Over 80 musical acts dropped out of the SXSW 2024 festival in March “in solidarity with Palestine,” according to the Austin for Palestine coalition. They boycotted the festival because of its partnership with the US military and weapons manufacturing companies that, the group claims, has supplied weapons used by Israel against Palestinians. The US Army was a “super sponsor” of SXSW 2024 while the Defense Department, and the defense contractors RTX (formerly Raytheon), Collins Aerospace, and BAE systems were all sponsors of the festival.

The performers who pulled out of SXSW 2024 included the Ireland-based rap trio Kneecap, British band Lambrini Girls, American punk band Scowl, Brooklyn-based artist Okay Shalom, North Carolina-based singer-songwriter Eliza McLamb, Chicago-based musician Squirrel Flower, Brooklyn-based emo band Proper, and the Los Angeles-based indie band Mamalarky.