Will Pusha T play SXSW 2014?
Ed. Note: Last week, we posted Round 1 of SXSW rumors from @SXSWhoa, which detailed a long list of possible artists that could be added to the official line up or could play unofficial shows in March. This week, we’re adding more festival speculation in the air by bringing back festival soothsayer @CameronatSXSW for SX 2014 to give his (usually spot on) predictions of what artists might appear in Austin. Stay turned for more weekly rumor round ups as the festival nears.
Well, well, well, look what time of year it is again. SXSW music week will be here in about 55 days, and as such the rumor mill is already stirring.
First off, lineup additions. The SXSW schedule app went live on Monday and they’ve already added some new artists. New additions include Mutual Benefit, Future, Anamanaguchi, Augustana, Forest Swords, Yo Gotti, Travi$ Scott, The Dollyrots, Matisyahu, Touche Amore, Lost in the Trees, Run River North, Teengirl Fantasy, Vince Staples, Dream Koala and more. There will be new additions (and occasionally subtractions), almost every day.
Now onto the rumors. The UME Festival in South Padre will be going on during SXSW and as such there will be overlapping artists – the fest boasts Steve Aoki, Zedd, Bassnectar, and Tiesto as their headliners, so expect to see these artists in some capacity at SXSW (even if it’s just an Illmore DJ set, hint hint). To add to the Zedd possibility, pop artist and collaborator Foxes has a clear schedule, an upcoming album, and a SXSW history that makes her likely to be there as well.
Remember when The Cool Kids and SXSW used to go hand-in-hand? After playing the fest 5 years in a row, The Cool Kids took a hiatus. Fortunately, that hiatus has ended and they’re already dropping new music. Does this mean a return to SXSW as well?
BUKU Fest in New Orleans happens the week after SXSW, and like last year, there will probably be plenty of bands who do both (there already are a few). Performing at BUKU: The Flaming Lips (although, we’ve heard from a good source that they’re a no — but that could change), David Guetta, Tyler the Creator, Zedd (again), Explosions in the Sky, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, the already predicted Pusha T, Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown, Wavves, and more. While I don’t expect The Flaming Lips the play two years in a row, and I’m not sure how Tyler exactly feels about SXSW, some of these artists will inevitably head to Austin.
Twitter user @areztlan pointed out that Guns N’ Roses are kicking off their tour in Mexico City on March 16th. Could a stop at SXSW on the way be in order?
The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo will be bringing artists to Texas surrounding SXSW. These artists include Usher, REO Speedwagon, Maroon 5, and more, so there’s always a chance some of them will show up in Austin.
The Joy Formidable will be playing in Dallas right before the fest with SXSW showcasing artist Allen Stone, so it’s logical that they’d be at SXSW too.
Between The Buried And Me and Deafheaven are touring together and will be in Lubbock, San Antonio, and Dallas during SXSW, with an open schedule on Thursday.
Festival vet Solange recently launched a label called Saint Records, and is currently making the rounds promoting the label as well as her upcoming album. I’d say it’s fairly likely that Solange will return to Austin, possibly doing a showcase for her label. Her performance at the Spin magazine party last year was a favorite of the festival.
Finally, Coachella Music Festival announced their lineup, and as always, some (or even most) of these artists will appear at SXSW. While OutKast might be unlikely, if I were to take a stab in the dark I’d say Chance The Rapper, Foster The People, and The Head and The Heart have a good chance of returning to SXSW.