75 acts have today been announced on the blockbuster first line-up for BIGSOUND 2018, already ensuring this year's festival will be one for the books.
Set to perform across Brisbane's Fortitude Valley from 4-7 September this year includes some of Australia's biggest buzz acts right now including Cable Ties, yú yī, A Swayze & The Ghosts, The Chats, Eliott, Asha Jefferies, Slowly Slowly, Eilish Gilligan, Moaning Lisa, KAIIT, Good Doogs and TOTTY.
BIGSOUND 2018 will also showcase some past favourites and big-name acts like Ella Hooper, Paces, Olympia, Gabriella Cohen and Oh Pep!, as well as Brisbane's Blank Realm who will use the event as a world premiere for some brand new material and hip hop group Butterfingers who will take to the stage on the back of their 2017 comeback single, Big Night Out.
Sydney's Arteries will head up all things heavy this year, alongside Gravemind, Sleep Talk and Cast Down, while Western Sydney's Kwame and 15-year-old KIAN are primed to stamp their mark on the Australian hip hop scene come September.
Check out the full first line-up below.
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"The amount of BIGSOUND applications this year smashed last year's record by another 70 to make up approximately 1,133 applications," programmer Maggie Collins said.
"That's a lot of talent. Punters wanting to own the fact that 'they discovered an artist first' better get themselves across this massive list of acts, who are on the cusp of exploding worldwide."
The mammoth line-up announces follows a string of exciting news already confirmed for BIGSOUND 2018, including the return of the popular Singapore Showcase, as well as Virginia Grohl and Mardi Caught delivering keynotes.
BIGSOUND festival tickets are on sale now, while final applications are being called on for the music tech showcase.
bigsound 2018 first line-up
A Swayze & The Ghosts
Eat Your Heart Out
Hobsons Bay Coast Guard
James Wright Trio
Rachel Maria Cox