Bigsound used the word juggernaut in a recent press release, and it’s true – what they’ve put together for this year’s event can’t be described any other way.
Running 10 – 11 September, the event includes a three-day conference with more than one hundred national and international speakers plus two nights of live music with some 140 artists across 14 venues.
The conference program includes speakers from record labels, publishing companies, booking agents, music media, artist management, legal firms, festivals, studios, industry associations – highlights include Neil Finn, The Church, Bluesfest’s Peter Noble as well as people from community radio, festivals like Glastonbury and a heap more.
The live music program includes Aussie acts such as DMA’s, Dozzi (pictured), Ash Grunwald, Bad//Dreems, Karl S Williams, Safia, The Creases, The Phoncurves, Tkay Maidza, Alison Wonderland, Darkc3ll, Art of Sleeping and a shitload more. Seriously. A shitload. Then there’s The Church, The Funkoars, Seekae and Canada’s July Talk.
“It will be an honour and a privilege to host artists from France, Canada, New Zealand, the USA, and almost every state and territory of Australia in Fortitude Valley this September,” said Executive Programmer Nick O’Byrne.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that over two nights we’ll be showcasing some of the most exciting rock, hip hop, punk, metal, dance, pop, folk, roots and country music in the world. We reckon the quality of music and the incredible festival environment will firmly establish BIGSOUND as one of the most dynamic taste-making events in the international calendar. What makes it even more exciting is the unprecedented influx of music industry leaders who can’t wait to see and hear what we have to offer.”
The 2014 BIGSOUND Live program expands its footprint to include a grand total of 14 venues, including The Brightside and its outdoor stage, The Zoo, The Rev, Ric’s, Alhambra, Coniston Lane, Oh Hello, Black Bear Lodge and Press Club. The program also undertakes an exciting expansion north of Fortitude Valley’s Brunswick St Mall, to take in venues The Elephant, Crow Bar, The New Globe Theatre, and The Underdog.
The event once again welcomes the triple j Unearthed stage, with two acts still to be selected (visit www.triplejunearthed.com for details), as well as a new inthemix electronic music stage. Full BIGSOUND event laminates will provide priority access to all venues over the two nights as well as to the BIGSOUND parties and conference events, while BIGSOUND Live passes give punters wrist-band access to the live shows for one of the best value tickets in the country.
BIGSOUND Live tickets are available for $69+bf from OzTix while those looking for the full BIGSOUND experience, including conference and party entry, have just a couple more days to grab special rate tickets.