The biggest week of the year for Scottish music outside the UK starts here. Right now, there are 15 Scottish bands on their way to Austin, including Withered Hand*. The final list of all the Scottish gigs is below with a full preview from Uncle Vic.

Dear Scotland will also be teaming up with the brilliant Detour Scotland to bring you some of the best of the festival. Matthew from Song, by Toad will also be here. And Vic is making a documentary. There will be some interruptions to normal service.

For a handy pdf version of the Scottish List below click here (updated March 14).

For an overwhelming pdf version of the latest Ultimate Party List click here (updated March 10).

Vic Galloway at SXSW 2011

With all fingers and toes crossed, 15 Scottish bands (or at least bands with Scottish connections) will be making the mammoth trip to Austin, Texas for this year’s new-music marathon ‘South By South West’. There have been some US visa problems for some solo acts, but we can only hope we see their pasty, wee, Scottish faces in the Texan sunshine this week!

2011 will be my ninth visit to SXSW and that speaks volumes about how much I adore the festival. It is the central, focus-point of the World’s music industry at this time of year and officially has around 1800 artists playing over 4 days and nights. There’s indie, rock, punk, acoustic singer-songwriters, hip-hop crews, electronica producers and everything in between trying to get some well-deserved attention. Bands from all around the world congregate in the ‘Live Music Capital of the World’ for the booze and barbecue-fuelled knees-up, being watched by record companies, publishers, magazines, bloggers, radio and TV stations.

It’s primarily a showcase for new music, but some established names like to strut their stuff and deliver exclusive new material to the masses. It’s not just music-biz folks there either… punters from across the globe make the pilgrimage to see new and old faces play in far more intimate venues than they’re used to. In fact, I quite often meet neighbours from Leith supping margaritas and criss-crossing town to catch their favourites each year. Good on them!

15 bands from the homeland are making the trip this year, and that is some achievement considering the size of our nation. From unsigned noise-mongers, Bronto Skylift through to hotly-tipped Highland songwriter Rachel Sermanni via electro-post-rockers Errors and indie-royalty like Edwyn Collins, there’s a great array of different styles and genres on offer if you’re making the trip and want a taste of Scotland. The whole list of bands and gigs are below, but if you want to see stuff all collected on 2 bills, make sure you head along to:

Showcasing Scotland: Night – Maggie Mae’s – 8pm – 2am – Wednesday 16th March
Showcasing Scotland: Day – Latitude 30 – 2.45 – 6pm – Friday 18th March

I’ll be MC and host for both shows and I’m champing at the bit to get out to Austin once again. Not only that, but I’m presenting a 1 hour long BBC 2 TV documentary on the ‘Scottish Invasion’ that will air towards the end of June/start of July. So, if you can’t make the actual gigs, it’ll be all there for your delectation and enjoyment. Bring it on y’all… yeehaw!”

Scottish Gigs at SXSW 2011

Admiral FallowMarch 15Bat Bar8pmShowcase
Admiral FallowMarch 16 Maggie Mae's12amScottish Showcase
Bronto SkyliftMarch 17Latitude 3012pmdetails
Bronto SkyliftMarch 18Parish Underground11pmShowcase
Dam MantleMarch 18Latitude 303.20pmScottish Day Party
Dam MantleMarch 19Latitude 309pmShowcase
Edwyn CollinsMarch 17French Legation6pmdetails
Edwyn CollinsMarch 17Nuvola12amShowcase
Edwyn CollinsMarch 19Dot Com Day Stage Austin Convention Center2pmdetails
Erland and the CarnivalMarch 16Club De Ville8pmShowcase
Erland and the CarnivalMarch 17Dot Com Day Stage Austin Convention Center12pmdetails
Erland and the CarnivalMarch 17Maggie Mae’s1amShowcase
Erland and the CarnivalMarch 18Redeye SXSW Party1.20pmdetails
ErrorsMarch 16Maggie Mae’s10pmScottish Showcase
ErrorsMarch 17Latitude 301.20amShowcase
Jon FratelliMarch 18Mellow Johnny'stbcCANCELLED
Jon FratelliMarch 18Latitude 305.20pmCANCELLED
Jon FratelliMarch 18Stephen F’s Bar1.15amCANCELLED
Kid CanaveralMarch 16Maggie Mae’s9pmScottish Showcase
Kid CanaveralMarch 18Red House Pizzeria12pmdetails
Kid CanaveralMarch 19Waterloo Cyclestbcdetails
Kid CanaveralMarch 19Fadotbcdetails
King CreosoteMarch 17Emo's Main Room8pmShowcase
King CreosoteMarch 18Latitude 304.40pmScottish Day Party
PopupMarch 16Texas Arthouse2.30pmdetails
PopupMarch 16Maria's Taco Express7pmdetails
PopupMarch 17420 Spot5.30pmdetails
PopupMarch 18Lovely-resale Boutique7pmdetails
PopupMarch 1851210pmShowcase
PopupMarch 19Kaos Headquarters3pmdetails
Rachel SermanniMarch 16Klub Krucial10pmShowcase
Rachel SermanniMarch 18Latitude 304.00pmScottish Day Party
Twilight SadMarch 16Maggie Mae’s1amScottish Showcase
Twilight SadMarch 19Homeslice Pizza1pmdetails
Twin AtlanticMarch House4pmdetails
Twin AtlanticMarch 16Maggie Mae’s11pmScottish Showcase
Unicorn KidMarch 17The Phoenix10pmShowcase
Unicorn KidMarch 18Latitude 302.45pmScottish Day Party
Veronica FallsMarch 16Beauty Bar 11pmShowcase
Veronica FallsMarch 18End of an Ear Instores12pmdetails
Veronica FallsMarch 19Latitude 3010pmShowcase
Withered HandMarch 16Emo's Annex12pmdetails
Withered HandMarch 16Maggie Mae’s8pmScottish Showcase
Withered HandMarch 17End of an Ear Records1pmdetails
Withered HandMarch 17Waterloo Cycles3pmdetails

* Withered Hand’s visa troubles now resolved. Full story here. Dam Mantle?

For a full list of all the Scottish artists who had planned to attend, including those that are no longer mentioned above, see this article.

The official SXSW list is here if you want to trawl through it.

Any other shows that we become aware of will be added in the comments below.


Also on tour this week: Mogwai, Fran Healy, Belle and Sebastian, Fish, Average White Band, Glasvegas, Rustie and KT Tunstall.

Check out Vic on BBC Radio every week:
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Dear Scotland at South by Southwest 2010 (part 1)

Dear Scotland at South by Southwest 2010 (part 2)

Scotland on Tour this week

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