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BIGSOUND's Heading Back To The Valley In 2021

29 April 2021 | 9:00 am | Staff Writer

BIGSOUND is making its mighty live return.

BIGSOUND is returning to a live format in 2021! 

The much-loved industry event is set to return to Brisbane's Fortitude Valley this September. 

This year's events will kick off on Tuesday 7 September with the BIGSOUND Indigenous Showcase and Women In Music event, with the conference to run from the following day through to Thursday 9 September. 

Live showcasing will also make a return with 150 artists expected to perform throughout the event. Artist applications are now open and will close on 28 May. 

Artists will also be up for the annual Levi's Music Prize where they have a chance to win $15,000 in prize money. 

“Never before has connection for our music community been more important,” said Angela Samut, QMusic CEO and BIGSOUND Executive Producer.

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“This year, BIGSOUND will provide the chance for us to collectively grieve the losses the industry has faced over the past year and celebrate the treasure trove of Australasian talent that has been incubating throughout this time.

“Our commitment to rebuilding a stronger, safer, more inclusive industry as we emerge from COVID has never been greater and BIGSOUND is once again stepping up to the plate as the place where people come to discover the future of music and to be part of the future of music.

BIGSOUND organisers say they remain "committed to producing an extensive Indigenous program, both of discussion and live music" through the First Nations program. 

“With BIGSOUND back in business, like any workplace, safety of our delegates and patrons is paramount. We need to be more culturally proactive to achieve true inclusivity and safety for all," continued Samut. 

"As such, BIGSOUND will soon unveil an innovative, industry-first safety and inclusion program, led from the front by a Safety Council bringing together BIGSOUND alumni, psychology professionals and technology partners to create a physically and culturally safe environment for patrons.

“We will also be working with members of our Council and wider industry in designing program content and hope that we can instigate conversations that will offer best practice solutions.”

2020 saw BIGSOUND head online as a virtual offering with artists like Tom Morello, Tones & I and more sharing keynotes and presentations.

BIGSOUND runs from 7-9 September 2021 in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley. Head to the BIGSOUND website here for more information.