SXSW 2022 announces line-up: Kiana V, Haru Nemuri, HAEPAARY and Y2K92 are first Asian performers

SXSW 2022's first phase line-up includes acts from Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines

Four Asian acts have been announced in the first phase of the line-up for South By Southwest 2022.

Earlier this week the long-running US music festival and conference – held in Austin, Texas – announced over 240 artists who will participate in next year’s festival from March 14-20. SXSW is set to take place live for the first time since 2019, following a two-year gap caused by the pandemic.

Four of the artists announced will represent Asia: Kiana V from the Philippines, Haru Nemuri from Japan, and HAEPAARY and Y2K92 from South Korea.

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More acts are expected to be announced in the coming months as the festival will reveal more of its line-up. Check out the current selection of performing acts here.

The Los Angeles-based Filipino artist Kiana V is coming off the recent release of her latest EP ‘Dazed’ in mid-August. The five-song project features the title track ‘Dazed’, alongside other tracks ‘How Do I’ and ‘Only You’.

Japanese singer-songwriter Haru Nemuri – who blends pop, hip-hop, electronica, and indie rock in her music – released the new single ‘Déconstruction’ earlier this month. She released her third studio album ‘LOVETHEISM’ in March 2020, and will embark on a short tour of North America before SXSW.

South Korean alt-electronic duo HAEPAARY released their debut EP ‘Born By Gorgeousness’ in late June, followed by a new single entitled ‘Go To Gpd And Then’ in late September.

South Korean experimental hip-hop duo Y2K92 – who performed at SXSW Online 2021 earlier this year – released an EP entitled ‘The Songs For The NOT-YETs’ in 2020, followed by the singles ‘The Magician’ and ‘Bananacupcake’ this year.

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This year’s virtual festival featured performances from Grrrl Gang, Say Sue Me, Otoboke Beaver, and Drinking Boys and Girls Choir among other artists.

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