SXSW has announced its second wave of artists for 2021. Taking place March 16 – 20, the 35th edition of the annual industry event will highlight hundreds of talented acts from across the globe, including the UK-based, South African pop artist Baby Queen, Australian pianist and composer, Sophie Hutchings, and New York City noise rockers, A Place to Bury Strangers.
While the Austin, TX festival will be virtual this year, the new format will allow artists to perform from unique locations in their home countries, including a Taoist temple, a machine factory, and an indoor shrimp fishing spot in Taiwan; a cable car in Norway; suburban and bush backyards across Australia; Abbey Road Studios in London; a café-floriculture in Brazil; and a Los Angeles freeway overpass, among many other imaginative spots.
In addition to the artists noted above, fans can also look forward to sets from Mexican singer-songwriter Ximena Sariñana, South Korean rapper Loco, Copenhagen punk rockers Iceage, and the Spanish-Cuban Latin pop sensation Samantha Sanchez. Other highlights include Canada’s live-electronic/dance experimentalists Holy F__k, Danish composer Astrid Sonne, Indonesian pop trio Grrrl Gang, and the Nigerian-born, London-raised UK Afrobeats singer, Darkoo.
As announced in January, this year’s keynote speaker will be country icon and Austin local Willie Nelson, while Queen Latifah, Chiquis, Mark Mothersbaugh, Wyclef Jean, Nicholas Britell, Barry Jenkins, and Samantha Bee are also set to speak during the festival.
Music fans also have plenty to look forward to during the film portion of SXSW, which will premiere several anticipated documentaries, including Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil. The YouTube Originals docuseries is described as a powerful exploration of “every aspect that led to Lovato’s nearly fatal overdose in 2018, and her awakenings in the aftermath.”
Additional world premieres include the Charli XCX-focused Alone Together and Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free, which draws from newly-discovered footage of Petty working on his legendary 1994 album, Wildflowers.
Passholders will be able to experience the concerts and films through a premium streaming experience via the web, mobile, and the SXSW Online Connected TV app (Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung TV Plus, and Android TV). Select content will be viewable in VR via SXSW Online XR.
For a full line-up and more information, visit SXSW’s official website.