SXSW 2018 - Wednesday - Austin, Texas
South By Southwest
is an industry-focused music conference/festival located in Austin, Texas. An average of 2,200 acts play over a period of five days so it's a great opportunity to watch the latest up and coming music performers from around the world alongside more established bands playing slightly more intimate venues than they are used to.
I spent my Wednesday afternoon hanging out at The Sidewinder, firstly checking out a few acts on their outside stage, including a second outing for Pale Waves and Starcrawler, the latter were probably my favorite act to shoot all week. Frontwoman Arrow De Wilde was such a live wire, you never knew what was coming next, obviously, this made for interesting pictures, making my job a doddle!
The second part of my afternoon was spent indoors, with performances coming from my number one act of the festival, and SXSW "top tip" - Australian singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly, and fellow Aussie G Flip, who'd made a great impression on me the day before.
I'd plundered Spotify and YouTube in the run-up to my Austin soiree, looking for performers that piqued my interest, with Stella a standout, due to her Thrush Metal EP, and her Sidewinder set didn't let me down, with the harrowing 'Boys Will Be Boys' and an adorable version of 'Mean To Me' highlights, with the show from "G" that followed, really cementing a great afternoon, especially her current single 'About You', a track that's been stuck in my head ever since.
I'd originally planned to do a bit of running around in the evening, ending up at Empire Garage, to take in Noah Cyrus's late night set, as part of the Neon Gold Showcase. I popped into the venue early evening while killing time, shooting Great Good Fine OK, noticing they had a photo pit in place, meaning I wouldn't have to squeeze my way to the front to take pictures. As the line up looked decent for the night, including a performance from Kitten, who I hadn't seen live for many years, I decided to stay at the venue for the evening's duration, as I had a decent shooting position, and could relax between sets.
This worked out extremely well, and I was in great spirits by the time Noah arrived, delivering a very decent singles heavy set, including 'All Falls Down' and anthem 'We Are Fucked'!
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