If you are a fan of music, and a lover of live music in particular, then no doubt you will counting the hours until Big Sound Live kicks off this week. Held over two nights (Tuesday, September 9 and Wednesday, September 10) in conjunction with the annual Big Sound Music Conference, Big Sound Live features 150 bands/artists performing across 15 different stages in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley entertainment precinct. Presented by Q Music, Big Sound is well established as one of the pre-eminent music industry events in the country, bringing musicians and music industry representatives from Australia and overseas together for a series panels, presentations and keynote addresses. Speakers come from all areas of the industry, including record labels, publishing companies, booking agencies, music media, artist management, legal firms, festivals, studios, radio stations and industry associations.
The Big Sound Live program affords bands and musical performers the opportunity to showcase their sounds to the myriad industry representatives attending the conference in addition to the thousands of music fans who flood The Valley for the two nights of performances. Amongst those performing over the two nights are the likes of Katy Steele, Holy Holy, Gang of Youths, Stonefield, Hey Geronimo, Tired Lion and the legendary Cosmic Psychos. Like any music festival, careful planning is required to catch as many bands as you can over the two nights and the inevitable scheduling clashes mean that sometimes it just isn’t possible to see all of the performances you are wanting to see, but the vibe over the course of the event is fantastic and it really is a fantastic annual celebration of live music.
Adding to the already packed schedule of live performances, The Triffid will host the First Night Fever pre-Big Sound party on Tuesday night (September 8), a free event featuring Ash Grunwald, Sahara Beck, Avabaree, Eden Mulholland and many more. Also on Tuesday night is the Mushroom Free for All at The Flying Cock, another free feast of music with Gordi, Slum Sociable and Stonefield amongst those on the bill.
Because too much live music is never enough, the Big Sound Live experience will continue into Friday night (September 11) when The Triffid hosts the Official Big Sound Closing Party. This free event featuring The John Steel Singers, Born Lion and many more will bring the festivities to a close for another year.
In addition to existing venues such as The Foundry, Ric’s Bar, The Zoo, New Globe Theatre, Black Bear Lodge, Woolly Mammoth, Crowbar, Oh Hello and The Press Club, there will an outdoor stages at The Elephant Hotel, The Brightside and in Winn Lane. The full schedule of Big Sound Live performances is available here and tickets are available through OzTix.