SXSW 2020: Seven acts tipped to make waves at Austin extravaganza

SXSW announced its first wave of acts to grace the annual 10-day arts extravaganza in Austin, Texas, and the UK and Irish contingent is represented by some of the best new artists around.

Standing for South by Southwest, the March festival has grown to become one of the world's most elite arts, film and music event since its inception in 1987.

Each yeah the latest buzz acts and biggest names from across the world of entertainment descend onto the site, with 2,000 acts representing music.

Daily Star Online has picked seven rising artists to take notice of at next year's event.

DO NOTHING

Nottingham four-piece Do Nothing have built a growing reputation across the UK music scene their brand of sharp, new wave art rock.

2018’s singles Handshakes and Waitress were followed by the brilliant Gangs earlier this year.

Frontman Chris Bailey exudes confidence with lyrical dry wit and canny ability to interchange calm with the explosive; think a cross between LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and legendary Talking Heads frontman David Byrne.

Do Nothing have the potential to go all the way.

What to listen to: Do Nothing – Gangs

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DRY CLEANING

South London’s burgeoning scene produced another wonder in the form of Dry Cleaning.

Formed in 2017, the quartet have garnered rave reviews for their output so far, including 2019’s EP Sweet Princess, a gritty slab of modern day punk.

They may be dab hands at performing in the UK’s more personable venues, but it won’t be long until bigger stages await.

They even boast an ode to the Duchess of Sussex called Magic of Meghan. What’s not to love?

What to listen to: Dry Cleaning – Magic of Meghan

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PORRIDGE RADIO

Born in vocalist Dana Margolin’s bedroom, Porridge Radio are DIY melodic post-punk at its finest.

The Brighton four-piece have already shared stages with indie royalty Soccer Mommy, Alex G and Goat Girl but it won’t be long until they’re headlining venues across the UK.

Their lo-fi slacker rock sound harks back to the heady days early 90s Pavement with elements of The Cure thrown in for good measure.

They headline east London’s Redon in Cambridge Heath Road on November 23.

What to listen to: Porridge Radio – Give/Take

HMLTD

HMLTD are destined to breakthrough to the mainstream next year with the release of debut album West of Eden earmarked for February release.

They dropped opening track the West is Dead last week, which the band describes as “not dystopia, but a mirror up to late capitalism”.

Having generated a ton of hype for their dazzling, theatrical live shows, HMLTD’s brand of supersonic glam industrial rock will hook you from the off.

What to listen to: HMLTD – The West is Dead

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FEET

Naming your debut album What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham is a bold move, but a genius one.

Such a is the brilliance of Coventry’s FEET, who are set to take the next 12 months by storm.

Their joyous style of Britpop-inspired rock is both funky and absurd at times, think early Blur with a sprinkle of Frank Zappa.

The buzz is real and FEET could be the surprise package of SXSW.

What to listen to: FEET – Petty Thieving

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THE MURDER CAPITAL

The next big Irish import to hit the wavelengths following Fontaines DC’s breakout this year.

The Murder Capital already have a top 20 album under their belts in the form of August’s release When I Have Fears, produced by the legendary Flood.

Together the five-piece produce a visceral, moody post-punk energy reminiscent of Closer era Joy Division and Savages.

Wonderfully dark and brooding, The Murder Capital are not for the faint hearted.

What to listen to: The Murder Capital – Green & Blue

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BEABADOOBEE

Dirty Hit signee Beabadoobee has picked up an array of big name fans, most notably her label mate Matty Healy of The 1975.

The singer-songwriter told NME earlier this year she was obsessed with Elliot Smith and the late Daniel Johnston, so it’s not surprising another alt-rock legend was name checked in her song I Wish I Was Stephen Malkmus.

Aged just 19, Beabadoobee, whose real name is Bea Kristi, gives a modern day indie twist to American 90s alternative – and she’s already toured with Clairo.

Catch Beabadoobee while you can.

What to listen to: Beabadoobee – I Wish I was Stephen Malkmus

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