Following a huge year in 2017, music industry conference and festival Big Sound will return to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley in September and have added to their initial line-up of speakers and artists with the announcement of a keynote interview with Paul Kelly and a presentation by seminal US punk label Fat Wreck Chords.
These additions join the already huge line-up of speakers previously announced in May, including Virginia Grohl, mother to Foo Fighters frontman Dave, and Mardi Caught, who was the General Manager of Warner Music and is now launching her own independent marketing service, The Annex. As one of the most senior women working within the Australian music industry, Caught will give a keynote to ‘explore the challenges and opportunities surrounding the new music economy, independence, gender equity and entrepreneurship’.
Of course, a music conference would not be the same without an array of industry heavyweights sitting on panels, discovering new bands or just networking at one of the many bars or parties. This year Big Sound will host many buyers and influencers from Vinyl Me Please (USA), Paradigm Talent Agency (USA), Line of Best Fit (UK), Domino (USA) and CIE (Mexico).
But Big Sound is not simply a conference for industry suits. It also functions as the most exciting and diverse festival in Australia for music fans to discover their new favourite artist. So far, only the first 75 acts have been revealed but the line-up is already one to salivate over… Highlights include pop act Eilish Gilligan, up-and-coming rapper KAIIT and returns by Big Sound favourites Blank Realm and Olympia.
Big Sound 2018 will also see the return of the Music Tech showcase, an opportunity for existing and emerging music tech companies to bring their products to the wider market of the international music community (register interest HERE). This will function in conjunction workshops such as the Ableton Live Lab that launched to great success in 2017, allowing artists and conference delegates to register for educational sessions in Ableton Live with certified experts and to expand their knowledge of synthesis and music production.