(SeaPRwire) –   Dozens of speakers and performers are canceling their appearances at the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival, in protest of the event’s sponsorship by the U.S. Army amidst the ongoing

The U.S. Army is one of SXSW “super sponsors” for the event, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually for a festival of panels, music showcases, film screenings, and exhibitions in Austin, Tx. This year, as many artists continue to boycott the ongoing event, they have been posting statements via social media, explaining their decisions and citing their discontent with the Army sponsorship, as well as SXSW’s partnership with private defense contractor , a to the Israeli Army.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott responded to the protest (formerly Twitter), saying,“We are proud of the U.S. military in Texas. If you don’t like it, don’t come here.”

In a series of comments in response, SXSW said, “We are an organization that welcomes diverse viewpoints. Music is the soul of SXSW, and it has long been our legacy. We fully respect the decision these artists made to exercise their right to free speech.”

“The defense industry has historically been a proving ground for many of the systems we rely on today. These institutions are often leaders in emerging technologies, and we believe it’s better to understand how their approach will impact our lives,” the statement continued.

The U.S. military has shown continuous support for Israel since the country launched its Gaza invasion following Hamas’ Oct. 7th attack that killed 1,200 people. Since then, more than 30,000 people have been killed and more than 70,000 have been injured in Gaza, according to figures supplied by the Hamas-run health ministry, and reiterated by the. The U.S. has provided roughlya year in annual military aid to Israel, per the Council on Foreign Relations.

“We’re proud to be a sponsor of SXSW, and to have the opportunity to showcase America’s Army,” Matt Ahearn, a U.S. Army spokesperson told TIME in a statement. “SXSW presents a unique opportunity for the Army to meet technology innovators and leaders, explore new ideas and insights, and create dynamic industry partnerships as we modernize for the future.”

SXSW has not yet responded to TIME’s request for comment.

Here’s a full list of the acts who have pulled out of the festival so far:

Eliza McLamb, TC Superstar, Mamalarky, Proper, The Curls, c*mgirl8, Horse Jumper of Love, Abe Batshon, Buffalo Nichols, Buggin, BODEGA, The Armed. TAGABOW, Farmer’s Wife, Mei Semones, MEDUSA, TC Superstar, Omni, Trauma Ray, Mamalarky, Subsonic Eye, Birthday Girl, Groa, Winona Forever, Little Marzan. Tetchy, Discovery Zone, Friend, Lady Apple Tree, Allegra Krieger, Jess Cornelius, Lip Critic, Godcaster, Lucía Beyond, Gel, May Rio, Greg Freeman, babybaby_explores, The New Eves, Ben Aqua, Bloomsday, Strange Joy, Reyna Tropical, Being Dead, Proper, Enola Gay, Gavin James, Robert Grace, Chalk, Soda Blonde, Madison Baker, Luge, Vilagerrr, Font, Fust, Kolb, Frances Chang, Sarah Morrison, This is Lorelei, Conchúr White, Fantasy of a Broken Heart, Tomato Flower, Merce Lemon, Gold Dime, Vera Ellen, and…


“Ang malaking pinsala sa Kneecap, parehong sa nawalang kita at sa mga nagastos nang logistik na naipon na, ay hindi kahit na katiting na paghihirap kung ihahambing sa hindi maipaliwanag na pagdurusa na ipinapataw bawat minuto ng bawat araw sa mga tao ng Gaza,” sabi ng banda sa isang pahayag.

Lambrini Girls

“We are pulling out of SXSW tomorrow. We won’t be going to Austin whatsoever,” sabi ng Brighton-based band Lambrini Girls noong Marso 9.


American punk band Scowl pulled out of SXSW on March 8. “We came to this decision in protest of the U.S. Army’s sponsorship of SXSW. As well as the involvement of RTX (formerly Raytheon), Collins Aerospace, and BAE Systems whom have direct ties to the manufacturing and supplying of weapons used against Palestinians.”

Okay Shalom

“Thanks for the support and solidarity re dropping out of SXSW. There’s always a right thing to do and it’s almost never as complicated as the establishment wants you to believe, and sometimes it costs you a dream, but a dream is a dream and not a life. Palestinians deserve to dream. They deserve to live,” sabi ng East Coast-based artist Okay Shalom sa .

Squirrel Flower

“Genocide profiteers like Raytheon supply weapons to the IDF, paid for by our taxes. A music festival should not include war profiteers. I refuse to be complicit in this and withdrawl [sic] my art and labor in protest.”


Dublin-based Irish punk band Sprints announced that they had pulled out of SXSW on March 13. “With an empty schedule in Austin we decided to honour our commitment and performed at the KUTX Austin Food Bank Fundraiser this morning and will be playing one pop up show in Lazarus Brewing at 7pm on Thursday. Neither event is affiliated with SXSW.

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