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Music takes over from tech at SXSW festival

Published on Mar 14, 2013 6:14 AM
 
The rock trio The Virginmarys from the north of England perform on March 13 during the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival at the Texas state capitol in Austin. Laptop-toting technology innovators gave way Wednesday to skinny-jeaned hipsters with guitars as the indie music segment of South by Southwest (SXSW) shifted into gear. -- PHOTO: AFP

AUSTIN, Texas (AFP) - Laptop-toting technology innovators gave way on Wednesday to skinny-jeaned hipsters with guitars as the indie music segment of South by Southwest (SXSW) shifted into gear.

With the interactive portion of the 10-day festival out of the way, more than 1,300 bands - some hoping for fame, others already there - are lined up to rock Austin, the state capital of Texas, through to Sunday.

Leading the field is former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl, who is not only performing with his supergroup Sound City players, but also presenting the keynote SXSW music talk.

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac fame, John Forgerty, Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick and Australia's Rick Springfield are expected to appear on stage with him, according to Billboard, the recording industry trade journal.

 
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