Day three of Bigsound kicked off with a talk by the first lady of Aussie pop, Tina Arena. Gems included her insistence that "You have to love music. You have to eat, sleep and breathe it. You have to shit it." The talk finished with Arena calling for a cultural renaissance, urging the government to dedicate a similar amount of funding to the arts as they do for sports. Later in the day Archie Roach described how music helps him survive his crushing list of ailments.
Starting off the proceedings, established surprise act British India hit the stage at the Oztix party, allowing weary A&R the chance to watch a band they didn't have to fight over. Then it was off to another night of inspiring music, sore calf muscles, dealing with ID scanners and bouncers and beer in plastic cups. Highlights included Pagan, a relentlessly brutal band with a manic front woman. Hatchie and Jess Locke continued the trend of great new female songwriters and Why We Run and Brightness gave us hope for indie guitar rock. Finishing off the night at the Brightside Outdoor Stage were Sydney instrumental rockers sleepmakeswaves, who's chugging cover of Robert Miles' trance classic "Children" was a festival high point.
All photos by Matt Coyte.