James Bay, Bishop Nehru, The Big Pink, Thee Oh Sees and Ibeyi will also appear at the festival in Austin, Texas
SXSW have announced the first round of bands set to play the music portion of the Austin, Texas arts and media festival next year.
Jessie Ware, Courtney Barnett, Carl Barât & The Jackals, James Bay, Bishop Nehru, The Big Pink, Thee Oh Sees and Ibeyi will all appear at the event. Happyness, Dry the River, Ballet School, Baby In Vain, Moon Duo, The Pop Group, Songhoy Blues, Skinny Lister, The Twilight Sad and Twin Peaks will also play at venues throughout the city, over the week March 13-17, 2015.
The festival recently confirmed that they are not trying to ban unofficial events from next year’s event. The festival suffered a blow when four attendees were killed in a car crash last year and a safety report by events firm Populous had suggested that a ban on unofficial events could prevent further incidents.
SXSW released a statement clarifying their position on the matter, which states that they will be implementing certain new safety measures, but will not be imposing a ban on these gigs.
The statement reads: “We’ve been careful not to say anything that implies we’re trying to ban unofficial events because, even if we could, we wouldn’t try to do that. We totally get that unofficial events are part of the appeal of SXSW, though the line between ‘official’ and ‘unofficial’ can be hard to distinguish.”
It continues: “The Populous report is their expert assessment and opinion, not ours, and we agree with most of it, but not all of it. In our own statements we’ve been careful not to imply a threat to relocate SXSW, and have also explicitly stated that is not our position numerous times.”
“The most important part of what we’re asking for is a comprehensive safety plan that will include not just SXSW events, but every other significant activity downtown during our event. Marketing companies are fond of the tactic of keeping everything a secret until the last minute to avoid scrutiny. SXSW, the unofficial events, and the City all need transparency in order to plan for safety properly.”