Strong Norwegian presence at SXSW

No less than 14 Norwegian acts are set to perform at the upcoming showcase festival South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.

Emil Nikolaisen bylarm 2006 (Foto: Kimm Saatvedt)

South By Southwest in Austin, Texas is a major festival, showcasing forum and tradeshow for the North American (and to a growing extent also the international) music industry. From March 10 to 19 more than 15 000 participants gather in Texas for conferences, panel discussions, tradeshow marketing, networking and to see bands live at Austin’s club stages.

These are the Norwegian acts confirmed for South by Southwest 2007:

Ane Brun

Animal Alpha


Green Carnation

Grand Island

Hurra Torpedo

Leif Inge


New Violators

Serena Maneesh

The Jessica Fletchers

The Real Ones

Thomas Dybdahl


Since its birth in 1987, South by Southwest has grown both in size and status and is now the North American music industry’s most important forum. SXSW 2006 will also see a Scandinavian initiative with a joint stand and showcases. Music Export Norway is the co-ordinator for the Norwegian participation that is as strong as last year’s muscle flexing event.

SXSW showcases hundreds of musical acts from around the globe on fifty stages in downtown Austin. By day, conference registrants do business in the SXSW Trade Show in the Austin Convention Center and partake of a full agenda of informative, provocative panel discussions featuring hundreds of speakers of international stature.

Over 1200 acts showcased last year before more than 8000 registrants from all over the world. Pop, jazz, country, blues, reggae, hip hop, electronica - every imaginable style of music, from nearly every continent - is represented each night at over 50 of Austin's premier stages, many within walking distance of one another. By day, the music industry's most accomplished and creative personalities collaborated, argued, and shared their experiences in dozens of panels, workshops, interviews, and meetings.

Bare SXSW facts
• Showcasing Acts: 1279
• Music Venues Participating: 60
• Music Conference Participants: 7,213 (with band registrations 8,195)
• Approximate Number of Music Media in Attendance: 1,595
• Approximate Number of Music Trade Show Attendees: 10,000
• Number of Music Trade Show Exhibitors: 175

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