TGTF Guide to SXSW 2016: Scottish artists showcasing at this year’s SXSW

By on Wednesday, 9th March 2016 at 1:00 pm

SXSW 2016 is set to feature a wide array of musicians from Scotland, ranging from reggae (yes, reggae!) to hard rock, and covering almost everything in between. We’ve already introduced indie pop group The Spook School and punk-grunge duo WOMPS as our Bands to Watch #369 and #370. Read on for what else Scotland plans to bring to Austin this year…

Synth rockers Holy Esque (pictured at top) are on the SXSW lineup again, for what will be their fourth consecutive year. They made their first appearance in 2013 on the strength of their self-titled debut EP. This year, they head across the pond with a full LP, ‘At Hope’s Ravine’. In addition to their SXSW showcases, Holy Esque are planning a full UK tour in support of ‘At Hope’s Ravine’, including a scheduled appearance at The Great Escape festival in Brighton in May. You can find our previous coverage of Holy Esque, including SXSW shows from 2014 and 2015, right here.

Pop singer/songwriter KLOE will make her first appearance at SXSW this spring after signing to Los Angeles record label IAMSOUND, who have hosted the likes of Florence + the Machine and Charli XCX. The slow, sultry dance beat and slick production of KLOE’s current single ‘Touch’ will immediately appeal to Ellie Goulding fans, who might hear a certain similarity in KLOE’s vocal delivery.


Dundee alt-rock five-piece The Mirror Trap are so excited for their trip to Austin this spring that they chose to premiere their track ‘New Trance’ in conjunction with their SXSW Showcasing Artist announcement. Describing themselves as “Unsigned. Majorly.”, the band self-released their album ‘Stay Young’ in February 2014 and an EP called ‘Silent Men’ a year later. If you’re new to The Mirror Trap, you can have a listen to the title track from that EP just below.


Mungo’s Hi Fi are described in their SXSW artist profile as “a reggae soundsystem from Glasgow”. They have been together over 10 years, touring in the UK and throughout Europe, as well as establishing their own dedicated label, Scotch Bonnet Records. They count among their influences both traditional Jamaican music and British dance tracks.

Post-grunge trio Pinact bring their fuzzed-out guitar melodies to Austin ahead of their April headline dates in the UK. They recently premiered the following new video for ‘Up and Down’, taken from their debut LP ‘Stand Still and Rot’, which was released last spring on Kanine Records.


Electro musician and producer Graeme Clark released his own debut album in 2015, under the moniker The Revenge. ‘Love That Will Not Wait’ came out last year on Clark’s label Roar Groove, and he is expected to follow it with not one but two new EPs in 2016. You can sample his SXSW featured track ‘Just One Touch’ just below.


Punk trio Baby Strange, indie rockers Washington Irving and dance pop group WHITE appear to have cancelled their trips to Austin this year. Announced as showcasing artists early in the process, none of the three bands are listed on the official SXSW schedule as of this writing. Filling the gaps are two late additions to the SXSW docket, electronic duo The Blessings and DJ Eclair Fifi. Comprising Dominic Flannigan and Martyn Flyn, The Blessings run their own record label called Lucky Me. Eclair Fifi is the nom de plume of Clair Stirling, who is a visual artist and fashion designer as well as a regular contributor to Lucky Me projects.

Please note: all information we bring you about SXSW 2016 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts and artists and bands scheduled to appear may be subject to change. To learn when your favourite artist is playing in Austin, we recommend you first consult the official SXSW schedule, then stop by the artist’s Facebook and official Web site for details of any non-official SXSW appearances.

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