BIGSOUND Festival another massive success

JACKSON PAINE

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The visual art concept at last week’s BIGSOUND event. Photo: Emily Fernandez

Brisbane’s BIGSOUND music festival has finished for another year.

Specialised to give budding musicians the prospect of valuable exposure, BIGSOUND Festival has grown to become the biggest annual music event of its type in Australia.

Now in its 16th year, the four-day event, held in Fortitude Valley, saw over 6,000 people attend, according to the event’s website.

BIGSOUND spokesperson Mitch Fresta says the opportunities to enhance one’s career are endless for those who perform at the event.

“The beauty of an event like BIGSOUND is that everyone can get something different out of it,” Mr Fresta said.

“Some bands might find a manager or a booking agent, and others might walk away with a better understanding of how the industry works.”

BIGSOUND has been instrumental in launching the fledging careers of many internationally-renowned Australian musicians including singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett, electronic artist Flume and local Queensland band Sheppard.

Fresta said the popularity of the event went to another level this year, as the Valley was abuzz with thousands of keen music lovers.

“We’ve seen steady growth year on year at BIGSOUND, but nothing quite as noticeable as this year’s festival.

“This year, the streets were packed on Wednesday and Thursday in a way that’s usually reserved for Saturday nights in the Valley.

“I think it’s a testament to where Australian music is sitting right now that over 6000 people will come out on a school night to check out a band that they might have only just heard of,” Mr Fresta said.

Fresta nominated Baker Boy and Didirri as the two artists Australians should look out for on the back of the event.

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