SXSW Just Revealed Their First 2022 Music Artists, And We Can’t Wait

SXSW 2019, photo by Adam Kissick

There’s been a lot of “returning to normal” as 2021 progresses, but in the latest sign of some semblance of real, true normalcy, it’s SXSW’s official announcement of the first round of its musical program for next year.

Almost as expected from previous years, the Austin-based festival has announced that over 200 artists are set to perform at the SXSW Music Festival, which runs from March 14-20, 2022. This will be the first year of the festival and the conference since its 2022 event, after the pandemic forced SXSW to scrap the festivities and hold a virtual event in 2020 and 2021, respectively.

As we mentioned earlier, SXSW was among the first big events of 2020 canceled as Covid-19 began to spread around the world in February and March last year, with mounting pressure on those responsible for the city and the festival organizers just days before the scheduled start of the event. The event traditionally brings together thousands of artists, speakers, panelists, actors, filmmakers, creatives, tech leaders, activists and more, in addition to tens of thousands of attendees from around the world.

Some of the first musical groups confirmed in 2022 include Maxo Kream, Aeon Station, CHAII, Delta Spirit, Ezra Furman, Claud, Elephant Stone, Hoodlum, MC Yallah, Surfbort, GRAE, James Hersey, Don Lifted, KAINA, Jockstrap, Gully Boys, REYNA, Poppy Ajudha and more.

Over the past few years, SXSW has revealed a first set of acts in October, a second before the winter holiday season, a third in January or February, and smaller additions to the lineup in the weeks leading up to the event. Of March. Of course, the lineup is always subject to change, and with such a big festival, it will likely be updated.

Discover below the first confirmed artists.

2nd year (Philadelphia PA)
49 Winchester (Castlewood VA)
A giant dog (Austin TX)
Abigail Lapell (Toronto CANADA)
Adam Ostrar (Austin Texas)
Aeon Station (Ocean City NJ)
Aertex (Washington DC)
Alex Dupree (Austin Texas)
Alien Tango (Murcia SPAIN)
ANAVITÓRIA (São Paulo BRAZIL)
Andrea Cruz (Puerto Rico PUERTO RICO)
Angelica Rahe (Austin Texas)
Antti Paalanen (Kokkola FINLAND)
Arp Frique (Amsterdam NETHERLANDS)
Art by Ecco (Victoria CANADA)
Authentically made of plastic (Kampala UGANDA)
Ava Vegas (Berlin GERMANY)
Babehoven (Hudson NY)
Bandicoot (Swansea UK-WALES)
Beauty Sleep (Derry UK-N. IRELAND)
Being Dead (Austin TX)
Bendigo Fletcher (Louisville KY)
Big Bill (Austin Texas)
BLACKSTARKIDS (Kansas City MO)
Blunt Bangs (Athens GA)
Blushing (Austin TX)
Body wash (Montreal CANADA)
Boulevards (Raleigh NC)
Bread Pilot (Seattle WA)
Breanna Barbara (Far Rockaway NY)
Brigid Mae Power (Galway IRELAND)
Buffalo Hunt (Austin TX)
Buffalo Nichols (Austin Texas)
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard (Cardiff UK-WALES)
Caleb DeCasper (Austin Texas)
CHAII (Auckland NEW ZEALAND)
Charlotte Cornfield (Toronto CANADA)
Chief Cleopatra (Austin TX)
China Bears (Guildford UK-ENGLAND)
Claire Rousay (San Antonio Texas)
Claude (Highland Park Illinois)
COBRAH (Stockholm SWEDEN)
Coco & Clair Clair (Atlanta GA)
Congee (London UK-ENGLAND)
Constant Follower (Stirling UK-SCOTLAND)
Corook (Nashville, TN)
Couch Prints (New York NY)
Creamer (Nashville TN)
Handcuffed (Los Angeles CA)
Mackey’s Curse (Austin TX)
Dan Bettridge (Cardiff UK-Wales)
Danielle Ponder (Rochester NY)
DEETRANADA (Baltimore MD)
Delta Spirit (Los Angeles, California)
Desperate Journalist (London UK-ENGLAND)
Devin Shaffer (Chicago, IL)
Diamante Perez (Wichita KS)
Dig Nitty (Brooklyn NY)
DJ DIAKI (Sanankoroba MALI)
Doeman (Houston Texas)
Donation raised (Memphis TN)
Donna Blue (Utrecht NETHERLANDS)
DUMA (Nairobi KENYA)
Beat music by Ed Schrader (Baltimore MD)
Elephant Stone (Montreal CANADA)
Eli Winter (Chicago, IL)
Enjoyable Listens (Oxford UK-ENGLAND)
Enumclaw (Tacoma WA)
Estereomance (El Paso TX)
Evicshen (San Francisco CA)
Ezra Furman (Chicago, IL)
Family Jools (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Fearful (Oakland CA)
Flossing (Brooklyin NY)
Flower (New York NY)
Geese (Brooklyn NY)
Gewalt (Berlin GERMANY)
GIFT (Brooklyn NY)
Glass Spells (San Diego CA)
Go Fever (Austin TX)
Goodbye Honolulu (Toronto CANADA)
Goya Gumbani (London UK-ENGLAND)
Grace Cummings and her band (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
GRAE (Toronto CANADA)
Graham Reynolds (Austin Texas)
Graham Reynolds and the Golden Arm Trio (Austin TX)
Greyhounds (Austin TX)
Guapo (Houston Texas)
Gully Boys (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Gustave (New York NY)
HAEPAARY (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Hamish Hawk (Edinburgh UK-SCOTLAND)
Haru Nemuri (Yokohama JAPAN)
Henry Brun and the Latin Playerz (San Antonio TX)
HMLTD (London UK-ENGLAND)
Holly Macve (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
HOODLUM (San Antonio TX)
Rider (Chicago IL)
Hrishikesh Hirway (Los Angeles, California)
India Ramey (Nashville, TN)
J Soulja (Austin Texas)
Jacks Haupt (Dallas TX)
James Hersey (Vienna AUSTRIA)
James McMurtry (Austin Texas)
Gene Loves Jezebel by Jay Aston / Acoustic (London UK-ENGLAND)
Jay Wood (Winnipeg CANADA)
Jekyll (Blackpool UK-ENGLAND)
Jo Schornikow (Melbourne AUSTRALIA)
Jockstrap (London UK-ENGLAND)
JOPLYN (Berlin GERMANY)
Joshua Hedley (Nashville, TN)
Junaco (Los Angeles, California)
KABEAUSHÉ (Nairobi KENYA)
KAINA (Chicago, IL)
Kampire (Kampala UGANDA)
Katy J Pearson (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Katy Kirby (Austin Texas)
KAWALA (London UK-ENGLAND)
Kevin Galloway (Austin Texas)
Kiana V (Manila PHILIPPINES)
Kompas Trio (Santo Domingo DOMINICAN REPUBLIC)
Korine (Philadelphia PA)
Kristeen Young (New York NY)
Kristin Hersh (Providence RI)
Kyle Kidd (Cleveland Ohio)
Laura Lee & the Jettes (Berlin GERMANY)
Lauren Auder (Albi FRANCE)
Lee Bains + The Glory Fires (Birmingham AL)
Dropping Despite Big Flaws (Austin TX)
Linqua Franqa (Athens GA)
Little Mazarn (Austin TX)
Hour of Life (Winnipeg CANADA)
Logan Lynn (Portland OR)
Lord Friday the 13th (Austin TX)
Lucy Gooch (Bristol UK-ENGLAND)
Luna Luna (Dallas Texas)
Lunar Vacation (Atlanta GA)
Mace The Great (Cardiff UK-WALES)
MAITA (Portland OR)
Mandy, Indiana (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Maria BC (San Francisco CA)
Mariangela (San Antonio Texas)
Marina Allen (Los Angeles, CA)
Mark Burgess of The Chameleons UK (Manchester UK-ENGLAND)
Marta Del Grandi (Milan ITALY)
Mattiel (Atlanta GA)
Maxo Kream (Houston Texas)
MC Yallah (Kampala UGANDA)
Me Rex (London UK-ENGLAND)
Meatraffle (London UK-ENGLAND)
MENZI (Durban SOUTH AFRICA)
Mister Goblin (Bloomington IN)
Mobley (Austin Texas)
Monaleo (Houston Texas)
Moon Panda (Copenhagen DENMARK)
Moriah Bailey (OK Oklahoma City)
My idea (New York NY)
Native Sun (Brooklyn NY)
Neighbor (Atlanta GA)
NewDad (Galway IRELAND)
Nuevo (Austin Texas)
Nuha Ruby Ra (London UK-ENGLAND)
Number One Popstar (Los Angeles CA)
ONO (Chicago, IL)
Ouri (Montreal CANADA)
Pachyman (Los Angeles, CA)
PACKAGES (Ottawa CANADA)
Paisley Fields (Brooklyn NY)
PASTEL GHOST (Austin TX)
Paul Jacobs (Montreal CANADA)
Country P. (Paris FRANCE)
Penelope Isles (Brighton UK-ENGLAND)
Phobophobes (London UK-ENGLAND)
Plato III (Abilene TX)
Polyplastic (Los Angeles CA)
Pom Poko (Oslo NORWAY)
Poppy Ajudha (London UK-ENGLAND)
Portrait XO (Los Angeles CA)
Priya Ragu (St. Gallen SWITZERLAND)
PYNKIE (Jersey City NJ)
Renee Reed (Lafayette LA)
Rett Smith (Austin Texas)
REYNA (Milwaukee WI)
RF Shannon (Lockhart TX)
Riley Downing (Kansas City MO)
Ringo Deathstarr (Austin TX)
Roan Yellowthorn (Camden ME)
Roller Derby (Hamburg GERMANY)
Rosegarden Funeral Party (Dallas TX)
Ruby (Dumfries UK-SCOTLAND)
Ryder L’Aigle (Toulouse FRANCE)
Salt Cathedral (Bogotá COLOMBIA)
Sara King (Dallas Texas)
Sarah Kinsley (New York NY)
Sarpa Salpa (Northampton UK-ENGLAND)
Savak (Brooklyn NY)
Shawn James (Seattle, Washington)
Synthetic Silver (New Orleans LA)
Mister Woman (Austin TX)
Skirts (Dallas TX)
Coal (Chicago IL)
Sonoda (Los Angeles California)
Sour Widows (Oakland CA)
Star Parks (Austin TX)
Stella Sommer (Berlin GERMANY)
Strawberry Guy (Liverpool UK-ENGLAND)
Sun June (Austin TX)
Surfbort (Los Angeles CA)
Tagua Tagua (Sao Paulo BRAZIL)
Taipei Houston (San Francisco CA)
Counts (Toronto CANADA)
Teenage Halloween (Asbury Park NJ)
TEKE::TEKE (Montreal CANADA)
Novella TV (Lockhart TX)
Temperaments (New York NY)
THALA (Berlin GERMANY)
Thallo (Penygroes UK-WALES)
The Americans (Los Angeles CA)
The Wicked Man (Minneapolis MN)
The Chris Lee Band (New Orleans LA)
The Deer (Austin TX)
The Pink Stones (Athens GA)
Red Pears (El Monte CA)
The Royston Club (Wrexham UK-WALES)
You Sacred Souls (San Diego CA)
Tiarra Girls (Austin TX)
Tino Drima (Los Angeles, CA)
Tomar and the CF (Austin TX)
Tunic (Winnipeg CANADA)
Twin Tribes (Brownsville TX)
Vic Santoro (London UK-ENGLAND)
Glassy Humor (Lawrence KS)
WITCH (We intend to cause havoc)
(Lusaka ZAMBIA)
Walt Disco (Glasgow UK-SCOTLAND)
WANDERERS (Adelaide AUSTRALIA)
WARFIELD (Los Angeles CA)
Wargasm (London UK-ENGLAND)
Water From Your Eyes (Brooklyn NY)
Why Bonnie (Austin TX)
Wombo (Louisville KY)
XIXA (Tucson AZ)
Y2K92 (Seoul SOUTH KOREA)
Yard Act (Leeds UK-ENGLAND)