The first instalment of BIGSOUND’s fifteenth anniversary festival line-up has been unveiled today, and it’s a glimpse at the future of the Australian music industry.

BIGSOUND has seen the future, and it works.

The annual showcase of the hottest new talent in the music industry has given us our first glimpse at its 2016 line-up, and it’s chock-full of Australian acts that tastemakers are tipping to break out onto the international stage soon.

The massive first announce includes the likes of:

  • Sampa the Great
  • Alex Lahey
  • West Thebarton Brothel Party
  • Gabriella Cohen
  • Tigertown
  • Tash Sultana
  • Olympia
  • Bec Sandridge
  • Ivan Ooze
  • Circles
  • Gideon Bensen
  • Good Boy
  • Sarah Connor
  • Tiny Little Houses
  • Fascinator
  • Middle Kids
  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
  • Mere Women

International acts NAATIONS (US), Fazerdaze (NZ), Groeni (NZ), Prateek Kuhad (India) and Young Tapz (NZ) are also on the bill.

“Nick [O’Byrne]¬†and I thoroughly reviewed every single act on this line-up so far,” says co-programmer Maggie Collins. “All the acts make compelling music in their own style and are in a position to use BIGSOUND to make their mark either nationally or globally.

“What an honour it is to facilitate that process and further strengthen the economy of contemporary Australian music.”

BIGSOUND’s live component, featuring 150 bands spread across 15 venues in Fortitude Valley, will run from 7-9 September, coinciding with the BIGSOUND conference held during the day, featuring international guest speakers. It’ll all culminate in a huge closing party at the Triffid on Friday 9 September.

To see the full line-up of bands and speakers and to buy tickets, visit