BIGSOUND is a unique music festival. You buy just a single ticket to see 150 bands over 4 day and 18 venues all clustered together in the Fortitude Valley entertainment district. Along with the music, there is also a conference, visual arts and a music technology showcase. You have the chance to enjoy your favourite musicians performing and maybe find your next favourite performer among the upcoming acts performing.
Running for 17 years, BIGSOUND is an opportunity to discover, explore and experience the future of music in Australia as musicians and industry people from around the globe gather and take over multiple venues in Fortitude Valley.
BIGSOUND takes over Fortitude Valley for 4 days and nights
As a music event, it has built a reputation as the place to discover the next big thing, with many artists having their big break after performing at the festival. Some of these include Flume, Rufus, Courtney Barnett, Megan Washington, The Temper Trap, A.B. Original, Remi and Gang of Youths.
BIGSOUND has both well known artists are the next big thing
Along with the evenings of music, there will also be conferences during the day. This is the chance to learn from industry experts, both performers and those behind the scenes. This is about understanding the trends in the music industry both at home and abroad and for Australia to adapt to the rapidly changing entertainment scene. Recent years have seen up to 1300 delegates attend the conference and of course stay to party on into the night.
If you want to know more about music technology, Wednesday and Thursday of the conference will be your chance to learn about and even play with the latest technology at the Institute of Modern Art at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts on Brunswick Street. On Wednesday, September 5 at midday there will be a chance for technology developers to pitch their big ideas for the next wave of tech.
Check out the visual arts and tech showcases at the Judith Wright Centre
If you only want to attend for one night on Tuesday to Thursday, then there is the $45 One Night Pass, though to be honest it would be better value for money to get the Rainbow Pass and go at least 2 nights. You also won't be able to attend Friday with the One Night Pass.
There is also the Purple Pass which is for both the music, conference and official parties. At $670 it is aimed at industry professionals and at the time of writing this, has already been sold out, maybe get in earlier next year.
Who is hot at BIGSOUND 2018
With 150 artists performing, it is hard to try and say who you should definitely see. Some that stand out are Loose Tooth from Victoria and the beautiful and soulful vocals from Thando who was born in Zimbabwe but hailing now from Victoria.
Other artists you might want to check are the East Brunswick All Girls Choir, Jade Imagine and Hachiku. All with great indy sounds.
For some local Brisbane sounds, check out the haunting vocals of Noralyn, the rap stylings of Pistola Avenue and the acoustic guitar of Ofa Fanaika, all presented by BEMAC.
This music festival and conference has always been a unique opportunity and, having grown 40% last year, it is set to be even more popular this year. With so many artists performing you have the chance to catch your favourites as well as discover something new as each performance will be short and sweet.