Following on from a massive first round of announcement of speakers in May, BIGSOUND continues to cement its reputation as the country's biggest discovery event for new music, with the unveiling of the first round of acts set to take stage across four nights in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley this September 4-7.
Despite being only six months into a brand new year of Australian music, massive buzz from the industry has already helped solidify pop act Eilish Gilligan, electronic act CLYPSO, captivating songwriter Tyne-James Organ, Canberra rockers Moaning Lisa and Zimbabwean born, Perth based rapper T$oko as must-see acts at BIGSOUND this year. Newcomers Georgia Mulligan, sweater curse, Adrian Eagle, KAIIT and Sydney DIY punkers ARSE have also positioned themselves as ones to watch in 2018.
BIGSOUND's first round of live artists also sees an influx of metal, hip and folk music added to the bill; Sydney's ARTERIES lead the change for all things heavy, alongside metalcore outfits Gravemind, Sleep Talk and heavy hitters Cast Down. West-Sydney's Kwame, badass rapper KAIIT and 15 year old KIAN positioned themselves as key players in the hip hop world, while the uncanny songwriting of Georgia Mulligan and new work from Greta Stanley helps re-position the idea of the singer-songwriter.
New Zealand act Wax Chattels, Indigenous duo The Merindas, dream pop act Pool Shop and iconic Australian musician Ella Hooper also help round out a long list of fresh acts for BIGSOUND's first festival announcement.
The festival will also see return of sets from a small selection of BIGSOUND favourites including Blank Realm, Olympia, Gabriella Cohen and Oh Pep! While Brisbane outfit Blank Realm will be using the event as the world premiere for new material- after their previous release achieved critical acclaim around the world from the likes of Pitchfork, BBC, Stereogum and more- Olympia and Gabriella Cohen are also set to make return appearances with fresh work under their belts. Crowd favourites Butterfingers will be making an appearance at the festival, showcasing music for the first time since their 2017 single 'Big Night Out'.
These artists (and over 70 others) will play in front of labels, publishers, agents, festival bookers and other industry heavyweights. Following in the footsteps of Stella Donnelly, Alex Lahey and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, BIGSOUND Festival artists from 2018 become eligible for the Levi's Music Prize, the ability to score $25,000 in prize money and $5,000 in travel from Stage and Screen to assist in progressing their international music careers.
"The amount of BIGSOUND applications this year smashed last year's record by another 70 to make up approximately 1,122 applications. That's a lot of talent. Punters wanting to won the fact that "they discovered the artist first" better get themselves across this massive list of acts, who are on the cusp of exploding worldwide." said BIGSOUND programmer Maggie Collins.
Final applications are being called on for BIGSOUND's music tech showcase which will this year expand to provide even more hands-on opportunities for delegates to experience the future of music. If you work in tech and want to showcase your product, idea or innovation visit: www.bigsound.org.au/music-tech.
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Eat Your Heart Out
Hobsons Bay Coast Guard
James Wright Trio
Rachel Maria Cox
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