Singapore at BIGSOUND: Get to know .gif, Caracal and Lincoln Lim

September 2, 2019

Throw post-hardcore into the same show as indie-folk and dark electronica, and you might have a very confused crowd. That is, unless you’re at a showcase event like BIGSOUND, where the Australian music industry completely gives themselves over to a few days of discovery, sifting through live music both homegrown and international. That kind of […]

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Got an idea for the next big thing in music and tech? BIGSOUND wants to hear from you

May 15, 2019

BIGSOUND Tech, the popular music conference’s tech showcase is returning in 2019, bringing with it the opportunity for entrepeneurs to strut their stuff and learn from the best and brightest minds in both the tech and music industries. Part conference, part networking event, part festival BIGSOUND Tech puts entrepeneurs with big ideas in front of […]

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Interview: Not a Boy’s Name talks about “Hazard Perception Test” and his BIGSOUND debut

October 3, 2018

Dave Jenkins Jr’s new indie rock project, Not A Boys Name, is off to a flying start with the release of an impressive new single “Hazard Perception Test”, and a video to match. A song about resilience and learning how to navigate negativity, “Hazard Perception Test” is punchy and melodic. The video, directed by Matt […]

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Interview: Handsome (Sydney) talks about embracing dancing, tomboy pop and No Hat No Play

September 25, 2018

On the last day of BIGSOUND 2018, Sydney-based performer HANDSOME has had a realisation. “Last night I danced for half a song and lost my breath. I feel like I probably need to exercise a bit more to actually do this role a bit of justice.” It’s understandable. Brisbane’s BIGSOUND is a massive event full of […]

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BIGSOUND Interview: The Beths (New Zealand) talk wizard rock and their debut album

September 24, 2018

Leading up to BIGSOUND 2018, there was a lot of gossip about New Zealand indie-pop band The Beths. But singer/guitarist Elizabeth Stokes says we could have been discussing a different band. “I tried to start a wizard rock band from the perspective of Hermione Granger when we first started the band, but I couldn’t do […]

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BIGSOUND Interview: Psychedelic Porn Crumpets (Perth) talk recording their upcoming album and Clive Palmer

September 21, 2018

Gathered around a table at Brisbane’s The Elephant Hotel, psychedelic rockers Psychedelic Porn Crumpets were readying themselves for shenanigans at BIGSOUND. Much like their name, the conversation with the Perth quartet was weird and caused a lot of laughs, beginning with them learning controversial mining magnate/politician Clive Palmer placed an ad mocking radio host Ray […]

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BIGSOUND Interview: Sahara Beck (Brisbane) on her new direction and upcoming tour

September 19, 2018

Sahara Beck is nursing a twisted ankle after a spirited BIGSOUND performance the night before. From her telling, injuries seem to be a common occurrence for her at the festival; sometimes physical, other times her pride. “Footstomp Music Management had a party and everyone was upstairs doing business stuff and talking,” she says. “Me and […]

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Music Matters Interview: Jaguar Jonze (Brisbane) talks about their BIGSOUND live debut while in Singapore

September 18, 2018

While we were in Singapore last week, we sat down with up-and-coming Brisbane artist Jaguar Jonze, who was fresh in the city from BIGSOUND with her three piece band to play the annual Music Matters Live festival. The shows were amongst the first the group had ever played together, with their BIGSOUND set the prior […]

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BIGSOUND Interview: Carla Geneve (Perth) talks about developing in a regional music community

September 17, 2018

It’s the final day of BIGSOUND 2018 and a Bloody Mary has arrived for Carla Geneve. “Oh my god, I need this,” she laughs. The Perth-based singer-songwriter played a spirited set the night before with her band at Brisbane’s Hey Ya! Bar. That room was crammed with people, so much so it was difficult to […]

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BIGSOUND Interview: San Mei (Gold Coast) talks persevering and discovering her sound

September 16, 2018

Gold Coast artist Emily Hamilton, aka San Mei, has learned a lot about herself recently, including her stage name. “It’s my Chinese name,” she explains. “I grew up with my parents telling me it means beautiful flower. But recently I asked my aunty, who is Chinese, and she said San means three and Mei means […]

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BIGSOUND Interview: Asha Jefferies talks about the importance of guidance on her emerging career

September 14, 2018

At 19 years old, Asha Jefferies is considered a new artist, but the years of experience under the Brisbane singer-songwriter’s belt would qualify her as a veteran. She began writing and performing at the tender age of 11. At 14, she won the Byron Bay Busking Challenge, leading to her performing on that year’s Bluesfest […]

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The Best of BIGSOUND 2018: Six discoveries who left a lasting impression

September 10, 2018

Brisbane’s BIGSOUND festival has long brought the best up-and-coming acts to the attention of the music world. For the 2018 edition, gig-goers took in as many as they could of the 150 scheduled acts that performed on 18 stages across Fortitude Valley. Past BIGSOUNDs have introduced the likes of Confidence Man, Alex Lahey, Tkay Maidza […]

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Photo Highlights: BIGSOUND Day Three feat. Regurgitator, HANDSOME, Sweater Curse and more

September 7, 2018

The final night of official showcasing at BIGSOUND 2018 has come and gone, but along the way our photographer Jasmin Osman managed to capture a few of the highlights from the night including surprise guests Regurgitator at the OzTix party, buzz act Sweater Curse, Sydney’s HANDSOME, Korea’s Wedance and East Brunswick All Girls Choir.

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Emerson Snowe wins Levi’s Music Prize at BIGSOUND ahead of tonight’s AU Review 10th Birthday appearance

September 7, 2018

Brisbane artist Emerson Snowe has been making big waves at BIGSOUND 2018, and today he has a lot to show for it. The performer has been announced as the winner of the Levi’s Music Prize‘s first round, receiving $25,000 towards growing his project. Also known as The Creases‘ bassist Jarrod Mahon, he has been making waves over the last […]

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BIGSOUND 2018 Day Two: Tape/Off broadcast riffs, Wax Chattels spew noise, and Paul Kelly takes over

September 6, 2018

After the heavy rainfall of the first day, BIGSOUND attendees finally saw that famous Brisbane sun. Most people would have rested from the late night of enjoying the best up-and-coming bands, but a mid-morning keynote talk with Aussie legend Paul Kelly made the early start worthwhile. Chatting with The Australian’s Andrew McMillen at a packed […]

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Photo Highlights: Day Two of BIGSOUND broughts the likes of Wax Chattels, Sahara Beck, Tape/Off and more

September 6, 2018

Day Two of BIGSOUND brought crowds out in full force, some venues packed to the brim. Featured in this gallery are Carla Geneve, Tape/Off, Pool Shop, Wax Chattels and Sahara Beck:

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BIGSOUND 2018 Day One: VOIID get wonderfully snotty, Nice Biscuit make waves and more

September 5, 2018

Brisbane may be the capital of the Sunshine State, but the first day of BIGSOUND saw very little sun amongst the downpour. But the wet weather did little to dampen the excitement of the members of the Australian music industry gathered for the festivities. Everyone soldiered on through the wet weather – wearing free ponchos supplied […]

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Photo Highlights: Day One of BIGSOUND 2018 feat. Alice Skye, Bugs, CLEWS and more

September 5, 2018

Day one of Brisbane’s BIGSOUND was met with pouring rain but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the night! Featured in this gallery are a few of our favourite performances from Alice Skye, Bugs, CLEWS (pictured), Voiid and The Beths:

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Five acts not to miss at BIGSOUND 2018

September 3, 2018

BIGSOUND officially kicks off in Brisbane tomorrow, and our man on the ground this year will be Tim Byrnes. Tim has narrowed down his five must-see acts for the festival. Take a look: Wax Chattels Auckland, New Zealand trio Wax Chattels play bass guitar, keyboard, and a two-piece drum kit. But with those barest of […]

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Exclusive Music Video Premiere: The Little Lord Street Band “Waking Up Next To You” (2018)

August 29, 2018

One of the few country rock bands set to play BIGSOUND next week are WAM Award winners The Little Lord Street Band, and today we’re excited to premiere their new music video “Waking Up Next To You” from their third EP of the same name. Here’s everything you need to know about the single and […]

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Gold Coast set to showcase their musical best at special BIGSOUND showcase

August 28, 2018

There’s been a cultural revolution happening on the Gold Coast over the past five years. An increase in funding for arts and culture, the development of a Music Action Plan, exploration of regulatory reform for music venues and associated zoning and the establishment of a new generation of multi-purpose music venues has led to more […]

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BIGSOUND Guest Playlist: Best Acts Coming Out Of Singapore

August 24, 2018

BIGSOUND is just around the corner, so we asked the four bands that are playing at the Hear65 Singapore Showcase (Charlie Lim, Linying, Intriguant and The Steve McQueens) to put together a Guest Playlist on the ‘Best Acts Coming Out Of Singapore’. Each act picked five songs and wrote about their favourite. Check out the […]

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The AU Review announces massive unofficial BIGSOUND 10th birthday party with VISIONS

August 21, 2018

Sydney party night VISIONS has announced a massive two stage unofficial BIGSOUND event, presented in partnership with The AU Review as part of our 10th Birthday Celebrations. Set to be held at Brisbane’s iconic Foundry on Friday, September 7th, and sponsored by the event’s official beer partner Batler and US Marketing Agency Planetary, the night will showcase VISIONS’ renowned mix of rising stars on the Australian live scene, alongside a special […]

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Take a peak at the final BIGSOUND announcement; I Know Leopard, G Flip and more added!

August 13, 2018

Music industry conference BIGSOUND is less than a month away from taking over Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley and is already bursting at the seams with 150 acts announced. But the event has made just made its final announcement, which includes more artists, speakers, and parties. Joining the line-up of up-and-coming performers includes G Flip, I Know […]

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BIGSOUND adds Didirri, HANDSOME, No Mono, Hollow Coves and 60 other new acts; unveils official venues & parties for 2018 event

July 25, 2018

75 acts were already announced to play the mammoth new music event BIGSOUND in Brisbane this September – and today we have another 64 to add to the bill; plus the festival is giving us its first glimpse into what we can expect from the events, parties and venues that will run across the event’s […]

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Fat Wreck Chords VIPs and Paul Kelly among newly announced BIGSOUND speakers

July 5, 2018

BIGSOUND keeps on churning out the good stuff, now announcing their second speaker announcement for the 2018 conference. Leading the names on this run, iconic US punk label Fat Wreck Chords are going to have a presence with label founder Erin Kelly-Burkett and Lagwagon‘s Joey Cape set to represent, with Australian legend Paul Kelly also confirmed to appear. Gusher […]

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Eilish Gilligan, KAIIT, Sleep Talk & more confirmed on BIGSOUND’s first artist reveal

June 21, 2018

BIGSOUND continues to gear up this year, with the September festival revealing more of its cards for 2018 – their first artist announcement coming this afternoon. Some familiar faces will return to The Valley to showcase their music, while a whole range of fresh names will be on the bill to bring themselves to the […]

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Virginia Grohl and Mardi Caught named keynote speakers at BIGSOUND 2018

May 10, 2018

The first BIGSOUND announcement came on through today, with Mardi Caught (the head of new independent marketing services company, The Annex) and Virginia Grohl (author of From Cradle to Stage) being amongst the first names announced for the September music conference. The initial round of buyers and influencers have also been announced to the program, with the added focus on […]

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever take $25k Levi’s Music Prize

May 9, 2018

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are currently eyeing up a surefire successful run at The Great Escape next week but today, one of Melbourne’s favourites have added more dosh to the bank as they have been announced as the latest winners of the Levi’s Music Prize. Established to support BIGSOUND artists who have conjured considerable career momentum […]

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Alex Lahey wins $25k Levi’s Music Prize off the back of BIGSOUND

January 24, 2018

Alex Lahey has locked down $25,000 today, making Wednesday’s hump day vibes much, much easier to swallow. Winning the annual Levi’s Music Prize, as deliberated by a panel of international judges, the Melbourne songwriter took out this year’s second round of the competition via her connection with BIGSOUND. The competition, established by the music conference and […]

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