Australia’s biggest new music event BIGSOUND dropped the mic today, with the full list of performing artists revealed alongside a sneak peek into the official parties and exclusive events on offer across four days of musical celebrations from September 4-7 in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Live Music Precinct.
BIGSOUND welcomes sets from Didirri, CLEWS, Arno Faraji, San Mei, Bad Juju, Robbie Miller and many more, joining the 75 acts already announced to create an Aussie aural assault of 139 new Australian acts for the over 100 buyers, speakers and talent scouts from across the globe who are descending on Brisbane to discover.
BIGSOUND will again help launch international careers, like previous alumni Flume, Courtney Barnett, RUFUS, Tash Sultana, The Jezabels, Middle Kids, Gang of Youths, DMAs, The Temper Trap, DZ Deathrays and so many more with the $100,000 Levi’s® Music Prize back to help make success a reality for this year’s cohort. Providing $25,000 each to four showcasing artists, plus $5,000 to each winning artist from Stage & Screen to get them on their way in 2018, the program has already helped 2017 acts Stella Donnelly, Alex Lahey, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Hatchie get overseas to fly the flag for Australian music.
For those focused on the unique BIGSOUND experience, bands, industry and punters won’t be short of a party, with over twenty events hosted by the likes of Levi’s, Virgin Australia, Fat Wreck Chords, Milk! Records, Secret Sounds / The Music, Future Super Services, Beehive & 123 Agency, GYROstream, Stage & Screen, Love Busk, Bettercup, Queensland Music Awards, BEMAC as well as showcase parties from around the region including the Gold Coast, Newcastle, Adelaide, Singapore and Korea.
2018 sees BIGSOUND playing host for Oztix’s exclusive 15th birthday celebrations as well as the annual Women in Music gathering and the ever-popular Home First Nations Showcase which this year will be expanded as BIGSOUND’s opening party at midday on Tuesday, welcoming the world to Brisbane. Friday night’s closing party will book-end the event, hosted by Fat Wreck Chords and Milk! Records, providing an eclectic lineup to farewell the four days of festivities in style. Parties (excluding the closing night party which is open to all ticket holders) are only accessible with a BIGSOUND purple pass which gives priority line access to all BIGSOUND Festival venues as well as exclusive access to all parties, conference events, panels, workshops and secret shows. That’s right. We said SECRET SHOWS. Shhh.
This year’s BIGSOUND Festival venues have also been announced with everything Fortitude Valley has to offer, from big stages under the stars to intimate venues allowing you to get up close and personal with the music. Your single BIGSOUND Festival wristband will get you access to 256 Wickham, Alehouse Stage & Mane Stage at Woolly Mammoth, Black Bear Lodge, Crowbar Black, Crowbar Brisbane, Empire Hotel, Family, Heya Bar, Laruche, Ric’s Big Backyard, The Brightside, Press Club, The Elephant Hotel, The Flying Cock, The Foundry, The Valley Drive-In, The Zoo and triple j Unearthed Stage @ Famous all within three blocks, across four massive nights, in a choose-your-own-live-music-adventure like no other in the world. The full program is revealed on August 9.
Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said it was fitting that Australia’s leading new-music festival and industry conference would be staged in Brisbane and support the city’s home-grown talent.
“Brisbane has been the incubator for many international music acts over the decades and we’re proud to once again stage BIGSOUND in the Fortitude Valley, the city’s hub of live music and emerging talent. Performers, buyers, speakers, talent scouts and visitors converging on Brisbane will discover a great place to live, work and relax, and BIGSOUND will add to the 50,000 annual festivals, markets and events that contribute to our vibrant and creative city.”Graham Quirk
This week is also your final opportunity to grab your BIGSOUND Purple Pass at a discounted rate, with pricing rising to full rate from August 1.
BIGSOUND Festival Only passes are also selling fast with tickets from just $45+bf for one night of music or $85+BF for the full FOUR NIGHTS of Australia’s biggest music marathon.
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