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SXSW announces second batch of 2015 performers

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Industry shindig turned spring break destination SXSW has grown almost unfathomably large over the years, to the point where even one of their performer announcements has far more artists than the biggest traditional music festivals. The second round of announcements for its 2015 installment has more names than a lot of people’s iTunes collections. Highlights include postpunk icons Gang of Four, shoegaze trailblazers Swervedriver, rising Atlanta rapper Father, R&B crooner BJ the Chicago Kid, dancehall superstar Sean Paul, stoner-fuzz guru King Tuff, D.C. cult rapper Yung Gleesh, and EW favorites BØRNS and Fielded.

Keep in mind that the list after the jump only constitutes a portion of the artists who’ve been announced for the official festival. More announcements are sure to come, and there will be a baffling number of acts playing the official festival that aren’t big enough yet to make the lists, as well as even more that will be playing unofficial shows around Austin while SXSW is going on. A complete list so far (and info for how to attend) is here.



Matías Aguayo (Berlin GERMANY)


Lydia Ainsworth (Toronto CANADA)


The Amazing Snakeheads (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)


Kimberly Anne (London UK-ENGLAND)


Asian Chairshot (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)




Babes (Los Angeles CA)


Bad Vibes (Oakland CA)


The Ballroom Thieves (Boston MA)


Del Barber (Winnipeg CANADA)


Beat Connection (Seattle WA)


BeatKing (Houston TX)


Beaty Heart (London UK-ENGLAND)


BJ The Chicago Kid (Chicago IL)


Black Violin (Miami FL)


Guy Blakeslee (Los Angeles LA)


The Blind Shake (Minneapolis MN)


Suzy Bogguss (Nashville TN)


BØRNS (Los Angeles CA)


The Bros. Landreth (Winnipeg CANADA)


Tom Brosseau (Los Angeles CA)


B.Traits (London UK-ENGLAND)


Cairo Knife Fight (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)


Cancer Bats (Toronto CANADA)


Capitan Tifus (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)


Blake Carrington (Toronto CANADA)


Cathedrals (San Francisco CA)


Chancha Via Circuito (Buenos Aires ARGENTINA)


ChoZe (Atlanta GA)


Christian S (Cologne GERMANY)


Chui (Zagreb CROATIA)


Cinematic Experience (Berlin GERMANY)


CJ Fly (Brooklyn NY)


Coffeehouse (Santiago CHILE)


Amy Cook (Austin TX)


The Cribs (Wakefield UK-ENGLAND)


Denzel Curry (Miami FL)


Karla da Silva (São Paulo BRAZIL)


Dear Boy (Los Angeles CA)


Death Valley Girls (Los Angeles CA)


Delhi 2 Dublin (Vancouver CANADA)


Robert DeLong (Los Angeles CA)


DeLorean (Houston TX)


The Deslondes (New Orleans LA)


The Digital Wild (Austin TX)


Marianne Dissard (Paris FRANCE)


The Districts (Philadelphia PA)


DJ Blue Hawaii (Montreal CANADA)


DJ Earl (Chicago IL)


DJ Halo (Oakland CA)


DJ HVAD (Copenhagen DENMARK)


DJ Spinn (New York NY)


Doeman (Houston TX)


Doughbeezy (Houston TX)


Dream Koala (Paris FRANCE)


Dr. Rackle And The Sound Griots (New Orleans LA)


DJ Duffey (Dallas TX)


The Dunwells (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)


East India Youth (London UK-ENGLAND)


ELEL (Nashville TN)


Ellie Herring (Lexington KY)


Elvis Depressedly (Asheville NC)


Escort (Brooklyn NY)


Javier Escovedo and the City Lights (San Diego CA)


EX-CULT (Memphis TN)


Sean Falyon (Atlanta GA)


Famasloop (Miami FL)


Father (Atlanta GA)


Fielded (New York NY)


The fin. (Tokyo JAPAN)


Diana Fuentes (San Juan PUERTO RICO)


Gang Of Four (London UK-ENGLAND)


Gang Of Youths (Sydney AUSTRALIA)


Garden City Movement (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)


Jacco Gardner (Amsterdam THE NETHERLANDS)


Gateway Drugs (Los Angeles CA)


Ghost Magnet Roach Motel (Tijuana MEXICO)


Giant³ Sand (Tucson AZ)


Girl Pilot (Austin TX)


Good Harvest (Falun SWEDEN)


Philipp Gorbachev (Berlin GERMANY)


Jon Dee Graham (Austin TX)


William Harries Graham (Austin TX)


Grand Analog (Toronto CANADA)


Gyptian (King Western JAMAICA)


Monica Heldal (Oslo NORWAY)




Hiatus Kaiyote (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)


Highly Suspect (Brooklyn NY)


Hippo Campus (Minneapolis MN)


Ho9909 (Newark NJ)


Reuben Hollebon (Norfolk UK-ENGLAND)


HOLYCHILD (Los Angeles CA)


Holy Esque (East Kilbride UK-SCOTLAND)


I Am Giant (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)


Ice Prince (Lagos NIGERIA)


Ikonika (London UK-ENGLAND)


Iyanya (Lagos NIGERIA)


Jamestown Revival (Austin TX)


Mick Jenkins (Chicago IL)


July Talk (Toronto CANADA)


Kaleo (Mosfellsbær ICELAND)


Kawehi (Eudora KS)


Tori Kelly (Los Angeles CA)


KEN mode (Winnipeg CANADA)


Kill! Kill! Pussycat! (Ange SWEDEN)


Victoria Kimani (Los Angeles CA)


Elle King (Brooklyn NY)


King Tuff (Brattleboro VT)


Natasha Kmeto (Portland OR)


Kosha Dillz (Los Angeles CA)


La Luz (Seattle WA)


La Mecanica Popular (New York NY)


Nikki Lane (Greenville SC)


La Sabrosura Dura (Bogota COLOMBIA)


Laza (Springfield MA)


Lazyeyes (Brooklyn NY)


Lenka (Sydney AUSTRALIA)


LIL J (Austin TX)




Longfellow (Brockley UK-ENGLAND)


Los Aldeanos (Havana CUBA)


The Lowest Pair (Olympia WA)




Lowkey (Austin TX)


Austin Lucas (Bloomington IN)


Macaco (SPAIN) (Barcelona SPAIN)


The Magnettes (Lulea SWEDEN)


Mallory Knox (Ely UK-ENGLAND)


Mansionair (Sydney AUSTRALIA)




Mao Loading (Bogota COLOMBIA)


The Mastersons (Austin TX)


Mighty Oaks (Berlin GERMANY)


Mirror Travel (Austin TX)


Chris Mitchell (Houston TX)


Moe Gang (Houston TX)


Machel Montano (Port Of Spain TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO)


Moon City Boys (Stockholm SWEDEN)


Moon Honey (Los Angeles CA)


Ian Moore (Seattle WA)


Bob Moses (New York NY)


Mother Falcon (Austin TX)


Motopony (Seattle WA)


Mr Play (London UK-ENGLAND)


The Mud Howlers (Mexico City MEXICO)


Mumiy Troll (Vladivostok RUSSIA)


My Jerusalem (Austin TX)


Mysonne (New York NY)


The Mystery Lights (Brooklyn NY)


Israel Nash (Dripping Springs TX)


Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real (Venice CA)


Night School (Oakland CA)


Nihils (Waidring AUSTRIA)


Northcote (Victoria CANADA)


Nyla (Kingston JAMAICA)


O Amor Existe (Porto Alegre BRAZIL)


Odesza (Seattle WA)


Adil Omar (Islamabad PAKISTAN)


Only Real (London UK-ENGLAND)


Paul Oscher (Austin TX)


Oso Leone (Palma De Mallorca SPAIN)


The Painted Redstarts (Austin TX)


Pale Seas (Southampton UK-ENGLAND)


Percance (San Jose COSTA RICA)


Josiel Perez’s AC Jazz Project (Los Angeles CA)


Pompeya (Moscow RUSSIA)


Jay Prince (London UK-ENGLAND)


Chuck Prophet (San Francisco CA)


Public Access T.V. (New York NY)


Public Service Broadcasting (London UK-ENGLAND)


PUJOL (Columbia TN)


Quorum (Tokyo JAPAN)


Quiet Company (Austin TX)


Rainy Milo (London UK-ENGLAND)


Rival Consoles (London UK-ENGLAND)


Daniel Romano (Welland ON)


Peter Rosenberg (New York NY)


Daniel Roure Quartet (Toulon FRANCE)


Sadat X (New Rochelle NY)


Samini (Accra GHANA)


San Fermin (Brooklyn NY)


Sango (Seattle WA)


Saukrates (Toronto CANADA)


Sean Paul (Kingston JAMAICA)


Hunter Sharpe (Austin TX)


Andy Shauf (Regina CANADA)


Sicko Mobb (Chicago IL)


Samantha Savage Smith (Calgary CANADA)


Snootie Wild (Memphis TN)


Socalled (Montreal CANADA)


Sol (Seattle WA)


Sonido San Francisco (Xonacatlán MEXICO)


Sophie (London UK-ENGLAND)


Southern Hospitality (London UK-ENGLAND)


SPEAK (Austin TX)


George Stancell (Longview TX)


Peggy Stern Trio (Austin TX)


Sungod (Austin TX)


Surfer Blood (West Palm Beach FL)


S U R V I V E (Austin TX)


Sweater Beats (Brooklyn NY)


Swervedriver (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)


Time For Three (Philadelphia PA)


The Ting Tings (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)


Trixie Trainwreck (Berlin GERMANY)


Tropics (London UK-ENLGAND)


Truth Universal (New Orleans LA)


TsuShiMaMiRe (Tokyo JAPAN)


Turbo Fruits (Nashville TN)


Benny Turner and Real Blues (New Orleans LA)


Twin Danger (Brooklyn NY)


Twin Shadow (Los Angeles CA)


Jonathan Tyler (Dallas TX)


Velvet Caravan (Savannah GA)


The Velvet Teen (Santa Rosa CA)


Victim Mentality (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)


Vision Fortune (London UK-ENGLAND)


The Voyeurs (London UK-ENGLAND)




Wardell (Los Angeles CA)


Water Liars (Oxford MS)


Juan Wauters (New York NY)


Wave Chapelle (Milwaukee WI)


Weyes Blood (New York City NY)


Whiskey Shivers (Austin TX)


Wild Throne (Bellingham WA)


Alex Wiley (Chicago IL)


Roosh Williams (Houston TX)


Lena Willikens (Cologne GERMANY)


Wolf Alice (London UK-ENGLAND)


Worldwide (San Antonio TX)


Xu Xu Fang (Mar Vista CA)




Young Empires (Toronto CANADA)


Your Old Droog (Brooklyn NY)


Yukon Blonde (Vancouver CANADA)


Yung Gleesh (Washington DC)


Zionstereo (Cali COLOMBIA)


The Zoltars (Austin TX)


The Zombies (St Albans UK-ENGLAND)


Zookeeper (Austin TX)


Zooly Gvng (Atlanta GA)


Yumi Zouma (Christchurch NEW ZEALAND)