BIGSOUND turn up the volume for their 21st birthday celebrations!

BIGSOUND turn up the volume for their 21st birthday celebrations!

The southern hemisphere's biggest celebration of new music returns September 2022.

The southern hemisphere's largest new music export, showcase, and conference BIGSOUND is back September 6 - 9 2022, bringing the national and international music communities together for four days of discovering new talent, conversations, building networks, and facilitating dialogue for the future of the music industry. This year is a particularly big one for the QMusic produced event, celebrating its 21st birthday (bring out the bubbly) and returning to its home in the Fortitude Valley for an in-person event after two years of delivering virtually, QMusic’s CEO Kris Stewart sharing that This year sees the return of our first live conference and festival since 2019. We’re feeling from the industry far and wide that they’re itching to be back in rooms together and we couldn’t be more excited to get artists back on stages and industry back in their live element.”

Giving opportunities to the likes of A.B. Original, Ball Park Music, Courtney Barnett, DMA’s, Flume, Gang of Youths,The Jungle Giants, Miiesha, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Sampa the Great, Tkay Maidza, Tash Sultana, Thelma Plum, Vera Blue, Violent Soho, Ziggy Ramo and many more, BIGSOUND has been the place for the music industry and music fans to witness and discover the best new up and comers. Thelma Plum, the newly elected QMusic Management Committee member expresses that “Growing up in Meanjin, BIGSOUND has always been such a huge vibe where fans, artists and industry from all over the country assemble over our common love for music. I played my first BIGSOUND in 2013, when I was super young, it was a huge opportunity for me and I absolutely encourage artists to apply. From totally new artists to more established acts, the line-up is always amazing” - and something tells us this year will be particularly amazing as we witness the live energy from talent that has been brewing over the past couple years. 

This year also sees the growth of a new branch in the BIGSOUND family tree. Developed in partnership with APRA AMCOS and The Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA), and supported by the Brisbane Economic Development Agency, BIGSOUND Country further grows Australia's status as the world’s fastest-growing country music market, with plenty of exciting things threaded throughout this year’s event, including a party, showcases, dedicated panels and a special show featuring some of Australia’s finest country music artists. “Our feedback in the past has been that a large proportion of country music artists and industry haven’t felt that BIGSOUND serviced them. We want to change that. We want artists from every spectrum of country music; pop, alt-country, bluegrass, First Nations country artists. Everybody!” shares Kris Stewart. 

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For those of you that are artists, applications are now open until May 20th, so be sure to head to and submit your application ASAP. 

This years event in numbers looks a little like this: 


300 Artist Showcases

21 Fortitude Valley Venues

20+ Official BIGSOUND Parties

16,000 Festival Attendees


150+ Conference Speakers

1500+ Conference Delegates

55+ Conference Sessions

BIGSOUND 2022 runs from Tuesday September 6 to Friday September 9, Fortitude Valley Brisbane QLD. Tickets will be available via oztix at


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