BIGSOUND Reveals First Keynotes

#Metoo Founder Tarana Burke & Punk Icon Henry Rollins Lead the Charge for 2021 BIGSOUND Conference

Early Bird Tickets on sale NOW!

#BIGSOUND is preparing to shake things up in Brisbane this September!

As the Southern Hemisphere's biggest music industry event clocks its 20th birthday, inspirational #MeToo founder, Tarana Burke, and punk rock icon, Henry Rollins are revealed as the first keynotes in a conference program that will help change the future of the music industry.

Never one to shy away from the important, taboo, and at times difficult subjects that impact the music industry at large, this year's BIGSOUND Conference will pick up where countless powerful keynote speakers and panelists have left off; from the then Pitchfork Editor Jessica Hopper’s powerful 2015 speech, which asked “Why do women feel like they don’t belong here?”, to Tina Arena’s compelling discussion about gender bias in 2017 and Moju’s 2019 address on racism and bullying.

“I’m looking forward to sharing my story at BIGSOUND in what has been a 25-year journey laying the groundwork for a movement that amplifies the voices of millions of survivors and addresses issues of respect, dignity, and power dynamics in schools, workplaces, communities, and politics."


Joining BIGSOUND delegates in conversation live from the USA, conference goers will have the incredible opportunity to delve into the minds of these global game-changers and ask the burning questions on everyone's minds for a uniquely interactive experience moderated by leading industry personalities.

“It’s an absolute honour to have the calibre of talent in Tarana Burke and Henry Rollins to bring their powerful insight to BIGSOUND for what will be an important piece of the puzzle as the industry grapples with the big issues to progress real, positive change.” said QMusic CEO, Kris Stewart.

World-renowned for hosting two days and three nights of music discovery, industry-leading discussions, and the most anticipated parties on the music event calendar, BIGSOUND makes its return in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley to reunite the industry’s greatest names, future stars, and music fans, all in one place. 

Early-bird conference passes are now on sale. With limited tickets on offer due to COVID capacity, secure your seat today to discover, change and be part of the future of Australian music.


2021 also welcomes Little BLAKSOUND, the exciting First Nations-led edition of BIGSOUND’s biennial youth conference, presented by Digi Youth Arts (DYA), Queensland’s only Indigenous youth arts organisation, and QMusic. 

To be held on Monday 6 September, Little BLAKSOUND co-curators Sycco, Jem Cassar-Daley, DOBBY, and Loki Liddle will be mentored by BIGSOUND First Nations Programmer and Producer, Alethea Beetson, to elevate, celebrate and represent the voices and perspectives of current and up-and-coming First Nations artists and industry workers. Find out more below!