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AAA’s Guide To Bigsound 2022

With less than two weeks to go until the beloved fixture in the Australian music scene is set to kick off, we’ve strung together a shortlist of the live music and conferences you won’t want to miss at this year’s BIGSOUND.

Eager performers, punters and industry professionals are set to descend on Meanjin/Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley from the 6th-9th of September, soaking up 180+ artists at over 21 venues & a plethora of industry conferences and speakers.

The final schedule has now dropped- meaning it’s time to start figuring out who you’re going to catch. With such a mammoth lineup it can be hard to cherry-pick the sets to run to – so allow us.

Below you’ll find our top recommendations for which artist showcases and conferences to get to, just tap their name to see when they’re on!


RELATED: BIGSOUND Returns To Brisbane This September


This fast-rising creative duo are full of charm, talent and style. FFO: Confidence Man, Dua Lipa

Death By Denim

A personal favourite- we’ve been loving their honeyed blend of indie-rock sound since 2017. FFO: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ocean Alley

Greatest Hits

A 3-piece band making optimistic 70s sunshine groove-pop. FFO: Babe Rainbow, Jungle

South Summit

Heartfelt indie-rock that always hits. FFO: Ocean Alley, Mako Road


Intimate, confessional storytelling + haunting vocals = flowerkid. FFO: Sufjan Stevens, Frank Ocean


Alternative rock band providing music to get rowdy to- wear comfy shoes. FFO: Slowly Slowly, Kisschasy

Great Sage

An all-encompassing live experience. Unmissable. FFO: Mildlife, Daft Punk

Old Mervs

Surf/indie-rock duo supplying ideal summer tunes. FFO: Pacific Avenue, Great Gable


An all-female trio from WA creating iconic indie-pop delights. FFO: Chloe Moriondo, Holly Humberstone


Massive talent and promise from this young genre-bending indigenous artist. FFO: Sycco, Rex Orange County

Selfish Sons

Alternative-rock with fun pop sensibilities, these Bris locals are sure to get the crowd moving. FFO: The 1975, 5SOS


Singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer… Stevan is overflowing with talent. FFO: Frank Ocean, Genesis Owusu

Boy Soda

Multi-faceted hip-hop artist that’s already hit international radars- supporting Dominic Fike & workshopping with Converse & Tyler the Creator. FFO: Frank Ocean, Miguel

The Terrys

NSW purveyors of surf rock- this band’s onstage energy is simply unbeatable. FFO: Skegss, Hockey Dad

merci, mercy

She’s already amassed over 15 million streams for her intoxicating blend of indie pop… need we say more? FFO: Sycco, CXLOE

The Rions

This 4-piece are producing tracks well beyond their young years- set for huuuge things. FFO: Spacey Jane, Lime Cordiale

Hope D

Master of the queer coming-of-age story set upon alternative rock backgrounds. FFO: Alex Lahey, Ruby Fields

Noah Dillon

Solo singer/songwriter specialising in charming indie-rock storytelling. FFO: Angus & Julia Stone, Tyne James Organ


Meanjin/Brisbane local serving irresistible indie-rock/pop. FFO: Middle Kids, Stella Donnelly

Caroline & Claude

Sibling duo delivering sweet indie-pop/eclectic goodness. FFO: Pinkpantheress, Glass Animals, Wet Leg

Music Is Not Your Rehab

Panel discussion with speakers Shaan Ross Smith, Matt Brown and Ninakaye Taane-Tinorau about violence prevention and training in the music industry.

How Soon Is Now: How Climate Change Is Impacting Australia’s Live Music Industry

Panel Discussion with Berish Bilander, Jake Taylor, Heidi Lenffer and Nidala Barker discussing climate change and the intersection of environmentalism and the music industry.

Jaguar Jonze

Keynote speaker, artist and passionate cultural leader for change. This is not one to miss.

Future Live Audiences

Panel discussion with Kate Duncan, Claire Qian, Kathryn Holloway and Mitch Wilson unpacking challenges and exploring opportunities to bring live music back to audiences.

Musical Pathways – First Nations Shared Keynote

Panel discussion with artists Dr Shellie Morris, Uncle Joe Geia, JK-47 and Carissa Nyalu exploring their individual experiences and sharing stories in the contemporary Australian music industry.


This is only a snippet of the talent on show this year- be sure to check out the full lineup & schedule HERE and grab your tickets to Bigsound HERE!

Written by Alice Powell