Official Artist FAQ

Congratulations on being a 2022 BIGSOUND Artist, use these tools to help guide your BIGSOUND journey

#Your Pass Collection

Delegate Pass Allocation

Each act is entitled to one (1) Delegate Pass per band.
Unfortunately we are unable to provide one pass per band member.

The pass can be used by a band member or someone else in your team. It's non-transferable.

With a BIGSOUND Delegate Pass you'll get access to our world class conference program including:

Access to 18 BIGSOUND Showcase venues (in conjunction with a festival wristband)
BIGSOUND conference program including forums and official and secret parties
Online delegate portal and networking tools.

Contant Sez Foy for all registration enquiries sez.foy@qmusic.com.au

IMPORTANTDelegate Pass Collection

IMPORTANT:
Proof of identification must be shown when collecting your Delegate Pass.

Lost or stolen BIGSOUND delegate passes will not be replaced. A new one will need to be purchased at the full rate for continued access to BIGSOUND events, including showcases, parties and conference panels.

You can collect your Delegate pass during the following times from:

Tuesday 6 September - 9am to 8pm
FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL | 312-318 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley,

Wednesday 7 September - 9am to 8pm
CLOUDLAND | 641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Thursday 8 September - 9am to 5pm
CLOUDLAND | 641 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Note: proof of identification must be shown when collecting your pass.

Artist Pass Allocation

You get One (1) Artist wristband and One (1) Guest wristband per performer, per showcase. If there are modifications on the number of performers please email Aleisha McLaren immediately at aleisha.mclaren@qmusic.com.au

What does my wristband get me into?

Artist wristbands get you access to all Festival venues, including your own venue, on all nights (Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th Sept) between 8pm to late. You will also get access to the Artist Green Room, parties, the afterparty and the closing party.

IMPORTANTArtist Pass Collection

You must collect your artist packs from the BIGSOUND Artist Hub, located at The Zoo 711 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

The artist pack contains artist wristbands, crew wristbands, guest wristbands and additional BIGSOUND Festival information. If you have any changes to your touring party or accreditation needs, contact Aleisha McLaren.

International Artists (excluding NZ nationals)Australian Visas

Every international artist entering Australia for the purpose of performing at BIGSOUND and any other public shows (paid or unpaid) anywhere in Australia must have a Temporary Activity Visa (subclass 408) for the period of stay in the country. It is the responsibility of the Artist and/or their representatives to apply for this visa for all members of the travelling group.

Due to recent visa changes QMusic is no longer eligible to apply for this visa on the artist's behalf.

Please contact Sez Foy at sez.foy@qmusic.com.au for more information.

#EXCLUSIVE EVENTS

#BIGSOUND Artist Hub

In 2022, the BIGSOUND Artist Hub is located at The Zoo, and presented by Brick Lane Brewing. The Artist Hub is a space to hang out during the day, meet other artists, enjoy FREE wifi plus a bunch of other perks and activations.

It is accessible during the following times:
Tues 6 Sept: 11am – 7pm
Wed 7 Sept: 11am – 7pm
Thu 8 Sept: 10am – 5pm

The Hub will be open to all BIGSOUND artists with complimentary beverages, discounted meals, artist workshops, pool tables, karaoke, and spaces to chill out.  

#Acknowledgement of Country

We encourage artists to open their showcases with an acknowledgement of country, if they wish to do so.  

Here's an example of a BIGSOUND Acknowledgement of Country, written by Uncle Kevin Starkey for our 2022 print program, with Yagara language given by Gaja Kerry Charlton:

QMusic acknowledges the Traditional Owners (Goori people) of Magandjin where we gather for BIGSOUND 2022.

The unwavering maintenance of Tradition, Story, Dance and Song through Elders past and present has ensured Song lines carrying knowledge have resonated from our waterholes, over plains, through valleys, across the winds and into the waters of Warra since the first word was uttered in time.

Together We Stand as we deliver our new Songs.

Rather than a cut-and-paste statement, we encourage artists to present their acknowledgement in their own words, with a message that means something to them. 

Need help getting started? 

Gaja Kerry and Uncle Kev developed the name "Goolwal Goolwal" for BIGSOUND. The traditional land BIGSOUND occupies is called Magandjin and its traditional owners (Goori people) are the Yagara and Turrbal people

You might also like to watch the following short video for inspiration.

#Your Showcase

Sound Engineers

Sound engineers and stage managers are provided at all venues. If you wish to use your own engineer, please notify BIGSOUND Artist Liaison, Aleisha McLaren at aleisha.mclaren@qmusic.com.au ASAP. Sound Engineers must use the venues front of house consoles and any IEM needs to also be flagged with BIGSOUND Artist Liaison.

Riders

BIGSOUND does not supply artist riders.

Venues may supply riders, at their discretion. We encourage you to drink responsibly and know your limits.

Sound Checks

Due to the nature of this event, no soundchecks will be available prior to performances. Artists will be able to line check directly before their set.

Keep your stage noise to a minimum. Respect the house engineer's request so that your line check goes smoothly.

Set Times

Please have your equipment ready to set up 30min prior to your set time.
Sets will be kept strictly to the allotted times.

Please introduce yourself to the Stage Manager on arrival.

Check that your set list will not run over time and make sure you are promptly on and off stage.

Load In

Artists must have their equipment ready to set up 30 minutes prior to the scheduled set time.  

Please introduce yourself to the Venue Liaison on arrival.

Equipment will have to be unloaded quickly and vehicles moved. Please be careful parking in Fortitude Valley, there are many no parking zones and you will be fined if parked illegally.

Load Out

All gear must be loaded out directly after the completion of each set. Artists may not leave gear at the venue after their set due to limited available space. 

Venues accept no responsibility for gear left in the venue so please plan ahead with where you plan on storing your gear after the show. No parking is provided at BIGSOUND.

Technical & Production

Basic backline is provided across all venues, this does not include keyboards and percussion. Drummers should bring their own cymbals, snare and kick pedals.

Due to the nature of this event, we are not able to re-positioned the drums as per some stage plot requests. Each kit will be located centre back. No extra lighting, strobe, lasers, props, smoke machines and /or hazers are allowed on any of the festival venues. All equipment must arrive with current testing and tagging in place. Productions details for all venues are below.

Please note: Production details can change, so please check your venue specs regularly.

For any queries contact Aleisha McLaren at aleisha.mclaren@qmusic.com.au.

Gear Storage

Gear storage is available to artists at the following times and locations during BIGSOUND:

Tuesday
10-6pm - The Zoo
6pm-10pm - Fortitude Music Hall

Wednesday and Thursday
10am - 10pm - Fortitude Music Hall

Please note that if your gear is still in storage at 10pm, you will have to collect it the following morning.

Parking

No parking is supplied by the venues; street parking is available on the surrounding streets, or you may park in Secure Parking – Pre-booking will save you $$$.

#Accessibility

All BIGSOUND venues have been audited. Information about the venues can be found on each venue page via the BIGSOUND website.

If you or any of your band members have access requirements, email our access consultant Dina Bassile at dina.management@outlook.com

#Safety

As part of event planning, and to adhere to zero-tolerance, we are enacting our collective responsibility. Your safety and wellbeing are important to us. If you have observed or experienced inappropriate, abusive or illegal behaviours please contact 0493 502 638 or email safety@qmusic.com.au. If it is an emergency please contact 000.  

#Wellbeing

Whether you want to learn how to give or get help, look after your own wellbeing or hear how others in the music community have overcome challenges, this guide is for you . If you need additional support contact the Support Act Wellbeing Helpline now on 1800 959 500.

#Sustainability

We all know that music has a huge impact: on our emotions, our memories and our community, but it also has an environmental impact. We ask that you consider Mother Earth when making your way to Meanjin (Fortitude Valley) by travelling lightly, and by public transport wherever possible. Green Music Australia recently launched SOUND COUNTRY - A guide to inspire Australian musicians on how to improve their environmental performance - we strongly suggest you check it out!

Other ways of reducing your environmental impact at BIGSOUND include bringing a reusable water bottle and keep cup, for caffeine top-ups. 

#Merchandise

Artists are able to sell their merchandise during and after their show. It is the responsibility of the artist to manage their stock, cash handling and selling of merchandise. Out of respect to fellow showcasing artists who also want to sell merch please work together in the space.

**Please do not contact your venue for merchandise sale support, sales are the responsibility of the artist not the venue. 

BIGSOUND encourages merchandise sales for artists to offset their travel costs associated with attending the event. Based on feedback on the commission structure of having a centralised service, BIGSOUND will no longer be offering a merchandise tent - this is the responsibility of the artist if they wish to sell merchandise. There will be an allocated area in each venue for merchandise.

#KEY CONTACTS

Phone: (07) 3257 0013

Artist Liaison Aleisha McLaren | aleisha.mclaren@qmusic.com.au  

Production Manager Ed Gresack | eddie@qmusic.com.au

Registrations 
& Visas Sez Foy | sez.foy@qmusic.com.au