Top 3 Acts – BIGSOUND 2014

With over 100 of the next big bands taking over Fortitude Valley during BIGSOUND, it was literally impossible to catch every gig. Our writer, Emily Hosking, gives you her top 3 picks from the BIGSOUND Live showcases.

The Creases

Sporting mop tops and turtlenecks, anyone would think that The Creases are from another time and place. Their live show at NEW GLOBE THEATRE on Wednesday night, was the first gig that really kicked BIGSOUND off for me. Energetic, fun and full of ‘ooh wah’s’, these guys had everyone bopping along and taking a ‘trip’ of their own. While their live show has potential to be ironed out, there’s no reason why these guys aren’t going to be the next big thing.

Jeremy Neale

You know those acts that you read a little something about (whether it be their bio, an interview or perhaps even their twitter feed) and you just know you are going to love them? That was exactly my experience with Jeremy Neale. The minute I heard him described as a sixties revivalist, I was hooked. And then I saw him live.  Neale hit the Alhambra stage as part of the BIGSOUND Live schedule on Thursday night to a packed out audience, and there is no wonder why he attracted such a large crowd. This Brisbane-ian is something else. He fills the stage with so much charisma and while the audience quickly falls in love his effervescent personality, it feels as if he is mutually falling hard for them too. My mate perfectly captured the essence of this gig when he turned to me halfway through and exclaimed ‘I feel like I’m at a prom in the 60’s.’ Jeremy Neale was certainly my most treasured discovery of BIGSOUND 2014.

Photo credit: Stephen Booth

Photo credit: Stephen Booth

Marlon Williams

 The minute I heard him described as “the impossible love child of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt”, I knew Marlon Williams was going to be one of my top picks. And disappoint, he did not. Hitting the Press Club stage on Thursday night with nothing but his guitar and a wide brimmed hat, this New Zealander showed he is most certainly a mutual re-incarnation of some of the best musicians the world has ever seen. His powerful vocals delivered heart felt and cheeky stories of love, life and broken marriages. If you dig the older stuff, than Mr. Williams is certainly going to float your boat.

Our writer, Jake Wilton, gives you his own top picks from BIGSOUND Live 2014.

Felicity Groom

Creating a virtual blend of psych and pop, Felicity Groom and her AAA backing band created a longing experience and a reason for her to return to Queensland. Throwing in plenty of new material from her second album – Hungry Sky, due 2nd October – Felicity shacked and shivered through the Black Bear Lodge. She commanded the audience with her dominating voice and spellbound more than enough punters – this guy, for sure.

Baptism of Uzi

Having not seen the Melbourne outfit since their dwarfing and momentous set at Splendour in the Grass 2013, I was keen to see how the group are developing. Prog-psych dripped across their debut EP, yet they create a heavier, most dynamic, and mostly instrumental, live performance. Favourites like Stray Current and Fire Penguin transformed into spiral swirls of prog-Sabbath riffs and quick fire bursts of lyrical delivery. An interesting insight to where Baptism of Uzi are current sitting – but where’s the new music, guys?

D.D. Dumbo

Packing the Alhambra I OH YOU after party was current hype machine D.D. Dumbo. The one man act was able to pull off a sound designed for a four-piece band and craft his summer infused tunes. He was able to captivate a more-than-capacity venue and charm a few girls, easily. The constant use of pedal and looping work showed how hard working and devoted this artist can really be.


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