Archie Roach and Tina Arena headline first speaker announcement for BIGSOUND 2017

The BIGSOUND programming announcements have kicked off for yet another year, with some Aussie legends being announced as keynote speakers for the September music conference. Leading the announcement today, Archie Roach and Tina Arena will both be appearing in Brisbane for BIGSOUND – the two Australian music icons set to open up about their acclaimed and extensive careers. Says…

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BIGSOUND reveals $100,000 music prize and expanded program in first announcement for 2017

It’s only April, but the BIGSOUND train has begun generating steam for another year again, with the music conference’s first announcement dropping this week. In this first bit of news, BIGSOUND have announced the inaugural Levi’s Music Prize, offering BIGSOUND artist alumni the chance to land their share of $100,000. Supporting those artists who have surged forward in…

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BANFF on working with Caitlin Park, new music over the summer and the concept of a debut album!

We’ve been loving following BANFF through 2016; going from an emerging talent on the east coast, to successfully showcasing his music overseas at The Great Escape earlier this year too. Back in Brisbane for BIGSOUND this year, the singer-songwriter (Benjamin Forbes) sat down with Larry to chat about his recent collaboration with Caitlin Park (and how BIGSOUND facilitated it), plus…

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Trials and Briggs talk the impact of A.B. Original and their debut LP, Reclaim Australia, at BIGSOUND

BIGSOUND 2016 opened its conference stage for one of Australian hip hop’s most polarising acts to come through and, as Trials simply puts, explain themselves. For the Funkoars legend and Briggs, their 2016 collaborative project as A.B. ORIGINAL has woken the hip hop music community (and the wider music industry) up with some hard-hitting and unapologetic music that highlights crucial issues facing our…

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West Thebarton Brothel Party on ‘angry’ fans & taking the hydra out on tour through 2016

West Thebarton Brothel Party have become Adelaide legends over the last year and a half, it’s pretty safe to say. Nipping at the heels of fellow South Australian rock gems Bad//Dreems, the seven-piece ‘hydra’ of an act have broadened their touring horizons considerably through 2016, playing to more audiences around the country as both headliners and…

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The State of Affairs: BIGSOUND secures funding for the next four years, Melbourne Music Week announces 2016 Hub & more

This week in the music industry: Melbourne Music Week announced the main venue for 2016, BIGSOUND secured a four year funding deal with the Queensland Government, and the first round of showcasing artists were unveiled for the 2017 instalment of SXSW. BIGSOUND secures new funding After a successful run for the 15th year in a row, BIGSOUND have secured…

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FLOWERTRUCK on recording at The Grove, flexing the ‘recording muscle’ and more!

Catching up three quarters of FLOWERTRUCK in Brisbane last week during BIGSOUND mayhem, Larry found out some more about their recent recording process at the renowned Grove Studios and how the live shows have continued to develop over recent months. “It was good to get away for four days to The Grove,” Sarah Sykes says. “It was nice have the disconnect….

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What we learned about Divas and Demons from Remi & Sensible J at BIGSOUND 2016

Last Thursday, Beach Burrito in Fortitude Valley hosted a special listening party for Remi and Sensible J‘s sophomore album Divas and Demons. With Brisbane sun shining down, BIGSOUND attendees crowded in to soak up the rays, listen to the Melbourne artists’ new material, all the while indulging in burritos and margaritas. All the pieces came together for one mint afternoon….

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