For one week each September, Brisbane becomes Australia's live music capital — even if a Melbourne survey generally claims otherwise. When BIGSOUND hits the city, it seems like every venue in Fortitude Valley is packed to the rafters with bands, industry folks and music-loving punters, all enjoying the latest and greatest the country's music scene has to offer. And given this year's huge lineup, expect that to be the case once again.
With more than 150 acts on the bill for 2018, BIGSOUND will play host to a stacked pack of musos, spanning everything from pop, electronic, rock and rap to metal, hip hop and folk. On the list are the likes of The Chats, Eliott, Cable Ties, Asha Jefferies and yú yī, plus the return of previous BIGSOUND favourites such as Blank Realm, Olympia, Gabriella Cohen and Oh Pep!
Throw in Clypso, Mosquito Coast, Butterfingers, Didirri, Ella Hooper and Sahara Beck too, and you're in for a busy four days from September 4 to 7. You can also catch a heap of informative speakers — including Virginia Grohl, mother of Dave Grohl, and record label executive turned indie company CEO Mardi Caught.
Previous BIGSOUNDs have showcased everyone from Gang of Youths, Flume, Tash Sultana and Courtney Barnett to San Cisco, Violent Soho, Methyl Ethel and The Jungle Giants, so their program is usually a very reliable bellwether of current and up-and-coming talent. Here, you won't just be hopping between gigs — you'll be catching your existing faves, plus adding more to your ranks.
And, you'll be drinking the festival's exclusive, one-off beer.