SXSW Cancellation: Australian artists forced to change plans

The annual festival was set to kick off next week

Australian artists are being forced to reorganise their touring plans to the US, following the cancellation of SXSW due to coronavirus.

The Austin festival, which features music, film, and comedy events, was due to begin on March 13 and run until March 22.

A swathe of Australian acts were set to travel to Austin for the conference this week, including Cable Ties, Alex the Astronaut, Good Morning, Mo’Ju, Baker Boy, Evelyn Ida Morris, RVG and more.

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NME Australia has reached out to artist representatives for a number of these acts to ascertain their alternative touring plans. This story will be updated.

Evelyn Ida Morris said they were lucky their trip is set for more than just the cancelled conference.

“I do feel for folks who were really looking forward to it and had been planning carefully,” they told NME Australia.

The City of Austin cancelled SXSW this morning, with the conference agreeing to “faithfully follow the city’s directions”.

“We are devastated to share this news with you,” they wrote in a statement posted on their website.

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“The show must go on’ is in our DNA, and this is the first time in 34 years that the March event will not take place. We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.”

The decision followed a series of high profile cancellations, including Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon. Ozzy Osbourne, Trent Reznor, and Beastie Boys also cancelled their scheduled appearances at the event yesterday.

 

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