The Pilerats Guide to BIGSOUND 2023
With an overwhelming lineup of nearly 150 artists performing at this year’s edition of the southern hemisphere’s largest music industry gathering, we’ve handpicked our ten must see acts
Image L-R: Miss Kannina, Nat Vazer, POOKIE
The biggest week in Australian music kicks off today, with BIGSOUND taking over Fortitude Valley for four days and nights of conferences featuring some awesome speakers, live showcases with over 140 artists showing what they’ve got, and a range of special events, running from September 5 to September 8.
A quick glance at the lineup can prove overwhelming with so many names on their, so we’ve dug through and hand selected the ten acts we think you don’t want to miss at this year’s edition:
Proud Noongar man, Fremantle-based artist Boox Kid crafts addictive, emotional electro-pop that showcase his skills as a musician, producer and vocalist. Find out more here when we premiered the awesome video for his latest single, The Battle.
Catch Boox Kid:
Boox Kid - Tue Sep 5 - 8.15pm - Tomcat
Boox Kid - Wed Sep 6 - 8pm - The Wickham
Naarm/Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Chitra's sound has evolved over the years from more folk-leaning sounds to atmospheric indie-rock, as heard on her latest single In My Opinion.
Chitra - Tue Sep 5 - 9.15pm - Soapbox Beer
Amazon Music After Hours: Up Late & Unsigned - Tue Sep 5 - 11pm - The Brightside
Chitra - Thu Sep 7 - 9.30pm - The Outpost
Dr Sure's Unusual Practice
Hailing from Naarm/Melbourne, DSUP craft politically subversive sounds that combine post-punk, new wave, rock & roll and more into a unique combination, as heard on their latest EP BUBBLE, and have made a name for themselves with their raucously engaging live shows.
Catch Dr Sure's Unusual Practice:
Dr Sure's Unusual Practice - Tue Sep 5 - 11.15pm - Superfly Studios
Dr Sure's Unusual Practice - Thu Sep 7 - 8.30pm - The Outpost
Big guitar hooks meet driving rhythm sections and squealing synths in the post-punk meets no-wave sounds of Naarm/Melbourne's Gut Health.
Catch Gut Health:
Gut Health - Tue Sep 5 - 9pm - The Brightside
Gut Health - Wed Sep 6 - 9.15pm - Wonderland Brisbane
Far North Queensland born and now Naarm/Melbourne-based trio Izy (pronounced eye-zee) craft slick jazzy, r&b influenced neo-soul sounds with an emphasis on grooves, which they recently took in a more dancefloor oriented direction with remixes of tracks from the debut album Irene by the likes of Osunlade, Silentjay and many more.
Izy - Wed Sep 6 - 7pm - The Wickham
Izy - Thu Sep 7 - 8.30pm - The Prince Consort Hotel
We got to know proud Yorta Yorta, Kalkadoon and Yirendali woman Miss Kaninna a few months ago when she dropped her acclaimed debut single 'Blak Britney'. The now Naarm-based artist on the rise promises to captivate at Bigsound if the below live version of her single is anything to go by.
Catch Miss Kaninna:
Goolwal Goolwal x Yirramboi Mixes Event - Tue Sep 5 - 4pm - Blute's
Miss Kaninna - Tue Sep 5 - 11.15pm - The Valley Loft
Miss Kaninna - Thu Sep 7 - 10.30pm - The Brightside Outdoors
With Naarm/Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Nat Vazer's new album Strange Adrenaline just a month away, her atmospheric & emotional, dreamy indie rock sounds are set to impress.
Catch Nat Vazer:
Nat Vazer - Tue Sep 5 - 10pm - Stranded Bar
Nat Vazer - Wed Sep 6 - 9pm - The Wickham
Boorloo/Perth-based hip-hop duo Otiuh have been holding it down for a little while now, honing their unique brand of playful, bouncy & melodic rap sounds.
Otiuh - Tue Sep 5 - 8.15pm - Wonderland Brisbane
Otiuh - Thu Sep 7 - 10.30pm - The Prince Consort Hotel
We've been singing Naarm/Melbourne-based MC POOKIE's praises a lot over the last few weeks for good reason, premiering the live version of her cut with longtime fave producer Kuzich, and last week including her new single in our best tunes of the week - find out what all the fuss is about live.
POOKIE - Wed Sep 6 - 10.30pm - The Outpost
POOKIE - Thu Sep 7 - 9.15pm - Wonderland Brisbane
With their new EP Crocodile Tears having just dropped last Friday, expect Boorloo/Perth indie rockers & longtime Pile faves smol fish to be at the top of their game as they bring their irresistible brand of indie rock to Bigsound.
Catch smol fish:
smol fish - Tue Sep 5 - 7.15pm - Tomcat
smol fish - Thu Sep 7 - 8.30pm - Stranded Bar