BIGSOUND starts today. And it’s bigger than we thought. Our top five showcase picks

We’ve just lobbed into Fortitude Valley to process the overwhelming program for BIGSOUND (no we’re not as organised as some), and we’ve got that little flutter of excitement in our bellies.

It’s the pre-BIGSOUND jitters.

We already know there’s a shit-tonne of live music on offer in this year’s program. There’s A.B. Original, Tkay Maidza, DZ Deathrays, Alex Lahey, Luke Million, Harts, Vera Blue, I Heart Hiroshima, KUČKA, Sampa the Great, Japanese Wallpaper, Rainbow Chan, Tigertown, Tash Sultana, Ivan Ooze and Gawurra.

I mean, my idol from the 90s, Kim Gordon, is the keynote speaker for the conference, for crying out loud. And she’s joined by music industry leaders from all over the world. We’ll be sharing some of their insights as the program unfolds.

But what you might not know about is some of the less talked about events happening in and around BIGSOUND this year. We wanted to share some of our own highlights with you.

Before we do you should know that BIGSOUND conference tickets are sold out. So LIVE passes are your only option for experiencing what is one of the biggest music industry events in the southern hemisphere.

BACON + BANGERS at Music Industry College
Thursday 8 September, 8.30am

Featuring Winchester, Hannah McLeod and Bridget O’Shannessy will feature at the Music Industry College showcase. We’ve heard great things about Winchester, looking forward to discovering Hannah and can’t wait to reconnect with country darling Bridget O’Shannessy. Music Industry College is like a genuine school of rock. They deliver the secondary Queensland school curriculum while helping year 11 and 12 students foster start music careers.

CAAMA SHOWCASE at Ric’s Backyard
Wednesday 7 September, 12.30 – 2.00pm 

For the very first time CAAMA Music, Australia’s oldest Aboriginal record label, is bringing three unique and diverse acts from the Northern Territory to showcase at BIGSOUND.  Australia’s largest music industry conference.  Coming from Central Australia the soulful singing of Catherine Satour and the dynamic guitar duo of Apakatjah will transport you to wide open desert plains, while Gawurra’s heartful Yolngu lyrics sing of the dreamtime stories and ancient songlines of Arnhem Land.

The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) came to life in 1982 with the establishment of radio station 8KIN FM. Aboriginal-owned media was seen as being vital to the broad educational and community development aspirations of Aboriginal people in Central Australia. Radio was a way to give voice to Aboriginal hopes and dreams as well as being a tool to maintain and sustain the culture and languages of Central Australia. Originally offering music and programming in Arrernte, Pitjantjatjara, Luritja and Warlpiri, today CAAMA broadcasts in half a dozen more Indigenous languages, reaching communities across Australia.


GOLD COAST SHOWCASE at Coopers Brightside Outdoor
Thursday 8 September, 12.30 – 2.00pm

Showcasing an incredible cross-section of Gold Coast talent, this showcase (yes, we’re biased) will be the best on the entire BIGSOUND program. On the bill are Aquila Young, Lane Harry x Ike Campbell and Tesla Coils. We’re so thrilled to be hosting this event through the Gold Coast Music Awards with the support of City of Gold Coast.


SUNSHINE COAST SHOWCASE at Coopers Brightside Stage
Wednesday 7 September, 12.30 – 2.00pm

We caught the Sunshine Coast showcase last year and expect nothing but awesome tunes this year. Bearfoot, The Brains Trust and Dream Thieves will be strutting their stuff when this showcase, hosted by Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance supported by Sunshine Coast Council takes place.

Tuesday 6 – Friday 9 September at Crowbar

Curated by The Brisbane Collective and showcased at Crowbar some of the best live music photographers / videographers around town will showcase their work over the four days of BIGSOUND.  From festivals to small venues, these photographers have captured your favourite musical acts with an assortment of prints available for sale for the very first time. The exhibition opens 6.00pm Tuesday 6 September and runs from midday Wednesday and Thursday and from 5.00pm on Friday 9 September. Crowbar is 18+ and entry is free.

BIGSOUND opens tonight! And runs until Friday 9 September with 160 bands playing Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 September. Get all the details at

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