Big Breaks At BIGSOUND: The Festival Turning Young Talent Into Fame

Did you know some of the biggest names we see in headlines today got noticed at Big Sound?

Over it’s 18 years, BIGSOUND has showcased an array of incredible up and coming Australian talent, giving the likes of Flume, Rufus, Courtney Barnett, Megan Washington, The Temper Trap, A.B. Original, Remi, and Gang of Youths an opportunity to be uncovered.

Tones & I 

 Tones and I’s co-manager Jackson discovered her busking at BIGSOUND in 2018, and she’s been on a dream run ever since.

The Byron Bay-based artist now has an astonishing three songs in the top 25, which no other Australian act has been able to match since 2014. This includes hit song Dance Monkey which has now placed at #1 for the third week in a row and is bolting past 60 million streams on Spotify. 

Tones and I also opened Splendour in the Grass as the Triple J Unearthed winner in July this year, which attracted the biggest opening crowd Splendour has ever seen. She’s now about to embark on her debut National tour of Australia before flying overseas to perform sold-out dates in London and Europe.

Not bad at all for a gal from the Mornington Peninsula who just happened to be busking in Brissie.


After winning Unearthed High at age 15, Kian’s performance at BIGSOUND 2018 solidified him as a strong artist with many industry personalities packing into the venue to see him sing. 

His hit song Waiting has since been added to the high rotation, garnered commercial radio play, made it into the Top 15 mainstream Apple Music Charts and clocked up over three million streams on Spotify. 

Kian has since appeared on Baker Boy’s infamous Cloud 9, and spent the last 12 months playing over 35 festivals including Riddu Riddu in Norway. 

G Flip

In 2017, the singer and drummer, G Flip attended BIGSOUND to hustle at the conference and spruike her Soundcloud demos to anyone who would listen. 

One year later, in 2018, G Flip was labelled as one of BIGSOUND’s biggest must-see acts after also performing to a packed out crowd at Splendour in the Grass. 

Fast forward to 2019, G Flip fulfilled her dream and attended the Australian Independent Record Labels Awards, and not just as an attendee, but a nominee for the Breakthrough Independent Artist of the Year and Best Independent Single. The sonic powerhouse is now booked to play international gigs at Lollapalooza in Chicago, Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK and Electric Picnic in Ireland. 

Baker Boy

After graduating at age 16, hip hop artist Baker Boy auditioned at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, where he was accepted on the spot and quickly after that, scouted by Indigenous Hip Hop Projects (IHHP). It was this recognition that landed him his big break at BIGSOUND in 2017, where he was then recognised and signed by his now record label, Select Music. 

Since then, his career has skyrocketed. He’s the number one Indigenous artist dominating airwaves, opening for the likes of 50 Cent, Dizzie Rascal and Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project.

Both of his first released songs landed in the Top 20 of Triple J’s Hottest 100 before he embarked on his own national tour in 2018. Since then Baker Boy has further cemented his impact on the industry and community by receiving the honour of Young Australian of the Year 2019. 

Gaze into the future of Aussie music

BIGSOUND is back in 2019 to continue solidifying themselves as a place where tomorrow’s talent is discovered. The event will run from the 3rd-6th of September across Brisbane’s vibrant Fortitude Valley, showcasing the next big thing to fans, industry, and international influences.

See this year’s talented lineup and grab your tickets here!

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