Black Lips, Soft Pack play SXSW

Plus Rosie and the Goldbug and Peggy Sue draw big crowds

Black Lips, The Soft Pack, Rosie And The Goldbug and Peggy Sue were among the acts who played shows last to close the second day of musical action at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

Black Lips played a late-night gig outside at the Ceder Street Courtyard in front of a rammed out crowd, including a slew of fans clamouring on the street to get a glimpse.

They played songs from their new album ‘200 Million Thousand’ including Drugs and Short Fuse, with fans spilling over the barriers towards the stage in excitement.

Over at Club 1808 The Soft Pack played an impressive set of taught indie rock that has seen them compared to The Strokes – not that the band would agree.

“We’re not the new Strokes!” Matty McLoughlin told NME.COM. “Our surnames aren’t interesting enough.”

Earlier in the evening Rosie And The Goldbug played a Rob da Bank-sponsored 9pm (CST) show at Aces Lounge, descending from a spiral staircase onto the stage before playing a short selection of songs from their self titled debut album.

Dressed in a swimming costume over leggings and under a yellow vest, lead singer Rosie Vanier told the crowd that the band hailed from Cornwall, asking if the United States had any rural areas.

Whilst the trio dished up the likes of ‘Lover’, ‘You’ve Changed’ and ‘Feeling’, the dancing crowd were encouraged by the presence of the band’s mascot, a woman dressed head to toe in a gold spandex suit with ears: the Goldbug.

Over at The Parish Peggy Sue drew a number of fellow Brit band members to their first SXSW show of the week. Scroobius Pip as well as various members of Mumford and Sons turned up to see the trio, who worked their way through drums, acoustic and electric guitars, a glockenspiel, melodica and an accordion during their set of intense pop-driven folk.

Marcus Johnstone of Mumford and Sons cheered and whooped the band on and, singing along to ‘Once We Were Strangers’ and ‘The Sea The Sea’. The band also played a dark, evocative cover version of Missy Elliot’s ‘All N My Grill’.

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