Each year the hippest of the hip converge on Austin, TX for SXSW, a music and media conference bringing the indie world’s most compelling film, music and web material to the world stage. Here’s what’s in store for SXSW 2011, scheduled for March 11-20.
Are you ready for SXSW 2011? The famed festival is celebrating 25 years of bringing the hottest music, film and interactive components to the public before anyone else. Here’s what you can look forward to this year.
For 25 years, South by Southwest has provided a platform for some of the best musicians in the world to get their sound out to the people. These days, a lot of big stars make appearances — Hole, Metallica, Kanye West and Tori Amos all played last year — but the festival is still really about the indie bands.
Scheduled for SXSW 2011 so far are A Place To Bury Strangers, Alcoholic Faith Mission, Ancestors, Apex Manor, The Appleseed Cast, Art vs Science, Asobi Seksu, Babe Rainbow, The Bees (UK), Beni, Black Math Horseman, Black Spiders, Bombay Bicycle Club, Braids, Brandt Brauer Frick, Brother, The Cabriolets, Calder Quartet, Candy Claws, Capsula, Cast, Chapel Club, Chico Trujillo, Chikita Violenta, Clock Opera, Cloud Nothings, Coliseum, Coolrunnings, Dam Mantle, Designer Drugs, Doctor Krapula, Dredg, Ebony Bones!, Ed Harcourt, El Guincho, El Hijo de La Cumbia, Erland & The Carnival, Erykah Badu, FM Belfast, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Fujiya & Miyagi, Get People, Giana Factory, Givers, Go Back To The Zoo, Gypsyblood, The Head and the Heart, High Rankin, The Holidays, In Fear and Faith, Iron Age, The Jezabels, John Vanderslice, Jon Fratelli, Jonquil, Kamp!, Kids of 88, Klaxons, L.Stadt, Le Butcherettes, Lia Ices, Liam Finn, Light Pollution, The Luyas, The Main Street Gospel, Marcus Foster, Mark Eitzel, Miami Horror, Micachu and The Shapes, Miss May IMSTRKRFT, Mujeres, Mustard Pimp, Naam, The Naked and Famous, Nite Jewel, Parts & Labor, Plan BPS I Love You, Pulled Apart By Horses, Reset!, Rosie and Me, Scars on 45, Schlachthofbronx, Shilpa Ray, Small Black, Sol Pereyra, Spleen United, Starfucker, Steve Mason, Sun Airway, Superlitio, Suuns, The Swiss, Tego Calderon, Telekinesis, Thiago Pethit, Those Dancing Days, Tiê, Toro y Moi, Veronica Falls, Vicente Gayo, The War on Drugs, WhoMadeWho, Wild Flag, Wye Oak, Young Legionnaire and Yuck.
Not to be outdone by the killer tunes, SXSW Interactive features compelling speakers from the world of web technology. Opening remarks this year will be made by Seth Priebatsch, founder of gaming site SCVNGR, with additional keynotes by 4chan founder Christopher Poole, web actress/writer/director Felicia Day, TOMS Shoes Chief Shoe Giver Blake Mycoskie and cyberspace theorist Bruce Sterling.
In addition to showcasing independent films, SXSW Film presents participants with dozens of informative panels. Some 40 conference programs have been confirmed to date, including Makers of Geek Documentaries: A Nerd’s Life, Pimp My Movie: Online Marketing Makeovers and Your Baby is Ugly: Evaluating Your Film Honestly.
The entire SXSWeek runs March 11-20, with Interactive March 11-15, Film March 11-19 and Music March 16-20.