When is a music festival more than just a music festival? When it's a fest, conference and all-round showcase of everything that makes the Australian — and the Brisbane — music industry great, all in one. You know we're talking about BIGSOUND, the three-day event that makes our little patch of the planet feel like the centre of all things sound-related each and every year.
So, that's the stuff you already know about the extravaganza that takes place around the city from September 7 to 9. Here's some things you mightn't already be aware of, starting with the fact that everyone from Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon to Peanut Butter Wolf to Sarah Blasko will be chatting up a storm.
And, as far as hearing people play rather than natter on, the absolutely jam-packed festival bill features 160 bands at 15 venues over two nights, including DZ Deathrays, Tkay Maidza, Babaganouj, I Heart Hiroshima and The Gooch Palms. Yes, the list goes on — and we've put together our own selection of the acts you should look out for to help you see the best of the bunch.
There's also a heap of events happening around the main attraction, aka the parties you know you want to attend. If all of the above isn't enough to get you excited, we've also put together a rundown of all the fun shindigs to make a beeline to.