Apart from being one of the few places in the world where old white dudes drink for free, BIGSOUND (if you don’t know) is also a great place to see new Australian bands – and your old favourites – which is something we’re pretty keen on. Here’s who we reckon will be worth checking out between beers at the LIVE portion of this year’s festival. You can check out the whole lineup and pick up last-minute tickets here.
We’ll also be instagrammin’ live for the festival at @whothehellnet if you wanna see us attempt to find a filter that might make Fortitude Valley Mall look good.
Jesse Davidson: Wednesday, 8.00 p.m. – New Globe Theatre
Jesse Davidson is an Adelaide eighteen year old (and he already supported Mac Demarco this year. Jesus.) making really subtle, lovely pop music with warm, dynamic vocals. He does mumbly angst just as well as soaring… angst. His latest single ‘Ocean’ is precise but dreamy – nothing seems out of place or accidental, and the end result is something very pretty.
Bad//Dreems: Wednesday, 9.40 p.m. – The Brightside (Outdoor)
It’s no secret that we’re fans of these guys, but if you haven’t seen them live yet, you’re missing out. Bad//Dreems specialise in heavy downer vibes and grab-you-by-the-throat melodies. With a debut album on the way, there’s sure to be plenty of new stuff to sink your teeth into.
Blank Realm: Wednesday, 11.20 p.m. – New Globe Theatre
Okay, not exactly an underground find, we know, but Blank Realm is a truly world class act and if you’re not already planning on seeing them well… you gotta. They write riffs like no one else and are probably gonna be the most fun act you’ll see all festival – the perfect band to get sweaty and messy and a bit dirty to at the end of the first night.
Nicholas Allbrook: Thursday, 8.00 p.m. – The Underdog
Known best as POND’s frontperson, Nicholas Albrook’s early Thursday set will be perfect to chase away last night’s hangover, with plenty of sad, psychedelic nostalgia from his just-released record, Ganough, Wallis and Fatuna. Check out the video from the first single ‘100 k’s ‘round Carmel’ here.
Airing: Thursday, 8.50 p.m. – The Brightside (Outdoor)
The debut EP from Airling (Hannah Shepherd), Love Gracefully, was just released on Big Scary’s Pieater label. It’s a very intimate, introspective thing so it’ll be cool to see how she pulls it off live. She’s playing early in the night at the Brightside’s outdoor stage, and you can expect some really special sounds.
HITS: Thursday, 9.40 p.m. – New Globe Theatre
By this time you should be ready for some actual out of control rock music, and that’s exactly what Brisbane locals HITS deliver. They’re stalwarts of the scene and always pull off an incredible show – with just a touch of danger to keep things interesting. You wanna see this.