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She'll Be Right: An Unforgettable SXSW Music Experience

posted Aug 10, 2013, 1:06 PM by Sally Holl   [ updated Aug 10, 2013, 1:34 PM ]
This was my third year attending the South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) in Austin. And thanks to the talented music artists of She'll Be Right: A celebration of Australian women in music, this was the first year I heard a lot of bands that I actually enjoyed. Sure, there have been one or two good bands here and there I've liked at past festivals, but this year Sounds Australia spoiled me with an entire afternoon of the sounds of one amazing band after another.

The afternoon line-up consisted of these mind-blowingly talented Australian ladies (and the gentlemen who support them):
12.00pm Bec Laughton
12.40pm Rites Wild 
1.20pm The Falls
2.00pm Ginger and the Ghost
2.40pm Summer Flake
3.15pm Lucy Campbell
3.55pm The Audreys 
4.35pm Emma Louise

Bec Laughton also did another gig later in the day that had everyone boogie-woogie'ing on the dance floor. Ginger and the Ghost had the thrilling star quality and stage presence of Madonna in her Material Girl era and I had her CD on repeat for weeks in my car. The Audreys played an enchanting set of original, engaging music and were gracious enough to wish the Austin and Adelaide a Happy 30th Anniversary:

We toasted the joyous occasion of our 30th Anniversary of Sisterhood with Maggie Beer's cocktails brewed up especially for us thanks to the efforts of Sally Cranney of the Gorgeous Festival. (See pictures of everyone in this Flickr album.)

Now go check out the music of these amazing bands - and you're welcome! ;-)