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South By Southwest

SXSW Starts to Name Names for 2006 Festival

The South by Southwest Music Festival has begun to announce the line up for its 2006 show, due to take place in March in Austin, Texas. There have been over 800 names announced with more promised as they are confirmed. SXSW is one of the biggest festival/conference outings in the U.S., and they are backing that with a line up that matches the name with quality.

SXSW is continuing on its path to integrate some very well known names in its festival, without making it an over the top mainstream affair. Names so far include , Echo & The Bunnymen, Mogwai, Of Montreal, Beth Orton, Arab Strap, Robert Pollard, Portastatic, Animal Collective, and Belle & Sebastian.

There's also a heady mix of bands set to break in 2006, like Celebration, Metric, The Plastic Constellations, Rocky Votolato, and Wolf And Cub.

SXSW has the luxury of not only being one of the first festival / conference deals of the year but also one of the biggest. This is the gathering that shapes the rest of the year... check out anyone who will be somebody in 2006 at SXSW. It's a week of shows, discussion panels, schmoozing, new bands, schmoozing, drunkeness while trying to schmooze, etc.

The keynote speaker will be Neil Young, who'll be sharing the stage with Jonathan Demme, who directed a film on Neil Young titled Heart of Gold. And lo and behold, that very film is playing at the SXSW Film Festival. These SXSW guys are good. Other speakers include Judy Collins, Kris Kristofferson, and Billy Bragg.


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