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SXSW Announces Initial Artist Lineup And Keynotes

AUSTIN, TX (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The 24th annual South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival has announced the first round of confirmed acts slated to play at this years' eventm which is set to take place from March 17-21.

Previously announced festival headliners Cheap Trick will be joined by !!! (Check check check), Spoon, Broken Social Scene, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Deer Tick, Voivoid and Evan Dando among many, many others. Performances will take place on the Day Stage Austin Convention Center and at numerous venues around downtown Austin. Overall, more than 1,900 artists are expected to perform at this year's SXSW.

SXSW also revealed more details about panel discussions and keynotes planned for the conference side of the event. This year's event will be keynoted by Smokey Robinson, John Doe of the punk band X and music technologist Ian Rogers. Also among the numerous speakers and panels confirmed for this year are DJ Spooky (That subliminal kid), Paradigm's Andy Adelewitz on the future of music PR, The Nancy Fly Agency's Nancy Fly on ethics in the music business.

According to SXSW, sales for this year's event are solid and they are expecting between 11,000 to 12,000 attendees at this year's event.

The initial lineup

!!! (Brooklyn, NY)
Amaral (Madrid, SPAIN)
Anita Tijoux (Santiago, CHILE)
Apoptygma Berzerk (Oslo, NORWAY)
Athlete (London, ENGLAND)
Bajofondo (Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA)
Balkan Beat Box (Tel Aviv, ISRAEL)
Band of Skulls (London, ENGLAND)
Bear In Heaven (Brooklyn, NY)
Black Milk (Detroit, MI)
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Los Angeles, CA)
Bomba Estereo (Bogota, Colombia)
Broken Social Scene (Toronto, CANADA)
Chalie Boy (Hearne, TX)
Chamillionaire & Paul Wall (Houston, TX)
Cymbals Eat Guitars (New York, NY)
Deer Tick (Providence, RI)
Evan Dando (New York, NY)
Frightened Rabbit (Selkirk, SCOTLAND)
Fucked Up (Toronto, CANADA)
Grant Hart (St. Paul, MN)
Hauschka (Dusseldorf, GERMANY)
Here We Go Magic (Brooklyn, NY)
Hudson Mohawke (Glasgow, SCOTLAND)
Invincible (Detroit, MI)
jj (Gothenburg, SWEDEN)
Killer Mike (Atlanta, GA)
LA Riots (Los Angeles, CA)
Les Savy Fav (Brooklyn, NY)
Maldita Vecindad (Mexico City, MEXICO)
Marina & The Diamonds (London, ENGLAND)
Mayer Hawthorne & The County (Ann Arbor, MI)
Midlake (Denton, TX)
Miike Snow (Stockholm, SWEDEN)
Mr Hudson (London, ENGLAND)
Mundo Livre SA (Recife, BRAZIL)
Murs (Los Angeles, CA)
Pretty Lights (Fort Collins, CO)
Rye Rye (Baltimore, MD)
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings (Brooklyn, NY)
She & Him (Los Angeles, CA)
Shwayze (Malibu, CA)
Spoon (Austin, TX)
Steve Aoki (Los Angeles, CA)
Systema Solar (Taganga, COLOMBIA)
Texas Tornados (San Antonio, TX)
The Drums (Brooklyn, NY)
The Middle East (Townsville, AUSTRALIA)
The Soft Pack (San Diego, CA)
The Very Best (New York, NY)
The xx (London, ENGLAND)
Trae (Houston, TX)
VV Brown (London, ENGLAND)
Wolfgang Gartner (Austin, TX)

-CelebrityAccess Staff Writers