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Saturday, August 11


Marco Fusinato: The Color of the Sky Has Melted

Melbourne artist Marco Fusinato explores rhetorics of extremism in art, music, and politics. For his shocking installation Aetheric Plexus, encroaching visitors trigger a huge sound-and-lighting rig that blasts them with 13,000 watts of blinding white light (as if they were the performer) and 105 decibels of deafening white noise. In Mass Black Implosions, Fusinato takes scores by avant-garde composers like Iannis Xenakis, ruling lines from every note they contain to a vanishing point. In doing so he trumps the older composers, detourning their revolutionary (but often more traditional-looking) scores into propositions for new compositions suggesting sonic simultaneity and collapse. In Double Infinitives, Fusinato amplifies classic found news images of anonymous rioters in unidentified riots to heroic, history-painting or billboard scale. There is often a cool ambivalence and distance in Fusinato's take on revolution, and in the Double Infinitives he seems to be asking: do these images exemplify an authentic archetype of revolt or rather its cliched, default-setting characterisation by mainstream media? Fusinato also works as a musician, in the avant-garde 'noise music' tradition, exploring the 'use and abuse' of electric guitars. He has collaborated with such fellow-travelers as Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and The Dead C's Bruce Russell. Fusinato's recent releases include Ambianxe and Ripping Skies. The Color of the Sky Has Melted was curated by Charlotte Day as a joint project with Artspace, Sydney, with support from Besen Family Foundation. Marco Fusinato is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney.






Saturday August 11, 2012 11:00am - Saturday October 6, 2012 5:00pm
Institute of Modern Art (IMA) Judith Wright Centre, 420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley Qld
Friday, August 24


Long Play: The Glory Days of the 12" Album Cover

This graphic design exhibition takes a sweeping look at the glory days of album cover design - circa 1940 to the late 1980s – and includes covers by famous artists, interactive covers, banned covers and those reflecting the influences of contemporary art and design movements. Curated by Trevor Moore and Jennifer Hamilton and presented in partnership with Rockaway Records, this is a show for lovers of music and design of every age.





For more info visit www.artisan.org.au

Friday August 24, 2012 12:00pm - Saturday October 13, 2012 5:00pm
Artisan 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley Qld
Saturday, September 8


Lovejoy Greatest Hits CD Launch
Limited Capacity seats available

Brisbane's favourite sex-drugs-and-rock n' roll darlings LOVEJOY are blowing out the rockwebs and kickin' out the jams for a rare show at The Zoo. Last time you saw them, they blew the roof off a sold-out Troubadour, not to mention setting the highest ever bar record. Now, the Lovejoy planets are aligning once more and they're flying in Dan the mic slinger from the badlands of Tassie, exhuming their guitars from the cryo-chamber, and putting some spit and polish on the ol' rock & roll boots to make some more dirty, sexy noise.

They will be releasing their Cheekily entitled cd 'GREATEST HITS', recorded by the band's own guitarist Jeff Lovejoy.   Mick Medew (Screaming Tribesmen) will be playing on the night, along with Miss Kylie Lovejoy's other favourite act, the 52 Pick Ups, and Love Hate Rebellion.   Tix @ oztix.com.au or thezoo.com.au

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www.oztix.com.au thezoo.com.au

Saturday September 8, 2012 8:00pm - Sunday September 9, 2012 2:00am
The Zoo 711 Ann Street
Tuesday, September 11


Mucho-Bravado Second Annual Pre-BIGSOUND Party


Featuring live performances by

& DJ sets by
$15 (pre) / $20 door www.oztix.com.au

Free entry for BIGSOUND Delegate Pass Holders - remember to collect your pass at the earlybird rego Tuesday 11th September 4:00pm - 7:00pm at the Judith Wright Centre.

Tuesday September 11, 2012 7:00pm - Wednesday September 12, 2012 12:30am
Black Bear Lodge 322 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley Qld


A Plus One Records and Some People Action

Sounds Like Brisbane and Time Off Present a Plus One Records and Some People Action.


$15 Presales +BF through oztix.com.au
or direct from plusonerecords.com.au

Free entry with a BIGSOUND Delegate Pass - remember to collect your pass at the earlybird rego Tuesday 11th September 4:00pm - 7:00pm at the Judith Wright Centre.

Tuesday September 11, 2012 8:00pm - 11:30pm
The Zoo 711 Ann Street


Ric's Unofficial BIGSOUND Party

Warm up for BIGSOUND at Ric's on Tuesday the 11th September.

Performances from:
Alexis Nicole http://www.facebook.com/AlexisAndTheMissingPieces
The Arachnids http://www.facebook.com/thearachnids
Cold & Need http://www.facebook.com/coldandneed

Tuesday September 11, 2012 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Ric's Bar 321 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley Qld


See in BIGSOUND with Style at X&Y


Get in to the mood for the biggest and baddest music conference - BIGSOUND - with a free night of rock at X&Y!

Joining the all-local lineup are three bands sure to make your mojo motor. Come and get it on!

No cover. Hot music. Cold drinks. Tuesdays have never looked so sexy!

Tuesday September 11, 2012 8:00pm - Wednesday September 12, 2012 12:30am
X&Y Bar 648 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley Qld
Wednesday, September 12


James Street and Sounds Like Brisbane presents: HOT WET LOUD

James Street has teamed up with BIGSOUND to give you a FREE showcase of some of Brisbane's hottest young musical talent from 12-2PM on September 12.

The iconic car park behind Jamie's Espresso, adorned with some of Brisbane's favourite street artists, will be transformed into a concert stage like no other for one and all to enjoy some great local music!

Your party host for the day will be Sounds Like Brisbane, a project aimed at promoting and supporting the independent record labels that are the backbone of the music scene in Brisbane.

Having worked with some of Brisbane's most established artists, including Busby Marou, Regurgitator, I Heart Hiroshima and Yves Klein Blue, Sounds Like Brisbane are proud to present the next crop of local artists:


Wednesday September 12, 2012 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Jamie's Espresso Bar 49 James Street Fortitude Valley Qld


Miss Elm Instore at Fallow

This is a little pop up gig at Fallow in Fortitude Valley (next to Pie face on Brunswick Street, but much more classy)

It is running in conjunction with BIGSOUND, and gives you a chance to look at the amazing fashion in store.

Jill the Ukulele will be featured.

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Wednesday September 12, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Fallow Level 1, 354 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley


Thomas Calder (The Trouble With Templeton) Instore at Lust For Life

Thomas Calder from The Trouble With Templeton will be playing a solo set at Lust For Life tattoo, gallery and espresso bar.


Visit The Trouble With Templeton Website.


Visit the Lust For Life website.


Wednesday September 12, 2012 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Lust For Life 176 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006


Royal Blood & Blonde on Blonde at X&Y Bar

Royal Blood are an emerging two piece, having burst onto the scene only a few months ago playing their first live show with Bass Drum of Death. Since then, they have performed with Stonefield, Die!Die!Die! and many more.

The band have been getting some of the best reviews from any emerging band with Faster Louder saying "Royal Blood remind you very much of The White Stripes…on steroids, as song after song is absolutely perfect in every sense...As the band rip through their killer set I’m starting to think that this may be one of the best bands I have seen in quite some time and definitely some of the best new music out there."
Be there!

For more information about this event check out

Doors open 8pm
Valid 18+ photo ID required or no entry
Management reserve the right

Wednesday September 12, 2012 8:00pm - Thursday September 13, 2012 12:00am
X&Y Bar 648 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley Qld
Thursday, September 13


James Street POP Showcase

It is time to get your dancing shoes on because James Street is hosting a FREE Pop Showcase in conjunction with BIGSOUND on September 13 from 12-2PM.

Party hosts Chugg Entertainment, who have brought some of the most iconic music superstars to Australia including Prince, Radiohead, U2 and Elton John, have hand selected the hottest up-and-coming artists for you to enjoy.

With summer around the corner, it is time to celebrate in your favourite fashion, food and lifestyle precinct with:


Thursday September 13, 2012 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Jamie's Espresso Bar 49 James Street Fortitude Valley Qld


Adam James (from Emperors) Instore at Downes Shoes

Come and check out Adam James from Perth band Emperors perform at the coolest shoe shop in Brisbane - Downes Shoes. Right next to Bakery Lane on Ann Street.




Thursday September 13, 2012 4:30pm - 5:00pm
Downes Shoes 690, Ann Street, Fortitude Valley


Georgia Potter Unofficial BIGSOUND Showcase

Georgia Potter has recently moved back to Brisbane after living overseas for the most part of the last two years.

Come and see her play 3 new songs in unplugged mode on your way to BIGSOUND live.

Complimentary champagne. 

Thursday September 13, 2012 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Footstomp Music Office 60B Berwick St, Fortitude Valley (500m from the Judith Wright)


Kirin J Callinan Instore at Outpost

Kirin and his band will be at OUTPOST selling and signing records from 5.30pm and he will be performing solo from 6.15pm onwards.

Big thanks to TYM GUITARS for helping us out with amps etc.




Thursday September 13, 2012 5:30pm - 7:00pm
The Outpost 5 Winn Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006


Six60 - Live and Massive

Six60 - Forever


'sonic hum of synthetic electro bass, acoustic guitar and soft, fluid vocal….Six60
plan to rock you into a new here and now……' - Brisbane Times

'the crowd went wild. I lost my mind…..they were electric….
I witnessed history in the making' - whoisscout.com


Thursday September 13, 2012 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Tivoli 52 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley


SNITCH X UNFD Presents Un-Official BIGSOUND Party!

SNITCH, UNFD and X&Y BAR are stoked to announce our 2012 Unofficial BIGSOUND Party!

BIGSOUND Music Conference happens every year in Brisbane - music industry people from all over the world come hang, talk to each other, get drunk and watch bands.

We decided to throw our own party to show them some heavy music!


18+ X&Y Bar Fortitude Valley.
$20 general, $15 on a list.
No Tapout/UFC shirts because they are not cool.
But anything else goes.
Doors at 8pm - 5am.

Get in early. This will pack out quick snap!

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Thursday September 13, 2012 8:00pm - 11:30pm
X&Y Bar 648 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley Qld


Bluebeard Music Unofficial BIGSOUND showcase

Bluebeard Music proudly presents the:


Bluebeard Music Unofficial BIGSOUND showcase


Thursday 13th September


The Hideaway - 188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
(the other side of the valley mall from the conference)


With Texas Tea (www.facebook.com/texasteamusic) and


The Phoncurves (www.thephoncurves.com)


Texas Tea - 8.30pm


Texas Tea are Kate Jacobson and Benjamin P. Dougherty; a two-piece (+ touring double bass and drummer) indie-country-soul act. The guys are one of Brisbane's most well-loved bands, having topped Triple Z's Hot 100 twice, released two huge national critically acclaimed albums and play with acts such as Ben Kweller, Iron and Wine and Cold War Kids. They have toured extensively throughout Australia and Europe - where they have a large following in France.


The guys have just finished their third album, Sad Summer Hits, which was produced and mixed with Magoo and recorded over six days at his Applewood studio. The album is their best work yet - with a retro sound reminiscent of 60s soul and country.


The album is released mid October, the guys are touring through late October and early November.


You can listen to the first two singles off the album here: texastea.bandcamp.com


The Phoncurves - 9.30pm


The Phoncurves are Abbie Roberts and Naomi Burrell, who met while studying together at uni. After forming a fast friendship, the girls quickly bonded over their shared musical passion and over time began to introduce their songs to each other. With striking frocks and gorgeous locks; their performances are fun, intimate and honest and their self-produced music is a gorgeous exploration of their friendship, doubts and love (both lost and found).


The duo blend modern day new-folk and indie with a subtle hint at the music of yesteryear; toeing the line between alternative folk, indie pop and alt-country. Their use of gorgeous vocal harmonies has become a characteristic inherent in their music with the act sure to become a staple on Australia’s music scene.


The EP was recorded, produced and mixed by the girls’ themselves, showing skill, depth and maturity well beyond their years and proving their worth as artists.


After playing with acts such as Passenger, Paper Kites,on the current Art Of Sleeping tour as well as Winter People, The Phoncurves are well on their way to infiltrating the Australian music scene. The Phoncurves’ self-produced, self-mixed and self-titled debut EP is due out in early October 2012 with a launch and celebration at X and Y on 5th October.


For a limited time, members of the public can stream the full Phoncurves EP HERE.

Thursday September 13, 2012 8:30pm - 10:30pm
The Hideaway 188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Friday, September 14


Ric's Bar and QMusic presents BIG BACKYARD Live

Now that it’s all over, head to Ric’s backyard for a table in the sun, a cold drink and some great tunes. Live music by Red Bull DJs, Royal Blood, Bleeding Knees Club and The Ottomans.


Friday September 14, 2012 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Ric's Bar 321 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley Qld


Soul Trader Entertainment Showcase (Free entry for delegates)

SOUL TRADER ENTERTAINMENT is a Brisbane based management company specialising in heavy rock. 

350 Upper Roma St
$10 | 18+ | 8PM

Starting as a Sole Trader (Geddit?) David Norris looked through all the Brisbane bands he loved. Wrote them down, and started to cross off the ones he either had no shot of managing, or didn't want to get involved with. SHELLFIN was the first one to get crossed off the list as they were, in his opinion "Too much of a shambles" to get involved with. About 2 weeks later he saw them perform and decided "Fuck it. These disorganised bunch of fucking stoners will be a great challenge."

Getting frustrated with the lack of heavy/stoner rock events, David joined forces with Michelle O'Rance (Tria Mera/4zZz Metal Up Your Accessway/FasterLouder) to start putting on some events which bridged the huge gap between rock and metal in the Brisbane community, as well as way to gain greater networking opportunities for their clients. Together, they co-managed an event at Brisbane's premier metal club Monstrothic, feating Brisbane's own DEAD END KINGS in the top billing. Plus, Daniel said he'd show Michelle was a meatspin was if we had them back.

PROWLER from Byron Bay are the new project from ex-Fort drummer, Deon Driver. Currently recording their first EP the band have a highly innovative and technically infused sound, they boast one mammoth ear splitting slab of groove metal. Delivering an explosion of sound with influences such as Pantera, Megadeth and Mastodon.

MICASA are an up-and-coming 3-piece progressive stoner rock band from Brisbane. After 12 months of fine tuning their sound, they have hit the ground running having opened the night for the premiere Soul Trader gig in April. They are continually impressing not only the fans but the bands they share the stage with. They are also expecting their first EP release shortly. 

Facebook Event Page

23:10 - 00:00 SHELLFIN
http://www.facebook.com/ Shellfin

22:10 - 22:50 DEAD END KINGS

21:20 - 21:50 PROWLER (NSW)

20:30 - 21:00 MICASA


Friday September 14, 2012 8:00pm - 11:30pm
Beetle Bar 350 Upper Roma St, Brisbane


sleepmakeswaves at Crow Bar

Sydney's post rockers sleepmakeswaves play their first headline shows since returning from tours of the US, Europe and supporting Karnivool. Their soaring and energetic instrumental music recalls Explosions in the Sky by way of Isis and 65daysofstatic.

with The Incredible Kicks, Marlow and Echotide.

Presale $11+bf from www.oztix.com.au or $15 at the door


For more info visit the Facebook Event Page

Friday September 14, 2012 8:00pm - Saturday September 15, 2012 12:30am
Crow Bar 243 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley