As the streets and venues of Austin, Texas recover from the chaos of SXSW, the organization has decided to highlight some of the best of the fest with the first annual Grulke Prize.
Named in honor of beloved SXSW Creative Director Brent Grulke, who died in August 2012, the Grulke Prize is divided into three categories: Developing U.S. Act, Developing Non-U.S. Act and Career Act.
Awarded to artists who ”[broke] new ground with their creativity and [showed] the most promise in achieving their career goals, the Developing U.S. Act award went to California folk band Haim. Recently signed to Polydor, the group have garnered huge buzz after a well-received EP and a stint supporting Mumford & Sons and Florence and the Machine on tour.
The Prize for Developing Non-US Act went to CHVRCHES, a synthpop band who hail from Glasgow, Scotland. Having already landed a spot in the BBC’s Sounds of 2013, the group made their U.S. and SXSW debut this year.
Meanwhile, the recipient of the Career Act Prize — intended for “an established artist who appeared at SXSW 2013 to reinvent themselves or launch an important new project” — was none other than popular SXSW fixture, The Flaming Lips. This year, the group performed their latest album, The Terror, live in its entirety during their packed concert at the Auditorium Shores outdoor stage concert.