Sounds Australia Events

THE AUSSIE BBQ currently takes place at the following market events:

  • SXSW
  • The Great Escape
  • City Parks Foundation SummerStage
  • Reeperbahn Festival
  • SIM Sao Paulo

THE AUSSIE BBQ side shows have become an integral part in expanding the showcase opportunities for artists in overseas market. These events provide the non-conference attending music industry with a chance to see Australian artists perform, and those with an already ignited interest from the conference to see the acts again (often the key to consolidating a formal offer).

The sideshows allow artist managers to invite existing or new fans to see their artists play with the support and leverage of having multiple artists showcasing on the day.

To date, THE AUSSIE BBQ sideshows have been produced in

  • Buenos Aires
  • Los Angeles
  • New York
  • London
  • Bangalore
  • Pune
  • New Delhi
  • Valdivia

With regards to all SOUNDS AUSTRALIA activity – showcases, networking and marketing (including THE AUSSIE BBQ), the time frame for when we start liaising with Artists is when all the official invitations have been issued and accepted by the Australians.

We work with the event organisers to devise our activity, however no Artists are confirmed or considered until all of them have had a chance to confirm their official participation.  At that point, we have a full understanding of what the Australian artist representation is in market, and we get touch with them accordingly.



Jun 22, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019

On Saturday June 22, Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage will present THE AUSSIE BBQ in Central Park in partnership with Sounds Australia, the Australian Consul-General, New York and the Australia Council for the Arts. For ten years, Sounds Australia has provided …


May 12, 2019 - May 12, 2019

Sounds Australia is excited to announce that THE AUSSIE BBQ will be returning to London on Sunday May 12. Now in its sixth year, it will take over two stages for 12 hours at the …

South by Southwest (SXSW)

Mar 16, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020

"Sounds Australia has been an integral partner for SXSW. Their knowledge of the global market and their connections within the Australian music industry have proven beneficial each year, as they consistently put together one of …

Trade Mission: South America

Nov 21, 2020 - Dec 12, 2020

After three successful years building trade routes into South America, Sounds Australia will return to the region for a fourth trade mission this November and December. A delegation of music industry professionals and artists will …

Reeperbahn Festival

Sep 18, 2019 - Sep 21, 2019

"There is great talent in Australia and the German audiences loves artists from Down Under. We always have a special eye on that market - which won't stop in the future either! Also, on a personal …


Sep 10, 2019 - Sep 14, 2019

Sounds Australia is excited to return to Nashville, Tennessee next month to coordinate multiple showcase events and industry networking opportunities at the annual AMERICANAFEST. Now in its 20th year, the festival attracts a wide range of …

The Great Escape Festival

May 13, 2020 - May 16, 2020

“The Great Escape has been working with Sounds Australia for the past 10 years and this year we are taking our longstanding and valued partnership one step further again and celebrating Australia as our lead …


THE AUSSIE BBQ started as an idea in 2003 to throw together a little BBQ for the Australian bands at South by Southwest Music Festival. It has now grown to become an international circuit of shows that includes Argentina, Austin, Brazil, Brighton, Chile, Kansas City, London, Nashville and New York.

In most instances THE AUSSIE BBQ showcases are full band performances rather than solo artists.  Back line is shared, changeovers are extremely tight and, sometimes, you can even sample a proper Australian BBQ.