Attendance Records Tumble as Emerson Snowe Takes out Levi’s® Music Prize
With the year’s most amazing live music party almost closing, BIGSOUND 2018 has been bigger than ever. With purple passes sold out and up over 10% on last year, late nights, sore heads and incredible results for showcasing artists, BIGSOUND delivered on insight, community building and even the odd sun shower for the first time in 17 years.

From a secret midnight show from Paul Kelly debuting new material to some surprising revelations from discussion forums around industry behaviour, leadership, songwriting, parenthood and more, as always it was the unscheduled and unexpected surprises that made BIGSOUND the must-have ticket of the year.

The $25,000 Levi’s® Music Prize winner was announced today, as Emerson Snowe blew the panel of international selectors away with a blistering Tuesday showcase at Woolly Mammoth. This year the Levi’s® Prize winner also receives $5000 in travel from Stage and Screen, with three winners to be announced each quarter leading into BIGSOUND 2019, providing ongoing career support for BIGSOUND alumni into the future.

“I want to say a huge thank-you to everyone involved. This money and opportunity will go a long way and will honestly change my life. Thank you so much to Levi’s® for giving me this chance.”Said Emerson Snowe today at BIGSOUND.

“Levi’s® has a proud history of supporting the music and creative community and this year’s BIGSOUND was the perfect platform in which to step things up in presenting two mental health and well being panels to raise awareness around this important health issue. We look forward to continuing this important work to hopefully make a real difference and positive change within the music industry….We’re stoked that Emerson Snowe was this year’s recipient of the Levi’s® Music Prize. We look forward to seeing his career go from strength to strength over the next 12 months.” Said Nicky Rowsell, Levi’s® Marketing Manager Australia & New Zealand


There are just a few kegs left of Mountain Goat’s exclusive Beer of BIGSOUND which are ready to be tapped at tonight’s official closing party at The Triffid, featuring showcases from Fat Wreck Chords and Milk! Records.

When the final notes strike at tonight’s closing party, the work begins on BIGSOUND 2019 with itsnew programming team now in place. Maggie Collins will continue in the leadership role of Executive Programmer as we welcome an expanded team of Tom Larkin (VVV Management) as conference programmer and Melody Forghani (twnty three) and Tim Shiel (Double J/triple j) as Festival co-programers.

With this year’s focus on community-building, BIGSOUND will continue the journey, further cementing its place in the industry as a place for change and innovation, but also for the care and nurturing of industry participants as human beings. It will continue to take on the big topics, not just of industrial change and business model evolution, but also of work life balance, fair partnerships and personal wellbeing, with the aim to create a happier and healthier ecosystem, spreading the BIGSOUND vibe across our industry for the other fifty-one weeks of the year.

QMusic would like to thank the staff, sponsors, participants, venues, punters, volunteers, media, government stakeholders and others who have made BIGSOUND 2018 the biggest and best yet.

We’ll see you in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley Live Music Precinct from September 3 – 6 for BIGSOUND 2019.

Your perfect next event is in Queensland where live events combine with the most incredible destinations. Queensland, where life is beautiful one day and perfect the next.

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Alison Rosenfeld – Apeture Music
Bronte James – Third Side Music
Emily Roehl – Superfly
Jacob Daneman – Perfect Pitch PR
Jessi Frick – Citrine
Katie Garcia – Secretly Canadian
Owen Mallen – Paradigm
Tom Wironen – Friendly Announcer
Paul Bridgewater – Line of Best Fit

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