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March 31, 2023

South Australia had its best-ever showing at South By Southwest

Six South Australian bands trekked to Austin, Texas, for the 2023 South by Southwest festival, where they played showcase sets at the Australia House stage.

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  • Words: Liam McMahon
  • Pictures: Marshall Tidrick
  • Image 1: South Australia's 2023 SXSW contingency
  • Image 2: MANE

More South Australian artists than ever before were showcased at this year’s South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) last week in Austin, Texas, highlighting the state’s music talent on the world stage.

Local artists Teenage Joans, Dean Forever, Germein, MANE, PINES and Tushar all performed at the event.

A spokesperson for three-piece MANE, which released ‘Breathing Again’, their first single since 2021, in early March, says the artist played eight SXSW shows in six days, including an impromptu acoustic set after her official showcase was rained out.


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Minister for Arts, Andrea Michaels MP says she’s pleased to see so many South Australian artists at the festival.

“It is incredible to see a record number of South Australian artists showcase their music on such a prominent international stage,” she says.

“We have so much musical talent in South Australia and our Government is committed to supporting our artists and musicians to reach their career aspirations and shine globally – we’ll even help shout them a plane ticket.”

The artists were backed through the Export Contribution Fund, a partnership between the South Australian Government’s Music Development Office and Sounds Australia, which provides a $3,000 contribution to travel costs for eligible artists who receive an official invitation to showcase at SXSW and numerous other international events.

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