One of the most influential music festivals in the world, South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, announced on December 20 their latest lineup of more than 100 international acts expected to perform at 2011's event.
Included in the lineup are James Blake and The Boxer Rebellion (London), British India (Melbourne), Canteca de Macao (Madrid), Chateau Marmont (Paris), DAM (Palestinian Territory), Daniel Lioneye (Helsinki), and Intimate Stranger (Santiago), just to name of handful of acts spanning the globe. Some US acts include John Vanderslice, Dreaming in Stereo, Das Racist, Les Shelleys, Emmure, and God-Des & She. Canada's Oh Susanna was just added to the lineup on December 21.
Nearly 2,000 bands from 50 countries perform annually at the event, now in its 25th year, and the city swells with an estimated 100,000 music lovers who come to hear the thousands of concerts - many of them free - staged in 80 venues throughout the city. The music conference, geared toward industry professionals, attracts nearly 12,000 attendees every year; the film and interactive components, added in 1994, attract approximately 17,000 registrants.
SXSW 2011 is scheduled for March 11-20. To attend the conference: through January 14 badges range from $475 to $675 (€355-504) for single events (music, film, or interactive). Gold and platinum badges, priced at $800 (€598) and $1,050 (€785), allow entry into multiple events. After January, costs will rise by $25 to $75 (€19 to €56) per badge.
See the full list here of acts so far expected to perform: http://sxsw.com/music/shows/bands
Stay tuned to the SXSW website for updates and new band announcements, and to purchase badges: http://sxsw.com/