South by Southwest returns to Austin, Texas between March 13th and 22nd. The music portion, specifically, takes place March 17th through 22nd, and today, organizers revealed a preliminary list of the acts set to play official showcases over the course of the week.
Among the notable names are The Dodos, Jessie Ware, The Pop Group, Thee Oh Sees, Carl Barat and The Jackals, Twin Peaks, The Twilight Sad, The Big Pink, Ben Kweller, Mew, Courtney Barnett, Twerps, Black Milk, Bishop Nehru, Alvvays, Pharmakon, Lust For Youth, Dry the River, Hey Marseilles, Moon Duo, The Octopus Project, Sleep ∞ Over, Ume, The Stone Foxes, Jonathan Toubin, Warm Soda, Natural Child, The Lonely Wild, Civil Twilight, Cheerleader, and Angus & Julia Stone. In all, over 1,000 acts will perform in Austin during SXSW.
Meanwhile, actor and director Mark Duplass has been announced as one of the keynote speakers for SXSW’s film portion.
Badges to attend SXSW are now on sale through the festival’s website.