On one of our first podcasts, we talked to Hogni, a Faroese musician who was trying to win an online contest for a chance to play at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
As a matter of fact, before his appearance, we asked podcast listeners to vote online, and we here at the podcast like to think that we helped contribute to his stunning rise in the polls that eventually placed him on top.
However, the story didn't have as happy an ending as we had hoped. He won the chance to play just a few weeks before the festival, and getting a visa to perform in the USA can be a pretty time consuming process. In short, it couldn't be done quickly enough and Hogni didn't get a chance to play in the US.
But now organizers are announcing the lineup for the 2010 festival, and Hogni is on the schedule. We here at the podcast are big fans of Hogni, and appreciate the fact that he was our first high-profile guest on the podcast. So needless to say, we're thrilled that he's got another chance to perform in Austin... and hopefully enough time to get the paperwork done.
Gudrid Hansdottir will also be performing at SXSW. She played an acoustic set for foreign journalists (including me) on a boat. It was great. We really do need to have her on the podcast.
The South by Southwest music festival begins in March.