The annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals have announced that Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson and Chvrches lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry will be among the keynote speakers for the 2019 edition of the event, which takes place March 8-17 in Austin, Texas. Manson and Mayberry will deliver their keynote address with TV/film producer Marti Noxon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Sharp Objects") in a conversation format. The event's other keynote speaker announced so far is Instagram co-founder/CEO Kevin Systrom.
Singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer (The Dresden Dolls, Evelyn Evelyn) is among the featured speakers at SWS 2019. Other featured speakers include Upworthy co-founder Eli Pariser; New York Times Technology Editor Susan Fowler; BenevolentAI CEO Joanna Shields; authors Michael Pollan and Douglas Rushkoff; Bjarke Ingels Group founder Bjarke Ingels; and Oscar-nominated producer Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Productions is the company behind horror films such as "Get Out" and the movie franchises "The Purge," "Sinister," "Paranormal Activity" and "Insidious."
More speakers and participants are to be announced.
In 2018, Garbage celebrated the 20th anniversary of the band's second album, 2.0, with a remastered reissue and the 20 Years Paranoid Tour, whose upcoming dates are in Europe and North America through Nov. 3. The tour features Garbage performing all of 2.0's tracks and B-sides, as well as other songs. In February, Manson received the NME Icon Award at the VO5 NME Awards in London.
Chvrches has been on a world tour in support of the band's third album, Love Is Dead, which was released in May. The band has announced concert dates through March 1, 2019.
On Oct. 18, Palmer is doing a rare show (which is sold out) with Neil Gaiman at the Rialto Theatre in Phoenix. She and her band The Dresden Dolls then have sold-out shows Oct. 30-31 at Troxy in London.