Despite being only six months into a brand new year of Australian music, massive buzz from the industry has already helped solidify pop act Eilish Gilligan, electronic act CLYPSO, captivating songwriter Tyne-James Organ, Canberra rockers Moaning Lisa and Zimbabwean born, Perth based rapper T$oko as must-see acts at BIGSOUND Festival this year. Newcomers Georgia Mulligan, sweater curse, Adrian Eagle, KAIIT and Sydney DIY punkers ARSE have also positioned themselves as ones to watch in 2018.
BIGSOUND’s first round of live artists also sees an influx of metal, hip hop and folk music added to the bill; Sydney’s ARTERIES lead the charge for all things heavy, alongside metalcore outfits Gravemind, Sleep Talk and heavy hitters Cast Down. West-Sydney’s Kwame, badass rapper KAIIT and 15 year old KIAN position themselves are key players in the hip hop world, while the uncanny song writing of Georgia Mulligan and new work from Greta Stanley helps reposition the idea of ‘singer-songwriter’.
New Zealand act Wax Chattels, Indigenous duo The Merindas, dream pop act Pool Shop and iconic Australian musician Ella Hooper also help round out a long list of fresh acts for BIGSOUND Festival’s first announcement.