Which are the best venues to visit this SXSW?
SXSW 2015 is set to take over Austin, Texas for yet another spectacular event, spanning numerous venues with countless showcases and hundreds of artists. We may be a few weeks away yet, but here's a little taster of some of the best places to be this year.
First up, the Parish is hosting some seminal shows all week, so this should definitely be at the top of your schedule. Wednesday, March 18th sees alt rock Londoners Wolf Alice on the bill, impressing with material from their EP releases; though we are yet to see an album release from these four. Equally, LA newcomers BØRNS are not to be missed, nor are San Diego indie favourites Delta Spirit. Thursday sees The Vaccines promote their upcoming album 'English Graffiti', alongside Palma Violets with 'Danger In The Club', while New York's Lolawolf brings their brand of sensational disco pop to the scene. Friday will be headlined by the Jarman brothers' band The Cribs, and Saturday will see appropriate surf-rock from Florida four-piece Surfer Blood.
Borns will perform at the Parish on Wednesday, March 18th 2015
You'll definitely be smiling from ear to ear at Cheer Up Charlie's when you see Thursday's rockin' line-up. Presented by independent label Polyvinyl Records, Michigan singer-songwriter Fred Thomas will kick off the evening's events, followed by Kentucky three-piece White Reaper, who last year unveiled their self-titled EP. From overseas we'll see Netherlands artist Jacco Gardner, who is set to release his 'Hypnophobia' album in May, and then Canada's own Alvvays. Rounding off the evening are The Dodos from San Francisco (check out their newest album 'Individ'), their punk neighbours Deerhoof and Georgia's Of Montreal - another band whose upcoming release 'Aureate Gloom' is worth keeping an eye out for.
The best days to hit Buffalo Billiards are Tuesday and Saturday hands down. Busy throughout the festival, the former sees three breathtaking British acts on the bill. UK band Spring King will begin proceedings, having just announced the release of their forthcoming EP 'They're Coming After You'. London's Gengahr, who have been touring with Wolf Alice and Alt-J this month, is quite frankly never worth missing, nor indeed is festival favourites Dry the River. Saturday's line-up includes New Orleans pop band Royal Teeth and LA trio Mini Mansions, who'll follow SXSW with the release of their sophomore album 'The Great Pretenders'.
Gengahr play Buffalo Billiards on Tuesday, March 17th 2015
Hit up the Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center on Wednesday for mind-blowing, raw entertainment from Brit's Critics' Choice Award winner James Bay, his fellow UK national Laura Marling and German folk duo Milky Chance. Friday brings the charismatic stage presence that is Twin Shadow, who will have released his newest album 'Eclipse' as SXSW arrives, as well as post-punk veterans Gang Of Four and Australia's Courtney Barnett.
If Cheer Up Charlie's doesn't do it for you, you can always spend your Thursday over at the Central Presbyterian Church which will see folk-infused performances from Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros and Ireland's James Vincent McMorrow, alongside Letts (who recently released his album 'Hold Fast') and Oregon pop quintet Wild Ones.
James Bay hits the Austin Convention Center on Wednesday, March 18th 2015
There are, of course, a lot more venues worth visiting this year and indeed many more yet to be announced and we'll keep updating readers with the best places to visit whilst in Austen.