SXSW 2015

One of the music industry's most anticipated events, South By Southwest Music Conference and Festival (shortened to SXSW or simply South By) takes over Austin each March for a week-long marathon of music showcases, panels, keynote speeches, and parties. Music lovers flock to the southern city for a chance to rub elbows with music business personnel and catch up-and-coming acts, waiting in lines around the block for a chance to gain admission into some of the industry's most coveted events.

The first edition of SXSW took place in 1987, when Austin wasn't known as the music mecca it is today. The city's cosmopolitan setting made it the ideal location for the conference's inaugural event, which was launched with the intention of drawing music industry personnel to the center of Texas to conduct business. A breeding ground for all genres of music, be it country, punk, rock, or blues, Austin hosted just 700 registrants for SXSW's first edition, which grew to more than 16,000 music registrants for 2013. Following the festival's freshman edition, Austin began to evolve as a hotspot for high-tech companies, and in 1994, SXSW integrated film and interactive components into the already growing festival to accomodate these industries' growth. The festival has also managed to garner a large international following, and SXSW now has offices in Ireland, Germany, Australia, and Japan.

SXSW's showcases are spread out throughout 90 venues in downtown Austin, and the city's main thoroughfare, 6th Street, is closed to traffic for the week of SXSW. The result is a vivacious city center, full of people, food, dancing, and music.

Festival Line Up

First Round Lineup: Agoraphobia, Agosto, Alvvays, Angus & Julia Stone, Babes, Baby In Vain, Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, Ballet School, Ball Park Music, The Barberettes, Courtney Barnett, James Bay, Be Forest, Big Phony, Bishop Nehru, Blacklist Royals, Black Milk, Black Taxi, Bloods, Bogan Via, Bomba Estéreo, Bonaparte, The Boxing Lesson, Brolin, Butcher Brown, Buenaparte, The California Honeydrops, Ben Caplan, Carl Barat and The Jackals, Ceschi, Charlotte OC, Cheerleader, ChihiroYamazaki+ROUTE14band, The Church, Civil Twilight, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Coasts, Crew54, Dark Time Sunshine, Deers, Dena, Diwan Saz, The Dodos, Cettina Donato & Serena Brancale Group, Dream Police, Dry the River, East Cameron Folkcore, Eastern Sidekick, EE, El Conjunto Nueva Ola, El Freaky, Él Mató A Un Policía Motorizado, Fatherson, Marcelo Fruet & os Cozinheiros, Colin Gilmore, GoldLink, The Gooch Palms, Jenn Grant, Haioka, Happyness, Haroon, Danny B. Harvey, Mekaal Hasan Band, Heat, Heaters, Hey Marseilles, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Ibeyi, The Inspector Cluzo, Institute, Jared & The Mill, Jessie Ware, Jitterbug Vipers, Alexz Johnson, JoyCut, Dustin Kensrue, Khumariyaan, Hanne Kolstø, Krypol Haze, Ben Kweller, Kydd, La Orquesta Vulgar, The Last Bison, Howie Lee, The Lonely Wild, Lost Midas, Demi Louise, Love Inks, Low Cut Connie, Low Roar, Luluc, Lust for Youth, Lydia, Mai Dhai, Marching Church, MC Lars, Mew, Mini Mansions, Miss Chain & The Broken Heels, Modestep, Moon Duo, Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step, mothercoat, Mr.Kitty, Nakia, Jay Nash and Josh Day are the Contenders, Natural Child, Nightmare Air, No Brain, Noveller, Ocellot, The Octopus Project, Panda Elliot, The Parrots, Pharmakon, Pommez Internacional, Poor Rich Boy, The Pop Group, Publicist UK, Quantic, Que, Rangleklods, Residual Kid, Roddy, Royal Teeth, Sain Tanveer Brothers, Sertified, Seven Davis Jr, Sexores, Silk Rodeo, Charanjit Singh, Skinny Lister, Sleep ∞ Over, Luisa Sobral, Songhoy Blues, Sorne, The Sour Notes, SSLEEPERHOLD, The Stone Foxes, Suboi, Suicideyear, 숨[su:m], Summer Heart, Sy Ari Da Kid, Tanya Tagaq, Talking To Turtles, Talkshow, The Big Pink, Thee Oh Sees, Jonathan Toubin, Tourmaline, Transit, Hailey Tuck, Twerps, The Twilight Sad, Twin Peaks, Txarango, Ume, Vaadat Charigim, Vampillia, Vockah Redu, Vuurwerk, Wand, Jessie Ware, Warm Soda, Lewis Watson, Weekend Money, Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts, Hank West & the Smokin Hots, Whitehorse, Jess Williamson, Emily Wolfe

Second Round Lineup: Matías Aguayo,Lydia Ainsworth, The Amazing Snakeheads, Kimberly Anne, Asian Chairshot, AWOLNATION, Babes, Bad Vibes, The Ballroom Thieves, Del Barber, Beat Connection, BeatKing, Beaty Heart, BJ The Chicago Kid, Black Violin, Guy Blakeslee, The Blind Shake, Suzy Bogguss, BØRNS, The Bros. Landreth, Tom Brosseau, B.Traits, Cairo Knife Fight, Cancer Bats, Capitan Tifus, Blake Carrington, Cathedrals, Chancha Via Circuito, ChoZe, Christian S, Chui, Cinematic Experience, CJ Fly, Coffeehouse, Amy Cook, The Cribs, Denzel Curry, Karla da Silva, Dear Boy, Death Valley Girls, Delhi 2 Dublin, Robert DeLong, DeLorean, The Deslondes, The Digital Wild, Marianne Dissard, The Districts, DJ Blue Hawaii, DJ Earl, DJ Halo, DJ HVAD, DJ Spinn, Doeman, Doughbeezy, Dream Koala, Dr. Rackle And The Sound Griots, DJ Duffey, The Dunwells, East India Youth, ELEL, Ellie Herring, Elvis Depressedly, Escort, Javier Escovedo and the City Lights, EX-CULT, Sean Falyon, Famasloop, Father, Fielded, The fin., Diana Fuentes, Gang Of Four, Gang Of Youths, Garden City Movement, Gateway Drugs, Jacco Gardner, Ghost Magnet Roach Motel, Giant³ Sand, Girl Pilot, Good Harvest, Philipp Gorbachev, Jon Dee Graham, William Harries Graham, Grand Analog, Gyptian, Monica Heldal, HEO, Hiatus Kaiyote, Highly Suspect, Hippo Campus, Ho9909, Reuben Hollebon, HOLYCHILD, Holy Esque, I Am Giant, Ice Prince, Ikonika, Iyanya, Jamestown Revival, Mick Jenkins, July Talk, Kaleo, Kawehi, Tori Kelly, KEN mode, Kill! Kill! Pussycat!, Victoria Kimani, Elle King, King Tuff, Natasha Kmeto, Kosha Dillz, La Luz, La Mecanica Popular, Nikki Lane, La Sabrosura Dura, Laza, Lazyeyes, Lenka, LIL J, LITE, Longfellow, Los Aldeanos, The Lowest Pair, Lowkey, Austin Lucas, Macaco, The Magnettes, Mallory Knox, Mansionair, MANTAR, Mao Loading, The Mastersons, Mighty Oaks, Mirror Trave, Chris Mitchell, Moe Gang, Machel Montano, Moon City Boys, Moon Honey, Ian Moore, Bob Moses, Mother Falcon, Motopony, Mr Play, The Mud Howlers, Mumiy Troll, My Jerusalem, Mysonne, The Mystery Lights, Israel Nash, Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Night School, Nihils, Northcote, Nyla, O Amor Existe, Odesza, Adil Omar, Only Real, Paul Oscher, Oso Leone, The Painted Redstarts, Pale Seas, Percance, Josiel Perez's AC Jazz Project, Pompeya, Jay Prince, Chuck Prophet, Public Access T.V., Public Service Broadcasting, PUJOL, Quorum, Quiet Company, Rainy Milo, Rival Consoles, Daniel Romano, Peter Rosenberg, Daniel Roure Quartet, Sadat X, Samini, San Fermin, Sango, Saukrates, Sean Paul, Hunter Sharpe, Andy Shauf, Sicko Mobb, Samantha Savage Smith, Snootie Wild, Socalled, Sol, Sonido San Francisco, Sophie, Southern Hospitality, SPEAK, George Stancell, Peggy Stern Trio, Sungod, Surfer Blood, S U R V I V E, Sweater Beats, Swervedriver, Time For Three, The Ting Tings, Trixie Trainwreck, Tropics, Truth Universal, TsuShiMaMiRe, Turbo Fruits, Benny Turner and Real Blues, Twin Danger, Twin Shadow, Jonathan Tyler, Velvet Caravan, The Velvet Teen, Victim Mentality, Vision Fortune, The Voyeurs, MACK WARBUCKZ, Wardell, Water Liars, Juan Wauters, Wave Chapelle, Weyes Blood, Whiskey Shivers, Wild Throne, Alex Wiley, Roosh Williams, Lena Willikens, Wolf Alice, Worldwide, Xu Xu Fang, YB, Young Empires, Your Old Droog, Yukon Blonde, Yung Gleesh, Zionstereo, The Zoltars, The Zombies, Zookeeper, Zooly Gvng, Yumi Zouma 

Third Round Lineup: 5ive, The 69 Cats, The Accidentals, The Acorn, A.Dd+, Adia, AFC, Akka, All Them Witches, Amason,  Ambassadeurs,Amsterdamn!, American Aquarium, Rick Anderson,Apanhadar Só, Dave Arcari, Aries, Arrows of Love, Ben Arthur, Asleep at the Wheel, ASTR, astronomyy, Avers, Avid Dancer, Baby Baby, Bad Breeding, Bad Cop, Bill Baird, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Battle Lines, Beacon, Bee Caves, Begun, Bell Gardens,
Jarren Benton, Berner, Berri Txarrak, Best Coast, Beto y los Fairlanes, Peter Bibby, Big Data, Big Harp, Big Pup, Birdlegg, Bituaya, Hector Bizerk, Black Books, The Blackfoot Gypsies, Black Onassis, Black Pistol Fire, Blaze, Bleachers, The Blind Pets, Blind Prophet, Blitz Kids, Blossoms, BOAN, Boogie,Boomerang, Bo-Peep, Leon Bridges, BRNS, BRONCHO, Hollis Brown, Jewel Brown, Buffalo Sunn, Will Butler, Buxton, Callinan, Caloncho, CAMERA, Carolina Camacho, Brooke Candy, Max Capote, Carnival Kids, Tuki Carter, Cartright, The Casket Girls, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Chris Catalena And The Native Americans, Celestial Trax, Centavrvs, Chasing Grace, Chevy Woods, Christine and the Queens, CIKATRI$, Circa Waves, Circo Vulkano, Clean Bandit, Cold Fronts, Cold Mailman, B.Cooper, Dillon Cooper, JP Cooper, Ryan Corn, Country Cousins, Count This Penny, Coves, Crayon Pop, CRUISR, Anthony D'Amato, Erica Danea, Douglas Dare, Da T.r.u.t.h, Delaney Davidson, Marie Davidson, Andrea Dawson, D'Banj, DCM, Dead Leaf Echo, Deadman, DeJ Loaf, Delicate Steve, The Delta Riggs, Deraj, Lee DeWyze, Diarrhea Planet, Division Minuscula, Dj Buddha, DJ dTrain, DMA's, J.R. Donato, Dosti Music Project, Dott, Dre Prince, Dubioza Kolektiv, Dwagie,  Echo,  El Dusty, ELE, El Extraño, El General Paz & La Triple Frontera, Elliott Brood, Elliphant, El Ultimo Vecino, Emmy The Great, Empires, Enjambre, Epik High, EPROM, Eptos Uno, ESTA., Et Tu Brucé, Experimental Aircraft, Fabryka, Falcons, Falls, Fantastic Negrito, Farao, Fences, J Fernandez, Fickle Friends, Fight Like Apes, Five Eight, Fjaak, Flesh Lights, ForteBowie, Fort Lean, Fort Romeau, Fotogramas, Francisco The Man, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Kirk Franklin, The Franklin Electric, Frank & Tony, Free Weed, Frog Eyes, Max Frost, Future Death, Futurebirds, Fyfe, GABI, Alex G, Gal Pals, Jack Garratt, Orla Gartland, Gem Club, Gengahr, Geographer, Ghetts, Gifted |007 of RAW, Girl Band, Girlpool, The Giving Tree Band, God Damn, Gold Beach, Golden Fable, Fraser A. Gorman, Go Wolf, Fede Graña & Los Prolijos, Grape St., Great Good Fine Ok, Great Ytene, Jackie Greene, Milo Greene, Green River Ordinance, Grey Lands, Solomon Grey, G.R.I.T. Boys, Grits, Guantamano Baywatch, Gustave Tiger, Clareta Haddon, Nick Hakim, Halsey, Baptiste W. Hamon, Jesse Harris with Star Rover, Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire, Haust, Ronnie Heart, Heat, Heeney, Hey Mother Death, High Ends, High-Functioning Flesh, Hikes, Marian Hill, Hitchhiker, Homeboy Sandman, Hopsin, Hospital Ships, Houdini Dax, Houndmouth, Hounds, Houndstooth, Hugh, Estereo Humanzee, Humming House, Hundred Visions, Huntar, The Hunts, HxdB, Indevotion, In-Flight Safety, Intimate Stranger, Intocable, Intrépidos Navegantes, Jaill, JAWS, Jawws, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound, JEFF the Brotherhood, JLD, John & Jacob, John Mills Times Ten, Sean C. Johnson, Canton Jones, Chad Jones, The Jones Family Singers, Rochelle Jordan, Joseph, Joywave, J'son, Juce, Jukebox the Ghost, Junk Riot, Max Jury, Jutty Ranx, Kabaka Pyramid and the Bebble Rockers, Kadavar, Kadence, Kandace Springs, Vordan Karmir, Kate Boy, Jorma Kaukonen, Joe Kay, Kelela, Eddy Kenzo, Key!, Kid Dakota, King Charles, King Chip, Kingdom Muzic, King Mez, The Kite String Tangle, Kitten, Knxwledge, Korma, The Krayolas, Krill, Kwabs, Jake La Botz, Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders, La Guacha, La Inedita, Laleh, Tory Lanez, Lapalux, LaToria, Laurel, The Lees of Memory, Le Galaxie, Jasmine Le'Shea, Levante, The Levites, The Lighthouse and the Whaler, Lion Babe, Little Simz, Jeff Lofton, Lois and The Love, Grace London, Look Vibrant, Calvin Love, Rosie Lowe, Lucette, Mac MacIntosh, Meg Mac, Made Violent, Magic Island, Mahousyoujo-ni-naritai, Tkay Maidza, The Maine, Mainland, Mako, Mandolin Orange, Marina and the Diamonds, Maritime, Marmozets, Massive Scar Era, Matlock Phantom Slick, Sean McConnell, MC Jin, MC Luka, Meat Market, Melié, Meltybrains?, The Memories, Bonnie Mercer, Mexican Institute of Sound + Toy Selectah, Michna, Mike G, The Milk Carton Kids, Marie Miller, Tor Miller, Derek Minor, Mise en Scene, The Miseries, MisterWives, MK, Mon Laferte, Moonlight Towers, More Than Conquerors, Morgan Heritage, Sam Morrow, Mother Mother, Moumoon, Mozart's Sister, Mr. Pauer, Music Band. My Education, My Education/Theta Naught: Sound Mass, Nabiha,  Nach,  Natig Rhythm Group,  Willie Heath Neal,  NE-HI,  New Fumes,  New Hands,  Night Terrors of 1927,  Niia,  Nive Nielsen & the Deer Children,  Nothing But Thieves,  Nuns,  OCD: Moosh & Twist,  On An On,  Once Tiros,  One Bit,  Oracles,  Lindi Ortega,  Oscar Key Sung,  Oscar and the Wolf,  Ben Ottewell,  OVDS,  OWS,  Tasha Page-Lockhart,  Palma Violets,  Paper Aeroplanes,  Paper Lions,  Parlour Tricks,  Part Time, Mikhael Paskalev,  Paula & Karol,  Corey Paul and Reconcile (Frontline Movement), Peelander-Z Penguin Prison,  The People The Poet,  Pillar Point,  Pirates Canoe,  Pity Sex, Pomo,  Populous,  Jesse Porter (Host),  Possessed by Paul James,  The Posterz,  PPL MVR, Prefiero Fernandez,  Prince Rama,  Prinze George,  Propain, 
Qarabagh Ensemble, Quiet Kids, Quiet Life, quttinirpaaq, Rabit, RAC,  Arum Rae, Ramesh, Rashid, (RAS) Riders Against the Storm, Michael Rault, Redinho, Ray Reed, Remi., Graham Reynolds and Golden Arm Trio, Ringo Deathstarr, Lawrence Rothman, Roxy Roca, Royal Thunder, Rozwell Kid, Rubblebucket, Samurai Dynamites, San Cisco, Sarkodie, The Saturday Tea, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Sego, Seinabo Sey, Self Defense Family, Roger Sellers, Sevdaliza, The Sheepdogs, Sheer Mag, Tei Shi, Amanda Shires,  The Shivas, Shivery Shakes, The Shrine, Shura, ShySpeaks, Side Effect, The Sign Of Human, Sihasin, Silent Land Time Machine, A. Sinclair, Single Mothers, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, Slothrust, Slow Down Molasses, Shane Smith & the Saints, Snack Family, Soak, Social Club, Raquel Sofia, Son Little, Son Lux, Sons of Bill, Soul Man Sam, SPELLS, SPF666, Alexis Spight, Spirit Family Reunion, Spring King, Springtime Carnivore, Starlings, .stendal, Jeff Stuart and The Hearts, Tove Styrke, Danay Suarez, Summer Cannibals, Frida Sundemo, Sunset Sons, Swearing At Motorists, Swimm, SwizZz, Talk in Tongues, Taymir,  T Bird & the Breaks, Team Zoe, Teen Flirt, Kate Tempest, T. Hardy Morris, The/Das, THEESatisfaction, Think No Think, Thi'sl, Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!, Toffee, Jonah Tolchin, The Tontons, Torres, Torus, Trae Tha Truth, Triathalon, T.S.O., Tunacola, turan, Turbogeist, Tuxedo, TX Connect, Uncle Lucius, United Fruit, Unlocking The Truth, Until The Ribbon Breaks, Urban Cone, Cristina Valentina, Vandaveer, Ben Vaughn, Vaults, VÉRITÉ, Vic and Gab, Victorious!, Viet Cong, VIMES, Walking On Cars, Walking Shapes, The Walls Group, ZZ Ward, We Are The City, Ryn Weaver, Laura Welsh, The Wet Secrets, Eric White, Glenn White, Matthew E. White, White Reaper, Why Not Satellite, Wild Child, Wild Party, Willa, Wilsen, Daniel Wilson, The Wind & The Wave, Alex Winston, Wiz Kid, World Rejects, Wrestlers, Dizzy Wright, X Ambassadors, Yip Deceiver, Yo Gotti, Young Karin, Yung Redd, Pia Zapata, ZARIGANI$