SXSW @ St. David’s

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Robert Earl Keen performs in our Historic Church. SXSW 2015. Photo courtesy of Avo John Kambourian (

Since 2008, St. David’s Church has been an official SXSW music venue, with the number of performers increasing over the years. What makes St. David’s unique is that we offer a “less crazy” version of SXSW with parking, food, Holy Grounds coffee shop, Wi-Fi, charging stations, and bathrooms.

Parishioners at St. David’s are invited to serve as volunteers and get an exclusive experience of the festival. Parish members are welcome to contact the Director of The Space at St. David’s, Taylor Cloyd, for more information.

Jealous of the Birds rocked Bethell Hall during SXSW 2017.

Over the years, reporters from Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, LA Times, and other publications have discovered us and written stories and blogs singing our praises as a great reprieve from the masses, calling us one of the city’s friendliest SXSW venues.

“Many artists who play acoustically at South by Southwest have come to realize in recent years that the downtown churches St. David’s and Central Presbyterian may be the event’s best venues for getting their music across to an audience. Aoife O’Donovan’s performance was called, “A perfect fit for St. David’s Historic Sanctuary, her soaring voice finding a home in the spacious room with high ceilings.”

In 2019, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians played in our Historic Church sanctuary in the group’s first appearance at SXSW in its 35-year history.

Valerie June performs on the St. David’s Labyrinth for NPR Music

In 2015, noteworthy performers included Robert Earl Keen, James Bay, Wynonna Judd, Anderson East, and Leon Bridges. In 2014, Hozier broke onto the SXSW scene with a performance in our Historic Church. Over and over again, musicians tell us they love performing at St. David’s!

“I just wanted to thank you for being a part of SXSW and letting us share our music at your church. It’s really a blessing to be in such a setting and I for one, am excited.” Chad Lawson, 2017 performer




You can find more photos and videos shared by concert attendees by clicking on the links below or by searching our official SXSW at St. David’s hashtag, #SXSTDAVETwitterLogo_#55acee

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