SXSW Music releases first round of bands for 2018 festival

SXSW Music releases first round of bands for 2018 festival

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SXSW Music returns to Austin March 12-18, 2018. SXSW/Facebook

SXSW season will be here before you know it. The celebrated Austin festival has announced the first wave of more than 200 music acts set to perform in March 2018.

Highlights this year include German R&B singer and H&M designer Ace Tee, Japanese indie rockers DYGL, Las Vegas electro-pop artist Shamir, Baltimore three piece Snail Mail, Indonesian rapper and comedian Rich Chigga, and post-punk legends The Wedding Present.

As always, Austin is well represented with psychedelic trio Night Beats, singer-songwriter David Ramirez, family hip-hop act The Bishops, electronic breakout Dylan Cameron, Latin funk ensemble Cilantro Boombox, and garage rockers Leather Girls on the schedule. Other Austin acts include Curved Light, Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, William Harries Graham, Greenbeard, Warren Hood, Oliver Rajamani, Adam Torres, VVV, and World Music Unleashed from the School of Indian Percussion and Music.

SXSW 2018 takes place March 9-18. The music portion of the festival runs March 12–18. Following last year's change, badge access to the festival will remain expanded, allowing non-Platinum badge holders secondary access to events from other parts of the festival (for instance, a Music badge would get secondary access to Film events). 

Badges are currently on sale at a discounted rate of $925 for Interactive, Film, and Music and $1,250 for Platinum. That price will go up after October 20.