taking part in a hot series of showcases at SXSW run by Red Bull Sound Select. The '4 Days in Austin' run of shows have begun rolling out the names and man, it's looking good. Red Bull Sound Select is an artist development program has seen the likes of The Smashing Pumpkins, Best Coast and Chance The Rapper take part in their Austin/SXSW showcases in the past, and while only two of the four artist announcements have been made, the artists we do know who are set to perform are below...
You like jokes, we like jokes. The Americans know how to do comedy well and next month SXSW will be delivering one killer punch line with its lineup of comics for 2014. SXSW Comedy will be highlighting not only some of the biggest names in the biz at the moment, but also with be shining the light on some of the hottest names coming through the ranks. The SNL powerhouse will be well-represented as will many other cult franchises - we're stoked to be heading along to check out the following:
For those Austin-bound for SXSW next month, this showcase is set to be one of the highlights of the 2014 music program for sure. NPR Music have announced their annual showcase, going down at Stubb's on March 12th, to feature sets by none other than Damon Albarn, St. Vincent and more.
Since 1996, BENTEN Tokyo & SXSW Asia have held an yearly showcase called JAPAN NITE US TOUR including a SXSW appearance and has introduced countless Japanese Artists to the world. This year’s schedule includes a NEW stop in San Diego, CA.
He's already counted among the batch of iconic music names who have spoken at SXSW in years past, but 2014 will see Neil Young return to Austin for another year in 2014. A special addition to the 'Convergence Programme', where the Music, Film and Interactive elements of SXSW overlap, Young's appearance comes as he prepares to unveil his new music service platform, Pono.
The SXSW Interactive Festival has announced the finalists for the SXSW Accelerator Competition, now in its sixth year. Taking place on the first weekend of SXSW Interactive (March 8&9), the competition will see the 48 finalists present and pitch their innovations in front of a live audience for the chance to make it to the top 18 companies invited back to the stage on March 9th.