Sound Summit – A festival for independent and innovative music
This Thursday sees the annual Sound Summit music festival and conference begin its latest instalment. This year it has migrated from its Newcastle home down to Sydney, where it has taken over some of our most loved venues. Known as one of the country’s most innovative DIY festivals, it’s now incredibly in its thirteenth year. With a focus on independent and community DIY spaces around Marrickville and Redfern, a number of showcases, acts and conferences are being held over the four days.
They’ve managed to get a slew of unique local, national and even international artists for the festival, with five international headliners already announced. These span a variety of genres, including German experimental glitch pioneer Oval, Detroit’s punk outfit Tyvek and technoise misfit Container. The local line-up is equally as strong, with Bad//Dreems, Club Sound Witches and Bare Grillz all part of the huge list of artists playing at The Red Rattler and Marrickville Bowling Club.
Live music isn’t the only element to Sound Summit however, with idea-driven panels and live Q&A’s on the current local and global music issues, and practical guides for artists to get their music heard. There are even workshops giving the opportunity for participants to walk away with a hand-built pedal!
This event will be taking place at Marrickville’s Soundworks Studio, Monster Mouse Studio and the Museum of Sydney. The topic of these conferences are pretty broad, including talks on the rebirth of independent electronic music culture, tips from APRA, the reality of radio and ‘Aiming to Stay an Outsider’, a discussion of the continual evolution of the current independent music culture. An array of experienced panellists including representatives from Music NSW, Select Music Agency, National Live Music Office, Triple J, 2ser, and FBi will be taking care of proceedings so you know you’re in good hands.
It sure is shaping up to be an informative yet tremendously exciting few days, so no matter whether you’re a musician, anyone aspiring to work in the business side of music, or anyone who just purely loves music, there’s something for everyone at Sound Summit this year.
- James Sherley
Check out the full line-up and program over here: http://www.soundsummit.com.au/