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Wednesday 9 September - Friday 11 September

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

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BIGSOUND has fast become the Southern Hemisphere’s premier festival of new music with decision-makers from around the world flying in to discover tomorrow’s new talent. Previous years have been a breeding ground for internationally successful artists including Courtney Barnett, Flume, Seth Sentry and The Temper Trap, and Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley will this year host 140 acts playing over two nights on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 September in fourteen venues for tastemakers, industry and the general public in one of Australia’s most unique festival experiences.

This year BIGSOUND has announced a heap of WA talents will be heading over, including Tired Lion, Marksman Lloyd, Mathas, GRRL PAL, Fait, Catlips, Chaos Divine, Katy Steele, Koi Child and Methyl Ethel. The announcement reaches across the genre spectrum, from a mix of artists who are beginning to break overseas (some already hitting the stages at Glastonbury and SxSW and being hyped by the likes of NME and Pitchfork), through to those showcasing their wares for the first time on a national stage. BIGSOUND cements itself as one of the best value tickets in Oz music, whether you want to find tomorrow’s stadium bands in a small bar, or catch Australia’s most talked about new live acts on BIGSOUND’s outdoor stages—and there’s still 100 amazing artists to be announced to the ones below!

BIGSOUND Live tickets are on sale from Monday 22nd of June at just $75 for two nights or $45 for a single night (ex BF) with an exclusive pre-sale for 2014 ticket holders from June 19. As a bonus, the first 800 BIGSOUND Live two-night ticket holders will get access to the inaugural Official BIGSOUND closing night event at The Triffid on Friday September 11.

Special rate tickets for the BIGSOUND Industry Conference which includes priority entry to BIGSOUND Live as well as three days of conference, exclusive industry parties and more are on sale now via The BIGSOUND conference has already announced a range of industry speakers from around the globe including Midnight Oil front man and former politician Peter Garrett and US rapper and activist Brother Ali.

WAM Members also get discounted rates.

BIGSOUND LIVE 2015 (First announcement)

Aldous Harding
All Our Exes Live In Texas
Ali Barter
Astral Skulls
Ben Salter
Big White
Born Lion
Caitlin Park
City Calm Down
Cosmic Psychos
Donny Benét
Ella Thompson
Gang of Youths
Harvey Sutherland
High Tension
Holy Holy
Jesse Davidson
Jonny Telafone
Katy Steele
Koi Child
Luke Howard Major Leagues
Methyl Ethel
Moonbase Commander
Rainbow Chan
Slum Sociable
Sui Zhen
Sunbeam Sound Machine
Super Best Friends
Tempura Nights
The John Steel Singers
The Snowdroppers
Tiger Choir
Yukon Blonde



This year’s BIGSOUND music industry gathering in September has launched with two fascinating keynotes and a gaggle of talent spotting executives from across the music industry including live bookers, labels, publishers and more.

In his first major music industry appearance since leaving federal parliament, former Federal Arts Minister, activist and Midnight Oil front man Peter Garrett will deliver a keynote address outlining his thoughts on the direction of the industry, public policy and will reflect on his revered music career. Revered rapper and activist Brother Ali will deliver his first Australian speech after recent keynotes at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and Princeton University. His unique experience as a rapper who was the albino child of white Muslim parents in mid-western America is sure to provide fascinating insight into contemporary hip hop.

BIGSOUND 2015 also welcomes a host of A&R talent including RCA Records’ Senior Director of A&R Tunji Balogun (Kendrick Lamar, Diddy, OneRepublic), Harvest/Universal’s General Manager Jacqueline Saturn (TV On the Radio, Kasabian, Death Grips), Goldenvoice/Coachella’s senior VP of talent buying Lesley Olenik Golindo, A&R of Beggars Music Publishing Amy Morgan (Glass Animals, Cat Power, Yo La Tengo), A&R for Nettwerk Music Group Rachel Cragg (Father John Misty, Stereophonics, Boy & Bear) and many more.

“International interest in BIGSOUND this year has confirmed something that we already knew; that it’s one of the world’s most exciting A&R markets”, said BIGSOUND programmer Nick O’Byrne. “The incredible success of Australian artists overseas combined with the strength, depth and quality of our local music communities mean that some of the world’s most influential labels, publishers, bookers and agents are now making it part of their annual calendar.”

BIGSOUND has been the breeding ground for some of the biggest Australian acts of the last decade, with national and international industry and punters converging on Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley to scout the next big thing. BIGSOUND alumni includes Courtney Barnett, Flume, Seth Sentry, Sheppard, The Jezabels, The Naked and Famous, The Temper Trap, The Aston Shuffle, The Church, Adalita, Ball Park Music, Jungle Giants, Boy & Bear, Clare Bowditch, David Bridie, Closure in Moscow, Kingswood, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Megan Washington, with nearly a thousand bands playing over BIGSOUND’s fourteen year history.

Applications to play at this year’s event will close on May 15 with the first amazing line-up of artists announced in early June. NOW CLOSED

This year’s event will take over Fortitude Valley from September 9-11, with early bird tickets capped at 100 this year from as low as $350 for three days of panels, discussions and industry seminars and two nights of 140 bands across 14 of the hottest indoor and outdoor live music spaces.

The limited allocation of early-bird tickets sold out quickly when they went on sale earlier this year, but another 50 have been released today with prices rising when they are sold out or on May 15, whichever comes first.

Stage and Screen is the Official Travel Partner for BIGSOUND 2015. As Australia’s leading entertainment travel specialist the Stage and Screen team will be hard at work to negotiate fantastic accommodation rates for all delegates and attendees.

To apply to play at BIGSOUND Live 2015, click here

To purchase early bird tickets, click here


Peter Garrett (AUS) – Keynote
Brother Ali (USA) – Keynote
Ashanti Abdullah – Rhymesayers Entertainment (USA)
Alex Maxwell – Troubadour (USA)
Amy Morgan – Beggars Publishing / Glass Animals (UK)
Avery McTaggart – The Windish Agency (USA)
Ben Munro – Hostess (JPN)
Ben O’Connor – Chapter Music (AUS)
Eric Barleen – Another Planet Entertainment (USA)
Guy Blackman – Chapter Music (AUS)
Jacob Daneman – Pitch Perfect PR (USA)
Jacqueline Saturn – Harvest Records (USA)
Josh Moore – Bowery Presents (USA)
Julia Wilson – Rice is Nice (AUS)
Justin Sweeting – WME / Clockenflap (HK)
Laura Snapes – Freelance Writer (UK)
Lesley Olenik Golindo – Goldenvoice (USA)
Lio Kanine – Kanine Records (USA)
Lorrae McKenna – Remote Control Records (AUS)
Marshall Betts – The Windish Agency (USA)
Meg Helsel – Grandstand Media (USA)
Melissa Yong – Other Sounds / Village Sounds (SGP)
Meredith Fraser – Panache Booking (USA)
Paul Buck – Coda Agency (UK)
Phil Waldorf – Secretly Group (USA)
Rachel Cragg – Nettwerk Music Group (USA)
Robin McNicol – Superfly (USA)
Sat Bisla – A&R Worldwide (USA)
Talya Elitzer – Capitol Music Group (USA)
Tunji Balogun – RCA Records (USA)