Scene News: BIGSOUND Festival Announces New Artists, Speakers, Parties and More

In a final gauntlet-throwing announcement that would have even Beyonce  wondering if she can handle this, BIGSOUND has done its final reveal, with its full program, over 70 new buyers and speakers from all over the world and some surprise last-minute artist additions making the pilgrimage for four days and nights of musical celebrations from September 4-7 in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Live Music Precinct.

In a final gauntlet-throwing announcement that would have even Beyonce wondering if she can handle this, BIGSOUND has done its final reveal, with its full program, over 70 new buyers and speakers from all over the world and some surprise last-minute artist additions making the pilgrimage for four days and nights of musical celebrations from September 4-7 in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Live Music Precinct. The hints, clues, rumours and announcements that have all gone before have finally come together into a cohesive program of discovery, networking and professional development, with collaboration and community at its core as BIGSOUND stamps its mark as the place to create change and celebrate the future of the Australian music industry.

Keen eyes will notice G Flip, I Know Leopard and a swag of great new artists joining the line-up along with triple j Unearthed winners Keelan Mak and Austen. They join an already huge talent list which includes Didirri, Kwame, Moaning Lisa, Ella Hooper, Alice Skye, Gravemind, Blank Realm, SYDE, Arno Faraji, Cable Ties, Olympia, Eilish Gilligan, Good Doogs and 150 amazing acts. There’s also over 70 new buyers and speakers including Aussie legends UNIFIED’s Rachel Comerford, Future Classic’s Nathan McLay, Chugg Entertainment’s Michael Chugg, and Bossy Music’s Claire Collins ready to show the internationals how to really do BIGSOUND.

Thirteen amazing artists have also been unveiled as the BIGSOUND visual arts program custodians for 2018, and there’s eight exciting music tech innovators announced for the BIGSOUND Tech showcase,who will demonstrate their wizardry as part of the all new BIGSOUND Gallery boutique trade show.  The all-important festival schedule has also been revealed and are live in the new

BIGSOUND app for iOS and Android. You can start planning your adventure with the completely overhauled app experience which for the first time integrates with Spotify for even deeper music discoverybased on your listening history.

Don’t just attend: actually participate, with workshops including managing mental health, tuning out your inner critic, US touring and visa procurement, and music metrics. Participate in forums discussing music’s place in the world, where our business model is heading, the science of behaviour change, positive leadership, and an important exploration of what the music industry would look like
if designed by First Nations people.

Looking for some inspiration? How about a keynote from acclaimed author and Foo-mother Virginia Grohl on music industry parenthood? Or a conversation with Australian music royalty Paul Kelly? Want to hear Frenzal Rhomb’s Lindsay McDougall grill his own US label Fat Wreck Chords? What about an in-conversation with The Grates discussing their great career-life balance? Or music
marketing guru Mardi Caught on how to redefine success in today’s industry.

Want to learn? We’ve got interactive panels on management (and life AFTER management), how to bring your tech ideas to market, image and styling, secondary ticketing, intersectional feminism, parenthood and its impact on careers in music, crowdfunding, data, music supervision, content creation and even a panel on what we can learn about managing mental health from the AFL (yes you read that correctly).

Want to meet? This year BIGSOUND has introduced specific HOOKUPsessions so not only can you jump into a conversation with awesome strangers at venues, but you have a more inviting and structured way to meet likeminded folks on specific interests including US touring, radio and metal. BIGSOUND’s new app also includes a new delegate matching algorithm to make sifting through that list so much easier to meet new friends and collaborators!

Want to party?

BIGSOUND has never been bigger, with over a dozen official parties not to mention the buzz of secret shows, “unofficial” showcases,  busking throughout the precinct and some of the latest nights and
sorest mornings you’ll have all year. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music will get the party started, with the ever-popular HOME showcase now becoming the official BIGSOUND opening party at 12.30pm on Tuesday September 4.Purple Pass holders will bookend their experience with the legendary Secret Sounds / The Music afterpartyfrom midnight on the Thursday, as well as two

Friday evening closing parties from Milk! Records and Fat Wreck Chordsfeaturing performances from Lagwagon’s Joey Cape, Lindsay & Jay from Frenzal Rhomb, Loose Tooth, Hachikuand more.
Grab the app, grab some headphones to audition the more than 150 bands,
grab your ticket and grab your mates and start planning your

BIGSOUND 2018 musical journey.

Final tickets are on sale now with four nights of music starting at just
$85 and the in-demand PURPLE PASS giving you the full BIGSOUND
experience including priority queuing, access to exclusive parties,
conference sessions and more selling fast!

BIGSOUND FESTIVAL TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW
FROM OZTIX

ONE NIGHT PASS – $45.00 (+BF)
(One night of live music of your choosing)

RAINBOW PASS – $85.00 (+BF)
(Four nights of live music)

PURPLE PASS – START AT $470.00 (+BF)
(Exclusive access to festival showcases, conferences, parties and
networking events
+ fast track access to all shows)

BIGSOUND FESTIVAL
FULL ARTIST LINE UP

A. Swayze & The Ghosts
Adrian Eagle
Alice Skye
Arno Faraji
ARSE
Arteries
Asha Jefferies
Atlas Franklin Alexander
Austen (NEW)
Bad Juju
Bare Bones
Beatrice
Bell City Square
Between You & Me
Bin Juice
Blank Realm
Bugs
Butterfingers
Cable Ties
Candy
Carla Geneve
Cast Down
Charlie Collins
Charlie Lim
CLEWS
CLYPSO
Cry Club
CXLOE
DEAN FOREVER
Demon Days
Didirri
DIET
East Brunswick All Girls Choir
DOBBY (NEW)
Dreller
Eat Your Heart Out
Edward R.
Eilish Gilligan
Eliott
Eliza And The Delusionals
Elizabeth
Ella Hooper
Emerson Snowe
Emilee South
Emma Anglesey
Erthlings
Estère
EWAH & The Vision of Paradise
FLUIR
Fortune Shumba
Future Jr.
G Flip (NEW)
Gabriella Cohen
Genesis Owusu
Georgia Mulligan
Geryon
Good Doogs
GRAACE
Gravemind
Greta Stanley
Grim Rhythm
Hachiku
HANDSOME
Hazlett
Hobsons Bay Coast Guard
Hollow Coves
I Know Leopard (NEW)
imbi the girl
Imogen Clark
Intriguant
IV League
Jade Imagine
James Wright Trio
JEFFE

KAIIT
Kaitlin Keegan
Keelan Mak (NEW)
KIAN
KIRARA (NEW)
Kota Banks
Kult Kyss
Kwame
Linying
Loose Tooth
LudiSTELO (NEW)
MANE
Miss June
Moaning Lisa
MOOKHI
Mosquito Coast
Nardean
Nice Biscuit
No Mono
Nooky
Not A Boys Name
Oh Pep!
Olympia
Paces
Pink Matter Pinkish Blu
Pirra
PLANET
Pool Shop
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
RAAVE TAPES
Rachael Fahim
Rachel Maria Cox
RAT!hammock
Riley Pearce
RIVAH (NEW)
RO
Robbie Miller
Ruby Gilbert
Sahara Beck
Samsaruh
San Mei
Sleep Talk
Slowly Slowly
STATESIDE
Stevie Jean
Sumner
Sunscreen
sweater curse
SŸDE
T$oko
Tape/Off
thando
The Beautiful Monument
The Beths
The Chats
The Comfort
The Little Lord Street Band
The Merindas
The Moving Stills
Thornhill
Total Pace (NEW)
TOTTY
Triple One
Turquoise Prince
Two People
Tyne-James Organ
Voiid
WALKEN
Wax Chattels (NZ)
Wedance (NEW)
Wildheart
Windwaker
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BIGSOUND
FULL SPEAKER LINE UP

Adam Ryan – The Great Escape (UK)
Alethea Beetson – QMusic (AUS)
Alex Berenson – Vinyl Me, Please (USA)
Alex Zaccaria – Bolster (AUS)
Alice Skye – Alice Skye (AUS)
Alison Rosenfeld – Aperture Music (USA)
Allen Christensen – Brisbane Lions (AUS)
Amanda Krieg Thomas – Neophonic Music & Media (USA)
Amber Carew – Saddle Creek Records (USA)
Andrew Khedoori – 2SER / Amrap (AUS)
Andrew McMillen – The Australian (AUS)
Anna Benefield – Panache Booking LLC (USA)
Anthony Zaccaria – Bolster (AUS)
Bernie Cho – DFSB Kollective (KOR)
Blake Rayner – The Orchard (AUS)
Breanna Wright – BehaviourWorks Australia (AUS)
Brent Hedley – AFL Players Association (AUS)
Brian Chladil – Oztix (AUS)
Brian Zabinski – Tamizdat (USA)
Brianna Liebling – The Billions Corporation (USA)
Briese Abbott – Kobalt Music Publishing (AUS)
Brontë Jane – Third Side Music (USA)
Carlos Lopez Jr. – Domino (USA)
Chris Carey – MI/FastForward (AUS)
Claire Collins – Bossy Music (AUS)
Clemence Renaut – ATC Live (FRA)
Damien Luscombe – White Sky Music (AUS)
Dan Condon – Double J (AUS)
Dan Rozenblum – 33 And West (USA)
Daniel Sheinberg – Nettwerk Music Group Inc (CAN)
Darren Levin – Bolster (AUS)
Dave Byrne – Bigfish (AUS)
Dave Ruby Howe – triple j (AUS)
David Grice – Cognilitics Pty Ltd (AUS)
Dean Hampson – White Sky Music (AUS)
Declan Byrne – triple j (AUS)
Dorothy Markek – ABC / Double J (AUS)
Emilie Davaine – LA Factory by Caramba (FRA)
Emily Roehl – Superfly (USA)
Emily Wurramara – Emily Wurramara (AUS)
Emma Zillmann – From The Fields (UK)
Eric Fritschi – Mtheory (USA)
Erin Kelly-Burkett – Fat Wreck Chords (USA) – KEYNOTE
Esti Zilber – Sounds Australia (AUS)
Fabrizio Onetto – OCESA Seitrack (MEX)
Gabe Cramb – Scrabble PR (AUS)
Geoff Paine – BehaviourWorks Australia (AUS)
Guy Morrow – University of Melbourne (AUS)
Isabella Trimboli – Gusher Magazine (AUS)
Jacob Daneman – Pitch Perfect PR (USA)
Jalen James Acosta – World Artists United / MEcon (USA)
James Adair – Monkier Promo (AUS)
James Clarke – Bolster Group (AUS)
Jen Pearce – Low Profile (USA)
Jerry Soer – Collab Asia (AUS)
Jess Carroll – Inmocean (AUS)
Jessi Frick – Citrine Management (USA)
Joe Greenwald – C3 Management (USA)
Joel Edmondson – QMusic / BIGSOUND (AUS)
Joey Cape – Lagwagon (USA) – KEYNOTE
John Atkins – White Sky (AUS)
John Patterson – The Grates (AUS)
Jon Box – Universal Music Canada (CAN)
Juliette Younger – Gusher Magazine (AUS)

Karen MacMillan – Universal Music Group (USA)
Karina Utomo – High Tension (AUS)
Katie Garcia – Secretly Group / Bayonet (USA)
Kavisha Kuruk – White Sky (AUS)
Kevin Pedersen – WhatsYourRupture? (USA)
Leanne de Souza – Leanne de Souza (AUS)
Leigh Treweek – The Music / Handshake MGMT (AUS)
Lindsay McDougall – Frenzal Rhomb (AUS)
Lisa Bishop – Music SA (AUS)
Liz Ansley – 4ZZZ & Special Interest (AUS)
Liz Rogers – Brett Oaten Solicitors (AUS)
Liz Wright – Maribyrnong City Council (AUS)
Lucy Pitkethly – Eat Your Own Ears (UK)
Madison McCabe – Hidden Track Music (USA)
Maize – Herself (USA)
Mardi Caught – The Annex (AUS) – KEYNOTE
Markell Casey – Pulse Music Group (USA)
Matt Bird – White Sky (AUS)
Matt Walters – Parlour (AUS)
Mel Cheng – One Louder (AUS)
Michael Chugg – Chugg Entertainment (AUS)
Nadine McDonald-Dowd – QPAC (AUS)
Nathan McLay – Future Classic (AUS / USA)
Nevin Domer – Maybe Mars Music (CHN)
Nick Findlay – triple j (AUS)
Nick Humphreys – Bolster / LNWY (AUS)
Nicole Jordan – QUT CEA (AUS)
Niqui Toldi – Bigfish (AUS)
Owen Mallon – Paradigm Agency (USA)
Paige X. Cho – Bolster (AUS)
Patience Hodgson – The Grates (AUS)
Paul Bridgewater – The Line of Best Fit (UK)
Paul Kelly – Himself (AUS) – KEYNOTE
Paul Niederer – Raiseworth Pty Ltd (AUS)
Paul Sloan – SUPERSONIC/Billions (AUS)
Peta Ellis – River City Labs (AUS)
Philip Vafiadis – Innovyz Institute (AUS)
Philippe Ceulen – QUT CEA (AUS)
Rachael Comferford – UNIFIED Music Group (AUS)
Rachel Cox – Sad Grrrls Club (AUS)
Rachel Karry – World Artists United (USA)
Rachel Kelly – Downtown (AUS)
Rhianna Patrick – ABC Radio (AUS)
Rico Soto – Australasian Blockchain Music Association (AUS)
Robert Conley – Specific Music (AUS)
Rod Yates – Rod Yates (AUS)
Sam Bright – CLIPPED Music Video Fest (AUS)
Sharelene Harris – ALH Group (AUS)
Shaun Faulkner – X-Ray Touring (UK)
Shelley Hankins – Cargolive Logistics (AUS)
Sky McElroy – A2IM (UK)
Stu Harvey – Cooking Vinyl Australia (AUS)
Stuart Field – Oztix (AUS)
Terry Gold – Techstars Adelaide (AUS)
Tim Kelly – Open Collar (AUS)
Tim Luckow – Stem (USA)
Tim Price – Collision Course (AUS)
Tom Bownes – Live Nation (UK)
Tom Larkin – VVV Management (AUS)
Tom Wironen – Friendly Announcer (USA)
Trad Nathan – Crowbar Brisbane (AUS)
Tyler Treves – Monkier Promo (AUS)
Vanessa Burt – Fat Wreck Chords (USA)
Virginia Hanlon Grohl – From Cradle to Stage (USA) – KEYNOTE
Viv Fantin – Next Act Coaching (AUS)

BIGSOUND OFFICIAL PARTIES

Virgin Australia HOME Official Welcome Party
Oztix 15th Anniversary Party
Women in Music
Guardian: Songs of Brisbane
Queensland Music Awards Showcase
Gold Coast Showcase
GYROstream’s Hump Day Happy Hour
Swing By with 123 Agency & Beehive PR
Screen Qld’s Screen and Sound Mash-up Event
Future Energy Artist’s Reception
Hear65@BIGSOUND (Singapore Arts Council)
LEVI’S® Showcase
LoveBusk Launch
Music Industry College Bacon & Bangers
Big Newy Sound (Newcastle Showcase)
BEMAC Showcase
Made In Adelaide
INgrooves Reception
BIGROUND! (AMIN in partnership with APRA AMCOS)
Korea Showcase (Australian Korea Foundation and Audeara)
ABC TV ‘Don’t Stop the Music’ Briefing Breakfast
Secret Sounds / TheMusic BIGSOUND After Party
bettercup BIGSOUND Bloody Mary Brunch
BIGSOUND Closing Party Part 1: Fat Wreck Chords
BIGSOUND Closing Barty Part 2: Milk! Records

*Access for Purple Pass Holders

BIGSOUND FESTIVAL VENUES

256 Wickham
Alehouse Stage & Mane Stage at Woolly Mammoth
Black Bear Lodge
Crowbar Black
Crowbar Brisbane
Empire Hotel
Family
Heya Bar
Laruche
Press Club
Ric’s Big Backyard
The Brightside
The Elephant Hotel
The Flying Cock
The Foundry
The Valley Drive-In
The Zoo
triple j Unearthed Stage @ Famous

BIGSOUND FESTIVAL VISUAL ARTISTS

Helena Papageorgiou
Niqui Toldi
Kirsten Baade
Caitlin Strongarm
Georgia Ann
James Hornsby
Man
Wah
Jake French
Tim Bray
Maxim Chikanchi
Rozelle Tan
Sonny O’Brien
Patrick Arnold
Yin Lu
Warren Handley
Jessie Hughes

BIGSOUND MUSIC TECH SHOWCASE

Fusion Guitars – Con Papandreou
Netgigs – Joe Ward
I heart Songwriting Club – Francesca de Valence
Airsticks – Alon Ilsar
Summer – Josh Graham
Can’t Sleep App – Thomas Dickson
Gig Tripper – Jen Barrett
Stream Hear – Craig Ninness

*Access for Purple Pass Holders

BIGSOUND is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts
Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland. BIGSOUND has been assisted
by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts,
its arts funding and advisory body. Queensland, home to Australia’s
best live events in Australia’s best destinations.