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Bigsound announces details for 15th festival/conference

Incoming programmer Maggie Collins promises a "programme of surprises" for the Brisbane new music event

By IQ on 31 Mar 2016

Rainbow Chan, Bigsound 2015, Savannah van der Niet

Rainbow Chan at Bigsound 2015


image © Savannah van der Niet

Bigsound, the Eurosonic Noorderslag/The Great Escape/SxSW of the southern hemisphere, has announced the dates for its 15th-anniversary event.

The Brisbane conference and new music festival will this year take place from 7 to 9 September and promises a “programme of surprises” from new co-programmer Maggie Collins and outgoing programmer Nick O’Byrne.

“[This year] is a turning point in Bigsound’s history,” says Joel Edmonson, executive officer of event organiser QMusic. “Although we’re focused on adding new dimensions to the Bigsound experience, it’s also important that we look back on our roots and celebrate just how far we’ve come.

“We feel privileged to curate a tasteful line-up of the most respected and burgeoning artists from a wide range of genres and formats, as well as a conference that meaningfully explores what the industry currently faces”

“The Bigsound alumni list is a who’s who of Australian music. That Bigsound is a place where a public audience can share in the birth of those careers is something truly unique and special.”

Collins adds: “We are excited about where music is in general right now and feel privileged to curate a tasteful line-up of the most respected and burgeoning artists from a wide range of genres and formats, as well as a conference that meaningfully explores what the industry currently faces. […] It’s the best party of the year, and we want to create life highlights for everyone involved that can only be topped by coming back the next year.”

Acts who have launched their careers at Bigsound include Courtney Barnett, Flume, Rufus and The Jezabels.

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