Well, I’m just about to jump on a plane up to BIGSOUND, and many of you probably are as well. So while your editor-in-chief Sosefina delivered her comprehensive nine picks earlier in the week, today I’m going to assume you’re as time poor as I am and just cut to the chase. Here are the nine acts I’m not going to miss at BIGSOUND – and neither should you!
Emily Wurramara is a rising star at the moment, winning the Unearthed comp for BIGSOUND, off the back off nominations for the NIMAs and the Queensland Music Awards. Her EP “Black Smoke” is phenomenal and I’ve heard nothing but great things about her live. I can’t wait to see what all the fuss is about! I’m feeling the same about Middle Kids – their tunes have been smashing it at the moment, and you couldn’t get anywhere near their set at the King Street Crawl over the weekend. Hoping this will finally be my chance to catch them live.
A.D.K.O.B. are one of Sydney’s most promising young bands. Live, they are proving themselves to be a force to be reckoned with. I understand they’ve been working on some new material and will be teasing it at the festival – keen!
Speaking of new material – Owen Rabbit! He’s back! He’s such a great watch live, I can’t wait to see what he’s been getting up to. The same can be said for Tigertown and Teeth & Tongue, two of my favourite Aussie groups! And then there’s William Crighton who’s one of the finest emerging talents in Australia right now, and I Heart Hiroshima who I haven’t seen in forever. Damn, the quality of the festival is SO high this year isn’t it?
And finally, Alex Lahey is on fire at the moment – you have to take this opportunity to get a taste of her new tunes if you missed her recent shows with The John Steel Singers. I’m picking her to be the highlight of the festival – no pressure though Alex!
Full artist information for all bands and musicians playing BIGSOUND can be found HERE! The festival kicks off unofficially tonight before launching into the official showcase program across tomorrow and the next day – Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th of September. Stay tuned to the AU for all the coverage from the festival!