The announcement comes as we enter the final hours of BIGSOUND which has seen inspirational keynote speeches from Tina Arena, Archie Roach, Sadie Dupuis, Kenny Gates and Alison Wenham and industry workshops tackling issues including mental health, gender equity, Australian content and more. The event also showcased half-hour sets from over 150 of the country’s hottest new musical artists across eighteen Fortitude Valley venues playing for an event record 120+ international buyers and guests.
The event smashed its previous attendance record with over 6000 people enjoying BIGSOUND across three nights and has been widely hailed as the best BIGSOUND ever. With success across the live music, visual arts and tech programs, BIGSOUND has yet again taken things to another level.
“We thank the Australian music community for once again making us the strongest music events of its type,” said QMusic Executive Officer Joel Edmondson. “We not only congratulate the Inaugural Levi’s Music Prize winner Stella Donnelly, but also all the BIGSOUND artists that have achieved recording deals, publishing deals, show offers and other outcomes from their BIGSOUND experience.”
Before we pack up our Octopus and go home, BIGSOUND has one final hurrah with the Mountain Goat Closing Party tonight at Woolly Mammoth.
LEVI’S MUSIC PRIZE JUDGING PANEL
Jane Abernethy - 4AD
Jackie Nalpant – Paradigm
Mary Ramos - Saturday Music Inc.
Melissa Woods - Third Side Music
Jillian Mapes – Pitchfork
Stuart Myer - Sub Pop
Peter Berard – Domino
Mazin Tappuni – Communion
Marshall Betts – Paradigm
Mike Ajayi - All My Friends