BIGSOUND 2024 Opens Artist Applications

All eyes are set on Fortitude Valley as BIGSOUND 2024 opens its doors for artist applications until April 16, 2024. The event is set to run from September 3 to 6, 2024.

BIGSOUND has made its name as the platform for spotlighting up-and-coming artists and bringing them to the world stage. Notable artists like Flume, Tones and I, and Courtney Barnett had their names skyrocket after being on BIGSOUND.

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Tones and I
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Courtney Barnett
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Kris Stewart, the CEO of QMusic and BIGSOUND encourages artists to apply.

“We are calling for diverse acts of all genres, signed and unsigned, emerging and established – BIGSOUND’s role is to create opportunities for artists, so if you’re ready to play in front of industry reps from all over the world, we urge you to apply.”

BIGSOUND has taken it up a notch this year by introducing two new names to their team. Casey O’Shaughnessy and Katie Rynne are their new Music Programmers, both hailing from Select Music. Their combined experience and passion will bring a fresh perspective to the event.

Casey O’Shaughnessy and Katie Rynne, BIGSOUND’s new Music Programmers
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If you are interested in joining BIGSOUND 2024, applications are now open at Applications close on Tuesday, April 16, 11:59pm AEST.

As BIGSOUND evolves every year, it remains committed to fostering talent and shaping the future of Brisbane’s music industry.

Published 10-March-2024

Music Fans Flock to Fortitude Valley for Bigsound Festival

Fortitude Valley is fortunate enough to host Bigsound Festival, Australia’s largest music industry conference and festival. Held from September 5 to 8, Bigsound 2023 ended on a high note after four days and three nights packed with up-and-coming musical acts, insightful panels, and exciting revelations.

Read: Local Man Aims for Macarena World Record at Bigsound

First launched in 2002 by industry development organisation QMusic, Bigsound has grown into a thriving community of musical innovation and togetherness. 

The conference now draws over 1,700 music industry delegates, whilst the festival showcases attract an impressive combined audience of more than 20,000 fans eager to discover the next big thing.

Bigsound Festival
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Now in its 22nd year, Bigsound brought the music to Brisbane, showcasing over 150 artists across dozens of Valley venues each night. This year’s Bigsound was full of incredible highlights that left crowds buzzing. 

Bigsound Festival
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Powerhouse indie rocker Beckah Amani electrified audiences with her high-energy set on Wednesday night. On Wednesday and Thursday night, soulful folk duo FELIVAND wowed with their breathtaking vocal harmonies. Meanwhile, King Ivy and Southeast Desert Metal represented First Nations artists, bringing powerful messages and hard-hitting rock to the stage.

Thursday night saw the massive lineup of Battlesnake, Chitra, and Radio Free Alice take over Fortitude Valley. These three emerging acts showed off their distinct sounds and awe-inspiring talent, capping off the festival on a euphoric note.

With its impeccable track record for spotting stars on the rise, Bigsound has cemented itself as a can’t-miss event on Brisbane’s cultural calendar. Music lovers eagerly anticipate what fresh faces the festival will unveil each year, knowing Fortitude Valley will play host to future household names in the Australian music scene. 

Read: Newly Renovated GPO Building Now Home to Tama Restaurant and The Gatsby Lounge Bar

For both fans and aspiring musicians alike, Bigsound Festival is an unforgettable experience that epitomises the Valley’s vibrant arts culture.

Published 12-September-2023

Local Man Aims for Macarena World Record at Bigsound

Rob Carroll, a local resident, is aiming to break the Guinness World Record for the longest Macarena dance at the upcoming Bigsound Festival in September. 

Read: BIGSOUND: Mike Shinoda and More to Headline!

The current record is for the largest Macarena dance, which was set in the UK back in 2011, and involved 2,219 participants dancing for five minutes.

Carroll’s attempt will take place on September 4, 6:00 p.m. at the Black Bear Lodge in Fortitude Valley, a day before the highly anticipated Bigsound music festival kicks off. 

As the founder and director of Sydney-based artist services agency Good Intent, Carroll has organised the record try as part of Good Intent’s 5th birthday bash. 

The event will also feature live performances by Gold Coast duo Bootleg Rascal and local pop act JUNO. Good Intent, launched in late 2018, provides management and other services to artists like Bootleg Rascal, FANGZ, Close Counters and more.

In a statement, Carroll thanked the team, artists, managers, labels, promoters, media, venues and supporters who have made this endeavour possible. He will attempt to out-macarena the current record of 5 minutes of nonstop dancing. If successful, Carroll’s name will go down in Guinness World Records history.


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Dubbed as the southern hemisphere’s largest music industry event, Bigsound will return this year in Fortitude Valley, from 5-8 September 2023 to present Australia’s leading artists and industry conference.

Now in its 22nd year, Bigsound brings together musicians, industry professionals, media and music fans for a massive celebration of Australian music. Last year’s event drew over 20,000 spectators across multiple venues and showcased 186 artists.

Read: Brooki Bakehouse Fortitude Valley Gains Instant Recognition Thanks to TikTok

The final tickets for the Bigsound Festival are on sale now, with music showcase passes starting at just $49. Visit the festival’s website for more information. 

Published 21-August-2023

BIGSOUND: Mike Shinoda and More to Headline!

Mike Shinoda, Linkin Park’s MC, guitarist, songwriter and producer is headlining BIGSOUND, Fortitude Valley’s annual showcase event and music conference, as its third conference speaker this year.

There will be THREE music showcases held every evening, Secret Shows, conferences and official parties held throughout the event dates. The initial round of artists for the festival arrived in July and over 140 acts will be performed between September 5 and 8, at over 18 venues in the Valley.

Mike Shinoda at Fabrique in Milan, Italy
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Delegates and fans are excited to see Shinoda take the stage, particularly after the release of METEORA|20, the 20th anniversary edition of their original Meteora album, full of unreleased songs and video footage.

Aside from the original album, METEORA|20 contains some rare 2003-2004 material, demos, and live sets in Texas and Nottingham. In “Breaking the Habit,” the final piece on Meteora which was written by Shinoda, he took a break from rapping and presented dark emotions, with a focus on dark, heavy guitar sounds and emotion-wracked music.

Some up-and-coming local talents that are part of the BIGSOUND line-up for this year are Aussie DJ Anna Lunoe, Bluey composer Gordi and Jof Bush, Ziggy Ramo, Christine Anu, Kate Miller-Heidke and Camp Cope’s Georgia Maq.

As fans and followers know, BIGSOUND isn’t just about the music. The event provides a glimpse into the heart of the music industry.

Each year, the annual conference provides the perfect opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look, with some valuable insights from industry heavyweights representing Coachella, Netflix, Sub Pop, and Paramount thrown into the mix.

For 2023, BIGSOUND has made some exciting additions to its speaker line-up with the former manager of English pop duo Wham! and Simon Franglen, the man behind the music of the Avatar films) with Chris Duncan (The Orchard), Dev Sherlock (SXSW), Hannah Skolnick (Secretly Group), Tony Kiewel (Sub Pop), Alexandra Idiart-Benavides (The Vault), Chloe Pean (AEG Presents), Seth Hubbard (Polyvinyl) and Jackie Palazzolo (Riot Games).

The full program now spans 40 names. Check them out here.

Published 18-August-2023