BIGSOUND 2017 Wrap Up

BIGSOUND has wrapped up its biggest year ever and we'd like to take a moment to say a huge thank you to all who attended and the wonderful volunteers who make BIGSOUND possible. 

This year’s BIGSOUND was jam-packed, with inspirational keynote speeches from Tina Arena, Archie Roach, Sadie Dupuis, Kenny Gates and Alison Wenham and industry workshops tackling issues including mental health, gender equity, Australian content and more. The event also showcased half-hour sets from over 150 of the country’s hottest new musical artists across eighteen Fortitude Valley venues playing for an event record 120+ international buyers and guests.

The event smashed its previous attendance record with over 6000 people enjoying BIGSOUND across three nights and has been widely hailed as the best BIGSOUND ever. With success across the live music, visual arts and tech programs, BIGSOUND has yet again taken things to another level.

Check out our BIGSOUND 2017 Photo Galleries


On the final day of the event, the first of four Levi’s Music Prize winners was announced. After three amazing nights of music, the panel of international music industry buyers chose Perth singer/songwriter Stella Donnelly to take home the $25,000 prize; the first of a three-year commitment from Levi's. Three further prizes of $25,000 will be awarded to BIGSOUND alumni over the coming twelve months to help artists take advantage of relationships and deals cultivated during the event, creating a total annual prize pool of $100,000.


“We thank the Australian music community for once again making us the strongest music events of its type,” said QMusic Executive Officer Joel Edmondson. “We not only congratulate the Inaugural Levi’s Music Prize winner Stella Donnelly, but also all the BIGSOUND artists that have achieved recording deals, publishing deals, show offers and other outcomes from their BIGSOUND experience.”


192 Conference Speakers
135 Australian – 109 from Interstate
57 International – Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, France, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA 

152 Showcasing Artists
146 Australian artists - 114 from interstate: 44 (VIC), 48 (NSW), 32 (QLD), 1 (TAS), 4 (NT), 12 (WA), 5 (SA), 6 (International – Norway, NZ, Singapore)

668 Artist wristbands on the loose!

1454 Delegates
1345 Australian - 423 (QLD), 422 (NSW), 375 (VIC), 51 (SA), 48 (WA), 13 (NT), 7 (TAS), 6 (ACT)
109 International - Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, UK, USA

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Published: 14 Sep 2017 by QMusic Newsdesk