The FADER Announces Its First-Ever Digital FORT Online Showcase

The line-up includes performances by Jessie Reyez, Finneas, Kesha, Girlpool, TOKiMONSTA, Brian Fallon and more surprise guests.

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In light of the SXSW Music Festival being cancelled due to public health concerns over COVID-19, Fader is turning its annual showcase FADER FORT into an online event, Digital FORT.

For the first time in its history, FADER FORT is going online, bringing together over 40 acts for a day-long broadcast on Tuesday 31 March, 10:00 am -7:00 pm EST.

Digital FORT will “feature over 40 exclusive, curated performances provided by both emerging and acclaimed artists”.

The recently announced line-up includes performances by Jessie Reyez, Finneas, Kesha, Girlpool, Porches, G Herbo, Guapdad 4000, 22gz, TOKiMONSTA, Brian Fallon and more surprise guests.

Kesha will premiere an unreleased clip from her MTV show (a cover of The Beastie Boys’ ‘Fight for Your Right’), Guapdad 4000 will give fans a cooking demo as Gordon Scamsey in a “Cooking with Flava” segment, and Ashnikko (who was going to be a surprise after-hours set at FADER FORT this year) will sing along to her hit single ‘Tantrum’ as she’s getting a wax.

“These artists join the Fader in this broadcast as an opportunity to raise money for various charities that focus on helping the city and people of Austin, as well as musicians and the entertainment industry on the whole during this global crisis,” according to the press release.

Viewers of the Digital FORT broadcast will be encouraged to donate to one of the causes Fader is partnering with, which include, I Lost My Gig, Banding Together, South By South Best, Stand With Austin, Central Texas Food Bank and other local charities.

The FADER Fort has been a staple of the SXSW festival. Now in its 18th consecutive year, this marks the first time the performance showcase has ever been exclusively online.


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Last year’s line-up included Big Boi, Megan Thee Stallion, Rico Nasty, Japanese Breakfast, Omar Apollo, Charly Bliss, Queen Key, Novelist and Lil Gotit, while the year prior saw breakout performances by Billie Eilish, Soccer Mommy and Pale Waves.

Find more information on Digital FORT, visit the official website.

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