Bigsound 2014 Reveals First Industry Speaker Lineup

BIGSOUND 2014 has announced its first round of speakers for the country’s biggest music industry conference, as representatives from major international live music booking agencies join local music industry personalities at the annual Brisbane conference.

Representatives from SXSW, The Great Escape, The Windish Agency’s Tom Windish, Kevin French of Paradigm and Bonnaroo and Superfly’s Chris Sampson will join local industry heavyweights like Ben Marshall of the Sydney Opera House, and St Jerome’s Laneway Festival’s Danny Rogers and Jerome Borazio at the 2014 event, which takes place from September 10th to 12th in Brisbane.

“BIGSOUND is more than just a local music conference,” said BIGSOUND programmer Nick O’Byrne. “The enthusiasm and willingness of some of the globe’s most influential live music bookers to travel across the world to see our artists before they even leave our shores speaks volumes about Australia’s reputation as one of the world’s most exciting A&R hubs.”

More than 150 international industry guests as well as the finest crop of the Australian industry are expected to converge on Brisbane for this year’s conference, to witness and discuss the acts that hope to shape the next decade in music.

“We know how important it is to make connections with buyers of the highest international calibre,” continues O’Byrne. “BIGSOUND 2014 has only just started scratching the surface with this first lineup announcement, but this is already the most diverse and influential group of live music buyers we’ve ever seen in Australia.”

This year’s event is expected to expand to more bands and venues than ever before, promising another three days and two nights of live music, parties, forums and seminars “as well as the usual (and unusual!) surprises.”

Earlybird tickets for BIGSOUND 2014 are on sale now until May 16th. Applications to play at BIGSOUND close May 9th. Visit the BIGSOUND website to apply to play at the 2014 event.

Wednesday, September 10th – Friday, September 12th
Early Tickets:

First BIGSOUND Speaker Lineup

Tom Windish – The Windish Agency (US)
Kevin French – Paradigm (US)
Chris Sampson – Superfly / Bonnaroo / Outside Lands (US)
Sean Carlson – FYF Fest (US)
James Minor – SXSW (US)
Adam Ryan – The Great Escape / MAMA & Company (UK)
Avery McTaggart – The Windish Agency (US)
Michelle Cable – Panache Booking (US)
Josh Moore – The Bowery Presents / Cloud 9 Adventures (US)
Danny Rogers – Lunatic Entertainment / St Jerome’s Laneway Festival (AUS)
Jerome Borazio – Get Notorious / St Jerome’s Laneway Festival (AUS)
Jamie Wade – X-Ray Touring (UK)
Emily York – Penny Drop (AUS)
Ben Marshall – Sydney Opera House (AUS)
Justin Sweeting – Artist Voice Asia / Clockenflap Festival (HK)
Melissa Yong – Village Sounds Asia (SNG)
Josh Taylor – Cassette Entertainment / Sprung Hip Hop Festival (AUS)
Mario Stresow – FKP Scorpio (GER)
Henning Ahrens – Four Artists Booking Agentur (GER)
Grimur Atlason – Iceland Airwaves (ICE)

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