The Southern Hemisphere's biggest music conference, BIGSOUND, is set to return to its spiritual home in Fortitude Valley this year.
The largest music conference in the Southern Hemisphere is set to return to its spiritual home in Fortitude Valley this year. BIGSOUND has announced it will be back in a live format this September, after a brief pivot to online-only in 2020.
More than 150 artists will showcase their talents throughout the three day affair, taking over the many venues in Fortitude Valley in the evenings. The days of BIGSOUND will be filled with discovery, education, and connection within Australia's music industry, with an intent of finding and laying out a roadmap to address the future of the industry in a post-COVID world.
“Never before has connection for our music community been more important,” said Angela Samut, QMusic CEO and BIGSOUND Executive Producer.
“This year, BIGSOUND will provide the chance for us to collectively grieve the losses the industry has faced over the past year and celebrate the treasure trove of Australasian talent that has been incubating throughout this time. Our commitment to rebuilding a stronger, safer, more inclusive industry as we emerge from COVID has never been greater and BIGSOUND is once again stepping up to the plate as the place where people come to discover the future of music and to be part of the future of music."
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Building on 2020’s industry-leading First Nations program, BIGSOUND remains committed to producing an extensive Indigenous program, both of discussion and live music.
“With BIGSOUND back in business, like any workplace, safety of our delegates and patrons is paramount. We need to be more culturally proactive to achieve true inclusivity and safety for all. As such, BIGSOUND will soon unveil an innovative, industry-first safety and inclusion program, led from the front by a Safety Council bringing together BIGSOUND alumni, psychology professionals and technology partners to create a physically and culturally safe environment for patrons."
“We will also be working with members of our Council and wider industry in designing program content and hope that we can instigate conversations that will offer best practice solutions.”
Applications for artists are now open, and close 28 May, 2021. All info can be found right HERE.
Words by Emma Jones
Image: Jess Gleeson