Editor’s note: This is Round 4 in our 2016 fest rumor round up report. This round of rumors comes from @ATXconcert. Keep up with who to follow on Twitter for fest news with our list of best users to follow. We’re also updating the party calendar daily as event information is released – want to sign-up to get on the list for every unofficial party? Sign-up today. The list of official artists keep growing daily with over 1,000 bands and musicians on the list, but this list is more about who hasn’t been announced yet, but might play at the fest. By looking at tour schedules and following artist rumors, @ATXconcert brings you the top guesses for fest additions.
WHO: Sky Ferreira is an American singer-songwriter, model, and actress. She released her first EP, As If!, in 2011, which combined elements of electropop and dance music. Ferreira’s second EP Ghost (2012), however, incorporated pop with more stripped-down song structures. After multiple delays and disputes with her record label, Ferreira’s debut studio album Night Time, My Time was released in October 2013, and marked a departure from her former style, incorporating more experimental indie rock with synthpop elements.
WHY: She is very likely to be in Austin during the festival. Her crime drama, The Trust, starring Nic Cage and Elijah Wood, is set to premiere during the film portion of the fest. It makes since that she would be here for the premiere, and why not play a showcase too?! She doesn’t currently have any tour dates booked.
WHO: Pusha T is an American hip hop recording artist. He initially gained major recognition as one-half of hip hop duo Clipse, alongside his brother Gene “No Malice” Thornton, with whom he founded Re-Up Records. In September 2010, Thornton announced his signing to Kanye West’s GOOD Music imprint, under the aegis of Def Jam Recordings. In November 2015, Kanye West appointed Pusha to take over his role as president of GOOD Music.
WHY: In support of his recent release Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude, Pusha T recently announced his spring tour. He is in Texas during our favorite festival. He would very likely show up on 3/16, but he also has 3/19 open. Also, he originally posted a schedule on Instagram that had a date at our festival. It was almost immediately deleted from his account.
WHO: Santigold is an American singer and producer. Her debut album, Santogold, including the singles “Creator” and “L.E.S. Artistes”, received very favorable reviews in 2008. Her second album, Master of My Make-Believe, was released in 2012, also to critical acclaim. February 18, 2016, she released her third album 99¢.
WHY: It is very likely that Santi will show up in Austin for our acclaimed festival. She recently announced her spring tour and just dropped her new album, 99¢. Her tour kicks off on 3/21 in Houston, followed by a show in Dallas on 3/22. She has our ENTIRE festival off!!!. Shoutout MissKrisSxSW on twitter for the find!
WHO: Miike Snow is a Swedish indie pop band formed in 2007. The band consists of producing team Bloodshy & Avant, with singer Andrew Wyatt. The band is often represented by a silhouette image of a jackalope. They teased their third album, and its leadoff single “Heart Is Full”, on social media. In October of 2015, the band debuted “Heart Is Full” the album’s second single, “Genghis Khan”, and announced the release date of the album. iii will be released on March 4th.
WHY: They are all over texas during our festival, with no stops scheduled in Austin. They have open dates on 3/14, 3/16. and 3/17. Its very likely that they will show up. Shoutout SXSWMF on twitter for the find!
WHO: OVOs Majid Jordan are about to embark on their first-ever North American tour. The tour will be in support of their self-titled debut album, released earlier this month. The Toronto duo has strong ties to Drake, co-producing and appearing on “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Their brand of indie R&B is dark, spacious, and hypnotic, ideal for a late-night drive. Their self-titled debut includes “Something About You,” “Every Step Every Way,” and “My Love,” featuring their OVO Sound captain Drake.
WHY: Being new on the music scene, our March festival should definitely be on Majid Jordan’s radar. After their March 15th show in Los Angeles, California, they have a nice gap to show up in Austin from 3/16-3/19.
WHO: Florida Georgia Line is an American country music duo comprised of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. Florida Georgia Line has achieved major success since their inception, and are one of the most successful country music acts of the 2010s.
WHY: They are in Houston for the Livestock Show and Rodeo on March 17th. It is possible for them to show up in Austin, they have 3/14-3/16 and 3/18-3/20 open.
WHO: Glassjaw is an American rock band from Long Island, New York. The band is fronted by vocalist Daryl Palumbo and guitarist Justin Beck. The band has been influential in the progression of the underground music scene in the eastern United States and the United Kingdom, on the post-hardcore genre, and are known for their intense live shows and previously frequent line-up changes.
WHY: At the end of January, the band played a small show in London where they debuted six new songs, fans were asked not to photograph or record the show. So it seems like they may have a new album in the works. What a great time to show up in Austin. They are in Texas during the festival and only have 3/20 off. There is a slim chance that they could make an appearance.
WHO: Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor from Cleveland, Ohio. In 2011, he signed a record deal with Bad Boy, under the aegis of Interscope. He’s released his debut album Lace Up, an EP titled Half Naked & Almost Famous, and his second studio album General Admission.
WHY: MGK recently announced a small spring tour, with only 6 shows on his books. There is a slim chance for him to come through Austin, he has all of our festival off.
WHO: Luke Bryan is an American singer and songwriter. Bryan began his musical career in the mid-2000s, writing songs for his longtime friends from high school, Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. His fifth album, Kill The Lights, was released in August 2015 and its lead single, “Kick the Dust Up”, became his 13th number one hit, followed by his 14th number one “Strip It Down”. Bryan was the recipient of the Academy of Country Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards “Entertainer of the Year” award. To date, Bryan has sold over 7 million albums and 27 million singles worldwide.
WHY: He is in Houston, Texas on 3/10 for the Livestock Show and Rodeo. After his Houston show, he wraps up his “Kill the Lights Tour” with his 2 final shows. There is a slim chance that he will come back to Texas after that, he has 3/13-3/20 open.
WHO: A$AP Rocky is an American hip hoprecording artist, record producer, director and actor from Harlem, New York. He is a member of the hip hop group A$AP Mob, from which he adopted his moniker. Rocky released his debut mixtape Live. Love. A$AP, in 2011 to critical acclaim. His 2013 debut album Long. Live. A$AP was also well received by critics and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. In 2015, Rocky released his second studio album titled At. Long. Last. A$AP. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, making it Rocky’s second consecutive album to debut at number one.
WHY: There is a slim chance that Rocky could show up in Austin. He has always been very vocal about loving Austin and our March festival. His current tour is mostly music festivals, and he ALL of March off.