There’s one week in the Brisbane music calendar every year that is purely magical. Yes, we’re talking about BIGSOUND week – a week where Brisbane plays host to some of the biggest minds in music and the hottest up-and-coming talent from around the globe.

Now, as if we weren’t already feeling like kids who over-ate in a musical candy store (150 acts across 15 venues – drool), the good community of Brisbane is rallying around BIGSOUND, with plenty of unofficial “sideshows” popping up all over Fortitude Valley and surrounds.

So, if you can’t afford a BIGSOUND ticket, or you’re looking to have even MORE BIGSOUND fun, here’s our not-so-secret-squirrels guide to the rowdiest BIGSOUND sideshows you should show your face at!

The Night Before Bigsound @ The Foundry | TUES

The Night Before Bigsound

What: The Night Before BIGSOUND
When & Where:
Tuesday, 6 September @ The Foundry from 7PM
FREE. More event info here.

A solid party begins with a pre-party, and Mucho-BravadoAmplifire MusicTrack & FieldYoung Henrys and Sailor Jerry have got the BIGSOUND pre-party sorted with The Night Before BIGSOUND. Playing across two stages will be some of the most promising up-and-coming acts, including many from Mucho Bravado’s stellar local roster. So, get in early and let The Night Before BIGSOUND prepare you for the three-day festivities to come!

ADKOB | Alice Ivy | AUSTEN | Ayla | Born Joy Dead | Braille Face | Coda Conduct | Confidence Man | Deena | Gideon Bensen | Ivan Ooze | Mid Ayr | Naations (US) | Robbie Miller | Verge Collection | WAAX | Woodes | ROLLS BAYCE (DJ SET) | The Jungle Giants (DJ SET) | Last Dinosaurs (DJ SET)

Going Underground At Bigsound @ Greaser Bar | WED - FRI


What: Going Underground At BIGSOUND
When & Where:
Wednesday 7 – Friday 9 September @ Greaser Bar
FREE. More event info here.

“Everything’s happy underground” at BIGSOUND and the legends at FOOTSTOMP Music have checked their roster and checked it twice to bring together some of the best acts to warm you BIGSOUND each night. So get down to Greaser Bar for food, drinks and great fucking music.

It all kicks off on Wednesday with a rocking line-up consisting of ROI, DEEDS, Old Fashion, The Bear Hunt, ELKO FIELDS and a very special guest appearance straight from Freudal Japan.

Capre gon’ give it to ya first up on Thursday followed by some of the best Australian acoustic and indie/roots artists with Amela, Colin Lillie (NT Song Of The Year Winner), Leanne Tennant Music (QMusic award winner), Danny Ross and Shag Rock!

The last session (kicking off at 2:15pm) on Friday, you’ll be able to see Doolie (QMusic award winner), Quintessential Doll (Qmusic Award Winner), Tia Gostelow (Triple J Unearthed award winner), M.E. Baird – Music, Michael David Thomas and last but definitely not least Apakatjah!

Clipped Music Video Festival @ New Globe Theatre | WED - THURS

Clipped Music Video Festival

What: Clipped Music Video Festival
When & Where: Wednesday, 7 & Thursday, 8 September @ New Globe Theatre from 7PM
TBC. More event info here.

CLIPPED Music Video Festival brings a slice of its program from Vivid Sydney to BIGSOUND 2016 for two nights only. Highlights of the film festival programme will be screened at The New Globe Theatre (Cinema Room) on the 7th & 8th of September from 7pm until late. It’s a great opportunity for audiences to chill out and watch fantastic award winning music videos on the big screen, in addition to a curated selection of our favourite clips from BIGSOUND 2016 artists.

Point & Shoot Exhibit + Showcases @ Crowbar | TUES - FRI

Point & Shoot

What: Point & Shoot – An Exploration Of Music Photography
When & Where: Tuesday, 6 – Friday, 9 September @ Crowbar
FREE. More event info available here.

The Brisbane Collective and Crowbar have enlisted some of the best live music photographers / videographers for a four-day showcase of their work. From festivals to small venues, these artists have captured your favourite musical acts and an assortment of prints will be available for sale for the very first time.

Opening Night
Tuesday | 6 September | 6 -10PM

Wednesday | 7 September | 12 – 10PM
Thursday | 8 September | 12 – 10PM
Friday 9 | September | 5 -10PM

BIGSOUND Blowout #2 @ Rics Bar | FRI

Bigsound Blowout

What: BIGSOUND Blowout #2
When & Where: Friday, 9 September @ Rics Bar from 4PM
FREE. More event info here.
Returning for its second year in a row, Rics Big Backyard presents BIGSOUND Blow Out #2 – the must attend BIGSOUND after party that’s 100 per cent free! There’s an array of awesome local acts on hand to help celebrate the end of another BIGSOUND, including The Stiffys, The Steele Syndicate, Graham Moes, Golden Age Of Ballooning and Until Home. Keep the good times rollin’ into the weekend the BIGSOUND way!

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