SXSW Sydney 2023: A Music Program to Drool Over

SXSW Sydney won’t be able to find a poster big enough for the mother of all line ups!

Prepare for SXSW Sydney 2023, an electrifying blend of art, tech, and innovation. This dynamic event breaks boundaries with a lineup spanning music, gaming, tech, fashion, film, and expert insights.

Let’s dive into the heartbeat of SXSW Sydney and explore the one-of-a-kind music program that’s set to steal the show.

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SXSW Sydney 2023 unfolds with a lineup of impressive showcases hosted by industry giants including APRA-AMCOS, BMI, Dr Martens, Handsome Tours, Laneway Festival, The Orchard, Vans, Virgin Music, Warner Music, and YEG (Indonesia). Together, they’re reshaping the live music experience.

Curated by KOCCA, the British Music Embassy and Korea Spotlight are working to bridge cultural gaps. Festival sponsor Young Henrys adds a vibrant touch with the release of 1 million SXSW Sydney Newtowner tinnies, injecting a refreshing and celebratory vibe into the scene.

Unveiling the Pulse of SXSW Sydney 2023: Key Dates & Events

16-21 Oct: Conference

8-21 Oct: SXSW Sydney 2023 Music Festival

18-21 Oct: Industry networking events and parties

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SXSW Sydney 2023 Opening Party Turns Up the Heat with Flyana Boss (USA) and EKKSTACY (CAN)

Get ready to amplify your senses at the SXSW Sydney 2023 Official Music Festival Opening Party, where the stage will sizzle with the magnetic presence of Flyana Boss hailing from the USA, and the genre-blurring vibes of EKKSTACY representing Canada.

Presented by the innovation trailblazers at Accenture, this explosive combination promises a night of sonic exploration that will redefine what it means to kick-start a festival. With Flyana Boss’s dynamic energy and EKKSTACY’s boundary-pushing beats, buckle up for a wild ride into the heart of musical ingenuity and unforgettable performances.

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Insights and Visionaries: Speakers at SXSW Sydney 2023

SXSW Sydney 2023 brings together a diverse lineup of accomplished speakers and industry leaders. Among the notable figures taking the stage are Annabelle Herd, Ben Gillies (Silverchair), Brooke Boney, Chris Lee, Christian Wilkins, Corey ‘Nooky’ Webster, Derrick Gee, Holly Rankin (aka Jack River), Jan Fran, Marc Fennell, Mitch Tambo, Osher Günsberg, Paul Tollett, Per Sundin, Sean Miyashiro, Serwah Attafuah, Tan France, Wesley Enoch, and Wil Anderson.

This lineup isn’t just a collection of names; it’s an ensemble of minds ready to elevate your understanding, ignite your curiosity, and redefine your creative journey. Get ready to absorb unfiltered insights, raw perspectives, and transformative ideas as these luminaries grace the stage at SXSW Sydney 2023.


Frontline Insights: Panels and Sessions Redefining SXSW Sydney 2023

Dive into a series of enlightening panels and sessions at SXSW Sydney 2023 that promise to keep you at the forefront of thought and innovation. Explore a spectrum of captivating topics, including the evolving music landscape in China, the creative synergy of AI in songwriting, the transparency challenges of Big Tech, the uncharted terrain of brain-computer interfaces, the revolutionary concept of lab-grown meat, the ethical intersections of coexisting with robots, a reality check on the current state of NFTs, the promising horizon of music tech, the emergent voices of blak storytellers, the fascinating convergence of AI and music videos, navigating trademarking in our rapidly evolving world, deciphering the future of love, and much more.

These sessions aren’t just discussions; they’re gateways to fresh perspectives, inspiring ideas, and thought-provoking dialogues that will redefine your understanding of creativity, technology, and the very fabric of our society.

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Diverse Lineup: A diverse ensemble of over 400 acts is poised to seize the spotlight

This year, over 400 artists from around the world will grace the stages of Sydney. From Hotel Mira, to  alt-reggae rock by South Summit, to the alt-indie stylings of grrl gang and Bella Amor, each act offers a unique experience, and we can not wait.

Too whet your appetite we have curated a little list of our favourite bands that you absolutely can’t miss at SXSW Sydney 2023. These artists are not just musicians; they’re creators, storytellers, and visionaries who are pushing the boundaries of their genres and, most importantly, they rock our freaking world.


Charley: Charley’s distinct presence shines through the constantly expanding Sydney pop scene. Hailing from Sydney but with roots in the Gold Coast, this musician is a standout. Fresh from unveiling her mesmerizing debut EP “Timebomb,” Charley’s magnetic charm captivates. The EP, guided by the infectious eponymous track, serves as a compelling testament to the art of fearlessly embracing love, urging listeners to dive headfirst into its irresistible allure.

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Holly Rankin (aka Jack River): An Australian singer-songwriter and producer, Holly Rankin’s music weaves pop elements with introspective storytelling. Her second album, “Endless Summer,” encapsulates her remarkable artistic vision, featuring commanding vocals and uplifting melodies that offer solace amidst life’s chaos.

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Girl and Girl: This dynamic duo, comprising Kai Aubort and ‘Auntie Liss,’ brings a unique blend of garage rock to the stage. Their magnetic performances are fueled by Kai’s stage presence and Auntie Liss’ drumming prowess, capturing the essence of their roots in the early 90s Newtown punk scene.

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South Summit: Emerging from the West Coast of Australia, South Summit unites diverse cultures through their alt-reggae rock sound. Their music is a testament to the power of music in bringing people together, transcending geographical boundaries and differences.


WILDFIRE MANWURRK: Hailing from Stone Country Arnhem Land NT, this band infuses thrashing guitars with traditional songlines, offering a glimpse into their experiences as men navigating culture, chaos, and change.

Daily J

Daily J: This New Zealand band brings indie pop rock stylings to life, capturing the essence of their homeland. Their single “Stay” resonates with audiences, combining sweet vocals with heart-melting guitar riffs.

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Teenage Joans: An Australian indie rock duo with Tahlia Borg on vocals and drums, and Cahli Blakers on vocals and guitar. Their energetic performances are a testament to the power of young talent and creativity.

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Death By Denim: An indie four-piece with honeyed vocals and dreamy synth, Death By Denim’s music is marked by vibrant guitar riffs. Their camaraderie and energy are palpable, making them a must-see on stage.

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0800 Collective: 0800 Collective is all about keeping things fresh. From igniting the local music scene with their track ‘DONDE,’ these boys have surged ahead, conquering stages like Rhythm & Vines, and their journey only continues to flourish.

Check out the full line up of SXSW Sydney below:

From Australia: 1tbsp, Alex Mather, Alter Boy, Andrew Gurruwiwi Band, Ashli, Babitha, Baby Cool, BARKAA, bella amor, BESTIES, Big Words, Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys, Chanel Loren, Charley, Darlinghurst, Dean Brady, Death by Denim, DICE, dust, Dylan Atlantis, Elle Shimada, FRIDAY*, Girl and Girl, GO-JO, Grievous Bodily Calm, Gut Health, IJALE, Isaac Puerile, Kobie Dee, Mali Jo$e, Mia Wray, Mi-Kaisha, Mikayla Pasterfield, Milku, Miss Kaninna, Mitch Santiago, Nick Ward, PANIA, Phoebe Go, POOKIE, Rum Jungle, Shady Nasty, Skeleten, STUMPS, South Summit, SUPEREGO, Teenage Joans, Trophie, Tulliah, Ūla, Velvet Trip, Vv Pete, WILDFIRE MANWURRK

From New Zealand: 0800, 33 Below, ASHY, Daily J, Fazerdaze, Hanbee, Hans., JessB, Jujulipps, Mazbou Q, MELOWDOWNZ, Mim Jensen, Miss June, Molly Payton, Mousey, Paige, PARK RD, Proteins of Magic, RIIKI REID, Soaked Oats, There’s a Tuesday, WHOSHOTSCOTT
From South Korea: ADOY, Hypnosis Therapy, Lil Cherry & GOLDBUUDA

From Indonesia: G.A.C., Grrrl Gang, Isyana Sarasvati
From Malaysia: Lunadira
From UK: Connie Constance, Los Bitchos, Nuha Ruby Ra, Sorry, SixSaidIt (also USA) From USA: almost monday, Flyana Boss, redveil, Rett Smith, Wallice

From Canada: EKKSTACY, Hotel Mira
Buzz artists Flyana Boss (USA) and EKKSTACY (CAN) confirmed to play SXSW Sydney 2023 Official Music Festival

Unmissable speakers and industry leaders, including:

Annabelle Herd, Ben Gillies (Silverchair), Brooke Boney, Chris Lee, Christian Wilkins, Corey ‘Nooky’ Webster, Derrick Gee, Holly Rankin (aka Jack River) Jan Fran, Marc Fennell, Mitch Tambo, Osher Günsberg, Paul Tollett, Per Sundin, Sean Miyashiro, Serwah Attafuah, Tan France, Wesley Enoch, Wil Anderson.

Get ready for an awe-inspiring week that celebrates the convergence of music and innovation. SXSW Sydney 2023 promises to be a mind-blowing experience that will leave you inspired, energized, and yearning for more. More SXSW Sydney info here.