It's the most exciting week of the year for Australia's ever-burgeoning music industry: BIGSOUND, where artists, labels, media, other professionals and the general public collide for a massive four days of live sets, conferences, keynotes, networking, and pretty much everything else dedicated to the up-and-comers (and established icons) of the music world. And in 2018, BIGSOUND returns for its biggest and best iteration yet!
With the first batch of conference speakers already announced, it's time to switch our focus to the nighttime, where Brisbane's never-sleeping Fortitude Valley will transform into a live music lover's dream, every venue packed with some of Australia's biggest and brightest young acts. The first lineup announcement features an insane 75 names, including Killing Heidi frontwoman Ella Hooper, pop-punk trailblazers Eat Your Heart Out, indie scorchers Moaning Lisa, emo-pop legend Rachel Maria Cox and UNFD underdogs Slowly Slowly, to scrape just the tip of the iceberg.
Acts like Eilish Gilligan, Hachiku, Sweater Curse, Cable Ties, Greta Stanley, Kwame and Paces have been riding high on our radars thanks to their presence on triple j (and its Unearthed spinoff), and we're beyond keen to check out some new rulers like Bugs, Butterfingers, RAT!hammock, Two People, Totty and Sleep Talk.
But really, there's something for everyone to be found in the absolute tsunami of stage slayers that BIGSOUND have hit us with, every genre from pop to rock to punk to dance, all the way to hip-hop of shoegaze given a fair chunk of the spotlight. And 2018's event is anything like that of the past lot, there's still a whole lot of names yet to be unearthed.
BIGSOUND 2018 will go down over four days and nights on September 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley precinct. Tickets are on sale now, with a variety of festivalgoer and delegate options available. Catch all the details below!
As always, keep your ears and eyes locked to Australian Guitar for all your BIGSOUND 2018 coverage!
Artist lineup (first announcement)
A. Swayze & The Ghosts
Eat Your Heart Out
Hobsons Bay Coast Guard
James Wright Trio
Rachel Maria Cox
Speaker lineup (first announcement)
Mardi Caught – The Annex (AUS)
Virginia Hanlon Grohl – From Cradle to Stage (USA)
Alex Berenson - Vinyl Me, Please (USA)
Alison Rosenfeld - Aperture Music (USA)
Amber Carew - Saddle Creek Records (USA)
Ben Rafson - We Are Free (USA)
Bernie Cho – DFSB (KOR)
Brontë Jane - Third Side Music (USA)
Carlos Lopez Jr. – Domino (USA)
Eric Fritschi – Mtheory (USA)
Fabrizio Onetto – OCESA Seitrack (MEX)
Jessi Frick - Citrine Management (USA)
Joe Greenwald - C3 Management (USA)
Jon Box – Universal Canada (CAN)
Katie Garcia – Secretly Group / Bayonet (USA)
Lucy Pitkethly - Eat Your Own Ears (UK)
Madison McCabe - Hidden Track Music (USA)
Markell Casey - Pulse Music Group (USA)
Nevin Domer - Maybe Mars Music (CHN)
Owen Mallon - Paradigm Talent Agency (USA)
Paul Bridgewater - Line of Best Fit (UK)
Rachel Cox - Sad Grrrls Club (AUS)
Shaun Faulkner - X-Ray Touring (UK)
Tim Luckow – Stem (USA)
Tom Wironen - Friendly Announcer (USA)
September 4th - 7th
Fortitude Valley, Brisbane QLD