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The Hoist: Our 5 Picks From BIGSOUND’s First Artist Announcement!


BIGSOUND is hands down the Southern Hemisphere’s number one music summit , with industry figures from around the world flying in to see and discover the next big thing in Australian music. Here at The Hoist, we have had the pleasure of attending this incredible event the last few years and our jaws dropped at the first artist announcement last week. Here are our top 5 picks from this line up but remember, there is still PLENTY to come!




We absolutely adore Ali Barter here at The Hoist and are particularly keen to catch her up in Bris-vegas as her third EP “AB-EP” is set to drop around the same time! The singer songwriter truly is in a league of her own, creating dreamy alternative rock songs driven by her unique style of guitar playing, laced with her dusky vocals.  There’s a real sense of honesty in her work and we are looking forward to hearing what she and Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy) have been working on!


Melbourne’s City Calm Down are back after some solid time in the studio recording their debut album “In A Restless House”, set for release on the final day of Bigsound! A lot of hype is surrounding this record and we are excited to see these guys exceed expectation, especially since we missed out on tickets to their sold out comeback show in July!


Brisbane punk outfit WAAX blew minds (and probably speakers) with their demanding, in your face performance at this very same music event last year and we expect no different this time around! Fronted by the “utterly terrifying” Marie DeVita, the quartet have spent the last 12 months supporting the likes of Stonefield, The Delta Riggs and even Japanese rock legends Guitar Wolf, so this will be their chance to show industry figures and music fans just how much their live set has evolved!


We love Adelaide singer songwriter Jesse Davidson for two reasons – his music and his Facebook (v funny posts/statuses, recommend you check it out). Anyway, the former Triple J Unearthed High finalist has had a huge year playing shows across the country alongside the likes of Art of Sleeping and as well as a few festival appearances such as Groovin The Moo in Oakbank (SA) and The Great Escape in Brighton (UK). J-Dizzle as he calls himself really just seems like a kewl d00d so naturally we are pretty pumped to see him.  


You may recognise her from Melbourne band Dorsal Fins or synth duo GL and she’s also wrote for The Bamboos but Ella Thompson is a shining act in her own right and we are super excited to see her in her solo glory at Bigsound in September! Predicting big things for this lass following this massive showcase!

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