In yet another blow to the Australian music industry, COVID-19 has forced BIGSOUND to be cancelled.
Melbourne’s snap lockdown, the extension of Greater Sydney’s lockdown, the growing COVID outbreaks, and increasing restrictions that are in effect across Australia have made it painfully clear that our much-loved conference and new music festival cannot responsibly take to the stage.
Without our music mates in New South Wales and Victoria and no certain timeline as to when domestic borders will remain open, BIGSOUND 2021 wouldn’t be able to deliver on its promise to reunite the music community for three extraordinary days of connection, conversation, and music discovery.
As 2021 marks BIGSOUND’s 20th anniversary, we are committed to coming through the unpredictable and relentless nature of COVID to celebrate this significant milestone with something special later this year, so watch this space for more to be revealed in the coming months.
The BIGSOUND team has begun work immediately on a 2022 event to bring the industry together on the other side of this difficult time, hopefully with international friends and colleagues able to join.
Ticket holders and artists are advised to keep an eye on your inbox as refunds will be landing in the coming weeks.
If you or someone you know needs additional support during this time, please remember that Support Act has non-competitive financial relief grants available for musicians, crew and music workers doing it tough right now, as well as a free Wellbeing Helpline for 24/7 Support at 1800 959 500.
We're excited to say that Little BLAKSOUND will proceed this year.
The 100% First Nations youth-led music conference presented by Digi Youth Arts (DYA) will power forward, shining light on Blak excellence and provide a much-needed space for the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural and arts leaders.