The 21st edition of BIGSOUND, Australia’s most significant music conference kicks off next Tuesday in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley. The facts and figures are astounding. There are over one hundred and eighty artists, across twenty venues in Fortitude Valley. There will be 345 artist showcases, 20+ Official Bigsound parties, and 16,000 Festival attendees.
The Conference has more than one hundred and fifty speakers, fifteen hundred delegates, and more than fifty conference sessions. The list of acts performing is diverse and broad. From the unknown to the emerging, with a smattering of the well-known.
The festival is supported by some significant industry players, with representation from Apple Music, Rolling Stone, triple j, Hopeless Records, X Ray Touring, Warner Music and more.
Amazon Music will be presenting BIGSOUND After Midnight in the guise of the legendary BIGSOUND Secret Shows. No doubt sleep deprivation will be part and parcel of the three days.
Apple Music will be demonstrating Spatial Audio via the Dolby Atmos technology.
The conference program will include important discussions around mental health, gender, race and identity. There will be industry-focused topics on distribution, release strategy, touring and more. Amongst the wide range of speakers is Tarana Burke* who is credited with starting the Me Too movements and Rebecca Black who found fame at the age of 13 with her song, “Friday”. Che Pope has produced for the best including Kanye West and Lauryn Hill, and will be sharing his knowledge. Tricia Holloway* is the Global Music Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering and will be discussing cross-platform collaboration.
The twenty-one venues for live music are within three blocks of each other. They include Black Bear Lodge, Blute’s Bar, BLVD, EC Venue, Ivory Tusk, King Lear’s Throne, La La Land, O’Skulligans, Press Club, Prohibition, Ric’s Big Backyard, Stranded Bar, Summa House, The Brightside, The Loft, The Outpost, The Prince Consort Hotel, The Sound Garden, The Warehouse, The Zoo, Tomcat and The Woolly Mammoth.
For those that have a delegate pass there is a plethora of industry events, including the BIGSOUND Opening Ceremony, CADA, Dew Process 20th Birthday, Ivy League – Turn It Up!, JMC BIGSOUND Country Takeover, Live Nation Ones to Watch, Made in Adelaide Showcase, NZ Music Commission, Oztix BIGSOUND Party, The Official BIGSOUND Closing Party, Spotify’s Dreaming Loud Party, UNIFIED Music Group x Lonely Lands Agency as well as Women & GNC in Music
The delegate pass gives you access to all venues, priority queuing, conferences, official parties, the delegate portal, conference bag and secret shows. It’s priced at $599 for non-members, $539 for members and students. The three-night festival pass is priced at $109 + booking fee ($99+BF) for students. This gives you access to all venues and secret shows. A single night pass is $55+BF ($49+BF for students). Head to the official BIGSOUND website for all details.
* Digital appearance
List of Artists
Band Andrew Swift
Bones and Jones
Caroline & Claude
Church & AP
Death by Denim
Five Island Drive
FLY BOY JACK
Folk Bitch Trio
Forest Claudette FOURA
Full Flower Moon Band Future Static
Girl and Girl
Grace Cummings and Her Band Grand Pine
Grievous Bodily Calm
KANADA THE LOOP
MOUNTAIN WIZARD DEATH CULT
Ryan Fennis & Voidhood
Shanae (FKA MADAM3EMPRESS)
Teether & Kuya Neil
The Atomic Beau Project
The Last Martyr
The Wolfe Brothers
BIGSOUND THREE NIGHT FESTIVAL PASS (+BF)
One night pass: $55 / $49 (students) +BF
Three night pass: $109 / $99 (students) +BF
Access to all performances: 180+ artists, across 21 venues, with just one wristband.
BIGSOUND DELEGATE PASS
(Access to festival, conference, industry events + more)
Starting at $539
For tickets and more details, head to bigsound.org.au
Credit: header image of Tasman Keith – Bruce Baker