In case you weren’t excited enough for your yearly live music pilgrimage to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Live Music Precinct for a sensory overload of music, BIGSOUND Festival has shown all its cards, dropping all the tools you need to choose your own sonic adventure.
All 18 venues across four nights of music are now programmed and available on the BIGSOUND Festival website and in the exclusive BIGSOUND app (available on iOS and Android), ready for you to cut your path across 140+ of Australia’s hottest acts. With some last minute additions sneaking in over the last week including Oh Mercy, Abbe May, Slotface and more, you’ll need to dive in to find the hidden gems that this year’s BIGSOUND Festival has landed for your consideration.
The BIGSOUND conference program has also hit, with a massive array of topics from race, culture, gender, identity and mental health through to export, technology, touring, release strategies, Australian content, crisis management and more. Wondering what exporting to Asia could look like? Wondering what Brexit means for exporting to the UK? Ever wondered how to get into composition for film, TV and theatre? Want to know why everyone bangs on about AI? Or want to hear wisdom from industry legends like Tina Arena, Archie Roach, Simon Napier-Bell, Mary Ramos or Alison Wenham? Never has BIGSOUND had a wider range of topics, a more interesting selection of speakers or a clearer mandate to influence the conversation of a rapidly changing industry.
Oh, and did we mention they’ve dropped another 89 speakers? How about 360, Brett Cottle (APRA), Monique Bour (MTV Australia), Chris Scaddan (ABC Radio), Michelle Johnson (Super Music Vision US), Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus/journalist), Brian Turner (WFMU US), Bec Sandridge and half a pub’s worth of our closest friends?
BIGSOUND visual artists have also been revealed, an amazing group who will be spectacularly changing the streetscape and aesthetic of Fortitude Valley in a way you’ve never seen before. Say hello to Catriona Drummond, Alinta, Helena Papageorgiou, Ward Squires, Phoebe Paradise, Blair Foley, Niqui Toldi, Sam McKenzie and Sarah Winter.
Like to party? Of course you do! Tuesday brings the Women in Music afternoon and Social State Welcome Party. Wednesday serves up lunchtime parties from CAAMA Music and Tasmania then the afternoon progresses with Cattleyard, Hub Digital Distribution’s launch, Levi’s Music Prize launch party and Red Bull Sound Select. Thursday kicks off with Bacon and Bangers at Music Industry College for breakfast then BEMAC, Gold Coast Music Awards, AMIN lunch, Made in Adelaide, Sounds from Chile, the famous Oztix BIGSOUND party, the Home Indigenous showcase and Brisbane City Council Qube Effect showcase. And for those still standing, the Secret Sounds/TheMusic after party kicks off after midnight on Thursday. Friday delivers the official Mountain Goat Beer closing party with another huge lineup of live music to wrap up your BIGSOUND Festival experience. If you thought you partied hard last year, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Check out the full program and lineup at bigsound.org.au