Scene News: Bigsound Festival Announces Second Artist Line Up

BIGSOUND Festival have dropped the mic today on an undeniable second announcement, filling an epic four-night adventure of sound and setting yet another benchmark for new live music discovery in Australia. Proving that Australia’s underground is a wide, diverse pool of talent and innovation, this year’s line-up is a cross-genre triumph for anyone wanting to get excited about all that’s great about tomorrow’s music scene.

Where to start? How about satisfying your guitar fetish with sleepmakeswaves, West Thebarton, WAAX and The Beautiful Monument? Perhaps some electronic vibes with Confidence Man, Cub Sport, Golden Vessel or SUPERCRUEL? Or maybe the new generation of hip hop spearheaded by Manu Crook$, Thandi Phoenix or Midas.Gold? How about some of the strongest Australian female songwriters in Tia Gostelow, Caiti Baker and Washington? Whatever your taste, BIGSOUND Festival 2017 has a four-night path for you to plot through the country’s best new acts with each artist playing twice to ensure you don’t miss a thing.

These join previously announced artists including Alex the Astronaut, Baker Boy, Hatchie, Mansionair, The Creases, Winston Surfshirt, Kardajala Kirridarra and more, making up the epic 133+ artist event.

“The quality of new and Australian music is currently exemplified by how hard it was to choose these artists out of approximately 1070 applications,” said BIGSOUND Festival programmer Maggie Collins. “Every single artist on this lineup has something unique to showcase and to achieve. I’m frothing over these acts and can’t wait to show them off.”

All artists on this year’s BIGSOUND Festival are eligible for a share of this year’s $100,000 Levi’s Music Prize and join the now prestigious list of BIGSOUND alumni who have used the event to launch international careers including: Flume, Courtney Barnett, RUFUS, Tash Sultana, The Jezabels, Middle Kids, Seth Sentry, Gang of Youths, DMAs, Kingswood, The Temper Trap, DZ Deathrays, Ball Park Music, San Cisco, Boy & Bear, A.B. Original, Methyl Ethel and many more.

This year’s BIGSOUND Festival venue list has also been announced today, with this year’s event expanding to a huge eighteen venues crossing the spectrum of experiences Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley has to offer from big, small, inside, outside and everything in between—and all within three easily-walked blocks. The 2017 BIGSOUND Festival will welcome you at:

256 Wickham
Alehouse Stage @Woolly Mammoth
Black Bear Lodge
Empire Hotel
Heya Bar
Mane Stage @ Woolly Mammoth
triple j Unearthed @ Oh Hello!
Ric’s Big Backyard
The Brightside
The Brightside Outdoor Stage
The Elephant Hotel
Themusic. @ The Flying Cock
The Foundry
The TBC Club
The New Globe Theatre
The Zoo
BIGSOUND Festival welcomes triple j Unearthed back this year as it expands its showcase of new talent across three big nights at Oh Hello! Along with showcasing the very best acts discovered on triple j Unearthed in the last 12 months, Unearthed are also offering three spots to local Brissie bands. To be eligible, bands simply upload their music to triple j Unearthed by July 31.

Double J are also making their BIGSOUND Festival debut, curating an intimate night of music at Black Bear Lodge on the Thursday, featuring some incredible talent heard on their first three amazing years on air. The lineup will be unveiled with the full BIGSOUND Festival program in August.

As well as just the music, the BIGSOUND Festival experience is going to the next level this year, as 10 visual artists take over Fortitude Valley to show the world what they’ve got. Immerse yourself in lighting, projection, installation and illustration works as you make your way between BIGSOUND’s 18 festival venues. Stay tuned on the BIGSOUND Festival app for more info on the location of specific artworks.

BIGSOUND Festival partner Virgin Australia is also extending the musical journey this year, offering two return economy class airfares anywhere on their international long-haul network to one lucky visitor who books their flights to the festival via the BIGSOUND Festival website. Whether you choose Coachella, Auckland City Limits or FYF Fest, BIGSOUND might be just the start of your musical adventure!


Amyl and The Sniffers
Andy Golledge
Annie Bass
Ara Koufax
Ariela Jacobs
Belle Haven
Big White
Billy Davis and The Good Lords
Braille Face
Caiti Baker
Confidence Man
Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird
Cub Sport
Dear Seattle
Donald Hugh
Drown This City
Easy Life
Emerson Snowe
Evan Klar
Fierce Mild
Golden Vessel
Good Boy
jade imagine
Jess Riberio
Karl S. Williams
Laura Jean
Lupa J
Machine Age
Manu Crook$
Nick Hill
Ocean Alley
Osaka Punch
Paddy McHugh
Resin Moon
Slow Dancer
Stella Donnelly
Taj Ralph
Thandi Phoenix
The Beautiful Monument
The Comfort
The Harpoons
Tia Gostelow
Tom Stephens
Two Steps On The Water
Vandetta (SIN)
Wild Honey
Yoko-Zuna (NZ)


Alex The Astronaut
Alexander Biggs
Baker Boy
Bespin (NZ)
Body Type
Daggy Man
Donny Benét
Dream Rimmy
Endless Heights
Fanny Lumsden
Good Morning
Haiku Hands
Hayden Calnin
Hockey Dad
Horace Bones
IV League
Jess Locke
Jim Lawrie
Kardajala Kirridarra (Sandhill Women)
Kylie Auldist
Maddy Jane
mama kin spender
Merk (NZ)
Miss Blanks
Obscura Hail
Party Dozen
Peter Bibby
POW! Negro
Sloan Peterson
Spirit Bunny
The Cactus Channel
The Creases
The Teskey Brothers
Willaris. K
Winston Surfshirt
Ziggy Ramo


Kenny Gates – PIAS (BEL) – Keynote
Sadie Dupuis – Speedy Ortiz (USA) – Keynote
Aminé Ramer – States of Sound (USA)
Ben Godding – AWAL/Kobalt Music Recordings (AUS)
Ben O’Connor – Chapter Music (AUS)
Ben Swanson – Secretly Group (USA)
Bill Wilson – Music Biz (USA)
Cameron Schaefer – Vinyl Me, Please (USA)
Carl Young – Vevo (UK)
Charles Kirby-Welch – Kartel (UK)
Chris Twite – Secret Sounds / Brisbane Festival (AUS)
Clémence Bizien – Super! (France)
Dan Rosen – ARIA (AUS)
David Sheils – APRA AMCOS (AUS)
Elspeth Scrine – LISTEN / Huntley (AUS)
Emma Calverley – Australian Cultural Fund (AUS)
Emily Kelly – Deathproof (AUS)
Farinoush Mostaghimi – SynchAudio (CAN)
Haley Connelly – Little Press (UK)
Heath Miller – Webster Hall & Excess dB Entertainment (USA)
Hugh McClure – Good Manners (AUS)
Jackie Nalpant – Paradigm Talent Agency (USA)
Jake Friedman – We Are Free Management (USA)
Jane Gazzo – Triple M (AUS)
Jeff Owens – Felte / Ghostly International (USA)
Jennie Sager – Twitter (AUS)
Jeremy Yohai – Imagem Music Publishing (USA)
Dr. Jess Carniel – University of Southern QLD (AUS)
Jillian Mapes – Pitchfork (USA)
Joe Greenwald – C3 Management (USA)
Joel Connolly – Blackbird Ventures (AUS)
Karl Richter – Level Two Music (AUS)
Kate Mills – Native Tongue Publishing (AUS)
Keith Tan – Slate Entertainment (SIN)
Lars Brandle – Billboard (AUS)
Leigh Treweek – The Music / Handshake MGMT (AUS)
Marshall Betts – Paradigm Talent Agency (USA)
Matt Fiedler – Vinyl Me, Please (USA)
Mel Yong – Village Sounds & Other Sounds (AUS)
Mike Sniper – Captured Tracks (USA)
Nic Warnock – R.I.P. Society Records / Repressed Records (AUS)
Paul Barclay – ABC RN (AUS)
Peymon Maskan – Media Arts Lab (USA)
Shelli Trung – QUT CEA (AUS)
Simon Napier-Bell – Pierbel Ltd. UK (UK)
Steel Hanf – WME (AUS)
Tom Taaffe – United Talent Agency (UK)
Zena White – Partisan Records (UK/USA)
Ziggy Ramo – Artist (AUS)

Archie Roach (AUS) – Keynote
Tina Arena (AUS) – Keynote
Adel Hattem – D Music Marketing (Brazil)
Alison Wenham – Worldwide Independent Network (UK)
Andrew Jervis – Bandcamp (USA)
Ash Kerley – Girls Rock! (AUS)
Bill Roe – Trouble In Mind Records (USA)
Bob Van Heur – Le Guess Who? Festival / Belmont Bookings (NL)
Eva Trifonas – Ninja Tune (AUS)
Isla Angus – ATC Live (UK)
Ivy Yuen – Magnetic Asia Limited (Hong Kong)
James Clarke – Aeroplane Agency (AUS)
James Moodie – The Orchard (UK)
Jane Abernathy – 4AD Records (USA)
Jenn Yacoubian – Goldenvoice (USA)
Lucy Wood – Festival Republic (UK)
Mary Ramos – Saturday Music Inc. (USA)
Mazin Tappuni – Communion Music (UK)
Mel Brown – Impressive PR (UK)
Melissa Woods – Third Side Music (USA)
Mike Ajayi – All My Friends (UK)
Nick Findlay – triple j (AUS)
Paul Adams – New Community Management / Roc Nation (USA)
Peter Berard – Domino Recording Co. Ltd. (USA)
Poppy Reid – Seventh Street Media (AUS)
Rebecca Young – Collective Artists (AUS)
Ric Leichtung – Adhoc (USA)
Roy Amar – Bear Parts Music (AUS)
Stuart Meyer – Sub Pop (USA)
Sullivan Patten – Sullivan (AUS)
Sylvie Piccolotto – Rock City (Argentina)
Zan Rowe – triple j (AUS)


Tickets for BIGSOUND Festival 2017 are on sale now from:

Rainbow Pass – $85.00
Four nights of live music + BIGSOUND Festival Closing Party

Single Night Pass – $45.00
Access to a single night of live music

Access All Areas Purple Pass – $470.00
Access to all live show, conferences, parties, delegate portal and more

BIGSOUND is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland. BIGSOUND has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council of the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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