Our Favourite Shows From SXSW 2018

We schlep across the Atlantic to hear the best new bands so you don't have to. It's a tough job...

We hit the hot streets of Austin to take in a selection of the world’s best new music talent. Each year over 2,000 performers descended on Austin Texas, USA with showcases taking place all over the city. We spent the whole week taking in shows from taste makers including BBC Introducing DIY Mag, Fluffer Pit Parties and Communion.  Rest assured we lined up and drank beer like the best of ‘em. Here’s a roundup of the best stuff we saw and heard.

Jerry Williams @ Latitude 30
Every year Latitude 30 becomes The British Music Embassy & provides a home from home for homesick limies. This year boasted a week-long residency with shows curated by DIY Magazine, BBC Introducing, We caught angular Scots Catholic Action & Unsigned Music Awards nominee Jerry Williams.

Jade Bird @ Elysium

Having caught one of her very first shows at last year’s festival we’ve been keeping a close eye on this fab emerging talent. We were lucky enough to catch Jade a few times across the week and our fave was her performance to a packed out Elysium. Sadly a camera malfunction has forced to use a pic from her Vevo show but you get the idea.

Anna Burch @ Valhalla

Sometimes the stars aligns to help you in your quest. Across the road from Elysium on the same night was Valhalla which was playing host to incredible Anna Burch. The Detroit native’s slacker rock was played out to a packed-out venue. Valhalla also goes down as a must for those looking for those perfect dive-bar vibes.

Courtney Marie Andrews @ The Austin Conference Centre

To maintain the illusion we are working we occasionally venture into the the Austin Conference Centre to take in the wise words of the industry luminaries hosting panels throughout the week. Thankfully

Welles @ Latitude 30

TicketWeb fave Welles (below) flaunted the (imaginary) Brit-only policy at the British Music Embassy. Plus before his show we got to catch Breakfast Muff who must be a contender for best named band of the festival.

Warbly Jets @ Hotel Vegas

Hotel Vegas is one of South By’s hottest venues. Its three separate stages meant we got to see LUCIA rip up the Scottish showcase stage outside, while getting hot and sweaty with LA’s psych rockers CONES and Warbly Jets (below) inside!

Phantogram @ Native Hostel Bar & Kitchen

Our bro’s over at Ticketmaster hosted an awesome party at this brand new Austin venue featuring our longtime buddy Barnes Courtney, the appropriately named Local Natives & the amazing Phantogram.

Folk Alliance Stage @ Driskill Hotel

South By’s all about tips & this one was pretty special. Ireland’s haunting electro-folk duo Saint Sister produced a magical performance that mesmerised the whole room. Also, the bar at Driskill Hotel is something to behold.

Communion Presents @ St. David’s Episcopal Church

Finding ourselves in the hushed surroundings of one of Austin’s most beautiful churches to watch hot property Sam Fender.  Boasting a voice that cuts like a diamond and skills on guitar that would make Mark Knopfler ashamed. Sounding like War On Drugs if they were produced by Quincy Jones we reckon Sam will undoubtedly be one of the biggest new acts of 2018.

IDLES @ Barracuda Bar

Friday night was all about one show – UK party throwers Fluffer Pit teamed up with SIOLM to bring an energetic in-the-round pit performance from new heroes of UK punk, Hull’s LIFE and Bristol’s IDLES.  The roof was well and truly off.

Mallrat @ Australia House

We started to love the videos we’d watched of Brisbane’s Mallrat just before we headed out to Austin but seeing her perform in front of her native crowd was something else. This lady is incredible.

Flyte @ Tiniest Bar In Austin

The week nearly over, we caught friends Harry Pane and Flyte (below) playing to an intimate but appreciative crowd in Austin’s Tiniest Bar on St Paddy’s day! Both bands delivered incredible sets including some outrageous covers namely Fleetwood Mac’s Big Love (Harry) and an a Capella version of Alvvays’ “Archie, Marry Me” (Flyte).

Before we knew it, it was already Sunday and another SXSW was over for another year!  So long Texas, see ya’ll next year

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