SXSW open applications to Irish artists for 2016


The application process for the next year’s SXSW music & film festival in Austin, Texas is now open for Irish acts.

The legendary annual music festival will take place from Tuesday, March 15 through Sunday, March 20, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Previous Irish artists to have played SXSW include September Girls, Fight Like Apes, Meltybrains?, Buffalo Sunn, Girl Band, Dott & more.

For full information on how to apply for SXSW 2016, see the festival’s press release below.

South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference and Festival is now accepting applications for artists to perform at the world famous SXSW Music Festival at []. SXSW Music takes place Tuesday, March 15 through Sunday, March 20, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

Showcasing at SXSW means performing in one of Austin’s famous live music venues, for over 30,000 industry representatives and fellow musicians combined, plus nearly 3,000 media members and thousands of fans in attendance. Artists can apply for the opportunity to play with acts from all over world. Of the 2,200-plus showcasing artists in 2015, nearly 600 international acts performed, representing 62 different countries.

By opening the application process earlier, we aim to give more attention to each applicant and notify bands of their status sooner than in previous years. SXSW hosts acts in every stage of their development, including music legends such as Dave Grohl, Stevie Nicks, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, LL Cool J, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and Depeche Mode. Join the ranks of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mumford and Sons, Florence and The Machine, Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar, The Strokes and so many more, by benefiting from career changing exposure and publicity provided by the amazing mix of influential participants who attend SXSW every year. Sonicbids is the exclusive online musical event submission platform of the 2015 SXSW Music Festival. To apply, go to [].

All applications must be submitted no later than October 23, 2015. Application fees are $33 for early submissions, $45 for applications submitted after September 11, 2015.

The South by Southwest® Music and Media Conference (SXSW®) is a six-day professional meeting held every March in Austin for members of the regional, national, and international music industry. The daytime sessions–attended by 28,000 registrants and showcasing artists – includes scores of panels, workshops and other meetings covering relevant music industry topics and issues as well as a large multi-industry trade show exhibition. Evenings are devoted to the SXSW Music Festival, which showcases over 2000 acts — from unsigned hopefuls to rising major label acts. Altogether, SXSW presents unmatched networking opportunities, career-building conference programming and over 100 stages of music for showcasing bands and conference attendees. The 2016 event takes place March 15 – 20, 2016. For more information, please visit

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