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SXSW – UK showcase guide

By | Published on Thursday 12 March 2009

Talking of music-festivals-come-conventions that take over whole cities for a few days, the meister of such things, South By Southwest, is getting very close, with periphery proceedings kicking off tomorrow no less.

For those of you packing your bags, printing out your flight tickets, desperately trying to remember where you safely stored your passport, and wondering just how much you can sneak onto expenses in these tough economic times, here is a guide to some of the SxSW showcases and parties and whatnot being staged by British (and Irish) magazines and organisations.

It might seem odd going all the way to Austin, Texas and then spending your time seeing mainly British bands who you could probably catch in Camden next month, but it’s good to fly the flag and all that, or perhaps you should go see bands from other countries but make sure you tell any foreigners you meet to check out these…

18 Mar, 12.30pm: The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Party, Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto
Featuring Lost Brothers, Ben Glover, Bap Kennedy, Eilidh Patterson, Ken Haddock, Anthony Toner, plus Nashville artists and “some fine food and drink for party guests”. Sign up at

18 Mar, 7pm: Moshi Moshi Records & Fused Magazine Present, Club 1808, 1808 E. 12th St
Featuring Transmography, Still Flyin’, The Mae Shi, Suckers, Casiokids, The Chap, Slow Club and Pictish Trail. Info at

18 Mar, 7.30pm: The British Music Showcase, Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto
Hosted by Nic Harcourt and featuring Dananananaykroyd, The Electric City and Slow Club. This event, though, is invite only and I’m not sure how you get invited.

19 Mar, 2pm: New Music From Northern Ireland, Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto
Featuring Fighting With Wire, In Case Of Fire, The Beat Poets, General Fiasco and Skibunny. Sign up at

19 Mar, 2pm: Kerrang! Party, The Wave, 408 E 6th St
Featuring Enter Shikari, The Bronx, Attack! Attack!, Rolo Tomassi and Frank Turner. Email to get on the guest list.

20 Mar, 2pm: Showcasing Scotland, Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto
Featuring Come On Gang, Found, My Latest Novel, The Pictish Trail, Twin Atlantic, Camera Obscura, Dananananaykroyd, National, We Were Promised Jetpacks, My Latest Novel and Alex Smoke. Sign up at

20 Mar, 11.30am: Full Irish Breakfast Party, BD Riley’s, 204 E. 6th St
Hosted by First Music Contact and featuring Kiernan McMullan, The Lost Brothers, Lisa Hannigan, One Day International, The Mighty Stef, The Urges, In Case of Fire, Fight Like Apes, Republic of Loose and Fighting With Wire. Email to get on the guest list.

21 Mar, 12pm: Yorkshire Launch Party, Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto
A brand new event, featuring CMU favourites Rolo Tomassi plus Wild Beasts, Sky Larkin, Paul Marshall and Talk To Angels. We’re also promised some fine Yorkshire themed food and drink! Sign up at

21 Mar, 2pm: Q Magazine Party, The Parish, 214-B E. 6th St
Hosted by Q and the Guitar Hero World Tour and featuring You Me At Six, Graham Coxon, Pete & The Pirates, Jay Jay Pistolet, Fanfarlo and Delta Spirit. Email to get on the guest list.

21 Mar, 3pm: Liverpool Sound City presents The Best Of The Northwest, Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto
Featuring The Hot Melts, Wave Machines, The Whip and Liverpudlian themed food and drink, whatever that is. Scouse all round I say. Sign up at

SxSW runs from 13-22 Mar, with the music stuff kicking off on 18 Mar. Info at