Music, technology, and culture converge for the world’s biggest, coolest mentoring seminar when SXSW holds its annual festival in Austin. Big ideas across a variety of industries are often fomented on this grand stage.

People come to Austin from across the world to learn about their own industries or to soak up the scene of big stars from TV, music, comedy, and movies. SXSW 2023 runs March 10-19, with film and TV taking center stage from March 10-18 and musicians and concerts joining the conference beginning March 13.

Headliners on the Schedule

It’s impossible to see everything at SXSW, but you can create a schedule that allows you to attend the conference programs in the industry of your choice and not miss the headliners.

In TV and Film, some of Hollywood’s biggest names appear on the red carpet, and not just for the headliners. SXSW is also an opportunity to see documentaries, international films, and features that were selected because they celebrate the art of filmmaking.

The Music showcases begin March 13 and will be scheduled at venues around the city. Check out concerts at Neon Grotto Rooftop, The Iron Bear, Hotel Vegas, Las Perlas, Swan Dive Patio, Valhalla, Elephant Room, Higher Ground, Elysium, Flamingo Cantina, Central Presbyterian Church, and The 13th Floor. The festival organizers are slowly releasing the schedule and headliner artists.

The Comedy lineup won’t be announced until the final week in February, but you can expect some pretty big laughs. Last year’s roster included Dulcé Sloan, Jim Gaffigan, Jon Daly, Matt Besser, Rich Vos, Sean Patton, and Vanessa Gonzalez, just to name-drop a few. All badge levels are welcome to the comedy shows.

TV & Film

Keep a close eye on the SXSW schedule website for showtimes and ticketing information to see some of the biggest film releases on the docket:

  • Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves — Cast: Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Regé-Jean Page, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, Chloe Coleman, Daisy Head and Hugh Grant (Opening Night World Premiere)
  • Evil Dead Rise — Cast List: Lily Sullivan, Alyssa Sutherland, Morgan Davies, Gabrielle Echols, Nell Fisher
  • Problemista — Cast: Julio Torres, Tilda Swinton, RZA (World Premiere)
  • Flamin’ Hot — Director: Eva Longoria. Cast: Jesse Garcia, Annie Gonzalez, Dennis Haysbert, Emilio Rivera, Tony Shalhoub, Matt Walsh, Pepe Serna, Bobby Soto, Jimmy Gonzales, Brice Gonzalez (World Premiere)
  • Bottoms — Cast: Rachel Sennott, Ayo Edebiri, Ruby Cruz, Havana Rose Liu, Kaia Gerber, Nicholas Galitzine, Miles Fowler, Marshawn Lynch, Dagmara Dominiczyk, Punkie Johnson (World Premiere)
  • Tetris — Cast: Taron Egerton, Nikita Efremov, Sofia Lebedeva, Anthony Boyle, Ben Miles, Ken Yamamura, Igor Grabuzov, Oleg Shtefanko, Ayane Nagabuchi, Rick Yune, Roger Allam, Toby Jones (World Premiere)


More than 300 musicians and artists from all over the world are scheduled to make appearances at SXSW. Some are veterans, and others are bands starting to make their names.

The announced 2023 lineup includes New Order, Killer Mike, and Run the Jewels member and the post-punk band THUS LOVE.

Immersion (Malka Spigel and Colin Newman of Minimal Compact and Wire) will play with Brighton-based club Nanocluster and collaborate with Thor Harris. Coco & Clair Clar, a duo from Atlanta and Antwan Glover, also known as Big G and leader of the BackYard Band, comes from Washington, D.C., to play in Austin.

Also, find Peter One, a West African country folk star from the ‘80s who has recently resurfaced. Soul revivalists Three Sacred Souls is on the schedule, as is Venbee, a new UK drum and bass revival star.

Though the festival has released a list of some artists scheduled to attend, complete information will be issued closer to the festival date.


The conference tracks this year span the spectrum from preparing for the future (2050) to sports, health and med tech, the brand experience, cannabis, design, economics, energy, food, sports, the workplace revolution, and many more.

SXSW also attracts giants from these industries to talk about their experiences and provide context and new ideas for attendees. Keynote speakers vary by conference track. Still, you can expect a few to catch extra eyes watching talks by:

Attend SXSW Like a Pro

If this is your first year attending SXSW, it’s essential to understand how the conference works. While musicians, movie stars, and tech giants flock to the festival to see and be seen, it’s also about learning.

By selecting one of the conference’s “tracks,” you have access to learn from mentors and speakers in that field. Formats vary by presentation type. For example, two keynote speeches and hundreds of featured speakers present at different times based on their track.