AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (MARCH 09, 2014) (OP AND BUFFALO DAVID BITTON) - Canadian singer Justin Bieber kicked off South by Southwest with a surprise appearance on Sunday night (March 09), ahead of the official opening of the 27th annual music and film festival.
It has been a rough year for the 20-year-old singer. A Miami judge has set a May 5 trial date for Bieber, who faces charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest and using an expired license after police say he was caught drag racing in Miami Beach.
Bieber initially resisted arrest, cursed at police officers and later told them he had consumed alcohol, pot and prescription drugs, according to police.
He was released from jail after a judge set bail at $2,500. If convicted, Bieber could face six months in jail, although experts say he will likely get off with a lighter sentence for his first offense.
Bieber was charged in February with assaulting a limousine driver in Toronto late last year.
The South by Southwest festival runs from March 11-16th.