More acts announced for the 2005 event in Texas…

FATBOY SLIM, Bloc Party, ROBERT PLANT and BILLY IDOL are amongst the artists scheduled to appear at the 2005 instalment of TEXAS music festival SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST (SXSW).

The annual music, film and media conference, now entering its 19th year, will take place between March 16 – 20 at venues across Austin, Texas. Mavis Staples from the Staple Singers and Aimee Mann will also perform at the event. A host of British acts including Razorlight and Franz Ferdinand are also being tipped for the conference.

Last year’s festival, which featured the likes of Hives, Cooper Temple Clause, Joss Stone, Jamie Cullum, The Futureheads, The Killers, Von Bondies and [a][/a], attracted over 20,000 fans to town. Passes for the musical part of the event are currently on sale through sxsw.com and priced at $475.