dropped its massive first lineup announcement for 2018, and it features a stellar contingent of Queensland artists.
From Sunshine Coast viral video sensation The Chats to long time Brissy favourites Butterfingers, the Sunshine State has offered up a bounty of brilliant bands for this year's festival lineup.
From being a participant in Industry Connect to recently taking out the Billy Thorpe Scholarship at the 2018 Queensland Music Awards, far north Queensland's Greta Stanley is poised to take her next big leap when she graces the BIGSOUND stage in September. Fellow Industry Connect alumni Pink Matter got their first taste of BIGSOUND last year as recipients of the program's BIGSOUND Bursary - this year they return as a showcasing act.
Asha Jefferies, Hazlett and Ruby Gilbert will all get the chance to showcase to music industry from across Australia and the world and demonstrate why all three were finalists at this year's QMA's. No strangers to the QMA's themselves, Blank Realm won Album of the Year in 2016 for their critically acclaimed record Illegals in Heaven. In 2018 they'll be using BIGSOUND as the world premiere for new material.
Punters can revel in the slacker noise pop of Tape/Off or bliss out to the underground jazz vibes of the James Wright Trio. Those looking to let loose can't miss local punk hell-raisers VOIID and Bugs. Joining them are much hyped dance duo yù yī, Gold Coast producer Paces, rising indie-pop stars sweater curse and dream pop act Pool Shop.
James Wright Trio
Queensland songwriters have a one-week extension to enter their songs & videos in the 2019 QMAs. The new deadline is midnight Monday November 19, 2018, providing a grace period for those racing to the finish line on new work.
QMusic is pleased to announce the top four finalists in the running for the $25K 2018 Grant McLennan Fellowship: Spencer White (Morning Harvey), Gabriella Cohen, Danny Harley (The Kite String Tangle) and The Ironing Maidens (Melanie Stevens & Patricia Preece). Read on to learn more about our finalists!
Nominations for 2018 Aria Emerging Artist Scholarship are now open to any Australian artist (represented by a current ARIA member) that hasn’t been previously nominated for any ARIA Awards category with an Album or Single before the 2018 Awards.
Queensland musicians will have their music heard by prominent music industry executives, festival programmers, booking agents, A&R, radio personalities and tastemakers representing an outstanding breadth and depth of experience. Enter your song into the 2019 Qld Music Awards by Nov 12.
The prize features promotional support to the value of $20,000 to assist with momentum and is awarded annually to the Song of The Year recipient. Enter your songs into the 2019 Qld Music Awards by Nov 12 to be in the running.