This years music fest has an impressive selection of talks that should satisfy most musical savors. Theres Nile Rodgers keynote( 15 March, 11 am, Austin Convention Center ), where hell talking here his career and position as one of the most sampled songwriters ever; while the Beats1 main human, Zane Lowe( 16 March, 11 am, Austin Convention Center ), will also talk shop at his keynote on Friday. Keshas debate about how women can reclaim the internetshould be interesting( 14 March, 3.30 pm, Austin Convention Center ), and for those who dont want to stop, Mick Fleetwood( 15 March, 5pm, Austin Convention Center) will talk about his time in a little-known 70 s rock act. The musical offerings this year throw up the usual mixture of interesting official showcases and potentially more interesting unofficial runs on off-site. Of the officially sanctioned slots, youd struggle to find a more fun-sounding evening than the K-Pop Night Out( 17 March, 7pm, the Belmont ), where Red Velvet, Hyolyn of SISTAR and the hip-hop stars Drunken Tiger all preach the gospel of Seoul.
Elsewhere, Spins annual shindig appears as tempting as ever with a Tuesday day partybeing headlined by the perma-jolly rapper Lil Yachty and a night soiree topped off by Real Estate and Sleigh Bells( 14 March, 3pm, Empire Garage ). Fader Fort is still the place to find some of the most cutting-edge acts from the worlds of hip-hop, RnB and indie. It has moved to a new smaller locating this year( 15 -1 8 March, 1209 East 6th Street AKA Volcom Garden) and the performers we know about in so far include Young MA, Downtown Boys and Lizzo, but theres always the prospect of a huge secret headliner on the final night( last year Drake dropped in ). If youre into country and Americana, Willie Nelsons annual SXSW outgrowth Luck Reunion at his ranch will appeal. Most of the younger generation of acts who have inhaled new life into the genres, including Conor Oberst, Margo Price, Brent Cobb, Parker Millsap and Aaron Lee Tasjan.
This years festival has become unexpectedly political after the callout over wording in the artists contract, which some took exception to. Theres a special showcase of acts hailing from countries impacted by Donald Trumps travel ban, with Ninjatune man Ash Koosha headlining proceedings( 17 March, 1.05 am after several other acts, Palm Door on Sixth ). One of the acts who sent an open letter to the festival about the contracts was PWR BTTM( 15 March, 7.30 pm, Stubbs BBQ ). Theyve had a busy 12 months and are playing multiple shows in Austin. Raucous, funny and painfully honest, theyre one of the must-see bands at the celebration. More pink triangle action comes politenes of Weezer, who are one of the bigger bands playing this year with two( announced) gigs one on the Friday( 17 March, midnight, Brazos Hall) and one at Rachael Rays 10 th SXSW Feedback Party( 18 March, 8p m, Stubbs BBQ ).