Why Austin is the ultimate music city

The Texan metropolis is the must-see place for live music fans. Here’s why:

It’s home to South By Southwest

The long-running new music festival has been a key hub of discovery for many years now. MIA, Janelle Monáe, Alabama Shakes and many more have all found a global audience after early appearances there.

The local music scene

Head to Austin on any regular week and you’ll be able to find a ton of great bands to entertain you. Home of the likes of Spoon and White Denim, it’s also a hotbed of up-and-coming talent, such as rock’n’rollers Black Pistol Fire or R&B singer Mélat, or the acoustic tenderness of Hovvdy.

The biggest artists always appear at Austin City Limits

The line-up for 2018 has yet to be announced, but you can bet it’ll be another corker. Last year, Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The xx, Skepta, and Chance The Rapper were among the acts to appear at the October event.

Levitation books the best of the underground

If you like your music a little weirder, Austin’s got you covered too. The annual Levitation weekender brings together boundary-pushers and psych heroes. This year, they’ve nabbed big names including The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Ariel Pink and Ty Segall to play alongside Stranger Things soundtrackers S U R V I V E, Colombian funk troupe Superfónicos, Brazilian psych heads Boogarins and more.

It also boasts the longest- running music series in US TV history

The Austin City Limits TV series has been going since 1976 and there’s even an Austin venue, The Moody Theater, for the express purpose of filming the show. Fans can enter to win tickets for tapings, and over the years everyone from Pearl Jam to Oasis have appeared.

There’s still plenty of room for other mega events like the Formula 1

Austin might be the Live Music Capital of the World, but it still has plenty of room for other activities too. The American leg of Formula 1 is currently hosted at the city’s Circuit Of The Americas track, giving residents and enthusiasts even more entertainment.

Win a trip there!

To celebrate the launch of Norwegian’s new non-stop flight from London Gatwick to Austin, Texas on March 27, 2018,
Austin is giving you and a friend the chance to win the holiday of a lifetime to the Live Music Capital of the World®, in association with Norwegian, TravelPlanners and Travel Promos. To enter, and view the terms and conditions, head to austintexas.org/win.