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.
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