“ This is a world-class event.” – Michael Chugg (Michael Chugg Entertainment)
“ I first attended BIGSOUND in 2006 and again this year. On Both occasions I was impressed by the International potential, quality, and diversity of the live performances and by the interesting, and often compelling panels and speakers.
BIGSOUND has grown considerably over the past two years. Queensland is now set to become the major portal for newly emerging global music markets.
Sire band The Veronicas, who hail from Brisbane, are starting to break big in the U.S. which will make my stay in Brisbane even more exciting and productive.” – Seymour Stein (Sire Records)
BIGSOUND 2012 Launches: First Speakers & Artists
With last year’s event smashing home a reputation as the Southern Hemisphere’s global music gathering, BIGSOUND has launched with its first announcement of speakers and live performers converging on Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Live Music Precinct from September 12 to 14, 2012.
At the Melbourne launch party at Toff In Town, BIGSOUND announced its first three keynote speakers with one of the planet’s most perplexing artists Ben Lee, EMI Music Australia's Chairman Mark Poston and award winning artist and activist David Bridie taking to the podium in September. Overseas guests include Jack White’s Third Man Records MD Ben Swank (US), Spotify's Rene Chambers (UK), Lisa Hresko (US) editor of CMJ, European promoter Heart of Gold’s David Jimenez-Zumalacarregui (Spain), C3 Presents’ Aly Ehlinger (Lollapolooza, Austin City Limits) (US), Merlin's Charles Caldas (UK) and Grouplove managers Nicky & Ben Berger (US).
Local speakers Nick Findlay (triple j), Ian Haug (Powerfinger), Richard Moffat (Way Over There- Falls Festival / Parklife / Groovin the Moo) and Jessica Ducrou (Village Sounds/Splendour in the Grass) round out the speaker announcement.
Ten artists have also been confirmed for BIGSOUND Live with Kate Miller-Heidke, Violent Soho, Eagle & the Worm, The Paper Kites, King Cannons, The Cairos, Oliver Tank, Kira Puru & the Bruise, The Trouble with Templeton and The Preachers all locked in to appear. Ninety more will be revealed with artists encouraged to apply now to join the lineup at www.bigsound.org.au.
“BIGSOUND 2012 already feels like it has the good will and natural momentum to step up again on what we achieved last year. ,” said programmer Graham Ashton. “The international interest has gone up another level which is proven by the quality of our first speaker announcement and BIGSOUND has become the one real gathering of the tribe for the Australian music community. Most importantly, the artist applications that are coming in already ensure that Fortitude Valley is the place to be this September.”
Tickets for BIGSOUND are now available at the early bird rate of just $295 for members and $395 for non-members. This discount price is available for one month only and includes entry to all official conference sessions, parties, after-parties and live music events.