With Purple Passes sold out and up over 10% on last year, late nights, sore heads and incredible results for showcasing artists, BIGSOUND delivered on insight, community building and even the odd sun shower for the first time in 17 years.
From a secret midnight show from Paul Kelly debuting new material to some surprising revelations from discussion forums around industry behaviour, leadership, songwriting, parenthood and more, as always it was the unscheduled and unexpected surprises that made BIGSOUND the must-have ticket of the year.
Work now begins on BIGSOUND 2019 with its new programming team now in place. Maggie Collins will continue in the leadership role of Executive Programmer as we welcome an expanded team of Tom Larkin (VVV Management) as conference programmer and Melody Forghani (twnty three) and Tim Shiel (Double J/triple j) as Festival co-programers.
With this year’s focus on community-building, BIGSOUND will continue the journey, further cementing its place in the industry as a place for change and innovation, but also for the care and nurturing of industry participants as human beings. It will continue to take on the big topics, not just of industrial change and business model evolution, but also of work life balance, fair partnerships and personal wellbeing, with the aim to create a happier and healthier ecosystem, spreading the BIGSOUND vibe across our industry for the other fifty-one weeks of the year.
QMusic would like to thank the staff, sponsors, participants, venues, punters, volunteers, media, government stakeholders and others who made BIGSOUND 2018 the biggest and best yet.
We’ll see you in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Live Music Precinct from September 3 – 6 for BIGSOUND 2019.
Applications are open for the prestigious $25,000 Grant McLennan fellowship, an incredible opportunity for QLD songwriters to travel to New York, London or Berlin for up to six months and use the experience of being immersed in a foreign and vibrant musical culture to further develop their own artistic skills. Applications close 23 September, 2019.
Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, music writer and industry figure Vivien Goldman, Frontier Touring’s Sahara Herald and acclaimed artist Mojo Juju join the stellar 2019 speaker lineup. With the new keynote announcement comes the unveiling of the BIGSOUND 2019 Official Party program, with Purple Pass holders in for a real treat with no less than 16 official events.
This year's legendary BIGSOUND party schedule has landed, with a heap of returning favourites and exciting new offerings! Purple Pass holders are in for a real treat with no less than 16 official events, check out the full list!
QMusic have partnered with Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance and The Events Centre to present POINT, an immersive event featuring multi-art projections, installations and some of the country’s most exciting emerging and established music acts taking place Friday 30 Aug. Check out the lineup!
Raising funds for your project or organisation? Applications for matched funding through Creative Partnerships Australia and the Australian Cultural Fund are open from now until Wed 14 August.
Over the past three years BIG SKY GIRLS has become a crucial annual event supporting and mentoring young regional women in music across Queensland. Applications for 2019 are open now, closing 10 August.