Teenage Joans, Andrew Gurruwiwi Band and DICE lead SXSW Sydney homegrown artist lineup

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Teenage Joans, Andrew Gurruwiwi Band and DICE lead SXSW Sydney homegrown artist lineup

SXSW has revealed the next set of local and global artists showcasing at the Sydney Music Festival.

Arriving in Australia for its debut outside Austin, Texas, South by Southwest (SXSW) Sydney has revealed the first round of local artists who will perform at the cultural festival, alongside a growing list of international talent.

Announced last year, Sydney will become the gathering place for the world’s most inspired thinkers, creators and innovators in the Southern Hemisphere. From Sunday, October 15 to Sunday, October 22, 2023, SXSW Sydney will see the world’s pre-eminent creative industries come together across content pillars of Tech and Innovation, Gaming, Music, Screen and Culture within a stacked week-long program.

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Come October, SXSW Sydney 2023 Music Festival will take over dozens of live music venues in the SXSW Sydney event precinct, where official showcasing artists will perform in front of industry reps, media and thousands of fans and fellow musicians from across the globe.


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From regional and major corners of the country and spanning genres from hip-hop and dream-pop to indie-house and alt-punk, SXSW Sydney will play host to rapidly-rising stars populating the inaugural Music Festival program, with many more to be announced across the year. Heading up the homegrown announcement includes the likes of Alt-pop collective Alter Boy, Seven-piece Yolngu Funk act Andrew Gurruwiwi Band, Western Sydney via New Jersey’s Ashli, Brisbane-born singer and songwriter Dean Brady, Perth four-piece DICE, and Tokyo-born and Melbourne-based, Elle Shimada.

They’ll be joined by other acts including PANIA, Mali Jo$e, GO-JO, Mi-Kaisha, Mikayla Pasterfield, Rum Jungle, Phoebe Go, 1tbsp, Teenage Joans and Vv Pete.

The music program will also feature a bunch of internationals, including Chameleon Lime Whoopiepie (Japan), Hanbee, Hans and Soaked Oats (NZ); Hypnosis Therapy (South Korea); Nuha Ruby Ra (U.K.) and Wallice (U.S.), who just supported the 1975 on their huge tour.

“We are also excited to announce the second round of artists playing at the inaugural event. The line-up features an essential array of styles, ranging from post-punk, jazz, and experimental pop to club-tinged hip-hop, R&B, and indie folk,” says Claire Collins, Head of Music, SXSW Sydney.

“It is a vibrant snapshot of the undeniably exciting next wave of talent from across the globe, from Western Sydney to the Top End, South Korea to the UK and beyond. We can’t wait to reveal more in the coming weeks and months.”

We’re still not done.

The event has also unveiled its newest Featured Speaker as Chris Lee, a.k.a. Sung-su Lee, Chief A&R Officer and former CEO of one of Korea’s largest entertainment companies, SM Entertainment, and new SXSW Sydney 2023 music partners, Dr Martens and Vans (renowned for throwing legendary parties at SXSW in Austin, with past line-ups including the likes of Denzel Curry, The Stooges, Alex G, ODESZA, Wolf Alice and many others).

To access what SXSW Sydney has to offer, a SXSW Sydney 2023 badge provides access to the week-long conference, expo, festivals and networking sessions, with each badge type granting varying levels of access. Platinum and Industry badges provide core access to more than 1,000 ground-breaking events and networking sessions with some of the world’s leading thinkers, performers and industry professionals, and are available for Early Bird purchase now.

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