‘StubHub Trending’ to Showcase On-the-Rise Talent at SXSW
South by Southwest — the leading-edge convergence of all things tech, film and music that each year fills the clubs and spills out onto the streets of Austin, Texas — has always been about discovery, about turning toward the future.
StubHub Trending should fit right in in 2020.
Returning to SXSW for the sixth straight year, the world’s largest ticket marketplace will host a sonic celebration at Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden, March 18-19, staging some of the industry’s most buzz-worthy bands. Consider StubHub Trending a sneak peek at the future of the music scene, an opportunity to experience up-and-coming artists in a small, intimate venue before they make it big.
“Our goal is to continue to bring fans exclusive access to emerging artists and those who’ve paved the way or forged new ground in recent years,” said StubHub’s Jay Harren.
The two-day showcase is part of the annual COLLiDE on Rainey celebration, which brings more than 100 performers to the storied venues of the Rainey Street Historic District in Downtown Austin, including Bangers, Lustre Pearl, Clive Bar, Drafting Room Container Bar and Idle Hands. StubHub Trending will feature 18 acts, including headliners The Struts and Phantogram, as well as Houndmouth, Sudan Archives and JP Saxe. Sixteen of those acts are either currently on tour or will be taking to the road this spring, including a combined 21 festival appearances.
Judah & the Lion, Black Pumas, Leikeli47 and SONTALK were among those who performed in 2019.
Steeped in the likes of Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Smiths and My Chemical Romance, glam rockers The Struts were formed in the East Midlands of England in 2012. The band — flamboyant frontman Luke Spiller, guitarist Adam Slack, bassist Jed Elliott and drummer Gethin Davies — found career-igniting success with their 2014 studio debut, Everybody Wants, which features the singles “Could Have Been Me” and “Kiss This.” That same year, the foursome opened for some of their early heroes, The Rolling Stones, in front of more than 75,000 fans at Stade de France in Paris. They have since opened for The Who, Guns N’ Roses and Foo Fighters, and have appeared on both Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night with Seth Meyers.
The Struts released Young & Dangerous in 2018, taking the material to live stages throughout the US, UK and Europe.
Multi-instrumentalists/vocalists Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter, the duo collectively known as Phantogram, began honing their self-described “street beat/psych pop” in Upstate New York in 2007.
The band’s 2016 album, Three, debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart and No. 9 on the Billboard 200, buoyed by the singles “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore,” “Run Run Blood,” “Cruel World” and “Same Old Blues.”
No strangers to the festival circuit, Phantogram has performed at Austin City Limits, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Firefly, Bumbershoot and Outside Lands. Their performance at StubHub Trending will come on the heels of their much-anticipated fourth full-length studio release, Ceremony, due out March 6.
Banger’s (79 Rainey Street) — known for its house-made sausages, craft beer and other Texas staples — is one of Austin’s quintessential outdoor music venues. For the day sessions, SXSW attendees should RSVP here. Night sessions are open to SXSW badge and wristband holders on a first-come, first-served basis.
StubHub Trending 2020 Schedule
Wed., March 18
2 p.m. Partner
3 p.m. Great Grandpa
4 p.m. Devon Gilfillian
5 p.m. Overcoats
6 p.m. Night Moves
9 p.m. Stop Light Observations
10 p.m. Houndmouth
11 p.m. White Denim
12 a.m. The Struts
Thurs., March 19
2 p.m. almost monday
3 p.m. Tomar and the FCs
4 p.m. Lunar Vacation
5 p.m. Naia Izumi
6 p.m. JP Saxe
9 p.m. Yumi Zouma
10 p.m. Sudan Archives
11 p.m. 070 Shake
12 a.m. Phantogram