Brisbane’s BIGSOUND, the largest music conference in the Southern Hemisphere is celebrating its 15th year, and organisers are teasing 2016 as “a turning point in BIGSOUND’s history”.
The conference dedicated to shining a light on the Australian music industry, particularly its fresh talent, will return from 7th to 9th September this year with early bird passes on sale now.
Courtney Barnett, Flume, The Temper Trap and DMA’s all played showcases at BIGSOUND in their formative years and the festival has officially opened applications for artists that want to play this year.
It seems they’re also looking to celebrate Australia’s established acts too though.
“Although we’re focused on adding new dimensions to the BIGSOUND experience, it’s also important that we look back on our roots and celebrate just how far we’ve come,” said QMusic Executive Officer Joel Edmondson.
“The BIGSOUND alumni list is a who’s who of Australian music. That BIGSOUND is a place where a public audience can share in the birth of those careers is something truly unique and special. The relationships that are formed during BIGSOUND just couldn’t happen anywhere else in the country.”
Current programmer Nick O’Byrne is being joined by newcomer Maggie Collins and apparently they are already cooking up “a program of surprises”.
Last year’s event saw Methyl Ethel, Gold Class and Stonefield take to the stage who all also impressed at Austin, Texas’ South By South-West this year. The speaker lineup also included Peter Garrett and Pitchfork’s Jessica Hooper.
The lineup for this year’s event will no doubt be drip-fed to us in the coming months.
If you want to play or nominate someone to play or simply buy a pass head here.
Wednesday, 7th September – Friday, 9th September
Fortitude Valley, Brisbane