Ed. note: This is Round 8 in our SX 2014 rumor round up. Read Round 1, Round 2, Round 3, Round 4, Round 5, Round 6 and Round 7. This round of rumors comes SX-savant @SXSWhoa. Much of the info we get comes out on Twitter first, so keep up with who to follow on Twitter for all things South By with our list of best users to follow. We’re also updating the party calendar daily as event information is released and we’ve been busy RSVPing our users to events – want to sign-up to get on the list for every unofficial event during SX? Sign up today.
General fest update: the online sale for wristbands is still up for locals.
On to the rumors…
In the third rumor roundup post, we mentioned that Eminem looks likely to make an appearance based on Slaughterhouse/Action Bronson being at the festival this year and his clear tour schedule. Well, Mr. Shady recently announced an Australian tour taking place during February. His tourmates on those stops are none other than J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, who both at this point have clear schedules during SXSW. Since half of Black Hippy has already been confirmed with the announcements of Schoolboy Q and Ab-Soul, it makes sense to us that Kendrick and perhaps Jay Rock will swing through. Don’t be surprised if J. Cole, Em’s other tourmate, decides to stop by as well.
Now that the festival film lineup has finally been released, we can dive in and see what kind of potential rumors come from that information. The biggest rumor is that the Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Andre 3000 is finally getting it’s premiere during SXSW this year, which gives the OutKast rumor even more legs. Our money is on the Fader Fort if they decide to stick around for music week because of their history with them and how perfect of a match artist/venue that would be.
The film schedule also confirmed that A$AP Rocky will be premiering his documentary SVDDXNLY. A$AP MOB is already confirmed for a SXSW performance, and you can almost guarantee that PMF will be joining them on stage. Vice-offshoot Noisey produced this documentary — thus far, Vice has been very tightlipped (the page from their ‘13 events is still up) about returning to SXSW this year, but with the premiere of this documentary it would seem like a good idea to make a return to the fest. Currently, the only A$AP MOB show listed is an official showcase. So if they do play an unofficial showcase our money is on VICELAND.
Jay-Z just wrapped his Magna-Carta world tour. There really hasn’t been anymore info coming from his camp about any future shows at this point. His partner-in-crime Beyonce will be touring overseas (unfortunately), but he currently has a pretty open schedule. So we were browsing around looking for info on any plans he may have and stumbled upon this event page and this countdown to a Raptor House SX 2014 event. While a RocNation event doesn’t necessarily mean that Jay will come, but it could open up the opportunity for an appearance since it is one of his companies after all. So far, the only confirmed act we have been able to find for that party is Hunter Hunted.
@CameronatSXSW mentioned a little birdy speaking of a potential Brand New appearance this year during SXSW. We have heard similar info from a source as well so we were super excited when they said they were going to announce some US tour dates. All of their current dates are during the summer and up north thus breaking our heart into pieces. But then, they posted this tweet:
Hey, we’ve got some more US dates up our sleeves. Announcements coming in the next couple of weeks. Happy Friday.
— Brand New (@brandnewrock) February 7, 2014
We’ve heard a rumor about DMX making an appearance – he’s playing shows across Texas during that week in March.
Twitter user @dmfin brought up Band of Horses making a potential appearance since their tour ends March 5th in Nashville.
Based on some of the screenings during SX film (full lineup), these are some possible celebrity appearances you can expect to see during SXSW include Seth Rogen, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Dave Franco, and Zack Efron for Neighbors. Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt and Robert Downey, Jr. for Chef. David Gordon Green and Nicolas Cage for Joe. Ethan Hawke for Predestination. Kristen Bell for Veronica Mars. Rosario Dawson and John Malkovich for Cesar Chavez. Juliette Lewis for Kelly &Cal. Robert Duvall for A Night In Old Mexico. Manny Pacquiao for Manny. Elijah Wood for Open Windows. Jason Bateman for Bad Words. Aaron Paul for Helion. David Cross for Obvious Child. Ralph Fiennes, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson and Owen Wilson for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Granted, many of these are guesses, but it’s still exciting to check out everything going on with the film events during the fest.
Now here’s a recap of a couple rumors from @CameronatSXSW:
— Cameron @ SXSW (@CameronAtSXSW) February 4, 2014
Just realized Sleigh Bells have performed at SXSW four years in a row, and now they’re playing BUKU. Hmmm #SXSWrumors
— Cameron @ SXSW (@CameronAtSXSW) January 30, 2014
Don’t forget to stop by and check out the new interactive artist lineup we released called SXLineup.com. Click a band to see where and when they play. Click the artists image for a music video from them. The list is set up like a one sheet festival flier. Don’t worry, there will never be thousands of bands on the list. Only favorite acts from @SXSWhoa and @CameronatSXSW will make the cut. Only confirmed artists are on the list so check back periodically to see which rumors have become realities.
Lastly, our friends ATXShhh opened this week – they make an event calendar site that lets you see events by each day of the fest. We love them, support it!