Purple Sneakers’ Guide to BIGSOUND’s Must-See Artists for 2018

BIGSOUND is once again upon us, with 2018’s festival line up boasting over 100 emerging artists all ready to show what they’re made of. From future popstars to genre-bending rappers; experimental dance music to the next generation in rock and indie bands, BIGSOUND will unleash the next crop of acts over the next three nights and it’s up to punters to try and see as many as they can to catch a glimpse of the next big thing.

Of course, with a line up that big, knowing who to see can be a bit overwhelming, so we’ve put our heads together to lock down our must-see acts for this year’s festival. Check it all out below!

KOTA BANKS

Sydney singer songwriter KOTA BANKS is one of the newest signees to Nina Las Vegas’ forward thinking dance label NLV Records and has already dropped one of the best mixtapes of the year Prize. Her bright pop tracks blend a club sensibility and forward thinking production with smart lyricism and melodic earworms. The result is some seriously empowered pop and proof that BANKS is one of the genre’s brightest local stars, make sure you’re one of the few who knew about her before she blows up by checking out her showcases over the week.

JEFFE

Whimsical, grand and brimming with feeling, JEFFE’s electro-pop will fill you with all kinds of brooding emotion. With only a few singles under her belt the Sydneysider managed to catch the attention of No Mono and supported them on their national tour, as well as a gain the support of Triple J, landing a spot as their Unearthed Feature Artist. Her ear for left of centre arrangement, spacious exploration of emotion and live performance that may even include a saxophone, JEFFE’s Bigsound sets are not to be missed.

KIRARA

KIRARA may have multiple award winning albums and EPs under her belt, but her live performances are where she truly shines. Inspired by the sounds of house, EDM, footwork and chiptune from a Korean club perspective, the producer and visual artist creates an intricate feast for the eyes as well as the ears in each live performance. Stuttering samples, infinite loops and bright graphics all come to life with the help of drum machines and launch pads, with her enthusiasm and optimism being the cherry on top of KIRARA audiovisual showcases.

-Holly O’Neill

KWAME

In a year that has been overflowing with bright, fresh and intriguing new hip-hop acts, KWAME is already preparing to top the throne. Ever since ‘WOW’ dropped earlier this year, Kwame has been relentless in giving us diverse flows that truly demonstrate every facet of his talent. He has the energy of Andre 3000, the versatility of Azealia Banks and the conviction of A$AP Rocky, but Kwame wraps it all up in a package that is bursting with fun.

EILISH GILLIGAN

The future is here, and it sounds like EILISH GILLIGAN. Not only is her songwriting flowing with wonder and anchored in vulnerability, but also her angelic voice is one that runs through your very being. Her lyrics are undeniably honest yet vivid, as she takes even our smallest, deep-seeded emotions and projects them back at us beautifully.

CXLOE

CXLOE is one of those artists that completely captivate you on first listen. With a voice that she uses to waltz elegantly around brooding synths and ominous beats, CXLOE pulls you in and doesn’t let you go. But that’s okay – by the time you’re enveloped in her stunning wonderland of dark alt-pop, you won’t want to let go either.

-Jackson Langford

HANDSOME

Self-expression has always been a centre-piece of pop music, but never quite in the same vein as what Sydney artist HANDSOME is working in. Complete and utter acceptance and love is her message, not only for herself but for you as well, and her music is some of the most genuine and authentic pop to come out of Australia in recent memory. From ‘Late Night Ball Game’ to more recently, ‘No Cowards’, its all about unashamed self-acceptance and self-love for exactly as you are, with particular emphasis on the greater LGBTIQ+ community. HANDSOME is like a warm hug telling you everything’s going to be alright, and if that doesn’t sound like the most wholesome and feel-good showcase of the week, I don’t know what is.

KAIIT

Coming into BIGSOUND, there’s been one name that continues to bust through the noise with a quality over quantity approach and an undeniable knack to make your soul feel good, and that name is KAIIT. The Melbourne artist has to be one of this year’s most hyped acts, and for very good reason. Her songs make you feel like you’re home, and even if she’s rapping about a break up, she still remains grounded, honest and soulful, giving you a chance to step into her world. Tipped to make 2018 her own, she’s making serious waves by being herself and in a time where rappers are all vying for the spotlight, her approach makes her stand out in a refreshing and brilliant way. We can’t wait!

KULT KYSS

If you’re like me, after a day of meetings, coffees and schmoozing, you probably will feel like really letting go and diving deep into another world. You’ll really want a fresh experience, all-encompassing and hypnotising, almost hedonistic and definitely intoxicating. You’ll want a wall of sound to wash over you to completely let yourself go to “the other side”, ritualistic in its chants and propulsive, thumping beats, experimental and enthralling all at once. Well, if this sounds like you, you’ll be wanting to catch Kult Kyss, who are seriously on the verge of breaking through and doing something entirely their own.

-Emma Jones

Arno Faraji
Atlas Franklin Alexander
Bad Juju
Bare Bones
Beatrice
Bell City Square
Between You & Me
Candy
Carla Geneve
Charlie Collins
Charlie Lim
CLEWS
Demon Days
Didirri
DIET
Divide and Dissolve
East Brunswick All Girls Choir

Edward R.
Eliza And The Delusionals 
Emerson Snowe 
Emilee South
Erthlings
EWAH & The Vision of Paradise
FLUIR
Fortune Shumba
Future Jr.
Geryon
Grim Rhythm
HANDSOME
Hollow Coves
imbi the girl
Intriguant
IV League
Jade Imagine
Linying
Loose Tooth
Mosquito Coast
Nardean
Nice Biscuit 
No Mono
Nooky
Not A Boys Name
Pinkish Blu
Pirra
PLANET
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
RAAVE TAPES
Rachael Fahim
RO
Robbie Miller
Sahara Beck
San Mei
STATESIDE
thando 
The Beautiful Monument
The Beths
The Comfort 
The Little Lord Street Band 
The Moving Stills
Thornhill
Turquoise Prince
WALKEN

Wildheart
Windwaker

Joining…

A. Swayze & The Ghosts
Adrian Eagle
Alice Skye
ARSE
Arteries
Asha Jefferies
Bin Juice
Blank Realm
Bugs
Butterfingers
Cable Ties
Cast Down
CLYPSO
Cry Club
CXLOE
DEAN FOREVER
Dreller
Eat Your Heart Out
Eilish Gilligan
Eliott
Elizabeth
Ella Hooper
Emma Anglesey
Estère
Gabriella Cohen

Genesis Owusu
Georgia Mulligan
Good Doogs
GRAACE
Gravemind
Greta Stanley
Hachiku
Hazlett
Hobsons Bay Coast Guard
Imogen Clark
James Wright Trio
JEFFE
KAIIT
Kaitlin Keegan
Kian
Kota Banks
Kult Kyss
Kwame
MANE
Miss June
Moaning Lisa
MOOKHI
Oh Pep!
Olympia
Paces
Pink Matter
Pool Shop
Rachel Maria Cox
RAT!hammock
Riley Pearce
Ruby Gilbert
Samsaruh
Sleep Talk
Slowly Slowly
Stevie Jean
Sumner
Sunscreen
sweater curse
SŸDE
T$oko
Tape/Off
The Chats
The Merindas
TOTTY
Triple One
Two People
Tyne-James Organ
Voiid
Wax Chattels
yú yī

BIGSOUND
4-7 SEPTEMBER, 2018
FORTITUDE VALLEY, BRISBANE

LISTEN TO NEW MUSIC HERE

SEE ALSO

TALKING ‘OFF’ POP MUSIC WITH EILISH GILLIGAN
GETTING WEIRD AND DARK AND FUN WITH KULT KYSS
KOTA BANKS ON EMBRACING POP MUSIC, SELF LOVE AND NLV RECORDS

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