It may seem impossible, but it’s already that time of year again: SXSW on Tuesday revealed its first wave of music acts for 2016.

Among this year’s lineup are Crystal Castles, HÆLOS, XYLØ, Son Little, Phases, Alex G and more. Talib Kweli will also be one of the featured speakers.

The Austin-based fest will be celebrating its 30th anniversary, which likely means organizers will be pulling out all the stops to ensure next year’s lineup is one to remember.

SXSW traditionally reveals its Music lineup in three to four waves, with the first coming in late October and a final announcement after the first of the year.

This year’s Music event is set for March 15-20 in downtown Austin and registration is currently open.

See the full list of the first wave of Music acts below. Please check the website at for additional artists as they are added.

We will once again be compiling our annual list of the 50 Best Bets Of SXSW. Until that is ready, you can see the artists that we are most excited about listed below in bold.

3ballMty (Monterrey MEXICO)

Abjects (London UK-ENGLAND)

The Academic (Mullingar IRELAND)

Barry Adamson (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)

Adée (Kalmar SWEDEN)

Alex G (Philadelphia PA)

Alice on the roof (Brussels BELGIUM)

Aloa Input (Munich GERMANY)

Altimet & the Kawan Band (Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA)

Anamanaguchi (New York NY)

And The Kids (Northampton MA)

Angelo Moore & The Brand New Step (San Francisco CA)

Astrid S (Berkak NORWAY)

Autobahn (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)

Avec Sans (London UK-ENGLAND)

The Ballroom Thieves (Boston MA)

The Band of Heathens (Austin TX)

Bee’s Knees (Los Angeles CA)

Better Person (Berlin GERMANY)

Beverly (Brooklyn NY)

Big Phony (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)

Bird Dog (Los Angeles CA)

Birdy Nam Nam (Paris FRANCE)

Birthmark (Brooklyn NY)

Black Asteroid (Brooklyn NY)

Bombino (Agadez NIGER)

Boulevards (Raleigh NC)

Brass Bed (Lafayette LA)

Bye Bye Badman (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)

Laura Carbone (Mannheim GERMANY)

Rosie Carney (Donegal IRELAND)

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (London UK-ENGLAND)

Cash+David (London UK-ENGLAND)

Caveman (New York NY)

Ceasetone (Reykjavik ICELAND)

Chambao (Málaga SPAIN)

Chirkutt (Dhaka BANGLADESH)

Cirkus Funk (Cali COLOMBIA)

Cóndor Jet (Providencia CHILE)

Consulado Popular (Bogotá COLOMBIA)

The Crookes (Sheffield UK-ENGLAND)

Crystal Castles (Toronto CANADA)

Dash Rip Rock (Slidell LA)

David Wax Museum (Charlottesville VA)

Demob Happy (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)

Élage Diouf (Montréal CANADA)

Dirty Fences (Brooklyn NY)

Dolce (Umeå SWEDEN)

Downtown Boys (Providence RI)


Dubioza Kolektiv (Sarajevo BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA)

Eau Rouge (Stuttgart GERMANY)

Emufucka (Tokyo JAPAN)

Expert Alterations (Baltimore MD)

Sarah Farina (Berlin GERMANY)

Lena Fayre (Los Angeles CA)

Fear of Men (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)

Few Bits (Antwerp BELGIUM)

Ian Fisher (Berlin GERMANY)

The Foreign Resort (Copenhagen DENMARK)

Andy Frasco & the U.N. (Los Angeles CA)

A Giant Dog (Austin TX)

Matt Gilmour’s Patient Wolf (Austin TX)

Gold Class (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)

Jon Dee Graham (Austin TX)

William Harries Graham & the Painted Redstarts (Austin TX)

Guerilla Toss (New York NY)


Haihm (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)

Hanggai (Beijing CHINA)

Har Mar Superstar (Minneapolis MN)

Hinds (Madrid SPAIN)

Howardian (New York NY)

Hyperpotamus (Caranca SPAIN)

Illionaire Records (Dok2 & The Quiett) (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)

Silvana Imam (Stockholm SWEDEN)

Imran Aziz Mian Qawwal (Rawalpindi PAKISTAN)

Into It. Over it. (Chicago IL)

Is Tropical (London UK-ENGLAND)

Jahkoy (Toronto CANADA)

Jambinai (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)

Joan Of Arc (Chicago IL)

John GRVY (Madrid SPAIN)

Jointpop (Port Of Spain TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO)

Judah & the Lion (Nashville TN)


Marina Kaye (Marseille FRANCE)

Josh Kelley (Park City UT)

The Kickback (Chicago IL)

La Banda Morisca (Jerez De La Frontera SPAIN)

Lazyeyes (Brooklyn NY)

Lois (Madrid SPAIN)

Demi Louise (Boronia AUSTRALIA)

Love X Stereo (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)

Lushes (Brooklyn NY)


Mai Nimani (Hyderabad PAKISTAN)

Mamamoo (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)

MC Lars (Oakland CA)

Methyl Ethel (Perth AUSTRALIA)

Micachu and the Shapes (London UK-ENGLAND)

Mise en Scene (Winnepeg CANADA)

Missi & Mister Baker (Portland OR)

Moving Panoramas (Austin TX)

Mr Muthafuckin eXquire (Far Rockaway NY)

Mumiy Troll (Vladivostok RUSSIA)

The National Parks (Provo UT)

Now, Now (Minneapolis MN)

Oil Boom (Dallas TX)


Paul Oscher (Austin TX)

Overload (Lahore PAKISTAN)

Owen (Chicago IL)

The Parrots (Madrid SPAIN)

PHASES (Los Angeles CA)

Platonick Dive (Livorno ITALY)

The Pocket Rockets (Los Angeles CA)

Ron Pope (Nashville TN)

Prince Rama (New York NY)

PUP (Toronto CANADA)

Pure Bathing Culture (Portland OR)

Quebe Sisters (Dallas TX)

Quiet Life (Portland OR)

Reuben and the Dark (Toronto CANADA)

Emitt Rhodes (Hawthorne CA)


Self Defense Family (Los Angeles CA)

Skyline (Austin TX)

Sleepers’ Reign (Herentals BELGIUM)

Son Little (Trenton NJ)

Southern Hospitality (London UK-ENGLAND)

The Spook School (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)

Suboi (Saigon VIETNAM)

Sunflower Bean (New York NY)

Summer Heart (Malmo SWEDEN)

Sur du monde (Rosario ARGENTINA)

Sy Ari Da Kid (Atlanta GA)

Tarmac (Medellin COLOMBIA)

The Nightowls (Austin TX)

Throwing Shade (London UK-ENGLAND)

Vaadat Charigim (Tel Aviv ISRAEL)

Victim Mentality (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)

Victoria+Jean (Brussels BELGIUM)

Waco Brothers (Chicago IL)

Wahid Allan Faqir (Rahim Yar Khan PAKISTAN)

The Wet Secrets (Edmonton CANADA)

Glenn White (New York NY)

Wildhoney (Baltimore MD)

Marlon Williams & The Yarra Benders (Christchurch NEW ZEALAND)

Womps (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)

Wordburglar (Toronto CANADA)

XYLØ (Westlake Village CA)

Yarn (New York NY)

Yuck (London UK-ENGLAND)

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