BIGSOUND organisers have today announced that the popular Australian Music industry conference and festival will go ahead with a revised program in October of this year.
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BIGSOUND is pleased to announce that it will proceed in 2020 with a revised program of conference, live music and parties, ensuring that its long-standing role of providing forward thinking, listening, learning, discovering and most importantly industry connection for the music community, is not lost due to COVID-19.
The event will still occur in its spiritual home, the Fortitude Valley live music precinct, while fully respecting social distancing and safety protocols with a condensed program of conferences, workshops, facilitated conversations, live festival showcases, secret shows and official parties across two days and two nights across Wednesday 21 October and Thursday 22 October 2020.
Artist live showcase applications are open today. Due to the event being condensed in size and capacity, there will be no artist application fees this year.
The BIGSOUND’s live showcase program will take place at over 10 of the Valley’s best live music venues, while the conference will welcome key stakeholder groups from across Australia in what will be the first major meeting of industry since COVID-19 closed our doors in mid-March.
“BIGSOUND has been the leader of conversation and discovery in the Australian music industry for over 18 years and this year we will be forging ahead with a recovery-focussed festival,” said QMusic CEO Angela Samut.
“With the culture of our industry under threat from COVID-19, our industrial culture under scrutiny as we face head-on the structural inequities for women, LGBTQI+ and First Nations people, and our culture as a nation under the spotlight as global trends put even more pressure on local artists and local stories, never has it been more essential for BIGSOUND to proceed and succeed.”
The 2020 event welcomes Janne Scott taking on the role of Creative Director. Ms Scott is the previous head of the BIGSOUND Visual Arts Program and retains her role as the Splendour In The Grass Senior Creative Manager.
Having programmed the acclaimed BIGSOUND First Nations programs in 2018 and 2019, Alethea Beetson returns as First Nations Producer and Programmer and is working across the entire BIGSOUND program and BIGSOUND event.
Dominic Miller and Ruby-Jean McCabe come on as Festival Co-Programmers, bringing with them years of industry experience across various roles, including managers, agents, festival programmers and venue bookers, and are the perfect duo to take on BIGSOUND Festival this year
With the impacts of COVID-19 and no international buyers able to travel to Brisbane, Maggie Collins will not be returning in 2020. We also acknowledge the work of conference programmer Tom Larkin and BIGTECH programmer David Grice, and Festival Programmers Tim Shiel and Melody Forghani for their huge contributions to BIGSOUND.
BIGTECH will also be on hiatus this year, but will return in 2021.
BIGSOUND Festival will return in 2020. All necessary safety, restrictions, and concerns will be implemented across all spaces during the event. Queensland is leading the East Coast for venue re-openings and we are confident that we will be the best place to see live music this October, and are excited to provide the opportunity for the Australia’s best and brightest upcoming new artists to continue to come together and showcase their talents across the Fortitude Valley Live Music Precinct.
Pre-sale registration for delegate pass sales open 9.00am Wednesday 29 July. Join the BIGSOUND mailing list to access this pre-sale opportunity. Early-bird delegate pass sales open 9.00am Monday 3 August. Artist applications open now at bigsound.org.au.
Due to social distancing requirements, numbers this year are limited, so be quick to ensure you are part of what will be a well-deserved and long-awaited celebration of our vibrant and talented music community, as well as a historical moment of reflection, re-grouping, and re-setting for the industry.
BIGSOUND thanks the support of its major partners: Australia Council for the Arts, Queensland Government, Triple J and OzTix. BIGSOUND is produced by QMusic.
IMAGE: Electric Fields performing at BIGSOUND 2019 (C) Simone Gorman-Clark