More local artists are set for another Aussie invasion as they are invited to hit music industry conference South By Southwest (SXSW), which has fast become one of the biggest and most influential events in the music world.

Following on from opening up their band registrations for SXSW 2014, held next 7th to the 16th March, the first epic list of artists invited to perform at the 28th edition of the annual Austin, Texas gathering has been announced; an impressive list of more than 180 acts that will be gracing the many stages and showcases of the annual conference, with many more names on the way well before the final tally is counted.

The exhaustive list contains a number of recognisable names, including forthcoming Falls Festival visitors London Grammar, alt-rock veterans Urge Overkill (did Pulp Fiction just pop into your head?), INVSN – the new band from The Refused’s Daniel Lyxzén, metal masters Bring Me The Horizon and Crossfaith, from Britain and Japan respectively (who just wrapped Down Under dates together), as well as the Australian-bred, Brighton-based quartet Kins.

More exciting though, is the appearance of six Australian artists among the 180+ invited SXSW 2014 acts, who have the honour of being among the first of a touted 2,000 international performers gracing over 100 stages, with organisers expecting to add another 30 Australian acts to their invitations list.

Leading the pack is Vance Joy, the non de plume for Melbourne singer-songwriter James Keogh, who has enjoyed a banner year following the breakout success of his debut EP God Loves You When You’re Dancingincluding sold-out national tours, an unprecedented US record label deal, and more recently, claiming two gongs at the 2013 AIR Awards for Breakthrough Independent Artist and Best Independent Single/EP. More exciting though, is the appearance of six Australian artists among the 180+ invited SXSW 2014 acts… organisers expecting to add another 30 Australian acts

Also flying the flag for Melbourne is Money For Rope, the mighty dual-drumming, 24-limbed rock favourites have also enjoyed a successful 2013 following the release of their eponymous debut album last year making them one of the most played acts on Triple J Unearthed. The sextet have also built an enviable following thanks to their hugely enjoyable live show, carving out sizeable crowds through appearances at this year’s Big Day Out, Golden Plains, and Boogie festivals.

The Swiss, the dance music duo of Sydneysiders Luke Million and Tony Mitolo, have also been asked to jet to Austin, Texas next year. The pair, who have issued releases through tastemaking indie labels Modular and Kitsune, recently dropped their latest slice of disco funk with the Elouisa EP, following on from their hit single ‘Bubble Bath’

Also up for SXSW 2014 is Sydney pop craftsman Josef Salvat. Currently on tour in Europe supporting Tom Odell, the 24-year-old former law student has been enjoying some online buzz thanks to his introductory singles ‘This Life‘ and ‘Hustler‘ and recently relocated to London to conduct his neo-pop conquest through a spate of touring.

Rounding out the Aussie contingent is self-described ‘kick ass garage rock n roll’ outfit The Chevelles, and People Of Letters, the Melbourne based band representing the Women Of Letters project, a Melbourne group co-curated by The Age writers Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire that brings together musicians, writers, politicians and comedians in celebration of the lost art of letter-writing.

People Of Letters, along with Vance Joy, Money For Rope, The Swiss, Josef Salvat, and The Chevelles look set to follow in the foot-steps of Aussie artists that enjoyed the exposure and networking that SXSW has provided such break-out acts like Chet Faker, Big Scary, Kimbra, Alabama Shaks, Haim, Mumford & Sons and many more.

As well as hosting some of music’s biggest names, this year featuring the likes of Prince, Justin Timberlake, and Bruce Springsteen, SXSW also offers a range of invaluable information and sources through its many talks, panels, and seminars.

Following on from the killer keynote address from Dave Grohl, discussing Nirvana, ‘Gangnam Style’ and “finding your voice”, the first list of speakers at SXSW 2014 includes Jeff Price (Audiam), Tom Windish, (Producer Just Blaze), Matthew Adell (Beatport), Axel Dauchez (Deezer), Rebecca Rienks (E!), David Lowery (Cracker), Tom Silverman (Tommy Boy Records/New Music Seminar), and Jack Conte (Pomplamoose/Patreon) in the first round list (view in full here).

Conference registrations and hotel requests are now being accepted. For more information on every aspect of SXSW, please go to

SXSW 2014

March 7th – 16th, 2014
Austin, Texas
Music, Film, Interactive Conference

SXSW 2014 First Lineup

(Australian artists in bold)
Aer (Wayland MA)
Kyle Andrews (Nashville TN)
Atlanter (Oslo NORWAY)
Atomix (Mixcoac MEXICO)
The Autumn Defense (Chicago IL)
Avi Buffalo (Los Angeles CA)
Belle Adair (Muscle Shoals AL)
Betunizer (Valencia SPAIN)
The Black and White Years (Austin TX)
Jeff Black (Nashville TN)
Black Taxi (Brooklyn NY)
The Black Watch (Los Angeles CA)
The Blank Tapes (Los Angeles CA)
The Boxing Lesson (Austin TX)
Boyfrndz (Austin TX)
Bring Me The Horizon (Sheffield UK-ENGLAND)
Bugs of Phonon (Tainan TAIWAN)
Burgess Meredith (Austin TX)
Allysen Callery (Bristol RI)
Capsula (Bilbao SPAIN)
Casual Sex (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
[Champagne] (Tokyo JAPAN)
The Chevelles (North Fremantle WA)
Shawn Chrystopher (Los Angeles CA)
Cinco Doce (Austin TX)
Amy Cook (Austin TX)
Crossfaith (Osaka JAPAN)
Rodney Crowell (Crosby TX)
Current Swell (Victoria CANADA)
David J (Santa Rosa CA)
Deidre and the Dark (Brooklyn NY)
DeLorean (Houston TX)
Dems (London UK-ENGLAND)
Desert (Barcelona SPAIN)
The Devil Makes Three (Santa Cruz CA)
Division Minuscula (Matamoros MEXICO)
Eliza Doolittle (London UK-ENGLAND)
Doughbeezy (Houston TX)
Dråpe (Oslo NORWAY)
Drenge (Castleton UK-ENGLAND)
Dumb Waiter (Richmond VA)
The Dunwells (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Lincoln Durham (Austin TX)
Dusty Stray (Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS)
East Cameron Folkcore (Austin TX)
East Forest (Portland OR)
Andrea Echeverri (Bogota COLOMBIA)
E-Dubble (Baltimore MD)
Robert Ellis (Houston TX)
Sean Falyon (Atlanta GA)
Feathers (Austin, TX)
Folly and the Hunter (Montreal CANADA)
Ghost Loft (Los Angeles CA)
Ariana Gillis (Toronto ON)
Glass Animals (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)
The Great Wilderness (San Jose COSTA RICA)
Gungor (Denver CO)
Hamell On Trial (Ossining NY)
Elias Haslanger (Austin TX)
Hey Ocean! (Vancouver CANADA)
Micah P. Hinson (Denison TX)
Hollow Jan (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Hopsin (Panorama City CA)
Hyenaz (Berlin GERMANY)
Il Pan del Diavolo (Palermo ITALY)
Garland Jeffreys (New York NY)
Jonzieeee (Houston TX)
Vance Joy (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
June (San Francisco CA)
Jungle (London UK-ENGLAND)
Kaytranada (Montreal CANADA)
K Camp (Atlanta GA)
Killa Kyleon (Houston TX)
Kins (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Kira Kira (Mosfellsbær ICELAND)
Kristal and Jonny Boy (Rättvik/Stockholm SWEDEN)
La Orquesta Vulgar (Juarez MEXICO)
Kieran Leonard (London UK-ENGLAND)
Like Swimming (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Lil Ray/Wheels Up (Houston TX)
Lions In The Street (Vancouver CANADA)
Little Daylight (Brooklyn NY)
Little Jesus (Mexico City MEXICO)
Grace London (Austin TX)
London Grammar (London UK-ENGLAND)
Lord Buffalo (Austin TX)
Los Lonely Boys (San Angelo TX)
Lost Tapes (Barcelona SPAIN)
Calvin Love (Edmonton CANADA)
Lovely Bad Things (La Mirada CA)
Love X Stereo (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Lene Lovich Band (London UK-ENGLAND) Eleni Mandell (Los Angeles CA)
Marigold (Borlänge SWEDEN)
Jessica Lea Mayfield (Kent OH)
The Men (Brooklyn NY)
Mibbs (of Pac Div) (Beverly Hills CA)
Mighty Oaks (Berlin GERMANY)
Fernando Milagros (Santiago CHILE)
The Ben Miller Band (Joplin MO)
Mirror Travel (Austin TX)
Mise en Scene (Winnipeg CANADA)
Money For Rope (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Mon Laferte (Escandon MEXICO)
Mono Inc. (Schönberg GERMANY)
Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step (Los Angeles CA)
Mozes And The Firstborn (Eindhoven THE NETHERLANDS)
mr. Gnome (Cleveland OH)
Neulore (Nashville TN)
Nive Nielsen & The Deer Children (Nuuk DENMARK)
Nightmare Air (Los Angeles CA)
Kurt Nilsen (Oslo NORWAY)
NO (Los Angeles CA)
OBN III’s (Austin TX)
Only Real (London UK-ENGLAND)
Palmbomen (Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS)
Panama Wedding (New York NY)
PapaNegro (Santiago CHILE)
PEDALJETS (Kansas City MO)
Penny & Sparrow (Austin TX)
People of Letters (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
the Pepper Pots (Girona SPAIN)
Juan Perro (Madrid SPAIN)
Phonalex (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Pompeya (Moscow RUSSIA)
Porter (Guadalajara MEXICO)
Propain (Houston TX)
Pure Love (Hemel Hempstead UK-ENGLAND)
Que (Atlanta GA)
Random (Mega Ran) (Phoenix AZ)
The Rocketboys (Austin TX)
Raina Rose (Austin TX)
Royal Canoe (Winnipeg CANADA)
Rusty Maples (Las Vegas NV)
Saint Rich (Fredon NJ)
Josef Salvat (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Saor Patrol (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
Savoir Adore (Brooklyn NY)
Jack Savoretti (London UK-ENGLAND)
Shakey Graves (Austin TX)
Sigmun (Bandung INDONESIA)
Sisu (Los Angeles CA)
Ski Lodge (New York NY)
Soldout (Bruxelles BELGIUM)
The Sour Notes (Austin TX)
Speak (Austin TX)
The Spring Standards (New York NY)
Starlight Girls (Brooklyn NY)
The Suffers (Houston TX)
Sweet Baboo (Trefriw UK-WALES)
The Swiss (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
SwizZz (Los Angeles CA)
Dudu Tassa (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
Teengirl Fantasy (New York NY)
Kristian Terzic Band (Rovinj CROATIA)
To Be Frank (Suffolk UK-ENGLAND)
Jonathan Toubin (New York NY)
Truth Universal (New Orleans LA)
Ume (Austin TX)
Urge Overkill (Chicago IL)
Vampillia (Tenjinmachi JAPAN)
Vida Boulevard (Guadalajara MEXICO)
V.I.P (Austin TX)
Vockah Redu (New Orleans LA)
We Butter The Bread With Butter (Berlin GERMANY)
Taj Weekes & Adowa (Castries SAINT LUCIA)
Wes Fif (Orlando FL)
Whiskey Shivers (Austin TX)
Dot Wiggin Band (Brooklyn NY)
Wild Child (Austin TX)
Wild Moccasins (Houston TX)
Wild Ones (Portland OR)
Roosh Williams (Houston TX)
WonFu (Taipei TAIWAN)
Dizzy Wright (Las Vegas NV)
Yip Deceiver (Athens GA)
Gabby Young and Other Animals (London UK-ENGLAND)
Zefirina (João Pessoa BRAZIL)

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