The most exciting week of the year for Brisbane music fans is almost upon us once again with the live music program of the Big Sound Music Conference and Festival showcasing more than 130 artists over four nights. Running from September 5 to 8, each day of Big Sound 2017 will feature an extensive selection of keynote presentations, panel sessions, workshops and master classes from artists and industry professionals (including the likes of Tina Arena, Archie Roach and Dave Faulkner), while each night will see Fortitude Valley come alive with showcase performances from local, national and international artists. Whilst the conference sessions are restricted to Big Sound delegates, the live music showcases are open to the public with one-night tickets from $45 and a four-night pass for just $85, which includes entry to the official Closing Night Party on Friday evening.
Other than finding the staying power to get through each night of the festival, the biggest challenge at Big Sound is composing a schedule to catch as many artists as possible. This year again features a mix of established artists (Megan Washington, Oh Mercy and Abbe May), local favourites (Cub Sport, The Creases, Waax) international acts (Sløtface, Bespin) and the very best in emerging new talent, such as Tia Gostelow, Ruby Fields and Alex the Astronaut. With so many artists on show, the music spans all styles and genres to such an extent that if you can’t find something, or somebody, you like over the course of the festival, it is probably safe to say that you don’t like music.
With performers at 18 different locations stretching from The Flying Cock to the New Globe Theatre, encompassing traditional venues such as The Zoo, Black Bear Lodge, Woolly Mammoth and The Foundry along with special outdoor stages at The Brightside and Ric’s Big Backyard, it can be a feat of significant stamina to catch all of the artists on your checklist each night, but such commitment to the cause is almost always rewarded.
In addition to official Big Sound events, there are also a range of other live music performances over the four days, such as the free Footstomp Music artist showcases at Greaser Bar each night. For full details of the artist line-up, venues, conference/festival schedule and ticketing information, head to the event website of follow Big Sound (@BIGSOUNDmusic) on Facebook.