SXSW 2020 (Schedule, Fest Cancellation & More)

Austin, TX: South by Southwest 2020 may be canceled, but you can still see Backseat Soundtrack LIVE during SXSW music week. The Austin, TX, rock band has three showcases booked, with more shows potentially added in the coming weeks.

UPDATE: All shows during SXSW 2020 have been cancelled due to CDC and Government recommendations over the COVID-19.

SXSW 2020 Schedule

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Backseat Soundtrack performing at Mohawk Austin

Currently, the band has 3 confirmed shows scheduled for the week of SXSW (March 16-22). With the cancellation of the festival, these shows are subject to change, and new shows may be added.

Show 1 – Red Gorilla Music Fest at Parlor and Yard

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Austin’s Red Gorilla Music Fest is a long-running local music festival – Image from

Red Gorilla Music Fest is a large music festival that operates independent of SXSW. The Festival hosts bands from across the globe at dozens of venues throughout Austin, TX. Backseat Soundtrack will be performing at Parlor and Yard, an upscale downtown music venue located on W 6th St.

Location: Parlor and Yard, 601 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701
Time: May 20th, 2:00pm-2:40pm
Full Lineup: TBA

Show 2 – Unofficial SXSW Showcase at Independence Brewing Co

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Image from Facebook

Pull String Events, LLC organized a strong lineup of up-and-coming local bands for a showcase at Independence Brewing Co.

Location: Independence Brewing Co., 3913 Todd Ln #607, Austin, TX 78744
Time: May 20th, 5:00pm-5:40pm
Full Lineup: TBA

Show 3 – Unofficial SXSW Showcase at Thicket Live Music Series

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Thicket Live Music Series is hosted by Technicolor Booking

This live music series at Thicket Food Park features tons of incredible musical acts from across the state of Texas. This events is family friendly, BYOB, and offers a lots of options for food.

Location: Thicket Food Park, 7800 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78745
Time: May 21st, 11:30am-8:45pm (BSS performs 4:15pm-5:00pm)
Full Lineup:

  • 11:30AM Pastime (Houston)
  • 12:15pm The Band GOOD.
  • 1pm The Randease
  • 1:45pm Sage Suede
  • 2:30pm Midnights Bleeding Heart
  • 3:15pm Nilsa Umbre
  • 4:15pm Backseat Soundtrack
  • 5:15pm The Discount Pills
  • 6pm Dillon Biggs
  • 6:45pm MARY MOORE(TN)
  • 7:30pm The Maples
  • 8:15pm The Tom Littlejohn Band
  • 8:45pm Beans Brown and the Letdowns

SXSW 2020 Canceled – What Happened?

Due to fears over the coronavirus outbreak, the City of Austin decided to cancel South by Southwest 2020, and the festival organizers complied. The SXSW festival brings thousands of visitors to Austin, TX, including…

  • musicians
  • actors
  • music industry professionals
  • tech workers & CEOs
  • festival wristband holders
  • SXSW volunteers

The Austin community is expected to lose out on $350,000,000 in SXSW-related business according to a PredictHQ report. These losses will surely hit Austin institutions like restaurants, shops, music venues, and transportation services.

What is Next for after SXSW?

After a week of shows, the band will be releasing their first single since changing the band name from MVF to Backseat Soundtrack. The single is titled “Freezing” and is scheduled for release Spring 2020.

The band will also be working on an EP with Nashville, TN, producer Charlie Buice from Nashville, TN. The EP does not yet have a release date, but will be recorded in Austin, TX sometime in 2020.

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