Now two months way, South by Southwest Music released its largest block of bands to date this morning. The new batch of 498 acts includes psychedelic stoner trio Dead Meadow, rising Minneapolis singer/rapper Lizzo, B-52’s singer Cindy Wilson, and Sad13, pop project of Speedy Ortiz frontwoman Sadie Dupuis.
Today’s announcement of seven world premieres scheduled to play at South by Southwest 2017 includes the news that Terrence Malick’s Song to Song, a love story set against the Austin music scene, has been selected as the March 10 opening night film. The film festival runs March 10-19.
SXSW Music nabbed the morning headlines with the unveiling of a second keynote speaker and 200-plus acts on the 2017 bill. But the conference also dropped a few non-Music speakers into the mix today, including a Muslim journalist who started a movement and a producing powerhouse who co-parented a Terminator.
Increasingly integrated music, film, and technology conference now just 115 days away, South by Southwest unloads another big batch of programming – headlined by the local granddaddy of all festivals' second 2017 Music keynote: Nile Rodgers.
The White House yesterday announced the lineup of the upcoming South by South Lawn event, featuring such names as Leonardo DiCaprio, musical group the Lumineers, and the cast of Netflix’s Stranger Things.
South by Southwest is a cultural behemoth that refuses to stop growing, taking over more of Austin, extending its tendrils to new subjects like fashion and education. Soon, the borders of Austin will not be enough to contain it, as the megafestival turns its colonizing eye toward our nation’s capital.