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:
Alehouse Stage @Woolly Mammoth
Black Bear Lodge
Mane Stage @ Woolly Mammoth
triple j Unearthed @ Oh Hello!
Ric’s Big Backyard
The Brightside Outdoor Stage
The Elephant Hotel
Themusic. com.au @ The Flying Cock
The TBC Club
The New Globe Theatre
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!
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.