It's just one month until the convention center doors swing open, and SXSW is still rolling out its mega-watt keynote and featured speakers. On Tuesday, February 11, the festival announced the addition of more than a dozen new attendees, including Trent Reznor, Kim Kardashian West, and Noam Chomsky. Unrelated, this may be the first time those three names have been in the same sentence before.
Gracing this year's Keynote stage will be Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy award-winning composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, who also happen to make up Nine Inch Nails. They will join producer Damon Lindelof to discuss their collaboration on the HBO series Watchmen. Meanwhile, music superstar St. Vincent will join musician, actress, writer, and director Carrie Brownstein for a conversation.
Fresh from this year's Oscars ceremony, Janelle Monae is slated to make an appearance, as is The Farewell writer and director Lulu Wang and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore.
In what will surely be an interesting conversation on the state of the music industry, SM Entertainment founder Soo-Man Lee will join Capitol Music Group COO Michelle Jubelire in conversation. And in what will likely be the buzziest addition to this year's festival, executive director of Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation Cat Packer joins Cannabis Doing Good and kindColorado president and founder Kelly Perez for a discussion.
They join previously announced Keynotes Erin Lee Carr, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, former Sonic Youth star Kim Gordon, Reggie Fils-Aimé, Gabo Arora, Diplo, and Laurene Powell Jobs.
Featured speakers announced on Tuesday include filmmaker Judd Apatow; U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer; Noam Chomsky; Desus Nice and The Kid Mero, stars of Showtime's Desus and Mero; filmmaker Spike Jonze; criminal justice activist Kim Kardashian West; founder and CEO of DropLabs Susan Paley; David Simon, television producer and creator of The Wire; anime and film director Shinichirō Watanabe; stars and executive producers of #blackexcellence Kenya Barris and Rashida Jones; actor and activist Jameela Jamil; president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center and co-founder of TIME’S UP Legal Defense Fund Fatima Goss Graves; music legend Ozzy Osbourne; country star Margo Price; Oscar and Emmy award-winning actor and creative council chair of Everytown for Gun Safety Julianne Moore; and Marvel editor in chief C.B. Cebulski and creative director Joe Quesada.
And those aren't even all of the names. See the full lineup here.
SXSW returns to Austin March 13-22 and badges, including Platinum, Film, Interactive, and Music, are on sale now. For more information and to purchase a badge, go here. A full list of this year's speakers, keynote addresses, bands, films, and more can be found here.