SXSW's first lineup announcement features 9 Korean acts.

SXSW's first lineup announcement features 9 Korean acts.

International live music juggernaut, South By Southwest have announced their first lineup this morning and we’re pleased to say that South Korea features heavily on there.

Anyone who’s interested in live music will be aware of SXSW now. The 2018 installment of the Austin-based, trend setting festival will take place in March and will feature a countless number of new bands as well as established acts.

This morning they revealed the first 200 hundred performers signed on to play at SXSW 2018, an impressive 9 of which are from South Korea.

They’ve largely drawn from Korea’s burgeoning urban scene with the likes of Sik-k, Jay Park, pH-1 and (KSM favorite) Keith Ape.

They’ve also added the ever-excellent Say Sue Me to their lineup. The Busan-based surf rock band have been making waves (sorry) with their upbeat summery sound. They’ve been a featured artist on the BBC, Bandcamp and Spotify and they’re planning to roll this success forward with a SXSW performance.

Ethereal dream-pop singer CIFIKA will also be playing live. Having been performing in her hometown of Seoul for a while, CIFIKA recently featured on Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival. Her 2016 INTELLIGENTSIA is a well-crafted and richly produced pop album and is well worth checking out.

Interestingly, there are two acts on the lineup that have incorporated traditional Korean music into their work. Luna Lee cover classic rock songs such as Dire Straits, Rolling Stones, and Pink Flloyd but does so using a traditional Korean string-instrument called a Gayageum. Eccentric rock band SsingSsing combine a very contemporary, art-driven sound with an authentic, traditional Korean vocal styles. This band are notorious for their freaky live performances so if you make it to SXSW, these are a must-see.

This is only the first announcement and we hope this trend of Korean-acts in great spots will continue when SXSW roll out more names.

For all of the bands announced, click here.

Ducktails are playing in Seoul and tickets go on sale today.

Ducktails are playing in Seoul and tickets go on sale today.

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J.Knife is producing sophisticated folk-pop way beyond her years.