MUSIC NEWS: First round of BIGSOUND 2018 acts announced!
What's that sound? After the massive first round announcement of speakers in May, BIGSOUND continues to cement its reputation as the country’s biggest discovery event for new music, with the unveiling of the first round of live acts. And boy is it BIG!
Set to take the stage across 4 nights in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley this September 4-7, BIGSOUND, which brings together key industry figures and music fans from around to the world to sample the best of tomorrow’s hottest Australia acts, welcomes its first 75 acts this week. Showcases from Australia’s most buzzworthy live acts, including The Chats, Eliott, Cable Ties, Asha Jefferies, yú yī and more, sit among a long list of Australia’s future headliners.
BIGSOUND’s first round of live artists also sees an influx of metal, hip hop and folk music added to the bill; Sydney’s ARTERIES lead the charge for all things heavy, alongside metalcore outfits Gravemind, Sleep Talk and heavy hitters Cast Down.
New Zealand act Wax Chattels, Indigenous duo The Merindas, dream pop act Pool Shop and iconic Australian musician Ella Hooper also help round out a long list of fresh acts for BIGSOUND Festival’s first announcement.
These artists (and over 70 others) will play in front of labels, publishers, agents, festival bookers and other industry heavyweights. Following in the footsteps of Stella Donnelly, Alex Lahey and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, BIGSOUND Festival artists from 2018 become eligible for the Levi's® Music Prize, the ability to score $25,000 in prize money and $5,000 in travel from Stage and Screen to assist in progressing their international music careers.
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BY TIANA SPETER