The countdown is down for Australia’s biggest annual music conference and showcase event, Bigsound.
Industry figures and artists alike are jam-packing their calendars before they make the pilgrimage to Fortitude Valley on September 4; and with daytime conference numbers increasing 10% on last year to 1,500, the live programme has also expanded to feature more acts and more venues.
In the words of Linkin Park, time is a valuable thing. So, we asked a few Bigsound delegates including Paul Harris (Sony Music), Claire Collins (Bossy), Dave Parker (Universal Music) and Mardi Caught (The Annex) who their ‘must-see’ showcasing acts are.
“Charlie Collins has been writing and performing incredible songs since she was 11 and is without doubt one of Australia’s most promising talents. This new project sees her branching out solo and with the release of just one single so far, Charlie is already getting attention all across the globe. She is an act you don’t want to miss at Bigsound.
“Atlas Franklin Alexander will be debuting his live band at Bigsound and will drop his first single that week. Not much else to say other then this is going to blow peoples minds wide open.” – Nick Lynagh, Mirror Music
Watch Charlie Collins’ video for “Wish You Were Here’ below:
“I first saw him perform “17 Again” at the Industry Observer Awards. An incredible storyteller, with powerful stage presence, a soulful voice and beautiful smile. Absolutely love him!” – Rachel Kelly, Downtown Music Publishing
“Gravemind are one of the most CLEVER marketers of their own music out there AND they are 100% the HEAVIEST thing that is likely to have ever played at Bigsound, so I can’t wait for that.” – Tim Price, Collision Course PR
“How could I possibly choose when there are amazing acts like Didirri and Slowly Slowly performing. I can’t wait to see all of the incredible talent Bigsound has to offer this year” – Jaddan Comerford, UNIFIED Music Group
“Having heard him for the first time at BS 17 and then followed him around at various events and seeing him play at SXSW this year, it’s been a pleasure to see the success flow with him.” – Stuart Watters, Nightlife Music
Watch Didirri’s video for ‘I Can’t Get Last Night Out Of My Head’ below:
“Double J’s showcase will bring some of Australia’s most talented women to the front. Thando, Gabriella Cohen and Nardean have already released impressive music this year so I’m most excited to see indie folk duo Oh Pep! road test their new songs.” – Dorothy Markek, Double J Music Director
Watch Oh Pep!’s video for ‘What’s The Deal With David?’ below:
“Super excited to see Samsaruh perform at BIGSOUND, after hearing the songs on the radio they are just completely brought to life in her incredible live performance and my god what a voice!” – Meg Collins, SUM Management
“There’s so many acts playing at the Unearthed showcases this year who’re primed to rip the lid off things – I’m talking about G-Flip, Kwame, Slowly Slowly – but I’ve got a feeling that Mandurah’s Good Doogs might just be the wildcard to watch with their loose surf punk and unstoppable energy.” – Dave Ruby Howe, triple j Unearthed
“They’re one of the most exciting acts to watch live and one of the most important new bands in Australia. I doubt you’ll be able to see them in a small venue for long! (PS. I also think people should come watch me but I think that goes without saying!)” – Rachel Maria Cox
“There’s some serious girl power happening up at Bigsound this year! Merpire, Eliott, JEFFE & Georgia Mulligan are definite must-see’s!! These gals are some of our favourite singer/songwriters emerging from the local scene right now. Each of these ladies are gifted and unique performers who truly know how to captivate a crowd!” – Elizabeth Browne & Tamara Georgopoulos, ArowAgency
Watch Georgia Mulligan’s clip for ‘The Dark’ below: