WRAP UP: BIGSOUND LIVE 2015
The BIGSOUND Conference 2015 had a lot of hype surrounding its extensive line-up. The event boasted a series of well informed and entertaining artists for it’s daily industry panels, and a variety of live acts that could not be seen in a more collaborative setting.
Punters of Bigsound 2015 definitely had some high expectations and I can strongly confirmed, the Brisbane-based event most definitely lived up to them.
Spanning over two night, Bigsound‘s Live line-up spanned the genres and collectively joined together emerging artists from Australia and beyond. Although the performances were on Wednesday and Thursday night (not your typical night’s spent out on the town), the artists still drew massive crowds and made this year’s conference one to remember.
The first night of live acts kicked off with a bang. After a full day of panel presentations and speeches, the artists flocked across Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley to prepare for the night ahead. PLANETE opened The Brightside with a stunning set that left the audience entranced and also hinting that The Brightside may be the venue to hang out in for the night. After Planete closed his show SET MO took to the stage and brought up the energy. Audience members were scattered across the venue and to bring everyone together and get the party started, Set Mo urged everyone to flock to the dance-floor and get their dance on. As if anyone could turn down that offer!
As the crowd danced the night away, PORSCHES took to the stage and blew everyone away with their performance. With their Bigsound appearance being the band’s second live show together, the audience were treated to something special as Porsches played the tracks that many are still yet to hear.
As Planete, Porsches and Set Mo all lit up The Brightside, the outdoor stages lit up the night with great performances. The Brightside outdoor stage saw Bigsound veteran RAINBOW CHAN share her sweet new sounds with the audience and as the night drew to a close, CITY CALM DOWN performed at The Winn assuring everyone that their sound in uniquely breathtaking.
With Wednesday being such a blast, the Thursday night of Bigsound needed to raise the bar. The Brightside hosted a huge list of dance acts that you may have seen us mention a few times, but other stages boosted their appearances with emerging artists that will no doubt make huge waves in the coming months.
Brisbane-based producer CLN performed on Bigsound‘s second night and the music coming from this man was astonishing. His smooth melodies and fresh vocals got everyone into a groove that lasted his entire set and even followed through to the following act.
The Oh Hello! Triple J Unearthed Stage had a few upcoming producers opening their Thursday night and if you haven’t already, you probably should listen to the beats that GILL BATES and BARO are pumping because when a venue lights up this much when you’re performing, you know you’re in for some big things. Melbourne’s SUI ZHEN performed at The Woolly Mammoth and shared her stripped-back melodies with a crowd that was inhaling her performance like there was no tomorrow. Sui Zhen has been named one of the many women taking over the electronic scene and it seemed like every punter could see her talent when she sang her now iconic track ‘Infinity Street’.
JOY., now a local Brisbane legend, performed on day two of Bigsound to a very excited crowd. With her music now known across the country, the singer and producer was bound to draw in massive numbers when she played the first few notes of her track ‘Stone’ because with a voice like that, people will be able to recognise you – and love you – from miles away.
Closing day two is one of the many close friends of Purple Sneakers MOONBASE COMMANDER aka Sydney trooper Nick Luke. Moonbase Commander has always had a sound that has stood out from his electronic peers and to see it first hand is a wonderful experience. His beats lifted the energy in the room and had everyone on their feet until it was time for the event to draw to a close.
Bigsound is one of the most exciting events held in Brisbane and with so many artists gracing it’s many stages, it’s always going to deliver something great. The 2015 event was definitely full of fantastic emerging talent and some will no doubt be killing it in 2016.
Words and Photos by Lauren Payne