The musical action gears up again in Austin

Chairlift, The Gay Blades and Pete And The Pirates were among the first bands to play at South By Southwest this afternoon (March 20), as the Austin bash reached its third day.

Chairlift proved hugely popular, with the queue to get in to see them at Flamingo Cantina stretching right across 6th Street.

On the 6th Street open air stage Pete And The Pirates played a lively set to a healthy crowd in drawn in by the music floating through the busy walkway. Upstairs in Maggie Mai’s New York duo The Gay Blades played a loud set of dirty blues-tinged rock while downstairs in the venue Gliss drew cheers for their set of Interpol-esque indie.

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