For the past two decades, the Japan Nite showcase has been one of the most celebrated events at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music conference and festival, a gathering where industry types, everyday music fans and performers from all over the world descend on Texas’ capital. The music component of this year’s festival took place from March 17-22, with Japan Nite taking place on Friday, March 20.

When the Japan-centric showcase first started, SXSW functioned as a place where relatively unknown performers could leave an impression on labels, while fans could take in dozens of sets a day all across Austin. Such was the case at Japan Nite’s 20th anniversary edition this year: Familiar faces watched Japanese bands play a wide range of music, while others chatted with the performers on the opposite side of the venue.

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