The first bands have been announced for music's biggest showcase festival SXSW, which takes place in Austin, Texas from March 18th - 22nd.

There's usually an Irish contigent brought over to the festival, thanks to the Music from Ireland organisation - but so far, the only Irish acts on the bill are Limerick's We Should Be Dead (who relocate to the States soon) and Belfast's The Beat Poets and Cashier No. 9.

Amongst the other big international names who are Texas-bound are:

Asobi Seksu
Ben Kweller
Buck 65
Buraka Som Sistema
Crystal Stilts
Explosions in the Sky
Kid Sister
Ida Maria
Peter Bjorn and John
Port O'Brien
Primal Scream
Ra Ra Riot
White Lies

Anyone want to throw an all-expenses paid trip to Texas my way, by any chance?