American singer Justin Timberlake and Prince were the highlights during the closing moments of the SXSW music showcase. Timberlake performed at the Coppertank Events Centre for about an hour and a half, at the show sponsored by MySpace. Whereas, Prince performed in Austin at the club La Zona Rosa, in a show which was pulled on for about two hours and 40 minutes.
Before Justin hit the stage, DJ Questlove got the crowd grooving to some catchy rhythms. The crowd was warmed up by the Roots members, who played some hits like Michael Jackson’s ‘PYT’, Kanye West’s ‘Power’, Lil Wayne’s ‘A Milli’ and Baaur’s ‘Harlem Shake’.
After this, the MySpace investor (Timberlake) appeared onstage for the much awaited set of the night. The former ‘N Sync boy-band member was backed by a 16 piece band and performed hit singles like ‘My Love’, ‘Like I Love You’ and ‘Cry Me A River’.
The venue saw a crowd of about 700 fans and Timberlake tried to raise the momentum throughout the night. On the other hand, Prince hosted a music party which was opened by a Tribe Called Quest and played many of his original songs along with covers from Michael Jackson, Curtis Mayfield and Janet Jackson.