After two years of performing remotely at the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, Haru Nemuri made her first in-person appearance there last month. Her verdict? “It was really fun.”

The singer and musician, whose real name is Haruna Kimishima, has received a swathe of accolades for her performances at SXSW, being named one of the festival’s best acts in 2021 by The New York Times.

Even so, appearing onstage for the 27-year-old is never easy.