Well, Big Sound has finished for another year and once again the live program delivered two fabulous nights of live music in Fortitude Valley. Venues big and small, including two especially constructed outdoor stages, played host to local and national bands and solo artists of all musical persuasions and with the growing number of pre-Big Sound events being staged, coupled with post-festival shows such as the Official Closing Party at The Triffid and the Big Backyard at Ric’s, the live music component of the Big Sound Music Conference now spans four nights.
Even if the challenge of catching all the bands you want to see almost always ends in failure due to the inevitable scheduling conflicts, Big Sound invariably introduces you to new artists that you might never ordinarily get to experience and that was certainly the case for me again this year as I completed a schedule that included a mix of both the familiar and unfamiliar.
Highlights included Stonefield (both at the Mushroom Showcase on Tuesday and on the Winn Outdoor Stage on Thursday evening) and local favourites Hey Geronimo, Babaganouj and Waax, while surprises – of the pleasant variety – came via the likes of Ali Barter, Olympia and I Know Leopard.
The vibe in The Valley was contagious as conference delegates and punters alike hustled from venue to venue in a bid to catch as many shows as possible. The stages are managed with precision to ensure each set starts and finishes on time and perhaps the only sour note was the fact that some venues struggled to cope with crowd numbers. I know, for example, that there were several frustrated to the point of giving up in their efforts to catch Harts at The Foundry even though the room wasn’t full.
Overall though, it was another two nights of sensational live music in downtown Brisbane and photos from the event have been posted in the gallery.