GO SOUTH WEST!

The line up for this year's event starts to take shape...

Kaiser Chiefs, Hot Hot Heat and The Dears are among the acts that have joined the line up of SOUTH BY SOUTH WEST 2005.

The annual music conference takes place in Austin, Texas (March 16–20) drawing artists from around the world. Sleater-Kinney, Dogs Die In Hot Cars, The Kills, The Raveonettes, 22-20s, Soundtrack Of Our Lives, American Music Club, The Go! Team, Jack Ingram, Nada Surf, Rolling Blackouts, Robyn Hitchcock, The Longcut, and Saul Williams will also jump on the bill with previously announced acts Billy Idol and Aimee Mann.

Erykah Badu has been announced as a keynote speaker for March 19. More artists performing and speaking at the event will be announced in the coming weeks.

Passes for the event currently cost $445 before January 14 and can be purchased through [url=]sxsw.com.