Following its hugely-successful debut in 2016, the National Arts Council Singapore has today announced the return of the Singapore showcase at this year's BIGSOUND.

The inaugural showcase introduced Australia to some notable Singapore names including folk singer-songwriter iNCH, electronic duo .gif, instrumental prog-rockers In Each Hand A Cutless and rapper THELIONCITYBOY.

"We are excited to return to BIGSOUND with some of the most promising music acts from Singapore," NAC’s Deputy Director of Sector Development (Performing Arts and Music), Kok Tse Wei, said. 

"In addition to introducing our musicians to the international audience, we are confident that the conversations between Australian and Singaporean musicians, producers and industry professionals will plant the seeds for many fruitful artistic collaborations in the months ahead.

"We also look forward to further strengthen the close ties and shared experiences between Singapore and Australia through the exchange of artistic content and networks."

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BIGSOUND Executive Producer Joel Edmondson called the 2016 showcase a "revelation".

"I don't think anyone was prepared for how fun it was, and for the quality of artists on display," Edmondson said.

"One of BIGSOUND's key ambitions over the next five years is to create closer ties between Australia and the Asian music markets, so this partnership with NAC Singapore is really important to us, as well as everyone at BIGSOUND looking to extend their networks north."

The announcement comes just days after BIGSOUND confirmed its first keynote speakers for 2018 — Virginia Grohl and Mardi Caught

The full 2018 showcase line-up is expected to drop early next month.

Artist applications are open now until May 17 via the BIGSOUND website, which is also where you can find conference tickets.