Every year Newcastle Live jumps on the rollercoaster that is BIGSOUND – Australia’s most talked-about music conference held in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley every year on the first week of September.
During the day BIGSOUND is a great chance to attend industry workshops, keynotes and meet with people you only ever talk to via email. But during the night it’s a chance to see some of the hottest acts currently touring and releasing music in Australia. In fact, Bigsound offers you the opportunity to see up to 10 acts every night across 3 massive nights of live music. It’s impressive and gives us the chance to check out some of the acts that will be coming through town in the next 12 months.
Here’s a list of some of the acts we haven’t been able to stop talking about since coming home.
If you’re a Eurovision fan or an avid listener to Double J you’ll already know about the amazing Electric Fields. They blew us away during the opening party of BIGSOUND and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to see them again when they played the last set of the festival to an absolutely packed Black Bear Lodge. Electric Fields are the real deal, folks. Musically, they’re taking Australian music to new places and onstage you can’t take your eyes off them. Do not miss Electric Fields when they come to town.
If this is what’s happening in the live music scene in Perth, we’re booking a ticket. The band’s sound is brooding with intensity and you’re never quite sure where it’s going to head to next. This band are doing something different and we can’t wait to see them pull a headline set in Newcastle real soon.
We weren’t sure what to expect when we walked into one of Brisbane’s most famous venues, The Zoo, to see Temgazi. The single Bunsen Burner has been on rotation in the office since the BIGSOUND artist lineup announcement, but it was no indication of the awesome show we were about to see. Temgazi would have to be won of the most exciting artists we’ve seen in a long time. Watch this space!
Looking for some soul in your life? Well, you can’t go past New Zealand’s Louis Barker. We only dropped in to catch a couple of songs, but we stayed for the whole set as Baker took us on a ride through some of his standout tracks and probably one of the best covers of Prince’s Purple Rain we’ve ever heard. Clad in double denim Baker one the room song after song with his honest and confident delivery.
There’s something about Fergus James we can’t quite put our finger on, but whatever it is we’re absolutely onboard and we want some more. Maybe it’s the catchy hooks or angsty delivery, or maybe it’s just because these numbers are well crafted and played like the world is about to end. We’re 100% in the Fergus James Fan Club and we can’t wait to see what happens next.
We’re no strangers to a MOJO JUJU live set, but something about the energy on stage during the showcase gig at The Zoo has got us right back in the fanatical fandom realms. We haven’t been able to stop talking about it and we can’t wait to see what comes next for, what we feel is, one of Australia’s most important contemporary artists.
Punk bands – We love em and Private Function is the best one we’ve seen in ages. Get to a show real soon!