Meet the 5 acts playing Double J’s first ever BIGSOUND showcase

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Five of the country's most exciting live acts make up the first ever Double J BIGSOUND showcase.

For the very first time in our three-and-a-bit years of existence, we’re throwing a showcase at BIGSOUND, the huge celebration of live music that takes place in Brisbane every September.

It’s a chance to pull together a bunch of Australian acts that we love and show you that they’re as good on the live stage as they sound on the radio.

We’ve gone for a diverse list of acts that will take us from soul to disco to folk to electro and no doubt plenty of other wild and wonderful music directions through the night. There are also a lot of acts that will make you want to dance, which is something we’re all about.

Here are the acts who are on board. We’re so excited.

Double J's BIGSOUND showcase

Donny Benét
Kylie Auldist
The Cactus Channel
Kardajala Kirridarra
Mama Kin / Spender

Thursday 7 September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane

Hit the BIGSOUND website for all ticketing info.

And here's a little more on what you can expect.

The Cactus Channel

We cannot get enough of multi-faceted indie-soul septet The Cactus Channel.

Over the past couple of years, the Melbourne band have been immensely busy. Whether it’s their collaborations with the likes of Chet Faker (now Nick Murphy) and Sam Cromack, or their own cinematic soul masterpieces, they’ve quickly risen to be one of the best at what they do – and there’s some pretty stiff competition out there these days.

Their deep grooves are going to have the dancefloor of Black Bear Lodge absolutely pumping on the Thursday night of BIGSOUND. Bring your dancing shoes. 

Kardajala Kirridarra

 

One of our favourite new discoveries of 2017 has been this brilliant collaboration between Marlinja singers Eleanor Dixon and Janey ‘Namija’ Dixon, rapper MC Kayla Jackson, and Melbourne producer Beatrice Lewis.

Kardajala Kirridarra – which translates to Sandhill Women – sing in a combination of English and their beautiful, rarely heard language Mudburra. Their songs are beautiful, evocative, heartfelt and progressive. Their voices will echo in your mind long after you’ve finished singing and the modern production is a startlingly complementary accompaniment.

It might get a little hot at Black Bear Lodge, but these women will still give you chills. 

Kylie Auldist

We wouldn’t get mad if you told us you think Kylie Auldist is Australia’s greatest soul singer.

From her many, many great records with The Bamboos, her killer solo records and, of course, that absolutely, insanely enormous worldwide smash hit that just will not go away (not that we want it to), she’s given us plenty of reasons to prattle on about how great she is.

Something tells us we’ll be doing plenty more of it after her set at Black Bear Lodge in September, as she lights up the venue with her perfect voice and deft handle on the finest in modern deep soul.

If you want to know more about the music that moves her, check out this great interview she did on the Don’t Look Back podcast earlier this year. 

Mama Kin Spender

Mama Kin Spender have only released one song as part of their brand new collaborative project, but that doesn’t concern us too much.

First, that song ‘Air Between Us’ is really good.

Secondly, they’ve both more than proven their aptitude for skewed pop songwriting over the years and we are pretty convinced the rest of their material is easily going to win us over.

We are completely in the dark about what their live show is like, but we can’t wait to find out, alongside you, when they perform at BIGSOUND in September.

Donny Benét

No one in Australian music is as smooth and sophisticated as Donny Benét. You might have heard or seen him holding down the bass for acts like Jack Ladder, Sarah Blasko, Kirin J Callinan and Bob Evans, but the Donny Benét live experience is the ultimate way to experience this great artist.

His style of music is perennially stuck in the 1980s. This makes it the perfect Eurodisco soundtrack to a lavish long weekend at a beachside hideaway, where you windsurf, sunbathe and maybe fit in a quick game of squash. Though its equally suited to a big night on the town, where you take in the lights and drink wine coolers until the sun comes up.

If you can’t handle his warped, earnest, brilliant disco-pop, you’ll at least get a kick out of the fact that he’s an insanely talented musician and a damn fine dancer to boot.

He’ll make you feel the heat as he closes out the night with the utmost class. 

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