That old joke about visiting Brisbane, and how you’ll need to set your watch back 20 years… it was lame at the time. Don’t even bother with it now. Brisbane is a dynamic, modern city with a lot going on and, of course, cracking weather. Plus, bands. So many bands.

Brisbane is the birthplace of The Saints and The Go-Betweens, Powderfinger, Violent Soho, Savage Garden and The Veronicas.

Keith Urban and The Bee Gees spent their formative years in and around the Queensland capital (a shrine to the Brothers Gibb, Bee Gees Way, is in Redcliffe, 40km north of the CBD).

AEG Ogden, the company which operates Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, Perth Arena, Suncorp Stadium and more, is based in Brisbane. And the country’s biggest annual music conference and showcase event, Bigsound, is Brisbane’s very own.

If you’re making the pilgrimage to the Sept. 4-7 Bigsound, your plate will be full. The daytime conference this year is again expected to sell out, with numbers at around 1,500, about 10% up on last year. The capacity for the evening live programme has also expanded with a string of new venues entering the mix.

TIO’s Lars Brandle is a Bigsound veteran, who this year notches up his tenth appearance. Do the math, that’s a month of Bigsound. Here are five key points to mull over before you check in.