WE’RE STILL ON: BIGSOUND confirms it will go ahead in 2020
Music conference and festival BIGSOUND has announced it is indeed going ahead with its 2020 edition — albeit with a slightly different way of running. Now set to go over two days and two nights with limited crowd capacity and venues, the timing could not be more necessary as the music industry at large continues to grapple with the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
With an aim of continuing its “long-standing role of providing forward thinking, listening, learning, discovering and most importantly industry connection for the music community,” BIGSOUND will remain in its spiritual home of Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley precinct. Organisers have stated they will be implementing “social distancing and safety protocols with a condensed program of conferences, workshops, facilitated conversations, live festival showcases, secret shows and official parties across two days and two nights across Wednesday 21 October and Thursday 22 October 2020.”
“BIGSOUND has been the leader of conversation and discovery in the Australian music industry for over 18 years and this year we will be forging ahead with a recovery-focussed festival,” said QMusic CEO Angela Samut.
“With the culture of our industry under threat from COVID-19, our industrial culture under scrutiny as we face head-on the structural inequities for women, LGBTQI+ and First Nations people, and our culture as a nation under the spotlight as global trends put even more pressure on local artists and local stories, never has it been more essential for BIGSOUND to proceed and succeed.”
Set to take over ten of Fortitude Valley’s live music venues, applications to be part of the 2020 live music program are open NOW! Pre-sale registration for delegate pass sales open 9.00am Wednesday 29 July. Join the BIGSOUND mailing list to access this pre-sale opportunity. Early-bird delegate pass sales open 9.00am Monday 3 August. For all information, head HERE.
Words by Emma Jones