BIGSOUND 2016 – The Beginning

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For the first time, I’ll be heading up to Brisbane this September to check out the epic music conference that is BIGSOUND. In it’s 15th year, BIGSOUND is easily the biggest music conference in Australia and it seems to be getting bigger and bigger every year.

This year it includes 152 bands playing over three nights, PLUS over 80 speakers on a huge variety of panels and talks through the three days.

The schedule is intimidating. Who do I need to make sure I check out? Which bands are going to be the ones that everyone is talking about? Why are these bands all playing at the same time as these bands? Why are my ears ringing? How do I stop drinking?

Well, there’s 16 days till the conference and 152 acts to check out, so I’d better start researching! That makes it 9.5 bands a day to check out. Hey, I’ve just been made redundant, I can do this!

The full line-up of acts playing at BIGSOUND are:

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A.B. Original
A.D.K.O.B
Ainslie Wills
Alex Lahey
Alice Ivy
Alice Night
Allan Smithy
Anatole
Andrew Tuttle
Australia
B Wise
Babaganouj
BANFF
Bec Sandridge
BEL
Birdz
Braille Face
Broadway Sounds
BUOY
Ceres
Chronolyth
Circles
Clairy Browne
Clea
CLEOPOLD
Coda Conduct
Columbus
COMMAND Q
Confidence Man
CORIN
Daniel Champagne
DEN
Dorsal Fins
DZ Deathrays
Ecca Vandal
Empat Lima
Fait
Fascinator
Fazerdaze (NZ)
FERLA
FLOWERTRUCK
Foreign/National
FOREVR
Fortunes
Fountaineer
Fractures
Gabriella Cohen
Gawurra
Gideon Bensen
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GL
Good Boy
Gregor
Groeni (NZ)
HABITS
Harmony James
Harts
Heads of Charm
Hideous Sun Demon
Hollow World
Hot Spoke
Huntly
I Heart Hiroshima
In Each Hand A Cutlass (SGP)
iNCH (SGP)
Ivan Ooze
Jack Grace
Jakubi
Japanese Wallpaper
Jarrow
King Social
Kira Puru
KUČKA
Kyle Lionhart
LANKS
LASTLINGS
Leah Senior
Leanne Tennant
Loose Tooth
LUCIANBLOMKAMP
Luke Daniel Peacock
Mallrat
Manor
Mel Parsons (NZ)
Mere Women
Mid Ayr
Middle Kids
Mike Noga
Missy Lancaster
Moreton
Mosquito Coast
MOSSY
NAATIONS (US)
Naked
Oh Pep!
Olympia
OWEN RABBIT
Polish Club
PON CHO
Prateek Kuhad (India)
PYNES
Rainbow Chan
Raised by Eagles
Rat & Co
REBEL YELL
Ribongia
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Rolls Bayce
Ryan Downey
Sampa The Great
Sanzu
Sarah Connor
Selahphonic
Shining Bird
Simona Castricum
SPARKSPITTER
SUIIX
Sydonia
Tapestry
Tash Sultana
Teeth & Tongue
Telling
Terrible Truths
thando
The Belligerents
The Gooch Palms (USA)
The Laurels
The Outdoor Type
The Ruminaters
These New South Whales
Thigh Master
Tia Gostelow
Tigertown
Tinpan Orange
Tiny Little Houses
Tkay Maidza
Totally Mild
Totally Unicorn
Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Unity Floors
Vera Blue
Verge Collection
WALLACE
West Thebarton Brothel Party
Wet Lips
William Crighton
Wishes
Woodes
Young Tapz (NZ)
Yumi Zouma (NZ)

I’ve done a spreadsheet up to try and work out which bands I immediately recognise. It seems that I have heard of 69 of these bands. That’s 45%. Under half. Disappointing.

Time to get to work! Over the next two and a bit weeks, I will try to reveal a bit more about the 152 acts on the bill and if you’re heading up to BIGSOUND, maybe it’ll give you a bit of a cheat sheet as to who you want to check out!

 

1 year ago

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