America's new band festival kicks off
America’s annual new bands festival, South By South West, rolled into action with a surprise outdoor set by The Strokes on Tuesday night.
The lucky fans who made it inside got to hear a near two-hour set.
“Austin is the most swinging of towns, this is one of the greatest audiences we’ve ever had,” said singer Julian Casablancas. He also praised his support bands, Eagles Of Death Metal and Har Mar‘s Shawn Na Na.
Held in Austin, Texas each year, the five-day festival gathers together the world’s most hotly tipped bands to perform in front of fans and industry insiders alike.
British bands looking to pick up a worldwide audience this year include Arctic Monkeys[a], [a]Editors and Dirty Pretty Things. Other hotly tipped new UK acts include Forward Russia!, The Young Knives and Hot Chip.
Stay with NME.COM for updates from the festival, day-by-day.
NME‘s special South By Southwest issue is on shelves from Wednesday March 29, with a free 15-track CD featuring the best bands from the festival.