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 Australia’s largest new music discovery event.
Numbers are expected to meet and even succeed 2016’s stats, which saw 7000 people hit the streets of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley for a run of amazing live shows and panel discussions with industry members from all over the world. The formula is strong, clearly, so with 2017’s event now edging closer and closer, it’s going to be very interesting to see how BIGSOUND continues to flourish.
Among today’s first artist reveal are some of our favourite emerging artists from last year, in Alex The Astronaut, Winston Surfshirt and Alexander Biggs. Joining on with the likes of Fanny Lumsden, Daggy Man, Horace Bones and Hayden Calnin, these artists reflect a musically diverse melting pot and will benefit from the spotlight BIGSOUND provides. From the UK, SPLASHH will be in Brisbane to showcase their wares, as will NZ’s own Bespin and Merk.
Check out the full list of artists below and hit play on our BIGSOUND Playlist to get a feel for what to expect!
BIGSOUND 2017 – FIRST ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT
Alex The Astronaut
Kardajala Kirridarra (Sand Hill Women)
The Cactus Channel
The Teskey Brothers
All artists confirmed for BIGSOUND this year are all eligible for their share of the Levi’s Music Prize ($100,000), while the live music element of BIGSOUND has expanded to take in four nights (September 5th-8th), taking heed of increasing crowd and punter demand from previous years.
Tickets for BIGSOUND 2017 are on sale here, we’d encourage you to hop on yours quick before the special rates wind up on July 31st.