"The future of music in Australia is continuing on its upward trajectory, and with this lineup, it’s obvious it will continue to do so.”
BIGSOUND, Australia’s largest music conference and showcase event, is returning to the Fortitude Valley from 5-8 September, with 141 artists set to make their marks throughout Brisbane’s music hub.
After receiving more than 1300 applications to perform at BIGSOUND from across Australia, New Zealand and the UK, the conference’s organisers had the unenviable task of whittling down the mega list of requests to 141 buzz-worthy acts.
The 22nd edition of BIGSOUND will be held in 18 venues across the Valley. In 2023, the line-up sees important representation across the board, with 27% of artists LGBTQIA+ identifying, 18% First Nations, and 50% female or gender non-conforming.
“Once again this year we had the unenviable task of reading, listening to and enjoying several thousand BIGSOUND applications from all over the country and world,” BIGSOUND Co-Programming Lead and Sunroom Co-Director Ruby-Jean McCabe said.
“While this is definitely our favourite time of the year because we get to listen to so much amazing music, it can be our least favourite as well. As bookers, we have to make the hard decision of whittling down these acts which felt like an impossible task given the talent in front of us!
“We feel this year’s lineup is one of the strongest we’ve ever seen showcase at BIGSOUND, which makes the task harder than ever before. The future of music in Australia is continuing on its upward trajectory, and with this lineup, it’s obvious it will continue to do so.”
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Some of the highlights amongst the massive line-up include hip hop act Miss Kaninna, rising country act Loren Ryan, Perth’s DICE and Siobhan Cotchin and Melbourne’s PANIA, Moaning Lisa and The Slingers. From Sydney comes Moss and Little Green.
BIGSOUND’s home of Brisbane will see Full Flower Moon Band, Zheani, Felivand and Baby Prince take to the stage while Adelaide will showcase the likes of Aleksiah, The Empty Threats and more, and from across the waters to New Zealand/Aotearoa will be Reb Fountain and SWIDT, as well as Casey Mowry and MF Tomlinson flying in from the UK.
And how could we forget the most isolated heavy metal band in the world Southeast Desert Metal?
“At its core, BIGSOUND needs to work for artists,” QMusic CEO Kris Stewart stated. “It’s a global music market, and in 2023 we’ve gone far and wide to attract speakers and buyers from around the world to ensure international relationships are forged, and deals are made.
“Our definitive goal is to create a rising tide for everyone. At the end of the week, we want everyone to leave with something - someone new they’ve met, a deal they’ve made or new insight to grow their careers. We remain proactive in finding new ways to do this and can’t wait for people to discover a whole stack of amazing artists from the showcase lineup.”
BIGSOUND 2023 will take place between Tuesday, September 5–Friday, September 8 in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane. For more information, visit bigsound.org.au.
You can buy tickets to attend BIGSOUND here.
BIGSOUND 2023 ARTIST LINEUP:
Alf the Great
BAYANG (tha Bushranger)
Charm of Finches
Dr Sure's Unusual Practice
Freight Train Foxes
Friends of Friends
Full Flower Moon Band
Glenn Skuthorpe Band
Joan & The Giants
Joey Leigh Wagtail
MARLON X RULLA
Oscar the Wild
Proteins of Magic
Ra Ra Viper
Radio Free Alice
Southeast Desert Metal
Tamara & the Dreams
The Empty Threats
Vixens of Fall
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