Section Boyz and Formation to play NME SXSW showcase

Pumarosa and Lusts also among acts to play NME's South By Southwest showcase

South London grime collective Section Boyz and Formation are among the acts who will play NME’s showcase at the 2016 South By Southwest festival.

On Saturday 19 March, NME – in association with UK Trade & Investment – will host a night of live performances with Section Boyz, Formation, Lusts, Barnes Courtney and Pumarosa all performing live at The British Music Embassy.

Formation were recently tipped off in our Ones to Watch for 2016 series, with the brothers making names for themselves with their DFA style idiosyncratic, raw take on synth-pop, house and disco.


Last night (February 24) after his Brit Awards performance with Rhianna, Drake made a surprise appearance with Skepta at a Section Boyz gig in London.

Further details of the NME SXSW showcase can be found at the Facebook group for the event. Scroll down for full stage times.

Meanwhile, David Bowie‘s longterm producer Tony Visconti has been announced as the keynote speaker for this year’s South-By-Southwest music festival (SXSW), running between 15-20 March. For a full list of bands playing the event, visit

Last year in 2015, NME and PRS For music hosted a showcase with Temples, Drenge and Fat White Family. Also appearing on the bill were be Splashh, San Fermin and Bo Ningen. You can check out a video from last year’s showcase below.


NME SXSW Showcase 2016 Line Up
In Association with UK Trade & Investment
Saturday 19 March

1am Special Guest
12am Formation
11pm Barns Courtney
10pm Pumerosa
9pm Section Boyz
8pm Lusts

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