Backstage with the stars of SXSW 2018, from Pale Waves to Stella Donnelly

The newest of the new to the names we all know

In between showcasing their wares, running around the streets of Austin, and just trying to find somewhere to park, we cornered some of SXSW 2018‘s must-see acts and made them pose nicely for our camera. Below, find your favourite new artists mingling, like Post Animal, Snail Mail, and Uni, with the likes of Nile Rodgers and Albert Hammond Jr, who’ve long secured their places as legends.


1Snail Mail

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Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan is rising so fast she’s all ablur.


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New York glam-rockers Uni strike a pose.


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Even after a whole week of sweaty shows and dragging gear around Austin, Hinds are still the happiest people alive.


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Tinashe found herself a hot new whip during her SXSW trip.

5Noah Cyrus

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Noah Cyrus takes a little break down by the river.


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Everyone's favourite global collective brings some glitter to Austin's grunge.

7Sunflower Bean

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Are Sunflower Bean excited for the release of their second album 'Twentytwo In Blue'? Julia Cumming certainly seems so.

8Chelsea Manning and Pussy Riot

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Just Chelsea Manning hanging out with Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova after the latter's show, NBD.

9Andrew WK

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Andrew WK is clearly psyched to be back at SXSW.

10Goat Girl

Goat Girl
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In between wowing the SXSW crowds, Goat Girl went on the hunt for precious rarities.

11Stella Donnelly

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Aussie newcomer Stella Donnelly does her best ragdoll impression.


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LA's latest rock newcomers give us their best 'what are you looking at?' stares.

13Post Animal

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Chicago rock'n'rollers Post Animal huddle up.

14Soccer Mommy

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Just in case you didn't realise how bright Soccer Mommy's future is, let these ribbons give you an idea.

15Pale Waves

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Not even the Texan heat will mess with Pale Waves' commitment to goth.

16Sloppy Jane

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SXSW or the Upside Down? Sloppy Jane gives us supernatural looks on the steps of a church.


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Metz give us their best side - or maybe they're just trying to avoid the various smells of the Austin alley we met them in.


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Pictured: a rare moment to sit down and take a breather for one of SXSW 2018's most talked about bands.

19Albert Hammond Jr

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Chilling with the ever smiley Albert Hammond Jr.

20Nile Rodgers

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You'd be smiling this much too if you were a disco legend.