Gold Coast is putting on its best showing yet at this year’s BIGSOUND Festival, with half a dozen of our primo acts taking over Fortitude Valley from 5 – 8 September.
From the relative newcomers Eliza and the Delusionals to returning prodigal son Karl S Williams, an eclectic range of Gold Coast music is all set to wow the cream of Australia’s music industry at the massive event.
Meet the lucky six:
Having supported Miami Horror, The Vanns, Mosquito Coast, Tiny Little Houses and Ocean Alley, recording with Konstantin Kerstin and scoring prime slots at events like Surfers Paradise LIVE, Blurst of Times, Shakafest and Caloundra Music Festival, Gold Coast’s favourite garage band, IVEY haven’t even got started. A sold-out headlining show at Gold Coast’s Venue of the Year, elsewhere’ was no surprise, nor were the rave reviews for latest single ‘Last Week’ from Indie Shuffle, triple j and Music Feeds. Evolving their sound with the help of long time collaborator/producer Konstantin Kersting (The Belligerents) Ivey have dropped new single ‘Out Of Time’ just in time for a spot at the Gold Coast showcase and a bunch of other shows for BIGSOUND.
Watch Ivey’s video for ‘Last Week’
Cinematic-electro-pop, with powerhouse vocals and compelling visuals. That’s Ella Fence in a nutshell. The award-winning songwriter collaborated with APRA Award-winning songwriter producer The Audacious Vinnie LaDuce for new single ‘Cocaine’ and its predecessor ‘Dancer’. Now she’s playing the Gold Coast Showcase at BIGSOUND. “It’s huge,” she told Blank GC. “Not just for the live performances, but the conference itself. I’ve been coming to BIGSOUND for years and I’ve always drawn on the shared experience from the guest speakers and panel discussions. This year as one of the performers it’s a great opportunity for me and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Watch the video for Ella Fence’s ‘Cocaine’
ELIZA AND THE DELUSIONALS
Since their inception in 2015, energetic alterna-rock four piece Eliza and the Delusionals have been blazing a brightly ascending trajectory across Gold Coast’s musical landscape. Current single, ‘Salt’, is a fuzzy pop delight, dripping with sass and hooks aplenty. The track certainly turned heads, being nominated as a finalist in the prestigious Song of the Year category at this year’s Gold Coast Music Awards. The band are also rapt to be part of this year’s bumper musical line-up for BIGSOUND 2017. “We’re playing there as part of the Gold Coast Showcase event on Thursday, 7 September,” says frontwoman Eliza Klatt. “The Gold Coast and Brisbane are the two main places we play, so we’ve wanted to be part of BIGSOUND for ages. We recently went to Canada and played Toronto’s version of BIGSOUND as part of Canadian Music Week. So it’ll be great to be part of Australia’s version.”
Watch Eliza and the Delusionals’ video for ‘Salt’
KARL S WILLIAMS
Over the past 18 months much-loved rootsy junkyard troubadour Karl S Williams has been somewhat of a transient musical journeyman, dividing his time between Melbourne and his original base on the Gold Coast. “This year I’ll be playing a few showcase gigs across the event, one with the band and one solo. First and foremost it’s a really good time. I definitely get inspired by being there. A bunch of musicians, and venue people that you run into travelling around and playing shows are all in Brisbane for a week – it’s crazy! BIGSOUND has been really beneficial for me in previous years. In my first year I picked up a booking agent and a publisher came out of it the second time I played the event. I’m independent at the moment, so this year it’ll be great to maybe talk to some record labels about putting out the next album when it’s ready – fingers crossed.”
Watch Karl S Williams’ video for ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’
Jesswar is killing it right now, with gigs a-plenty, new music about to be released and a new distribution deal with Golden Era Records. “The team from Golden Era, the boys down there really inspired me and really pushed me to work harder and chase my dreams,” she told Blank GC. The resulting EP is a more mature offering from the rising star. “I’m really excited to see the response from this new music. I’m exploring new sounds and I’m very interested to see how it will be received.” Jesswar has managed to nab a handful of coveted playing spots for the who’s who of Australian music at BIGSOUND this year. “I feel great, I’ve always wanted to play BIGSOUND,” she states. “I’ve never been before but I was really stoked when I got that email. I’m really really excited.” You can catch Jesswar at the BIGSOUND warm up party at NightQuarter on 2 September and then throughout BIGSOUND at The Elephant, The Wooly Mammoth, The Foundry and Ric’s Bar.
Check out the latest The Trigger track featuring Jesswar ‘War’
Forming in Brisbane sometime back in 2004, but now calling the Gold Coast home, Driven Fear is a five-piece act that’s been quietly amassing fans and clocking up big wins without local fanfare. A finalist for both Album of the Year and Artist of the year in the 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards and showcasing at BIGSOUND 2017, they’ve shared the stage with punk / hardcore stalwarts Strung Out, Millencolin, Sick Of It All and The Amity Affliction (amongst others). Nic Lalot (drums) told us how the band feels about their upcoming slots at Australia’s biggest music conference and festival. “We were very stoked about this. BIGSOUND is a great opportunity for some awesome exposure with so many awesome artists on the bill. Psyched to be a part of it, and for two nights too! We’ve always been more of an underground band that has had VERY little commercial exposure… It’s just something we’ve never done nor did we think we’d ever get the chance to do, and yeah it caught us buy surprise, we were so stoked.” Driven Fear are at BIGSOUND, Wednedsay 6 September at Crowbar and Thursday 7 September at The New Globe Theatre
Watch the video for Driven Fear’s track ‘Crisis’
Gold Coast Music Awards showcase, presented by City of Gold Coast and Blank Gold Coast will be held on Thursday 7 September at The Brightside Outdoor stage from 12.30 – 2.00pm. Attendance is open to BIGSOUND delegates with lanyards or special guests of the Gold Coast Music Awards. To check out the rest of the live acts during BIGSOUND, you’ll need a delegate lanyard.
Eliza and the Delusionals image (C) Lamp Photography