Showtime Prepares a Series of Artist Performances Inspired By ‘Twin Peaks’ for SXSW


Rolling Stone reports that Showtime will be hosting two-day Twin Peaks-centric event at South By Southwest, featuring performances by artists — from Neko Case to Tame Impala’s Cameron Avery to Real Estate to M. Ward — inspired by the series. The surreal small-town-mystery series is set to reemerge after 25 years with an 18-episode, David Lynch-directed, Lynch and Mark Frost-written Showtime revival on May 21, while the SXSW event will take place on March 16 and 17.

Apart from the musicians who’ll be performing Twin Peaks-tinged work at the event, Kyle MacLachlan, aka Special Agent Dale Cooper, is set to appear in some capacity on the first night. Of course, there’s the requisite edible nostalgia component — there’ll be a cherry pie-serving Double R Diner pop-up shop. It’s not just the event that’s courted rock/pop/indie musicians: Sharon Van Etten (who recently also appeared in The OA) is apparently in the new season of the series at some point, as are Trent Reznor, Eddie Vedder, and Sky Ferreira.

Incidentally, today, February 24, happens to be “Twin Peaks Day,” aka the day Cooper first came to the horrifying little town that’d become known for its pies, coffee, corruption, incidents of sexual violence and murder, doorknob-people, and slobbering fanatical lumberjack spirits from hell.

In honor of the day, Showtime has released two new posters. They reveal very little, but for the fact that the series still has trees, a Dale Cooper, and is still haunted by the death of Laura Palmer.