Earlier this week, Creative Scotland revealed that they would be supporting five Scottish bands and three DJs to attend this year’s SXSW Music festival in Austin. We can also add The Waterboys’ Mike Scott, Frightened Rabbit and more to the list of Scottish acts who’ll be there. Full list below:

So Creative Scotland have announced that The View, Camera Obscura, Young Fathers, PAWS, Kassidy, Jackmaster and JD Twitch and JG Wilkes from Optimo would be receiving some financial support to attend the festival and that, independently, Holy Esque, Tango in the Attic, and Chvrches, will also perform at the Showcasing Scotland event or in other venues during the festival.

A trawl through the hundreds of other bands that are now announced reveals that, as I previously deduced, Frightened Rabbit will return for their 4th SXSW and Edinburgh’s Mike Scott (with guest Steve Wickham) will also attend.

In past years, the full SXSW band list has included the home country of each artist in parentheses, which made the trawl for Scottish bands a lot easier. This year for whatever reason, they’ve just gone alphabetical. So it’s possible there could be some other Scottish bands that I’ve missed. If anyone can be arsed to do their own search and let me know then feel free.

My brief search did however reveal the following bands with Scottish connections: Duologue, who apparently met while at Edinburgh University, and Brainticket, an experimental krautrock band who originally formed in 1968, consisting of members of Belgian, Swiss, Scottish, and German descent! Though an argument could be made for including these bands on our Scottish list, (see the rules set forth in the “Are They Really Scottish List“), I’ve left them off for now.

Note since the last update on December 12, Bwani Junction and Washington Irving have dropped off the official list. Hopefully they’ll be back next year.

Full List of Attending Scottish Artists:

Admiral Fallow (added Jan 21 thanks to comment below)

Camera Obscura


Frightened Rabbit

Holy Esque


JD Twitch

JG Wilkes



Mike Scott

Tango in the Attic

The View

Young Fathers

More on this, including the details of the Showcasing Scotland gigs, closer to the time.



Photo Credit: Paul Mac Manus