Lady Gaga to give keynote speech at SXSW

Speech will follow Gaga's re-arranged show at the festival

Lady Gaga has been announced as the keynote speaker at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

Gaga will give a talk on Friday March 14 at the festival, in a talk led by journalist John Norris at the Hilton Austin hotel. Gaga had previously been confirmed to play the evening before at SXSW at the Dorito’s BoldStage event at Austin venue Stubb’s. The show is in aid of the singer’s Born This Way Foundation, which works with youth communities.

Gaga’s show was originally intended to be on a stage shaped like a giant Doritos vending machine, but was moved to Stubb’s after safety concerns over the original venue.

Other keynote speakers at SXSW this year include Lena Dunham, Neil Young, Julian Assange, former US President Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea Clinton and biologist Anne Wojcicki. Previous speakers since SXSW began in 1994 include Dave Grohl, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Malcolm Gladwell.

Gaga brings her artRAVE tour to the UK in October, with arena shows in Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin, London and Birmingham.