As promised, the first round of artists performing at SXSW 2019 has been revealed today, which features a string of big name and burgeoning Australian acts.
Included in the list are Skegss (who scored a #2 debut on the ARIA chart with their first album, My Own Mess), WAAX, Wafia, Amyl & The Sniffers, The Gooch Palms and Tia Gostelow.
Other local names confirmed include Sydney's Acharné, Black Rheno, Bloods, Body Type, Castlecomer, Death Bells, Goo Monday and Melbourne six-piece Amaru Tribe, as well as Catherine Britt, Feels, Georgi Kay and NOIRE.
The Australian names join a line-up that also boasts the likes of Amanda Palmer, The Beths, Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers and The Chills. More artists are expected to be announced in the coming months.
Overall, 18 Australian and eight New Zealand acts have been invited to SXSW 2019 breaking the record for the number of Australasian acts chosen to perform.
"The Australasian countries have both created strong brands as kick-ass performers since 2002 when only five bands total between them played one show each," local SXSW representative Phil Tripp said.
"It’s due to our ‘take no prisoners at the crash barrier’ live performance history and also the promotion given by Sounds Australia over the past decade with the AUSSIE BBQ and the New Zealand Music Commission for their annual shows in Brush Park.
“These are the artists whose bandleaders, labels, managers or agents wisely applied early when we opened up submissions in June and therefore got their music listened to and status evaluated for the first announcement. Over 150 other bands who applied later than these early starters are being evaluated at present for selection with applications closing October 25 and announcements of further bands and events each month."
The news comes only days after it was confirmed last year's AUSTRALIAHOUSE event will return in 2019 and will expand from two to seven days.
The SXSW Music Festival’s 33rd event will take place from Monday 11 March - Sunday 17 March in downtown Austin, Texas. For a look at the full first line-up, check out the SXSW website.