Coldplay to appear at SXSW in Austin, Texas

Band will appear alongside Imagine Dragons and London Grammar at iTunes Festival event

Coldplay will perform at this year’s SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

The British band will perform on the first night of iTunes Festival at SXSW, the first time the music provider has brought its own festival to the US event. Coldplay will play live in a bill which also includes Imagine Dragons and London Grammar on March 11 at ACL Live at the Moody Theatre.

Speaking about the band’s performance, Coldplay drummer Will Champion says: “We’re really looking forward to the first ever iTunes Festival in the US, and are thrilled to be asked to play on the opening night. It’s a great honour for our band and we hope everyone has a fantastic time.”


Promising “five amazing shows” across five nights at the festival, iTunes will also host Keith Urban, Pitbull and Zedd. Further additions to the line-up have yet to be announced. Each show will be available to stream in full online.

Meanwhile, Damon Albarn, St Vincent and Kelis are amongst the latest additions to SXSW with all three artists set to play the NPR showcase at Stubb’s on March 12, alongside Perfect Pussy.

Warpaint, Chance The Rapper and many more will also perform at the annual US music festival later this year, which takes place between March 11-16. For a full list of bands playing the event, visit

Temples and Fat White Family are among the acts who will play NME’s showcase at the festival. On March 15, NME and PRS For Music will host a night of live performances with Temples, Drenge and Fat White Family all performing at The British Music Embassy. Also appearing on the bill will be Splashh, San Fermin and Bo Ningen. Further details can be found at the Facebook group for the event.

Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker will also give songwriting tips during a lecture at the event. According to SXSW organisers, the talk will see him discuss his growth as a musician and “the meaning of artistic vision”.

Sheffield: Sex City, a documentary about Pulp’s final show in 2012, will be screened during the film section of this year’s SXSW. Other music films to be shown include All Is By My Side, the Jimi Hendrix biopic featuring OutKast’s André 3000 as the iconic guitarist, the A$AP Rocky-based SVDDXNLY, and American Interior, a film about Super Furry Animals’ frontman Gruff Rhys.


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