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Chance The Rapper Announced As Speaker For SXSW Sydney

11 September 2023 | 9:21 am | Jessie Lynch

"I’m really looking forward to joining SXSW Sydney as a speaker to expound upon hip-hop’s transcendent legacy."

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Sydney is gearing up for an exciting showcase this October as hip hop legend Chance The Rapper takes centre stage at South by Southwest Sydney 2023.

Chance The Rapper, known for tracks like Juke Jam (feat. Justin Bieber & Towkio) and Cocoa Butter Kisses, is set to join the global community of artists commemorating 50 years of Hip Hop.

Chance’s music has not only resonated worldwide but has also had a profound impact on his hometown of Chicago's South Side, with President Barack Obama once describing him as an "outstanding role model".

The rapper is also a huge advocate for rising talent and continues to pave the way for the next generation of creative leaders through his SocialWorks foundation and the Black Star Line Festival, which travels across the globe.

Speaking about the upcoming event, Chance The Rapper stated, "As we celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop in 2023, I'm reminded of the transformative power this culture has had, not just on the world stage, but on the streets of Chicago's South Side.”

“Hip-hop has provided a rhythm to our stories and a canvas for our creativity. I’m really looking forward to joining SXSW Sydney as a speaker to expound upon Hip Hop’s transcendent legacy."

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Colin Daniels, Managing Director of SXSW Sydney, commented on Chance's participation, saying, "Chance The Rapper is renowned for both his chart-topping music and community advocacy. His unique perspective bridges the gap between the genre's rich history and its dynamic future."

Adding to the excitement, Minister for Jobs and Tourism, Minister for the Arts, and Minister for Music and the Night-time Economy, John Graham, said, "Hip hop is part of the creative fabric that makes up the music community here in NSW. As the state’s first Minister for Music, I am excited to hear the conversation on the future of music and hip hop as we celebrate 50 years."

SXSW will take place in the heart of Sydney, and will see over 1,000 events across various creative industries such as Tech and Innovation, Games, Music, Screen, and Culture.

Chance The Rapper's presence at SXSW Sydney 2023 is set to be a highlight of the festival, which will host an impressive lineup of over 1,000 events and networking sessions, featuring influential figures from the world of Tech & Innovation, Music, Screen, Games, and Culture.

Joining Chance at the event will be an array of headline speakers, including Slack Co-Founder Cal Henderson, futurist and AI expert Amy Webb, Coachella festival CEO Paul Tollett, and AEG Presents SVP Global Touring Michael Harrison, among many others.

SXSW Sydney 2023 will also feature more than 300 music performances featuring emerging talents from around the world. Notable artists like TikTok sensation Flyana Boss, Indonesian triple threat Isyana Sarasvati, Japanese punks Otoboke Beaver, and rising hip-hop powerhouse Miss Kannina will take the stage, presented by SXSW Sydney Official Music Partners Young Henrys.

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SXSW Sydney 2023 Key Dates

Make sure to mark your calendars for the key dates of SXSW Sydney 2023:

  • 15-22 Oct 2023: SXSW Sydney

  • 16-21 Oct 2023: Conference

  • 18-21 Oct 2023: SXSW Sydney 2023 Music Festival

  • 18-21 Oct 2023: Industry networking events and parties


Over 100 acts have been confirmed so far from over 2,500 applications, representing a diverse global music scene. These talented artists hail from countries such as New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Japan, Korea, and Australia. Here's a glimpse of the exceptional musical talent set to grace SXSW Sydney 2023:

From Australia:

  • 1tbsp

  • Adam Newling

  • Adrian Dzvuke

  • Agung Mango

  • Alter Boy

  • Andrew Gurruwiwi Band

  • Anesu

  • Andy Golledge Band

  • Aodhan

  • Ashli


  • Babitha

  • Baby Cool


  • bella amor



  • Big Words

  • Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys

  • Chanel Loren

  • Charley



  • Darlinghurst

  • Dean Brady

  • Death by Denim

  • DICE


  • Dulcie

  • dust

  • Dylan Atlantis

  • Elle Shimada

  • Evie Irie


  • Girl and Girl

  • GO-JO

  • Grievous Bodily Calm

  • Gut Health


  • Inkabee

  • Isaac Puerile

  • Jem Cassar-Daley

  • Kobie Dee

  • Mali Jo$e

  • Mia Wray

  • Mi-Kaisha

  • Mikayla Pasterfield

  • Milku

  • Miss Kaninna

  • Mitch Santiago

  • Nick Ward


  • Phoebe Go


  • Rum Jungle

  • Shady Nasty

  • Skeleten

  • Squid The Kid


  • South Summit


  • Teenage Joans

  • The Terrys

  • These New South Whales

  • tiffi

  • Trophie

  • Tulliah

  • Ūla

  • Velvet Trip

  • Vv Pete


From New Zealand:

  • 0800

  • 33 Below

  • ASHY

  • Daffodils

  • Daily J

  • Fazerdaze

  • Foley

  • Hanbee

  • Hans.

  • JessB

  • Jujulipps

  • Mazbou Q


  • Mim Jensen

  • Miss June

  • Molly Payton

  • Mousey

  • Paige


  • Proteins of Magic


  • Soaked Oats

  • There’s a Tuesday


  • Will Swinton

From South Korea:

  • ADOY

  • Hypnosis Therapy

  • Jacqui

  • Lil Cherry & GOLDBUUDA

  • Marv

  • Meaningful Stone

From Japan:


  • Otoboke Beaver

  • yuji

From Indonesia:

  • Ardhito Pramono

  • Batavia Collective

  • Feby Putri


  • G.A.C.

  • Grrrl Gang

  • Isyana Sarasvati

From Malaysia:

  • Lunadira

  • Pop Shuvit

From the UK:

  • Connie Constance

  • Los Bitchos

  • Nuha Ruby Ra

  • Sorry

  • SixSaidIt (also USA)

  • Theodor Black

From the USA:

  • almost monday

  • Automatic

  • Flyana Boss

  • Owen

  • redveil

  • Rett Smith

  • Wallice

From Canada:


  • Hotel Mira

From Thailand:

  • ASIA7


SXSW Sydney 2023 will take place across various vibrant venues, adding to the festival's dynamic atmosphere. Here are some of the venues where the magic will happen:


  • The Underground at the Civic Hotel

  • Hollywood Hotel

  • Knox Street Bar

  • The Lord Gladstone

  • Phoenix Central Park

  • Sneaky Possum

  • The Soda Factory

  • The Alley at Agincourt Hotel

  • The Barrie

  • The Chippo Hotel

  • The Underground UTS

  • Powerhouse Late at Powerhouse Museum

  • Powerhouse Courtyard