2017 BIGSOUND Artists To Watch: Music Editor Selections

Donny Benet Donny Benet
In the first week of September, the country's largest music conference and showcase - that'd be BIGSOUND guys - returns to Brisbane for another monster four days of live performances from some of the country's hottest, relatively unknown performers and artists.

Put simply, no one can get to all of the showcases (even if you cloned yourself 5 times; serious).

But to make your job of finding the next 'it' band to add to your playlist or to yabber to your mates as if you're a music authority, take the hint and read the following list of bands who will make your BIGSOUND really, really enjoyable. Trust.

Amyl and The Sniffers

A four-piece pub punk/rock band hailing from St. Kilda. After forming in February 2016, they have been relentlessly dishing out their short, fast, sharpie punk to pubs and bars across Australia. Check them out on 5, 7 September.

Abbe May

One of the strong women of the Australian music industry with much respect across radio, blogs and venues around Australia. Abbe is a phenomenal singer, songwriter and guitarist, a poetic, insightful and hard-hitting lyricist and visual artist who harnesses and openly expresses her sexuality without shame. She showcases 5, 7 September.

The Cactus Channel

The Cactus Channel take equal cues from hip- hop instrumentals and golden era soul, counting the sounds of frequent hip hop collaborators BADBADNOTGOOD and the tight arrangement and production style of Stax Records as influences. No longer purely instrumental, the band will release their third studio album this November. See them live 5, 7 September.

Caiti Baker

Raised on blues and soul, and obsessed with R&B and hip hop, Caiti’s music combines genre-blending production, dynamic vocal delivery and soulful songwriting. Familiarise yourself with Caiti if you haven't seen her already rolling with Briggs, A.B. Original and the Bad Apples Fam at BIGSOUND 5, 6 September.


From modest beginnings as suburban Melbourne house-party punks, Clowns have become an undeniable and unstoppable force within the Australian music community. See why when they perform 5, 6 September.

Donny Benét

Adult entertainer. Lover. Heat maker. Donny Benét has touched the hearts and minds of audiences in Australia and the world with his sensual music. Don only brings out his show band for special occasions and this BIGSOUND will be a few special nights. Konichiwa. Come along and treat yourself to the touch on 5, 7 September.

Golden Vessel

Max Byrne is a young producer out of Brisbane who is making chilled electronic music under the name Golden Vessel. His smooth, electronic arrangements of downtempo beats feature elements of hip hop, trap and soul, all laced in a pristine lo-fi sheen. Witness it 5 September.

Hayden Calnin

Driven by soulful vocals and vulnerable storytelling, singer-songwriter and producer Hayden Calnin's music blends electronica with folk. Often compared to the likes of M83 and Bon Iver, Hayden has sold-out shows in Australia and the UK, and landed various syncs on international TV. He showcases 6, 7 September.


Mansionair has had a whirlwind rise since releasing 2014's ‘Hold Me Down’ and have since sold-out headline shows, toured worldwide, played Laneway Festival and Splendour In The Grass, and have supported CHVRCHES, Florence and the Machine and Alt-J; with much more to come for the rest of 2017 check out Mansionair at BIGSOUND 6, 7 September.


In an age where hip hop from Australia is on the brink of international stardom, Seattle-born Midas.Gold stands out at the very top of the new wave having accrued over a million online streams for his debut EP and supported internationals including Danny Brown. Grab a number and queue 6, 7 September.

POW! Negro

A six-piece hailing from Fremantle, merging elements of jazz, hiphop and psych with an aggressive vocal style that falls somewhere between the energetic bounces of Zac de la Rocha and the funk-come-street verses of Mos Def aided with a riotous live show and belligerent presence. POW! Negro play sets 5, 6, 7 September.

Total Giovanni

Earning notoriety for their highly energetic live shows, Total Giovanni create dance music to enable collective, psychic liberation. With sets that move from smooth boogie to heartbreak house, TG has built a reputation on whipping music festivals like Splendour In The Grass, Meredith and Sugar Mountain into wild bacchanalian frenzies. See why on 6 September.

BIGSOUND takes place at various locations in Fortitude Valley (Brisbane) 5-8 September.


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