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SXSW Announces First Round of Artists for 2021 Virtual Festival

SXSW has announced its first slate of artists for the Austin festival's virtual event.

SXSW has announced its first slate of artists for the Austin festival’s virtual event. Indigo Sparke, A Place to Bury Strangers and Chilean feminist pop powerhouse Francisca Valenzuela will all make appearances during the March 16-20 digital experience.

As a virtual event, the roster of SXSW artists is especially international this year, with performances scheduled from Indonesian indie jangle-pop trio Grrrl Gang; Nigerian-born, London-raised U.K. Afrobeats singer Darkoo; rising Spanish-Cuban Latin pop sensation Samantha Sanchez; and Canadian live-electronic/dance experimentalists Holy F–k among the first round of artists.


The eclectic group also features jazz supergroup SEED Ensemble, Danish avant composer Astrid Sonne, BBC Asian Network‘s Future Sounds 2020-listed rapper/vocalist NAYANA IZ and Tel Aviv-born/Berlin-based garage punks Jealous.

Showcases and presenters of this year’s world-class performances include AfroFuture Sounds (British Underground & DAJU Presents), Hotel Vegas & Hotel Free TV, Damnably, EQ Austin, Jazz re:freshed Outernational, FOCUS Wales, Roskilde Festival, Taiwan Beats, Close Encounter Club, Sounds from Spain, M for Montreal, Flipped Coin KOREA, Carefree Black Girl, New Zealand Music, KUTX The Breaks, Dedstrange, Fierce Panda x End of the Trail, Brazil Inspires the Future, and ÅÄÖ…Sounds Swedish.


Passholders will have access to these unique artists performing from their home countries with streaming available via web, mobile, and the SXSW Online Connected TV app (Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, Samsung TV Plus, and Android TV). Select content will be viewable in VR via SXSW Online XR. This year’s SXSW Online passes begin at $249 and will go up to $399 in March. Passholders get access to conference keynotes and featured speakers, mentor sessions and workshops, musical showcases and events, comedy showcases and podcast, online exhibitions and more.

Previously announced speakers include Queen Latifah, The Chainsmokers, LL Cool J and a keynote from Willie Nelson.

Check out a full list of artists announced here.