SXSW Music Festival 2015: Day Four
The rain came in full force yet again, but we didn’t let it ruin our last day at SXSW. The Next2Shine crew trudged through hay and mud to see acts like HOLYCHILD, Zella Day and Air Bag One. We then found our musical haven at the Empire Garage and Control Room for Neon Gold’s killer 12-act showcase. Get all the details below.
Best Act: British trio Years and Years’ electrifying performance at Neon Gold left us all mesmerized by frontman Olly Alexander’s glorious pipes and also slightly out of breath. Olly bumped and grinded to the synthy beats bassist Mikey Goldsworthy and synth player Emre Turkmen provided. Naturally, we all followed suit.
Biggest Surprise: Christine and the Queens
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SXSW served as an American coming out party for Christine and the Queens, an indie pop act hailing from Nantes, France. Already established in her home country, Christine served up cheeky syncopated choreography and even a bilingual cover of Kanye West’s “Heartless.” If last night’s performance is any indication of Christine’s stateside success, get used to seeing her name everywhere.
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Best Empowering Anthem: Swedish songstress Seinabo Sey penned her anthemic single “Younger” when she was “21 and procrastinating.” That’s something we can all relate to. To hear the studio-recorded version is one thing, but Seinabo’s powerhouse live performance transcends the track to an even higher level of greatness.
Quirkiest Performance: HOLYCHILD
By 5 o’clock on Saturday, IFC Fairgrounds were a wet and muddy mess. Those who weren’t afraid to get a little dirty were treated to a high-energy performance from LA pop duo HOLYCHILD, who seemed pretty stoked to be playing their last show in the rain. These guys gave it everything they had to go out with a bang, from cheesy choreography to a stage laden with glitter and streamers. Lead singer Liz Nistico, donned in a velvet jumpsuit, spent two songs of their high energy set getting muddy with the crowd, occasionally standing under audience member’s umbrellas to avoid the downpour while belting out tunes like “Happy With Me.”
Biggest Bummer: The rain. The mud wasn’t very fun either.