LNSource: The Acts To See At SXSW 2018

Written by Megan Snell / March 12, 2018

It’s that time of year again – the music industry has descended upon Austin, Texas for nine days of incredible new music at SXSW Festival 2018.

We’ve handpicked the acts we think you’d be mad to miss from this year’s mammoth line-up, and if you're staying at home, we've let you know where you can catch each of them live in the UK!


Pale Waves describe their music as "nineties inspired indie-pop feels, drenched in reverb and glitter". They're signed to Dirty Hit Records (home of The 1975 & Wolf Alice), and have spent the first part of the year making the BBC Music Sound Of 2018 longlist and dropping their ace debut EP ‘All The Things I Never Said’.

Catch them live at London’s Heaven on 24th May. TICKETS.


Mallrat is the alias for 19-year-old Grace Shaw, a Brisbane songwriter winning over legions of fans with her refreshingly honest observations of day-to-day life, her relatable and confessional lyrics, and her penchant for cooking up simple yet sticky melodies.

Catch her live at our free new music night SOURCE at The Old Blue Last, London on 29th March. TICKETS.


Emerging Indiana-based band Durand Jones and the Indications have developed a loyal following around their soulful melodies and retro Otis Redding/James Brown-esque vibes since sharing their eponymous debut album on Colemine Records.

Catch the soul sensations on tour across the UK in May. TICKETS.


Sydney outfit Gang of Youths have been winning over bigger and bigger audiences with their anthemic indie-rock based around frontman’s David Le’aupepe’s reflections on life, love and loss.

See them live across the UK in May! TICKETS.


Canadian electro-pop duo Milk & Bone serve up electronic textures and layered synths as the background to lyrics that explore the darker aspects of love, friendship and lust. They’ve just released their sophomore album ‘Deception Bay’ – listen to the lead single here:

Milk & Bone take over Camden Assembly for a headline show in September. TICKETS.


Five years on from releasing their last album ‘Threads’, Minneapolis indie poppers Now, Now have made their long-awaited return as a duo with a string of new material and the announce of upcoming album ‘Saved’.

Catch them live in Bristol and Birmingham in May! TICKETS.


Championed by the likes of radio giant Triple J for his brand of sombre folk and dynamic live shows, emerging Melbourne singer-songwriter Didirri spent 2017 tearing up the festival circuit, supporting Tash Sultana, The Jezabels and The Temper Trap, and headlining a sold-out Shacklewell Arms in London. With a debut EP on the cards, we can’t wait to see what 2018 brings!

See Didirri live at Servant Jazz Quarters, London on 21st May! TICKETS.

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