SXSW 2016 - Saturday - Austin, Texas
South By South West
is an industry-based music conference/festival located in Austin, Texas. An average of 2,500 bands play over a period of five days so it's a great opportunity to watch the latest up and coming acts from around the world alongside more established bands playing slightly more intimate venues than they are used to.
SX Saturday is always a lazy affair, with endless venue hopping the last thing on your mind.
I didn't actually have much planned for the day, bar taking in an afternoon talk from Kelly Rowland at Austin Convention Centre and a performance from Country songstress Margo Price a couple of hours later.
I decided to start my day at the Center, viewing a couple of sets from Barcelona's Sara Pi and US rapper Kat Dahlia, while waiting for Miss Rowland.
Kelly Rowland's interview covered her own career, also focusing on the lack of Girl Groups in the US, with her new TV show Chasing Destiny hoping to solve the problem, with Kelly going on a quest to find the next big female superstar group.
I had forgotten how tiny the indoor space at Cheer Up Charlie's actually was, so it was a real squeeze getting anywhere near the front for Japanese Breakfast.
Luckily the crowds dispersed slightly between acts, so I was able to grab a front row spot for Margo Price's performance, my second set of the week from the Country singer. Margo's just released her debut album Midwest Farmer's Daughter, with her exceptional Charlie's set pulled from the collection.
I hung around for one song from Mothers after Margo, heading back to the Convention Center to decide how to spend my last Austin evening.
I really couldn't decide what to view, as there were no major acts playing, so nothing jumped out at me. Luckily I had overlooked a show at The Paramount Theatre, featuring Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Josh Osbourne, as part of the CMA Songwriters Series.
The event consisted of the three songwriters taking about their work, with each singer taking turns to perform one of their tracks acoustically, backed by the others. It was a really relaxing and informative event, and ended up being one of my highlights of the week.
Shane McNally, Kacey Musgraves + Josh Osbourne
My final SX venue was St David's Historic Sanctuary, killing time for an hour or so before watching Austin's Wild Child. A friend had recommended them as the "Best Band Ever". I wouldn't go that far, but it was an enjoyable way to end my Austin trip.
The church setting meant the congregation were fairly muted during the majority of the set, bar a few heads bobbing, and a couple of people dancing, but the band invited everyone to get on their feet for their last two numbers, leading to a surge down the front, that saw the Wild Child fans getting really wild!
I've given the band's latest album Fools a few plays since SX, appreciating it immensely. So I'm sure my second WC show will impress way more, whenever that may be.