Jay-Z makes first ever solo appearance at SXSW

Rapper's set, which was streamed live on YouTube, kicks starts this year's festival

Jay-Z made his solo live debut at SXSW festival last night (March 12) as he streamed his set live on YouTube.

The rapper performed at last year’s event with fellow ‘Watch The Throne’ star Kanye West but was played his first ever solo show at this year’s bash with a gig at Austin’s Moody Theatre before the festival officially starts today (March 13).

His set, which was 40 minutes late, was made-up of fan suggestions, including hits ’99 Problems’, ‘Empire State Of Mind’ and ‘Dirt Off Your Shoulder’.


He also paid tribute to the crowd, according to ABCNews, telling the audience: “I’m feeling a lot of love in this building. I’m feeling a lot of love in this city today. I’m feeling a lot of love in this city tonight.”

After a performance of his track ‘Glory’, which is inspired by the birth of his and his wife Beyonce’s first daughter Blue Ivy, he finished his set with ‘Encore’ and told the crowd: “You had a beautiful time and I had a beautiful time. That means every single person in this building from the front to the top, front to the top, everybody, everybody, everybody, scream.”

Howler, 2:54 and Big Deal will play NME‘s own South By Southwest showcase. The event, which also features Chad Valley, Kindness and Tashaki Miyaki on the bill, will take place at the Latitude 30 venue on March 16 as part of the British Music Embassy’s events at SXSW.

Elsewhere, there are also set to be performances from the likes of Jack White, Kasabian and Bruce Springsteen, who will play an intimate show to 200 fans and give the event’s keynote speech. Eminem and At The Drive-In are also both rumoured to be performing.

To view the full list of confirmed acts for the festival, head to sxsw.com.