SXSW, here we come!

For a third, fantastic year, we will be painting Austin green. From March 10th through the 14th, the Spotify House will be your go-to venue to unwind and discover the best in new music.

This year, we’re moving to a brand new venue with more room to check out bands and catch up with friends.

Our 2014 lineup boasts 30+ must-see acts – including emerging stars G-Eazy and MØ, along with Glass Animals, Tove Lo, Jungle and Betty Who, to electro rockers Phantogram, St. Paul and The Broken Bones and many more – we’ve got something for everyone! In years past, Spotify has hosted a number of break-out artists during SXSW such as Kimbra, Haim, Kendrick Lamar, Tom Odell and St. Lucia and this year will be no different. Get the full line-up day by day here.

The CW Network, partner of The Spotify House and home of shows including The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, and Supernatural, will have stars from the upcoming sci-fi drama The 100 and other hit series stopping by to hang with some of the coolest new bands.

For even more awesomeness on the ground, we’ll be introducing a music-themed mosaic photo booth created by The Brigade, an interactive playlist generator as well as music trivia installation created by Beak Labs.

RSVP now and follow us on our dedicated SXSW Spotify handle @sxspotify to stay up to date on the latest news and giveaways! You can also subscribe to our text line [Text YES to 61235] to get up-to-the-minute updates from all the activity on the ground.  With so much on the go, be sure to follow us on Vine and Instagram for more information about our SXSW plans this year.

See you at SXSW!

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SxSpotify – Day One

We opened the doors of our Big Green Spotify House in Austin today for SXSW! Day One was filled with sunshine, live music, DJs, a Seahawk, and one friendly duck.

Ivan & Alyosha kicked off the day with a live set in our front yard. An acoustic, unplugged version of their hit “Easy to Love” drew the crowd in for one of the most intimate performances of the day.

Robert DeLong brought along face painters and treated our guests to some facial art before bringing down the house in a one-man show featuring drums, a joystick and even a Wii remote.

Watch the Duck closed out the day with a two hour session on our front porch with their mascot dancing amongst the crowd. Mixing in some Marvin Gaye, Law & Order theme songs and Barney, the sun set on day one with some serious partying.

Seattle Seahawk Russell Okung and Downloaded Director Alex Winter were amongst the guests checking out our photo booth, iced coffee from our friends at Cenote and Cuvee, and grub from East Side Kings.

The lineup tomorrow is sure to keep the party going as the music portion of SXSW gets started. Doors open at 12pm so get here early to secure a spot for performances by Jamie N Commons at 1pm and Twenty One Pilots at 3pm followed by DJ sets from White Panda at 4pm and Sam Spiegel at 5pm.

And keep following us on Twitter at @SxSpotify for all of your live updates from the Spotify House.

Get CAZZETTE’s “eject.” exclusively on Spotify

We are thrilled to team up with acclaimed Swedish DJ duo, CAZZETTE, to present the group’s debut album “eject.” exclusively on Spotify!

The talented dub house pair, consisting of Sebastian Furrer and Alexander Björklund, is set to release “eject.” in three parts, via a unique Spotify app.
Get the app here and stay tuned to these dates for each new release:

  • Part I – November 13th
  • Part II – December 11th
  • Part III – January 22nd, 2013

As well as housing all three parts of “eject.,” the app will feature all things CAZZETTE, including the twosome’s favorite club music and remixes, their latest videos, contests, tour dates and social chatter.

Managed by At Night, the folks behind Avicii’s meteoric career, CAZZETTE started to make waves with official remixes of Avicii and Swedish House Mafia tracks. They quickly scored main stage appearances at festivals such as Ultra, Tomorrowland, Creamfields and Beyond Wonderland. And now, with the first-of-its-kind exclusive release of “eject.” on Spotify, CAZZETTE is primed to be the next big thing in contemporary dance music.

Introduce your ears to CAZZETTE now!

Mix It Up this Fashion Week

Lights. Camera. Fashion!

Fashion Week has officially kicked off and we’re buzzing with all the glitz and the glamour. Some of our stylish friends have been kind enough to craft some chic playlists to get you in the mood. Tune in here!

Rebecca Minkoff

Emporio Armani

Nina Garcia

DailyCandy

Vanity Fair

Glamour

Refinery29

StyleCaster

Christian Louboutin

Check out their playlists for Fashion Night Out London and LA on the Louboutin World profile here

DJs Ingrosso and Alesso throw first ever Spotify house party

DJs Ingrosso and Alsesso throw first ever Spotify house party

… and everyone’s invited! The party kicks off on June 1st at 19.00 BST.

Two of the world’s biggest DJs, Sebastian Ingrosso from Swedish House Mafia and Alesso, are inviting fans to an exclusive Spotify house party.

By setting up a special room in the Soundrop app on Spotify, the DJs will be sharing some of their favourite tunes ‘live’ inside the app, including the single ”Calling (Lose My Mind)”, due to be released in the UK on May 27th. Fans can then vote directly in the app to decide what tracks will be played next. The two DJs will also be chatting directly to their fans inside Soundrop with the party in full swing.

The party takes place on June 1st at 19.00 BST. All European fans can join the event on Facebook from today, where they can keep up to speed with all the party plans.

Join us now on Facebook.

Win private performance with Slow Moving Millie and this week’s music news.

Slow Moving Millie

With the release of her debut album Renditions, Slow Moving Millie is excited to announce an exclusive competition for Spotify users. You can be the lucky winner of a private performance via Skype! Click here for details and to enter.

Our friends at Fierce Panda are celebrating the release of their new compilation The Imperfect Ten by giving away goodies including 6 months of Spotify Premium. By merely creating a 10-track playlist on Spotify from the Fierce Panda catalogue, you can be in with a chance to win. Check out the details here.

Feeling in the Christmas mood? French label Naïve have it sorted with their We Have Band – Christmas Songs playlist.

Finally, don’t forget to check out Never Shout Never’s EP Time Travel, exclusive to Spotify

Spotify Live presents Maverick Sabre and Clock Opera

Clockopera

We are very excited to announce our fourth Spotify Live event that will take place at The Lexington in London on the 14th of December.

Kicking off the gig, Guy Connelly will perform in his guise as Clock Opera, playing his usual dizzying, chopped up mix of samples, beats and wrangled vocals. His influences are eclectic, so we’re expecting a great show!

Following Clock Opera, Maverick Sabre, one of the most distinctive voices in modern R&B, will take to the stage to perform tracks from his EP, Lost Years. This is a great chance to see the 22 year-old perform in an intimate setting before the release of his debut album Lonely Are The Brave.

Maverick Sabre

The gig is totally free! A limited number of tickets given out on first-come first-served basis to those who did not win tickets, and wish to try their luck on the night. The doors open at 7.30pm.

But if you want to secure your place, if you are a Premium subscriber and over 18, you can email spotifylive@rockfeedback.com for the chance to get a plus one on the guest list and a complimentary drink on arrival. The competition ends on Monday at 4pm. Also both the Guardian and Rockfeedback will be offering a limited amount of guaranteed tickets. For your chance of winning a couple of them, visit www.guardian.co.uk/music/spotifylive or www.rockfeedback.com.

The videos from the show will be available on the Guardian, Rockfeedback and here on our blog, so come back to check them out after the gig!

Win tickets to the Manic Street Preachers at The O2 in London

To celebrate the release of National
Treasures – The Complete Singles
, Manic Street Preachers will play a unique, once in a lifetime Christmas party at The O2 in London and we are offering Spotify listeners a chance to win tickets to the show!

For your chance to win a a pair of tickets to this very special one-off Christmas show at The O2 in London on Saturday 17th December 2011 simply enter here.

The band promise “Glitter, glamour, special guests and a ticker-tape celebration. A never to
be repeated one-off visual experience encompassing 21 years of MSP with 38 songs – from
1990’s ‘Motown Junk’ to (but not in order!) 2011’s ‘This Is The Day’. ”

You can check out the album as well as playlists created by the Manics on their Spotify profile.

Your chance to get 2 VIP Tickets to Last.fm Live Fridays

Last.fm Live Fridays
Last.fm Presents Live Fridays is coming. A night curated by Last.fm users from what they’ve been listening to on their hype charts. Taking place on 7th October at the Relentless Garage in London, the night will be headlined by CocknBullKid and supported by Jess Mills and I Am Harlequin, all sewn up with an indie pop tag for the night.

The Last.fm DJs will also be down there spinning some tracks for an indie disco afterwards. For more information on the gig head to www.last.fm/presents to listen to the artist radio to get you in the mood. You can also suggest what indie pop floorfillers you want playing on the night!

We have a VIP pair of tickets to offer for the show. All you have to do is post on the comments below the best playlist you have found thanks to a friend, and the reason why you think the playlist is so good!

We’ll contact the winner by email. You have until the 26th of September to participate.

Good luck!