Earlier this week, venerable synthpop gods Depeche Mode announced their plan to make their first-ever appearance at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, the music portion of which kicks off next Tuesday. This was cause for black celebration indeed, but there was just one issue: The legendary group's Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher were only scheduled to take part in a public Q&A, with no official concert on the SXSW calendar. Rumors immediately began swirling that the Mode would play a "secret" show at SXSW, but now it's not a secret anymore: Yahoo! Music is thrilled to exclusively reveal that Depeche will indeed be playing at SXSW--and their showcase will be presented by Yahoo!
Yes, Depeche Mode will perform an exclusive Yahoo! show at Austin's shiny new venue Brazos Hall on Friday, March 15, taking the stage at 10pm. Doors will open at 7pm, with the other acts on the bill including psychedelic dream-pop combo Feathers, L.A. indie buzz band the Neighbourhood, and Swedish DJ Eric Prydz.
Due to incredible (and understandable) demand, South By Southwest will hold a ticket lottery, open to SXSW Platinum and Music badge-holders, beginning today, March 8, at 12pm central time. For full ticket details and show info, go to http://www.sxsw.com/ticket-drawings.
However, don't fret if you're unable to score tickets or simply aren't in Austin next week: Depeche Mode's SXSW performance will be available right here on Yahoo! Music on March 26--the same day that the band's hotly anticipated 13th studio album, Delta Machine, comes out on Columbia Records.
And if you are in Austin next week and just can’t get enough of Depeche Mode, be sure to check out the band's career-spanning panel discussion--moderated by Jason Bentley, music director of Los Angeles tastemaker radio station KCRW--on Wednesday, March 13 at the Austin Convention Center. The discussion will be open to anyone with a Music or Platinum badge or Artist Wristband.
For more South By Southwest coverage on Yahoo! Music, go to http://music.yahoo.com/sxsw/.