The Australian contingent headed to South By Southwest, arguably one of the world’s larges music conferences, is going to be a healthy one.

While the full list of Australian and New Zealand acts headed to Austin, Texas next March won’t be announced until January, 18 local acts have been confirmed including Skegss, Bloods, and WAAX. While eight Kiwis have been confirmed including BIGSOUND standouts The Beths and The Chills.

Byron Bay rockers Skegss are set to deliver a stunning array of catchy tunes from the group’s debut record, My Own Mess.

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WAAX

Brisbane post-punk band WAAX will be heading to the US off the back of supporting Biffy Clyro during their Australian tour and signing to Dew Process/UMA.

Sydney’s Bloods will be treating SXSW punters to tracks from their latest LP Feelings, released August 17.

Watch Skegss’ video for ‘SMOGGED OUT’ below:

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The Australian and New Zealand contingent headed to SXSW 2019 thus far are:

Acharné

Amaru Tribe

Amyl & The Sniffers

Black Rheno

Bloods

Body Type

Castlecomer

Catherine Britt

Death Bells

Feels

Georgi Kay

The Gooch Palms

Goo Munday

NOIRE

Skegss

Tia Gostelow

WAAX

WAFIA

The Beths

The Chills

Emily C. Browning

Emily Fairlight

French For Rabbits

Hans.

Jackie Bristow

Swallow the Rat

Phil Tripp, AXSW Senior Business Development Manager – Australia, New Zealand & Hawai’i, said:
“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.  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.
“Add to that the export might of AUSTRADE with its annual trade fair stands and live support, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) debut of the AUSTRALIA HOUSE weeklong venue through GDAY AUSTRALIA as well as the TRADE NZ organisation over the years through their initiatives.”

:: SXSW Music’s Stacey Wilhelm: ‘Australia makes incredible music’

SXSW is often used as the place where many of the underrated bands of the world get their big break, often going on to see huge international acclaim in the years following their appearances.

Internationals included in the SXSW Music Festival programme include Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers, Wyclef Jean and FEMME.

Check out the full list of announced acts for SXSW Music Festival below:

47SOUL (London UK-ENGLAND)
Acharné (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Alexandra Cardenas (Berlin GERMANY)
Amanda Palmer (Boston MA)
Amaru Tribe (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Amyl & The Sniffers (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Annabel Allum (Guildford UK-ENGLAND)
APRE (London UK-ENGLAND)
Arkansas Dave (Austin TX)
Art School Girlfriend (Wrexham UK-WALES)
audiobooks (London UK-ENGLAND)
Ayelle (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Bad Bad Hats (Minneapolis MN)
Bane’s World (Long Beach CA)
Baseball Gregg (Stockton CA)
Baywaves (Madrid SPAIN)
Be Forest (Pesaro ITALY)
Berndsen (Reykjavik ICELAND)
The Beths (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Big Phony (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
BIRTHH (Florence ITALY)
Black Rheno (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Blood Cultures (Jersey NJ)
Bloods (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Blushing (Austin TX)
Body Type (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Bohemian Betyars (Miskolc HUNGARY)
Bones Garage (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
Boy Azooga (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Breathe Panel (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Brett Newski & the No Tomorrow (Milwaukee WI)
Bror Gunnar Jansson (Gothenburg SWEDEN)
Bubble Puppy (Austin TX)
Capsula (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Castlecomer (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Catherine Britt (Newcastle AUSTRALIA)
Cats On Trees (Toulouse FRANCE)
Ceramic Animal (Philadelphia PA)
Charli Adams (Nashville TN)
Charlie Belle (Austin TX)
Charlie Faye & The Fayettes (Austin TX)
The Chills (Dunedin NEW ZEALAND)
Chkbns (Saint Petersburg RUSSIA)
Cilantro Boombox (Austin TX)
Cones (Los Angeles CA)
Creamer (Nashville TN)
Damien McFly (Padova ITALY)
Darkbird (Austin TX)
David Boring (Hong Kong CHINA)
David Keenan (Dundalk IRELAND)
Dawn Avenue (Mexico City MEXICO)
Death Bells (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Deeper (Chicago IL)
Diego Guerrero (Madrid SPAIN)
Drahla (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)
Drinking Boys and Girls Choir (Daegu SOUTH KOREA)
DSTR (Leipzig GERMANY)
The Dunts (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Dwagie (Tainan TAIWAN)
DYGL (Tokyo JAPAN)
Ecko (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Ellis (Hamilton CANADA)
el Tambor de la Tribu (Guatemala GUATEMALA)
Emily C. Browning (Christchurch NEW ZEALAND)
Emily Fairlight (Wellington NEW ZEALAND)
eX-Girl (Planet Kero Kero JAPAN)
Ezra Collective (London UK-ENGLAND)
Faded Ghost (Shanghai CHINA)
Fanclub (Austin TX)
FAVX (Madrid SPAIN)
Feels (Perth AUSTRALIA)
FEMME (London UK-ENGLAND)
Flohio (London UK-ENGLAND)
Foa (Eugene OR)
Fontaines D.C. (Dublin IRELAND)
Forever (Montreal CANADA)
French for Rabbits (Wellington NEW ZEALAND)
French Vanilla (Los Angeles CA)
The Fur. (Taipei TAIWAN)
fuvk (Austin TX) Gaddafi Gals (Munich GERMANY)
Gaelynn Lea (Duluth MN)
Georgi Kay (Perth AUSTRALIA)
GIUNGLA (Bologna ITALY)
The Gooch Palms (Newcastle AUSTRALIA)
Goo Munday (Sydney AUSTRALIA)
Grim Streaker (Brooklyn NY)
Gudrun Gut (Berlin GERMANY)
Gustavo Casas y Los Que Buscan (Caracas VENEZUELA)
Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra (Montreal CANADA)
HÆLOS (London UK-ENGLAND)
Hala (Detroit MI)
Hans. (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Hayden Pedigo (Amarillo TX)
Hazey Eyes (Philadelphia PA)
Her’s (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Her Skin (Modena ITALY)
Hickeys (Madrid SPAIN)
Hot Flash Heat Wave (San Francisco CA)
Husky Loops (London UK-ENGLAND)
I’m Glad It’s You (Redlands CA)
I am waiting for you last summer (Ryazan RUSSIA)
Jackie Bristow (Gore NEW ZEALAND)
Jambinai (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Jazzy Amra (The Bronx NY)
Joe Armon-Jones (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jonathan (Rijeka CROATIA)
JonZ (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
JP THE WAVY (Shonan JAPAN)
Kabul Dreams (Kabul AFGHANISTAN)
Kandle (Victoria CANADA)
KHALIGRAPH (Nairobi KENYA)
Kidsmoke (Wrexham UK-WALES)
King Kaka (Nairobi KENYA)
King Kanja (Kensington MD)Kite (Jessheim NORWAY)
The Klitz (Memphis TN)
Kofi Black (Staten Island NY)
KOLARS (Los Angeles CA)
Koran Streets (Berkeley CA)
The KVB (London UK-ENGLAND)
L3ON (Benito Juárez MEXICO)
La Mojarra Electrica (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Laura Carbone (Berlin GERMANY)
Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers (Chicago IL)
Laurel (London UK-ENGLAND)
LE BIG SUR (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Leyla McCalla (New Orleans LA)
Linying (Singapore SINGAPORE)
Lion Heights (Austin TX)
Litany (Harrogate UK-ENGLAND)
Locate S,1 (Athens GA)
Lost Under Heaven (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
LOS WILDS (Madrid SPAIN)
Louis Prince (Nashville TN)
Lowly (Copenhagen DENMARK)
LUCIA (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
Lucia Tacchetti (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
Lucy Lu (London UK-ENGLAND)
Lunar Vacation (Atlanta GA)
Madge (Los Angeles CA)
Madison Cunningham (Orange County CA)
Magnolian (Ulaanbaatar MONGOLIA)
Mamalarky (Los Angeles CA)
Marina Maximilian (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)
The Mauskovic Dance Band (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Maybe April (Nashville TN)
Mikal kHill (Charlotte NC)
MIKNNA (Los Angeles CA)
Mirella Cesa (Guayaquil ECUADOR)
Moira Mack (Madison WI)
Moritz Simon Geist (Dresden GERMANY)
My Life as Ali Thomas (Bangkok THAILAND)
Naiboi (Nairobi KENYA)
Nerija (London UK-ENGLAND)
New Fame (Da Nang VIETNAM)
The Ninth Wave (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
NOIRE (Brisbane AUSTRALIA)
Nsimbi (Los Angeles CA)
The O’My’s (Chicago IL)
Oh Sees (Los Angeles CA)
ORI (Jerusalem ISRAEL)
Otis Wilkins (Austin TX)
Otoboke Beaver (Kyoto JAPAN)
PABST (Berlin GERMANY)
Palberta (New York NY)
Palo Duro (Austin TX)
The Parrots (Madrid SPAIN)
PASTEL GHOST (Austin TX)
Phy (Nairobi KENYA)
PNTHN (San Marcos TX)
Polyplastic (Los Angeles CA)
PowerSolo (Aarhus DENMARK)
Private Island (Los Angeles CA)
Puerto Arena (Montería COLOMBIA)
Puma Blue (London UK-ENGLAND)
Quiet Company (Austin TX)
The Rain Within (Charlottesville VA)
Raquel (Boston MA)
Reptaliens (Portland OR)
Riley (New York NY)
Rob Markman (Brooklyn NY)
Ruby Rushton (London UK-ENGLAND)
Ruth Koleva (Sofia BULGARIA)
Sarah Tandy (London UK-ENGLAND)
Say Sue Me (Busan SOUTH KOREA)
Seán Barna (Brooklyn NY)
Seratones (Shreveport LA)
Shadowparty (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
The Sha La Das (New York NY)
Skegss (Byron Bay AUSTRALIA)
Slow Caves (Denver CO)
Slow Pulp (Madison WI)
Sneaks (Baltimore MD)
Sofie Winterson (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Soft Streak (Los Angeles CA)
SONTALK (Nashville TN)
Sphynx (Austin TX)
Stealth (Birmingham UK-ENGLAND)
STEREOGIRL (Chofu-City JAPAN)
Steve’n’Seagulls (Jyväskylä FINLAND)
Subhi (Chicago IL)
Summer Cannibals (Portland OR)
Swallow the Rat (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Sweet Crude (New Orleans LA)
Swervedriver (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)
T$HEGO (Mafikeng SOUTH AFRICA)
Tamino (Antwerp BELGIUM)
Theodore (Athens GREECE)
Tia Gostelow (Mackay AUSTRALIA)
Tirman Kid (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)
TOFLANG (Barcelona SPAIN)
Tomar and the FCs (Austin TX)
Trudy and the Romance (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Twin Tribes (Brownsville TX)
Twist (Toronto CANADA)
Unge Ferrari (Oslo NORWAY)
UPSAHL (Phoenix AZ)
Viagra Boys (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Viva Non (Winnipeg CANADA)
Vlad Holiday (Jersey City NJ)
WAAX (Brisbane AUSTRALIA)
WAFIA (Brisbane AUSTRALIA)
Warm Drag (Los Angeles CA)
Warmduscher (London UK-ENGLAND)
Warm Human (Chicago IL)
Weakened Friends (Portland ME)
Westerman (London UK-ENGLAND)
Western Youth (Austin TX)
Whyte Horses (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
William Harries Graham (Austin TX)
William Wild (Knoxville TN)
Willie J Healey (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)
Wyclef Jean (New York NY)
XETAS (Lockhart TX)
yahyel (Tokyo JAPAN)
YEHAIYAHAN (Shanghai CHINA)
Yorka (Santiago CHILE)
Yussef Dayes (London UK-ENGLAND)
ZRN (Aarhus DENMARK)

The final deadline to apply to perform is Thursday, October 25, 2018. For more information on the SXSW Music Festival, please visit sxsw.com/festivals/music/.