Over the next few nights Australia’s music industry will come together with musicians and fans to not only celebrate, but evolve and progress. In addition to endless showcases of homegrown talent across Brisbane’s best live music spaces, BIGSOUND will be brimming with keynotes, masterclasses, and industry events where some of the biggest issues behind the scenes will be confronted, discussed, and maybe even solved.
Melbourne duo ALTA performed their first of four showcases at 256 Wickham, bending and snapping their buzzy experimental house-pop while not soon after, Sydney’s Thandi Phoenix stunned her audience – on her birthday no less – with a tight new live show that proved this songstress is more than ready to tackle the global scene. Much later in the night, that same stage would turn into a full-blown party as Brissy locals Confidence Man let their wild live show flow through a capacity crowd.
Earlier in the evening, Adelaide’s favourite seven-piece rock band West Thebarton returned to BIGSOUND triumphantly, bringing a confident and electric set to The Brightside’s outdoor stage, which was to be headlined by Sløtface later that evening. The set contained predominantly new material, save for “Moving Out” and “Red or White”, all of which were hungrily received by the crowd.
The Woolly Mammoth was a highlight venue of BIGSOUND Day One, with hip hop reigning supreme in the afternoon thanks to AUD’$ unofficial showcase of ‘The New Wave’, featuring the likes of Midas.Gold, Juñor, Carmouflage Rose and Dex. Capping off our evening there, we were lucky to stumble on the stunning Two Steps on the Water, who had the crowd gathered at the Alehouse Stage entranced, before Joyride brought it home upstairs with cuts from his upcoming debut album, Kings and Queens.
BIGSOUND continues today and concludes in the Valley tomorrow evening – stay tuned to the AU for content as it rolls through!
Additional words by Chris Singh. Photo by Michelle Grace Hunder.