It’s BIGSOUND time again, which means the crème de la crème of Australia’s music scene is all set to descend on Fortitude Valley for four epic days and nights of music. Of course, we’re not going to be able to catch all of the hundreds of artists on the lineup (boo!). But we thought we’d list some of our ‘must-sees’, so you don’t miss out on the pick of the bunch. You’re welcome.
Multi-award winning Electric Fields create a striking and haunting merging of traditional culture with electronic music, bringing breathtaking beauty and power to the stage. Featuring the extraordinary voice of Zaachariaha Fielding, and the brilliance of producer Micheal Ross, their music ranges from soulful pop to epic-scale electronic works. Catch them at the official BIGSOUND welcome party on 3 September as well as other gigs on 3 and 5 September.
Emerging as one of Australia’s most energetic, riled-up noise-pop acts, Cry Club are for anyone who’s ever been called too emotional, too sensitive, too much. Their frenetic and endearingly excitable live show has gained them a die-hard cult following. Catch them at Famous Nightclub on 5 September.
Being Jane Lane
Being Jane Lane are hard-hitting punk goddesses that take no prisoners in their live shows. Five friends from Gold Coast and Brisbane, these rocking chicks have been gaining momentum with festival spots, gigs galore and a soon-to-be-released debut album. Watch this space, and don’t miss their Crowbar sets on 3 and 4 September.
This one’s a bit of a no-brainer. Mojo Juju has been the name on everyone’s lips since the release of her defiant epic ‘Native Tongue’ album and its title-track, telling a story of loss, anger and yearning for connection to traditional culture and language. She’s been taking home awards left right and centre, and will be a tough show to beat. Don’t miss out on seeing her at The Zoo on 5 September.
Dulcie are a four-piece indie-pop girl band from Perth, Western Australia. With two singles, ‘Fall’ and ‘Own Ground’ released in 2019, triple j full rotation on their debut track, an appearance at GTM in Bunbury and main support slots on two national tours, Dulcie have had a busy first year. They’re playing both the Levi’s showcase and at Famous on 4 September, and at Family on the 5th.
Tones and I
This inspiring Byron Bay sensation (pictured) honed her craft busking on the streets, building up a loyal following that has lapped up her first two Nordic pop-inspired singles ‘Johnny Run Away’ and ‘Dance Monkey’. Now that she’s gone national and has ARIA certified gold status, she’s a festival lineup must-have. See her on 4 September at Famous, and also on the Unified Showcase on the 5th.
Saint Lane is the cheeky, stylish Gold Coast hip hop artist you never knew you needed. Fresh off the back of recording his new stuff with Kanye’s team in the US, Saint brings a professional swagger to his live shows that has to be seen to be believed. Become a believer on 3 September at The Elephant and The Wickham on 4 September.
Emerging from the sparkling waters of Byron Bay, Seaside are four friends making indie music with a punchy, dream pop sound. With two EPs and several successful singles released, Seaside’s hypnotising live show has seen them share stages with such acts as Angus & Julia Stone, The Jungle Giants and Last Dinosaurs. They’re playing 3 and 4 September at The Outpost and Empire respectively.
Melding the cosmic studio journeying of The War on Drugs with the melodic immediacy of The Stone Roses, Future Haunts are a group that exist on the blurry edges of rock music. Their songs are malleable, tonal excursions where textured guitar-scapes dissolve into fuzzy freakouts above always driving backbones. 4 Sept at the Foundry, 5 Sept at Heya Bar.
Inspired by vast landscapes reflective of her travels and thirst for adventure, Aquila’s otherwordly sound can be described as ambient, swept up in rolling drums, resonant vocals and dreamlike synths. This motif of power and strength emulates throughout her persona and songwriting. She’s playing Famous on 3 September and Heya Bar on the 4th.
Singer-songwriter Noah Dillon blends elements of indie rock and alternative folk in a cathartic concoction that looks to juxtapose the mundanities of life with some of its deepest questions. Known for his raw emotion and euphoric soundscapes expect to dance, laugh and cry all the same time. Emote with Noah at the Black Bear Lodge on 4 September and then the next day at Empire.
RedHook are screaming rap, rock, electro pop mutants from Sydney. 2019 has seen them play national tours with Hands Like Houses, Sevendust and The Faim. They’ve also toured internationally in the UK and EU with Bad Wolves and Three Days Grace, culminating in an invitation to play at Download Festival UK and Sydney. Now BIGSOUND has them on Tues 3 at Woolly Mammoth and Thursday 5 at Crowbar.
Reliqa are an outrageous, female-fronted alt metal outfit from NSW Central Coast that set out to scratch an itch for passionate and flavoursome heavy music. Wielding a unique blend of aggressive riffage and powerful vocal character, the band have come out swinging with their monstrous sophomore release, ‘EVENTIDE’. Tuesday 3 sees them at Crowbar, Thursday 5 at The Elephant.
Flossy is an alt rock/pop band from Perth fronted by sisters Lauren and Sinead O’Hara. Known for their energetic live shows, punchy, bass driven melodies and perfectly synced harmonies, this band has a knack for writing ear worms with just the right amount of attitude. Catch them at Crowbar on 3 September and Thursday 5 at The Outpost.
Byron Bay singer, ukulele-strummer and drummer Bobby Alu delivers smooth harmonies, Pacific rhythms, and island grooves. Though it’s not all palm trees and daydreams – there’s a robust energy in Alu’s mastery of Samoan log drums, and songwriting that nods to world, roots and pop intelligence. He’s playing The Zoo on 4 September.
Gold Coast Showcase
Well, of course we included this one! Come along to X Cargo McLachlan Street on Thursday 5 September at 12.30pm and revel in three of the best up-and-coming acts our fair city has to offer. DVNA is a colourful, bold and intriguing project born within the depths of a Gold Coast bedroom in early 2017. She’s a talented vocalist who messes around with a warm fusion between new age soul and electronica. Indie pop band Ivey have hustled their way through adolescence and into the music industry, recently signing with Rüfüs Du Sol’s label Rose Avenue, and even playing their own set at Coachella. Ivey showcase a collaborative song writing approach, often lyrically delving into themes of love, sex and the mind. Donny Love are nocturnal icons of the sunshine state and natural outsiders. They’ve spent several years now brooding and maturing, diligently studying their craft and carving out their own oddball sound which incorporates carnal elements of rock, jazz, new wave, pop and soul among other things. Don’t miss them.