BIGSOUND welcomes The Wolfe Brothers, Melanie Dyer, The Buckleys + more

20 July 2022 | 9:00 am | Dan Cribb

"It’s hard to put into words what a difficult time we had getting to this final line-up."

(Pic by Bianca Holderness)

More than 180 artists will descend on Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley this September as part of BIGSOUND 2022, with organisers today revealing the event’s highly anticipated festival line-up.

Boasting some of the country’s finest emerging artists, including Tasman Keith, Budjerah, flowerkid, Hope D, Mia Wray, Teenage Joans and The Terrys, BIGSOUND’s 2022 live line-up is one of its most impressive yet, with 21 venues set to come alive from September 6-9.

BIGSOUND received an overwhelming amount of artist applications this year, narrowing down 182 acts from a record-breaking 1300+ hopefuls (38 more than its last in-person event in 2019).

The line-up will play to hundreds of labels, publishers, agents, festival programmers, publicists and industry delegates all on the lookout for the next big thing.

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Brisbane locals Hallie, Jem Cassar-Daley, Concrete Surfers and VOIID also feature the bill, with buzz acts Adrian Dzvuke, Dallas Woods, Dulcie, Death By Denim, Ashwarya, Birdz, merci, mercy, Aodhan, BOY SODA, Greta Stanley and stacks more making the trip to Queensland.

Other highlights on the line-up include Alter Boy, who will incorporate AUSLAN into their live performance, as well as indie pop favourites CLOE TERARE, Liyah Knight and Woodes alongside heavy-hitters Five Island Drive, Future Static, Wildheart and more.

New program addition BIGSOUND Country will boast The Buckleys, Darlinghurst, Andrew SwiftHinterland, Loren Ryan, Melanie Dyer, Taylor Moss and The Wolfe Brothers, while its international component welcomes New Zealand artists JessB, Soaked Oats, Troy Kingi, TE KAAHU, Church & AP, MELODOWNZ and Jenny Mitchell.

“Wow, what a ride! After spending a month reading and listening to a record number of applications, we are certain that the future of music is in safe hands,” Festival programmers Ruby-Jean McCabe and Dominic Miller said.

“BIGSOUND Showcase programming is a dream job so we would never complain, but it’s hard to put into words what a difficult time we had getting to this final line-up.

The applications this year were of an extremely high calibre, and we could have easily programmed another 180+ artists if we had the space.

“We can’t wait for these artists to arrive in Fortitude Valley for BIGSOUND 2022 and for everyone else to see how special they are too.”

The festival announcement follows BIGSOUND’s first keynote and conference speakers announcement last month.

Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement, and internet-born pop sensation Rebecca Black led the reveal, joined by Mushroom Group CEO Matt Gudinski, multi-disciplinary artist and advocate for change and accountability Jaguar Jonze, UK’s chart-topping electronic producer Example and more.

For the full line-up, more details and tickets, click here.