Our first official day in Fortitude Valley began with keynote speaker Kim Gordon and several panels and catch-ups – always illuminating – but musical events opened with the magnetic folk ‘n’ roll artist William Crighton (he of our header image).
Beginning his set walking into the crowd to sing only with his ukulele, Crighton soon joined his dexterous backing band – which includes his wife Jules and brother Luke. “That’s what music’s about: sharing it with the people you love,” he told me earlier in the day. “We’ve been through a lot together and that keeps you tight; it creates a bond that’s unbreakable.” The stimulation of live performance is important: “It invigorates me,” he said. “It inspires something new every night: different people, different feelings.” The set was met with raucous appreciation; Crighton’s star is on a rapid ascent from here on in.
Any slivers of space left in The Empire Hotel quickly filled as revered ex-Drones drummer Mike Noga appeared to perform tracks from his recently-released conceptual album KING. An utterly captivating performer, Noga nailed every song with propulsive emotion and commitment. A bunch of photographers fluttered around him like moths at a lamp – keep your eye on this one.
Other sets we caught included Simona Castricum, Tash Sultana, Tkay Maidza and the #1 on many punters’ lists, Alex Lahey. Interviews with the latter two talents are forthcoming in our next issue, but there’s still one more BIGSOUND day to go, so stay tuned.