Acts play afternoon slots in Austin

Holly Golightly, Hockey, Rolo Tomassi and Cut Off Your Hands were among the bands who played slots on the first afternoon of the South By Southwest festival in Austin today (March 18).

They played in the scorching heat as thousands of punters descended on the Texan city for the annual shindig, which also saw Future Of The Left play an early slot at Maggie Mae’s and Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer play a solo show.

At 2.40pm (CMT) in the darkened Fado’s Irish Bar, Holly Golightly and her band The Broke-Offs played a fittingly Southern set showcasing their twangy blues and country and western guitar sounds.

Former White Stripes collaborator Gollightly chirpily introduced her song ‘My 45’ as a “domestic violence number” and called ‘Indeed You Do’ her “disco song”, joking that her and her band were “trying to keep up with the times”.

Later on New Zealand four piece Cut Off Your Hands played a 4.10pm show upstairs at Maggie Mae’s. The gig was the fifth ever show for the band’s new guitarist, Jonathan Lee, who replaced Mikey Ramirez at the beginning of 2009.

Pogoing and thigh slapping his way through the Weezer-esque ‘Happy As Can Be’, frontman Nick Johnston addressed Jonathan as a “newbie”.

The busy room saw people standing on chairs and window ledges to see the group play ‘Still Fond’ and other tracks from their ‘You And I’ album.

Over the road at Peckerhead’s The Proclaimers payed a rousing set after fast-rising pop types Hockey drew a healthy crowd.

Sheffield‘s Rolo Tomassi, meanwhile, played their first ever gig today at the festival, playing at the Peacock venue to the East of the main festival strip.

They played a frenetic show despite struggling with electrical problems that delayed their set until 5:45pm.

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