By Cory Giles

Once again Island Records is set to have some pretty amazing artists at SXSW.


Check out the artists that will be representing the label during the festival.




Born in London of Scottish and Irish heritage, Bishop Briggs grew up in Japan and Hong Kong. Days after graduating high school, she moved to LA to hone her artistic vision with the help of producers Mark Jackson and Ian Brendon Scott. Her music transcends the limitations of singular genres, blending folk, pop and electronic music into a wholly unique sound.  Her debut track “Wild Horses” reached #1 on Spotify’s US Viral Chart and #2 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 charts, with airplay on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Show and a prized spot in Acura’s 2016 TLX and ESPN’s NFL Playoffs ads.  Bishop Briggs has followed up with “River,” a searing and cathartic track that has already captured the attention of tastemakers and gatekeepers and rising at #3 on the Alternative chart (she’s the only female artist in the top 10) w/ over 12 million global streams.  With more new material and recent live performances/opening slots for ColdplayPassion Pit and Kaleo and a headlining tour, Bishop Briggs is poised to be one of 2017’s biggest breakout artist.


“For fans of Florence + the Machine, PJ Harvey…the soulful rocker has pop potential.” – Rolling Stone 
“Bishop Briggs sure has a set of pipes on her: Husky, swaggering, sensual…we would like more from Ms. Briggs stat” –
“Some artists have the power to capture you from the moment you first hear them, and there’s no doubt that Bishop Briggs falls into this category”– 
Nylon Magazine


Scheduled SXSW showcase performances:
March 14th: Smart Car event at Waller Ballroom at 7:30pm
March 15th: Fader Fort at Volcom Garden at 5:15pm
March 15th: Taco Bell Feed the Beat show at 94 Rainey Street at 11:30pm 

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Displaying remarkable songwriting ability as a skilled lyricist, with hard-hitting and empowering words laced over unexpected and expansive melodies20-year-old Norwegian talent Sigrid was inspired to write her empowering anthem, “Don’t Kill My Vibe” after she was put in a difficult writing session.  However the track can be interpreted in several ways, “it may be a message to your cat, telling her that she’s not the master of the universe. Or maybe it’s just a really long DM saying you’re SO done with someone”, says Sigrid.   
Sigrid wrote her first song at 16-years-old and in just two weeks – when Sigrid’s older brother challenged her to write an original song and perform it at a local gig with him.  Born and raised in Ålesund, Norway, Sigrid self-released her first song in high school and dropped a second track that was immediately playlisted on national radio. Sigrid then moved to Bergen, Norway at age 18 and was catapulted into the burgeoning music scene. Now signed to Island Records and currently splitting her time between Bergen and London, Sigrid has quietly been creating a world which emboldens her followers, through the power of the song.  Listen to Don’t Kill My Vibe HERE. Watch Don’t Kill My Vibe (acoustic video) HERE

“A booming anthem of personal independence…Don’t be super-surprised if “Don’t Kill My Vibe” becomes 2017’s “Chandelier” – Billboard

“From a tiny city in Norway comes a young woman with a powerful voice. ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ is the debut single from Sigrid. I took this as a ‘kiss off’ song, but the beauty of this track is how malleable it feels in so many situations, from workmates to everyday frustrations.” – NPR

Scheduled SXSW showcase performances:
March 14th: VEVO showcase at Pelon’s at 7:30pm (invite only)
March 15th: Secret Sounds showcase at The ‘Sidewinder at 3:00pm
March 15th: UMG showcase at Antone’s at 830pm
March 17th: Culture Collide showcase at Bangers at 4:00pm

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Youngr, the rising artist behind the debut hit “Out Of My System,” proves to have musical virtuosity in his blood.  Hailing from Manchester, UK, Youngr grew up writing and performing music under the guidance of his father, (the legendary August Darnell aka Kid Creole & The Coconuts).  From a young age, Youngr picked up drums, guitar, piano, bass, and any other instrument him and his brother could lay hands on in their basement, leading him to follow music to the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts before he began playing around the local Manchester music scene.


One night after a gig, Youngr got creative and pulled out a Calvin Harris vocal from a sample pack and decided he was going to build a new version there and then. He worked through the night and filmed a video of himself putting all the parts into their final form. He threw it online without thinking, but it immediately exploded around the world. This cover, as well as others such as his rework of Temper Trap’s “Sweet Disposition” (which has over 2 million views from around the world), gave Youngr the confidence to step out on the music scene with music of his own.


Youngr’s first single “Out Of My System” has amassed over 18 million Spotify streams and reached #1 on Hype Machine.  His sold-out “one man band” live shows feature his masterful talent: singing, playing drums, guitar, bass, and piano simultaneously in a whirlwind he also showcases in the one-take video for “Out Of My System”. Watch  HERE!

Scheduled SXSW showcase performances:
March 15th: Secret Sounds showcase at The ‘Sidewinder at 3:00pm
March 15th: Neon Gold/Spin showcase at Empire Control Room at 11:00pm
March 16th: Southwest Invasion at Whole Foods Market at 2:05pm 
March 17th: UMG showcase at Atone’s at 1:30pm
March 18th: We Found New Music party at Bungalow at 1:30am
March 18th: British Music Embassy showcase at Latitude 30 at 5:30pm

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