Here's the first round of talent for BIGSOUND 2018

Here's the first round of talent for BIGSOUND 2018

Brisbane will once again turn into a music industry haven this September, with special guests such as Dave Grohl's mother to give keynote speeches.

BIGSOUND, a four-day conference and music festival held annually in Brisbane, is a must-attend for any music fan or aspiring music industry worker. In addition to the plethora of music industry heavyweights who trek it from abroad (and within Australia) down to Brisbane for the festivities, there's also a massive festival dedicated to the next-gen of Australian music, with acts like Gang of Youths, Flume, Tash Sultana, Courtney Barnett, San Cisco, Violent Soho, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Methyl Ethel, The Jungle Giants and more spending their early days performing at the festival.

In 2018 it's back, returning to the Fortitude Valley for four days of festivities from September 4th to September 7th, and if the event's first round of speakers are anything to go by, it's gonna be a great time. Reps from Vinyl Me, Please, Domino Records, C3 Management, Paradigm Touring Company and even Dave Grohl's mother Virginia Grohl will be there, with the latter giving a keynote on her time with Dave and interviewing the parents of other rockstars for her book. The first three forums will include ‘The New Music Business’, a forum for participants to float brand new ideas and ways of making things happen in our diverse industry - with diversity being spotlighted once again in the second announced forum, "What would the current music industry look like if it was invented by our First Nations people?". "Changing Music Industry Behaviour" is the third, with more set to come in the following months.

"In following with the times, this year BIGSOUND is putting content front and centre as the core element of the conference," said BIGSOUND programmer Maggie Collins on this year's event. "With information readily available at anyone's fingertips, we wanted to move further away from a talking-heads format and create an interactive environment for true ‘IRL’ conversations to take place. Our motivation in building this year's program is to create the neutral ground on which our industry can progress in a uniting, nurturing and welcoming way."

BIGSOUND artist applications are open now HERE, and will close May 17. There's also last year's $100,000 Levi’s Music Prize making a return, which so far, has resulted in $25,000 each for Stella Donnelly, Alex Lahey and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - with more winners to come. For more information, tickets, and more, check out the BIGSOUND WEBSITE.

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