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SXSW Finally Confirms First Round of Artists

Bloc Party, the Good, the Bad & the Queen, Taylor Hicks, Daniel Johnston (with the Nightmares), Mastodon, Lily Allen, Paolo Nutini, Spoon, Mogwai, the Stooges, the Apples In Stereo and Amy Winehouse are among the first acts confirmed to appear at the 2007 South by Southwest conference and music festival, which will be held March 14-18 in Austin, Texas.

This year’s diverse lineup includes more than a dozen notable Mexican artists, including Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Canseco, Mexican Institute of Sound, Panda and Zoe. Over 1300 musicians have been scheduled thus far, with more acts to be announced.

As previously reported , the Who’s Pete Townshend will deliver the festival’s keynote address, while country star Emmylou Harris, Gilberto Gil and the Stooges’ Iggy Pop are also scheduled to speak. Other previously confirmed performers include the Comas, Tom Morello, MSTRKRFT, RJD2, MuteMath, Ben Jelen, Money Mark and Tommy Ramone’s new project Uncle Monk. The lineup also features the usual slew of buzz-worthy acts from the U.K., including the Cinematics, ex-Tricky singer Martina Topley Bird, Mika, the View, Field Music, the Fratellis and Fujiya & Miyagi. All confirmed artists can be seen on the South by Southwest Web site .