BIGSOUND

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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Amy Shark, Gang of Youths amongst major winners at the National Live Music Awards

December 8, 2017

Eight events took place simultaneously around the country last night, celebrating the contributions to live music by some of our best established and emerging acts, with the¬†National Live Music Awards taking place from another year. With the ticketed gala event happening at The Grace Darling Hotel in Collingwood, the Melbourne event of the NLMAs saw […]

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Interview: Maribelle reflects on her debut BIGSOUND & where she’s heading next

September 22, 2017

Dressed in vibrant yellow,¬†Maribelle enters the room with effortless cool. The young artist has been enjoying recent acclaim off the back of her debut EP¬†Overtake, a record that put her in front of a global publishing deal with Universal earlier this year. Still in her early twenties, Maribelle has already made good headway in charting […]

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Interview: Lonelyspeck continues to find their voice in emerging as one of Australia’s finest young producers

September 20, 2017

The swell of support surrounding Adelaide producer and vocalist¬†Lonelyspeck this year has simply been testament to the amount of potential one¬†Sione Teumohenga has continued to display since 2014’s¬†Presence EP.¬†Since aligning with the TEEF Records crew late last year, Lonelyspeck has curried the favour of blogs, radio and industry across the board, with their 2017 EP¬†Lave […]

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Interview: Ziggy Ramo on the therapeutic nature of music & his creative drive moving into 2018

September 18, 2017

This afternoon,¬†Ziggy Ramo announced his signing with Village Sounds, along with the announcement that he is to be joining the likes of The Shins, Cashmere Cat and Alt J at Perth’s Fidelity Festival. Taking things back to Brisbane at¬†BIGSOUND, the young lyricist and performer sat down with us to share more of his story and […]

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Interview: Jesswar chats Australia’s increasingly diverse hip hop scene and forthcoming EP

September 18, 2017

After a total of five showcase events across this year’s BIGSOUND it’s safe to say Jesswar more than proved her worth. Ferocious on the mic with a penchant for witty lyricism, the young Brisbane emcee dominated discussions on the “next big thing” in Australia’s hip hop scene, and with all that hype and excitement lifting […]

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Interview: Baker Boy on starting his journey and rapping in his native language

September 15, 2017

I don’t think there was any artist at BIGSOUND this year as excited as Baker Boy. The young Yolngu rapper from the Top End only started recording music last year and has already pushed through in a big way. Just a few months ago the skilled rapper, dancer, actor and artist managed to win the […]

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Interview: Alexander Biggs on appreciating the art of a well crafted song

September 15, 2017

Today, Melbourne’s¬†Alexander Biggs releases his long awaited debut EP,¬†Still You Sharpen Your Teeth, six tracks of music exemplary of his developed writing technique and evocative musical stylings. We’ve been following Biggs for a couple of years now, and to see him not only release this significant record but also now focus on what is new […]

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Interview: Kardajala Kirridara on bringing the sounds of Indigenous NT to a national audience

September 14, 2017

The first¬†BIGSOUND artist we sat down with in Brisbane last week set a brilliant tone for the few days ahead –¬†Kardajala Kirridarra. It’s been a big year for the group from the Marlinja and Elliott communities in the NT; their music has struck a chord throughout the Northern Territory and with the NIMAs and NT […]

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Sosefina’s picks: 11 acts who left a lasting impression at BIGSOUND

September 12, 2017

My third BIGSOUND brought with it some definite highlights, from corners I wasn’t expecting. There was a solid hip hop presence at this year’s festival, striking an instant contrast between the hard hitting MC’s and the usual fare of bands taking up on stages throughout the Valley. A main take away I came away from […]

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Interview: The Cactus Channel describe their new direction & announce Australian tour

September 12, 2017

Melbourne group¬†The Cactus Channel had their chance to showcase up at¬†BIGSOUND¬†this year, a great opportunity for the group to break in some new sounds and get a feel for the new direction they’ve embarked upon. Sitting down with¬†Darvid,¬†Lewis¬†and¬†Hudson, we get a little insight into how the group is approaching the release of their new album, […]

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Interview: Sl√łtface set up for a huge 2018 as the Norwegian young guns continue to finesse trailblazing profile

September 12, 2017

Norwegian group¬†Sl√łtface sit across and beside me on a warm Brisbane afternoon at Ric’s Bar, as¬†BIGSOUND¬†continues to be built around us. It’s the first official night of the annual music conference and festival and¬†Sl√łtface¬†are one of the most highly anticipated – and international – bands on the bill. Their debut album,¬†Try Not to Freak Out, […]

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Here’s what went down during a discussion on “call out culture” at Bigsound 2017

September 11, 2017

Two years ago Welsh journalist and author Jon Ronson published a book titled So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, addressing the growing issue of (sometimes justified, sometimes not) social media outrage and what some people refer to as “trial by public opinion”. Since then the discussion has moved into specific spheres such as the music industry, […]

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BIGSOUND 2017 comes to a triumphant end with sleepmakeswaves, Midas.Gold and more coming out on top

September 8, 2017

Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley saw out one final day and night live music and conferencing on Thursday, with¬†BIGSOUND entering its last round, sending hundreds of musicians and delegates throughout participating venues to witness some great emerging artists, buzz bands and established favourites. The SA Music showcase in the afternoon took place at Ric’s Backyard, bringing together […]

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Manu Crook$ and Caiti Baker reign supreme through BIGSOUND’s second night

September 7, 2017

Night Two of¬†BIGSOUND brought some huge voices out to The Valley on Wednesday night. Split between heavy hitting vocals and fleshed out bands, we were spoiled for choice; when you have the likes of¬†Total Giovanni and¬†The Belligerents rolling alongside buzz artists like¬†Body/Type and¬†Willaris.K, you know that the Australian band scene is heaving. We made sure […]

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Staying woke, being safe & echo chambers: Five things we learned during BIGSOUND Wednesday panels

September 7, 2017

It’s not just all showcases at BIGSOUND, some of the most important and crucial days of the year for Australia’s music industry. Issues facing the industry are discussed and picked apart through various panels, keynotes and informal mixers, and it’s the results of these talks each year that have a big impact on how the […]

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Confidence Man, West Thebarton & more open BIGSOUND 2017 with impressive flair

September 5, 2017

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 […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Scalphunter “Life Sucked” (2017)

September 4, 2017

Set to fire up in Brisbane this week, Perth’s¬†Scalphunter have got BIGSOUND well and truly in their sights; with two hectic shows lined up, best believe this group is ready to shake things into submission ahead of the release of their debut album¬†Lies. From it comes new single “Life Sucked”, which we are stoked to […]

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Single of the Day: Wild Honey “Messed Up” (2017)

August 28, 2017

With BIGSOUND just around the corner, many showcasing artists are kicking off their campaigns with some pretty cool single releases this week – enter¬†Wild Honey. Arriving with new single “Messed Up” ahead of their BIGSOUND appearances, the band continues to explore the indie pop foundations they’ve already built a solid reputation upon through previous releases. […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Horace Bones “The Rats” (2017)

August 22, 2017

Horace Bones are fast gaining a reputation for their live shows; vocalist¬†Oisin Kelly¬†emanates a kind of fascinating instability, the band at once formidable and so, so enjoyable. Today, we bring you¬†Horace Bones contained in a recording, an exclusive premiere of their third single for 2017, “The Rats”. Danny Cockburn‘s grinding and gritty bass riffs underlie […]

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Ziggy Ramo to Teischa: 10 artists set to breakthrough BIGSOUND 2017

August 16, 2017

With more than 130 acts spread out over four days, across 18 venues, Brisbane’s BIGSOUND festival definitely earns its name. Even glossing over the expansive program of artists for this year has gotten us a bit light headed, but there have been a group of artists we’re keen to be checking out below – if […]

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Start planning your days and nights at BIGSOUND; 2017 app launches today

August 14, 2017

BIGSOUND is coming up in just¬†weeks now and as Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley continues to prepare itself for the biggest music conference and festival this side of the globe, the crew who make all the wheels turn have done attendees a solid in launching their official app for 2017. Start planning your nights out in the […]

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BIGSOUND artist count rises to 133 with latest round of confirmed names dropped today

July 27, 2017

BIGSOUND¬†has bolstered its 2017 artist list with a stack of new names being released today, taking the official count to 133 (so far). The list sees some BIGSOUND debutantes in the mix with some returning names and a block of Australian favourites set to mix it up in Fortitude Valley this September 5th – 9th. […]

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Over 40 new speakers and industry names added to BIGSOUND 2017

July 6, 2017

BIGSOUND¬†has added two new keynote speakers to their 2017 event in Brisbane this September, welcoming¬†Sadie Dupuis and¬†Kenny Gates to the fold. Both industry indivduals are coming to BIGSOUND with a wealth of experience; Dupuis, a poet, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with US group¬†Speedy Ortiz and Gates, the co-founder of internationally renowned indie label,¬†PIAS. The addition of […]

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Playlist: Get a taste of what to expect from BIGSOUND 2017’s first crop of showcasing artists

June 22, 2017

Hoo boy,¬†BIGSOUND is coming out strong this year with its first artist announcement dropping today. 64 Australian bands and international visitors have been revealed to be heading to Brisbane in September for the huge music conference and showcase series, the event beginning to nip at the heels of its overseas cousins in standing strong as […]

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Archie Roach and Tina Arena headline first speaker announcement for BIGSOUND 2017

May 11, 2017

The¬†BIGSOUND programming announcements have kicked off for yet another year, with some Aussie legends being announced as keynote speakers for the September music conference. Leading the announcement today,¬†Archie Roach¬†and¬†Tina Arena will both be appearing in Brisbane for BIGSOUND – the two Australian music icons set to open up about their acclaimed and extensive careers. Says […]

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BIGSOUND reveals $100,000 music prize and expanded program in first announcement for 2017

April 3, 2017

It’s only April, but the¬†BIGSOUND train has begun generating steam for another year again, with the music conference’s first announcement dropping this week. In this first bit of news, BIGSOUND have announced the inaugural¬†Levi’s Music¬†Prize, offering BIGSOUND artist alumni the chance to land their share of $100,000. Supporting those artists who have surged forward in […]

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