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SXSW releases first round of musicians for big Austin comeback in 2022

SXSW releases first round of artists for big Austin comeback in 2022

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SXSW makes its in-person return to Austin next spring, with a slew of musical artists. Photo by David Brendan Hall

KVUE — The South by Southwest Music Festival announced its initial list of artists invited to perform at the 2022 festival.

After being canceled in 2020 and held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the music festival will be held in person in Austin March 14-20, 2022.

The initial list released October 20 features artists from all around the globe, ranging from established to up-and-coming performers, who will bring their work to venues throughout downtown Austin during the festival’s duration.

The announcement was the first of several revealing the artists invited to perform at SXSW.

Here are some of the artists featured on the list released October 20, which includes a few artists from the Lone Star State.

Poppy Ajudha: The South London-born artist blends soul, R&B, jazz, and pop into her “forward thinking, socio-politically aware” music and highlights the diverse musical culture in London.

ANAVITÓRIA: Singer-songwriters Ana Caetano and Vitória Falcão form the Brazilian folk-pop duo. The duo has released four albums and all were nominated for Best Portuguese Language Contemporary Pop Album at the Latin Grammys.

W.I.T.C.H. (We Intend To Cause Havoc): Originally from Zambia, the rock band was popular in the country in the 1970s and even lead the creation of a new genre called Zamrock, which draws influence from the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, and others.

SUBFORT: This ’80s punk inspired band from Los Angeles creates “rousing, explosive music” and toured with The Black Lips after playing at Coachella.

Yard Act: Formed just over two years ago in England, the indie rock group released four singles during 2020 and 2021 and is set to release its debut album next January.

Claire Rousay: The San Antonio-based musician highlights day-to-day emotion in her work, which is described as “avant/experimental” and “ambient.”

Monaleo: Hip-hop and rap artist Monaleo from Houston released her debut single “Beating Down Yo Block” in 2020 and has since released an additional two singles.

James McMurtry: The Americana artist just released his new album, The Horses and The Hounds in late August, his first in seven years. McMurtry’s work has previously reached the Billboard 200 chart and topped the Americana Music Radio Chart. 

To see the full list of artists who will perform at SXSW 2022, check out the music festival website


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