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
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Dennis Radaelli

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