The one artist you can't miss at BIGSOUND...

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BIGSOUND isn't just for the music industry. It's for anyone who loves music.

If you haven't been before, you can be excused for wondering why you should care about BIGSOUND.

After all, isn't it just an excuse for people in the music industry to pat each other on the backs and brag about their recent achievements to anyone who will listen?

Truth is; no, it's not. At least, it doesn't have to be. 

In recent years BIGSOUND has become a place for people who simply love music to go and see a whole lot of the country's best bands in one space over a short period of time. It's a music festival for people who don't care about fashion, market stalls, camping or grass stains. It's for people who care about music and want to be on top of what is good right now.

BIGSOUND is simply about music. And a hell of a lot of it. This year's official program features 152 acts (though there are plenty more who are playing as part of the unofficial parties and showcases) who will play at venues dotted around Fortitude Valley across three nights.

The chance to see so many great acts is an exciting prospect, but also a pretty overwhelming one. Who should you see? Who will be the next Flume or Courtney Barnett (who've both showcased at BIGSOUND recently)? Who deserves the hype?

We asked people at triple j, Double J and triple j Unearthed - all of whom will be on the ground in Brisbane this week - the one act they think you can't miss at BIGSOUND this year. If you can't be in Brisbane this week, keep your eye out for them as they no doubt pass through your home town soon.

Kardajala Kirridarra

 

When an artist pops up sounding like no one else around, they pique my interest. When they’re as unique and intriguing as Kardajala Kirridarra I’m desperate to hear more.

Ancient stories of the women’s deep connection with country are told with synths and computers, sung in English and the indigenous Mudburra language.

At the Golden Plains festival earlier this year, their beautiful sounds drifted up the hill to my campsite, rousing me from a sleep-in after a late night. I lay back in my pyjamas and took it in as best I could. I won’t make that mistake again. – Dorothy Markek, Double J

Hear them on triple j Unearthed

Read more about Kardajala Kirridarra

Ruby Fields

 

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, artist, amateur luthier: Ruby Fields is the creative personification of a Swiss army knife.

Straight away, from the fuzzed-out, defiant power chords that introduce her debut song ‘I Want’, it felt like there was something exciting about this artist. Her follow-up track ‘P Plates’ really solidified it. Her grunge-pop melodies are intuitively catchy and her lyrics feel mature and totally relatable.

You’ll find me squished up the front for Ruby’s set. – Dom Alessio, triple j

Hear her on triple j Unearthed

Read more about Ruby Fields

Didirri

 

It’s all about that voice. If Didirri can sound half as good in the flesh as he does on the handful of songs I’ve heard from him, his sets at BIGSOUND will be completely spellbinding.

He’s only 22, but is writing songs with great maturity already. I can only imagine how they will develop as time goes on. His biggest influences are Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley and Glen Hansard, but I hear more The Avett Brothers, Townes Van Zandt and Marlon Williams in his glorious brand of Americana.

I’m don’t see how anyone could not be moved by his recent singles ‘Blind You’ and ‘Jude’ and I’m sure he’s got plenty more of that magic up his sleeve. I can’t wait to find out. – Dan Condon, Double J

Hear him on triple j Unearthed

Read more about Didirri

Baker Boy

 

Alongside formidable talents like Ruby Fields, Alex The Astronaut and MUTO, I’m particularly psyched to see Baker Boy make his BIGSOUND debut.

The Melbourne via Arnhem Land rapper has set tongues wagging almost as fast as his own in 2017 thanks to breakout single ‘Cloud 9 {Ft. Kian}’ with its electrifying hook and raps trading in between English and Baker Boy’s Yolngu Matha language.

This’ll be one of Baker Boy’s first live shows too so I’ve got a feeling the whole industry will be bashing down the door to scope the young blood out on Wednesday night. – Dave Ruby Howe, triple j Unearthed

Hear him on triple j Unearthed

Read more about Baker Boy

Lonelyspeck

 

I've been banging on about Adelaide artist Lonelyspeck for a couple of years now.

Lonelyspeck is 25-year-old Sione Teumohenga, and their majestic electronic music is the product of a glorious mash of influences: the glossy precision of chart pop, the smart confessionalism of contemporary alt-R&B artists like Solange, Frank Ocean and How To Dress Well, and a proud heritage split between Adelaide suburbia and a Samoan extended family.

I can't wait to find out how it all comes together live. – Tim Shiel, Double J

Hear them on triple j Unearthed

Read more about Lonelyspeck

Haiku Hands

 

I have a strong suspicion Haiku Hands might be the funnest act you see at BIGSOUND.

A collective of super cool artists, their songs fuse hip hop, pop, electronic, dance and disco with sass, attitude and a tongue-in-cheek rave sensibility.

With Claire Nakazawa (who performs with Hermitude and is on Horrorshow’s new album Bardo State) and Beatrice Lewis (who works with Joelistics and is also in Kardajala Kirridarra) driving the party, Haiku Hands will be your go-to for a damn good dance. – Meagan Loader, Double J

Hear them on triple j Unearthed

Read more about Haiku Hands

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