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BIGSOUND Announces Full Conference Program

Neil Finn

BIGSOUND announces its final conference and live programs today in all their glory. Among the surprises is a newly announced keynote from Birthday Party founder and Bad Seed Mick Harvey.

Sessions also include debate starters like whether heavy metal has the best relationship with its fans, the future of Australian hip hop, and the battle over country music. The conference will also introduce presentations from Spotify’s chief economist Will Page and data journalist Liv Buli from Forbes Magazine and Next Big Sound to discuss new industry models, while the Associaion of Artist Managers (AAM) will launch their long-awaited music managers’ code of conduct. 

There will be an entire panel dedicated to discussion of triple j and its place within the Australian media landscape, a debate on the importance of community radio and a robust discussion on the how the music industry will look in the future. 

Peter Noble will unpack the success of Bluesfest while Danny Rogers and Jerome Borazio will discuss the growth of their now international St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival. Over 50 international guests will cover topics like publishing, marketing and live music export strategies around the world. We’ll also hear inspirational keynotes from Neil Finn and the church, with the event closing with artists like Megan Washington, Russell Morris and The Bedroom Philosopher discussing the lifestyle of an artist, unpacking the peaks and troughs of a career musician. 

With 37 topics and sessions and over 100 speakers, jump in and start planning your BIGSOUND at

With strong offerings for both art and commerce, BIGSOUND again delivers the party it has long been notorious for, this year including the BIGSOUND Village featuring great food and beverage options throughout the day plus the Levi’s pop up tailor and JBL Sound Lounge, free Friday morning ‘hair of the dog’ Bloody Marys, official and unofficial after parties… and of course 140 of the finest new artists from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and more

“BIGSOUND is excited to present this program, the first from Nick O’Byrne,” said QMusic Executive Officer Denise Foley. “QMusic is proud to shake up the program and the showcases every once in a while and not lose anything that makes BIGSOUND special. Spring Break is nearly here!” 

The full conference and live program as well as BIGSOUND passes including full entry to conference events, lunch, parties and priority access to BIGSOUND Live events are available now from 

BIGSOUND Live only passes are available now from oztix. 



// click to download full list of announced speakers + live acts // 


Keynote Speakers 

Neil Finn - Artist (NZ) 

the church - the church (AUS) 

Mick Harvey - Musician/Record Producer (AUS) 

Peter Noble - Bluesfest (AUS) 

Liv Buli - Next Big Sound (USA) 

Anthony Fantano - The Needle Drop (USA) 

Andrew Harris - APRA AMCOS (AUS) 

Will Page - Spotify (UK) 



Henning Ahrens - Four Artists Booking Agentur GmbH (GER) 

Graham "Asho" Ashton - Footstomp Music (AUS) 

Grimur Atlason - Iceland Airwaves (ICL) 

Fee B-Squared - Triple R FM (AUS) 

Reggie Ba-Pe III - Sonically Transmitted Disease / Arkham / Arcade (CHINA) 

Paul Barclay - ABC RN (AUS) 

Adrian Basso - CBAA & PBS 106.7FM (AUS) 

Dan Biddle - The McClymonts & Adam Eckersley Band Management (AUS) 

Jerome Borazio - St Jeromes Laneway Festival (AUS) 

Linda Bosidis - Mushroom Music Publishing (AUS) 

Michelle Brown - 4ZZZ (AUS) 

Alex Bruford - ATC Live (UK) 

Alastair Burns - Heartstop Music (AUS) 

Tim Byron - Journalist (AUS) 

Michelle Cable - Panache Booking (USA) 

Greg Carey - Umbrella (AUS) 

Mardi Caught - Warner Music Australia (AUS) 

Tim Charles - Ne Obliviscaris & Welkin Entertainment (AUS) 

Rick Chazan - GROUNDCONTROL Music Management (AUS) 

Bex Chilcott - Ruby Boots (AUS) 

Adam Christou - RTRFM 92.1 (AUS) 

Jake Cleland - The Vine (AUS) 

Lucy Collier - Amplifire Music (AUS) 

Claire Collins - Bossy Music PR & Management (AUS) 

Maggie Collins - Fans Creative Management (AUS) 

Justin Cosby - Inertia (AUS) 

Sam Cromack - Ball Park Music (AUS) 

Suzanne Daley - Live Performance Australia (AUS) 

Derek Davies - Neon Gold Records (USA) 

Leanne de Souza - Manager (AUS) 

Sari Delmar - Audio Blood Inc (CAN) 


Jessica Ducrou - Village Sounds (AUS) 

Michael Dwyer - Rolling Stone, Fairfax Media (AUS) 

Martin Elbourne - Glastonbury Festival / The Great Escape (UK) 

Andrei Eremin - Record Producer (AUS) 

Michelle Fantus - Sony / ATV Music Publishing (USA) 

Andy Farrow - Northern Music Co. (UK) 

Nick Findlay - triple j (AUS) 

Brad First - SXSW (USA) 

Scott Fitzsimons - The Music (AUS) 

Kevin French - Paradigm Talent Agency (USA) 

Jane Gazzo - Music Journalist /Presenter (AUS) 

Stephen Goodhew - FBi Radio (AUS) 

Jaime Gough - Native Tongue Music Publishing (AUS) 

Stephen Green - SGC Media / Title Track (AUS) 

Anuj Gupta - Only Much Louder / NH7 Weekender (India) 

Jordan Hankins - Tyler Touché (AUS) 

Tor Hansen - Red Eye / Yep Roc (USA) 

Mike Harounoff - Transgressive (UK) 

Steve Harris - Love & Theft Recording Co. (AUS) 

Andrew Hayden - Poison City Records (AUS) 

Justin Heazlewood - Funemployed / The Bedroom Philospher (AUS) 

Ali Hedrick - The Billions Corporation (USA) 

Julian Hewitt - Media Arts Lawyers (AUS) 

Matt Hickey - High Road Touring (USA) 

Jaimie Hodgson - House Anxiety / Marathon Artists (UK) 

Mark Holland - EMI Recorded Music Australia (AUS) 

Tim Hollo - Green Music Australia (AUS) 

Scott Hutchinson - Hutchinson Builders (AUS) 

Josh Iden - Panache (USA) 

Indian Summer - (Gabe Gleeson & Chevy Long) (AUS) 

Tim Janes - Caroline Label Services (AUS) 

Maya Janeska - Unified (AUS) 

Jimblah - Artist (AUS) 

Chris Johnson - Amrap / CBAA (AUS) 

Stuart Johnston - Canadian Independent Music Association (CAN) 

Grace Jones - Grandstand Media & Management (USA) 

Tim Jones - Pipe & Hat (CAN) 

John Kastner - Canadian Music Week (USA) 

Richard Kingsmill - triple j (AUS) 

Julia Kosky - Brett Oaten Solicitors (AUS) 

Rahul Kukreja - Livescape Group (Malaysia) 

L-FRESH The LION - Artist (AUS) 

Darren Levin - The Sound Alliance (AUS) 

Tim Levinson - Elefant Traks (AUS) 

Adam Lewis - Planetary Group (USA) 

Meagan Loader - Double J + triple j Unearthed (AUS) 

Shannon Logan - Jet Black Cat Music (AUS) 

Erin Lyall - Corner Presents (AUS) 

Ben Marshall - Sydney Opera House (AUS) 

Matt McDonald - CMJ (USA) 

Woody McDonald - Meredith Music Festival (AUS) 

Liam McGorry - Saskwatch / Dorsal Fins (AUS) 

Eleanor McGuiness - Pitch & Smith (UK) 

Nathan McLay - Future Classic (AUS) 

Andrew McMillen - Freelance Journalist and Author (AUS) 

Avery McTaggart - The Windish Agency (USA) 

Millie Millgate - Sounds Australia (AUS) 

Josh Moore - The Bowery Presents (USA) 

Mollie Moore - Atlantic Records / Lip Sync Music (USA) 

Evelyn Morris - Pikelet (AUS) 

Russell Morris - Artist (AUS) 

Yvette Myhill - Association of Artist Managers (AAM) (AUS) 

Anita Nedeljkovic - Corner Presents (AUS) 

Pip Newby - Play It Again Sam (UK) 

Shane Nicholson - Lost Highway Records (AUS) 

Luke O'Shea - Music Council of Australia (AUS) 

Grant Paley - Parquin Artists Agency (CAN) 

Isabel Pappani - APRA AMCOS (USA) 

Chris Porter - One Reel / Bumbershoot Festival (USA) 

Jodie Regan - Spinning Top Music (AUS) 

Rev. Moose - The Syndicate (USA) 

Sarah Richardson - Bleached Communications (UK) 

Lee Rickard - Burger Records (USA) 

Danny Rogers - Lunatic Entertainment / St Jerome's Laneway Festival (AUS) 

Matthew Rogers - Unified (AUS) 

Elizabeth Rose - Artist (AUS) 

Zan Rowe - triple j (AUS) 

Dave Ruby Howe - triple j Unearthed (AUS) 

Adam Ryan - The Great Escape / MAMA & Company (UK) 

Chris Sampson - Superfly (USA) 

Chris Scaddan - triple j (AUS) 

Tim Shiel - Artist (AUS) 

Sammy Shirra-Moore - Branded Limited / All That Matters (SGP) 

Sarah Smith - FasterLouder, Sound Alliance (AUS) 

Mike Solo - Birds Robe Records (AUS) 

Paul Sommerstein - Attorney (USA) 

Francesca Stabile - Neon Gold Records (USA) 

Andrew Stafford - Author, Freelance Journalist (AUS) 

Andrew Stone - Chugg Music (AUS) 

Mario Stresow - FKP Scorpio Konzertproduktionen GmbH (GER) 

Justin Sweeting - Artist Voice Asia / Clockenflap Festival (HK) 

Adam Sylvester - The Agency Group (CAN) 

Josh Taylor - Cassette Entertainment (AUS) 

Michael Taylor - Universal Music Australia (AUS) 

Marcus Teague - Freelance (AUS) 

Pam Thornback - Inertia (AUS) 

Leigh Treweek - The Music (AUS) 

Alex Turnbull - Rhythm Group (NZ) 

Darius Van Arman - Secretly Group (USA) 

Peter Vincent - Fairfax (AUS) 

Jamie Wade - X-Ray Touring (UK) 

Kahl Wallace - The Medics (AUS) 

Megan Washington - Artist (AUS) 

Lochlan Watt - triple j / Century Media / The Music / Monolith (AUS) 

Julia Willinger - Mom and Pop Music/Q Prime (USA) 

Chelsea Wilson - PBS FM (AUS) 

Tom Windish - The Windish Agency (USA) 

Simon Winkler - Triple R FM (AUS) 

Laura Wynne - Institute Of Sustainable Futures, UTS (AUS) 

Melissa Yong - Village Sounds Asia (SGP) 

Emily York - Penny Drop (AUS) 

Rebecca Young - Artist Voice (AUS) 

Dayna Young - Select Music (AUS) 

Esti Zilber - Sounds Australia (AUS) 

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