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BIGSOUND 2015 Speaker Lineup Expands

Australia’s biggest music industry conference, BIGSOUND, just got even bigger, with almost 30 new speakers added to the event’s impressive list of special guests, including Pitchfork‘s Jessica Hopper (pictured) and music industry wiz Marc Geiger.

Come September, Hopper will make a keynote speech at BIGSOUND 2015, drawing on her years of experience as a music and arts critic. Hopper, who is now senior editor of Pitchfork and editor-in-chief of The Pitchfork Review, released her latest book, The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic, earlier this year.

Geiger, who will also make a keynote speech, is a partner and Head of Music at William Morris Endeavour Entertainment, looking after live bookings for acts such as Jack White, Neil Diamond, The Flaming Lips, Lady Gaga, Janelle Monae, Nine Inch Nails, Tom Petty, Pixies, Trent Reznor and Rihanna. His experience and influence extends to A&R, marketing, new media, and even festivals, having co-created Lollapalooza.

BIGSOUND’s latest lineup announcement also includes a stack of other industry figures, artists, journalists, promoters and managers. Catch the full updated list of BIGSOUND 2015 speakers, below.

The event’s first speaker announcement featured the likes of parliamentarian and Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett, rapper and activist Brother Ali and a host of other super-experienced industry peeps.

The conference’s lineup of musical performances also includes sets from acts such as Stonefield, Muscles, Gang Of Youths, Holy Holy, The John Steel Singers and Slum Sociable.

QMusic Executive Office Joel Edmondson says, “BIGSOUND 2015 is shaping up to be incredibly diverse. The calibre of global industry leaders who can help the careers of the artists showcasing has never been more exciting.”

BIGSOUND 2015 will take over Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley from 9th September. Catch the full lineup of speakers alongside ticket details, below.

UPDATE 19/08/15: The final speakers for this year’s BIGSOUND conference have been announced, including the likes of NME’s new music editor Matt Wilkinson and triple j‘s Zan Rowe. Catch the full, updated list, below.

Watch: Pitchfork‘s Jessica Hopper – If This Is How the New Journalism Is, Count Us Out! TED Talk (2012)

Final BIGSOUND 2015 Speakers

Adam Bauer, Fleming Artists – USA

Ashley Sambrooks, Higher Plains – AUS

Bill Cullen, One Louder Entertainment – AUS

Blake Rayner, Dew Process, Create/Control – AUS

Ben Salter, Artist – AUS

Brandon Haas, BMI – USA

Caitlin Veitch, Third Side Music – USA

Catherine Haridy, Catherine Haridy Management – AUS

Chris Gill, Northside Records – AUS

Chris Johnson, Amrap – CBAA – AUS

Dan Rosen, ARIA and PPCA – AUS

Danni Zuvela, Liquid Architecture Sound Inc. – AUS

Dan Nevin, AIR – AUS

Danny Rogers, Lunatic Entertainment and St Jerome’s

Darren Levin, Junkee Media – AUS

Darryl Bailey, Six Boroughs Media – AUS

David Goldsen, Warner/Chappell Music Inc – USA

Dean Bein, True Panther Sounds – USA

Deb Suckling, #Noton and SugarRush Music – AUS

Laneway Festival – AUS

Eli Chamravi, Wild Things Presents – AUS

Elizabeth Moody, Pandora – USA

Emma Donovan, Artist – AUS

Erin Flanagan, Boiler Room – AUS

Evelyn Morris, LISTEN – AUS


Graham “Asho” Ashton, Footstomp Music – AUS

Hannah Fox, Dark Mofo – AUS

Hau Latukefu, Artist – AUS

Kane Hibberd, The Art of Capture – AUS

Katie Pearson, Whiskey Houston / LISTEN – AUS

Katie Stewart, Lunatic Entertainment – AUS

Kim Moyes, The Presets – AUS

Kirsty Brown, MusicNSW – AUS

Kirsty Rivers, Creative Victoria – AUS

Kristina Kelman, QUT – AUS

KLP, Artist – AUS

Lachlan Kanoniuk, THUMP – AUS

Lauren Taylor, Triple R Broadcasters – AUS

Leigh Treweek, The Music – AUS

Linda Bosidis, Mushroom Music Publishing – AUS

Liz Northeast, The Orchard – UK

Luke Logemann, UNFD – AUS

Lysandra Woods, Third Side Music – CAN

Maggie Collins, Fans Creative Management – AUS

Marcus Teague, Journalist – AUS

Mariel Beros, AMIN – AUS

Mathew Eggleston, 2DayFM Sydney – AUS

Matt Tanner, Native Tongue Music Publishing – AUS

Matt Wilkinson, NME – UK

Michelle Brown, 4ZZZ – AUS

Mike Glynn, JB HiFi – AUS

Mike Katz, Harvey Sutherland – AUS


Monique Rothstein, Positive Feedback – AUS

Nick DiDia, Producer/Engineer – AUS

Paul Hutton, Metropolis Music – UK

Rahul Kukreja, Livescape Asia – Malaysia

Rhett McLaren, The Hills Are Alive/UNIFIED – AUS

Helen Marcou, Bakehouse Studios / SLAM – AUS

Ian Jorgensen, A Low Hum – NZ

Jacinta Parsons, ABC – AUS

Jake Cleland, STRINE WHINE – AUS

James Ware, Waving At Trains – AUS

Jamie Bennett, Red Bull Music Academy – AUS

Jay Walkerden, Nova 106.9 – AUS

Jen Cloher, Milk! Records – AUS

Jennifer Sullivan, memBrain, LLC – USA

Jennifer Taunton, Level Two Music – AUS

Jeremy Neale, Artist – AUS

Jesse Barbera, The Fans Group – AUS

Joe Alexander, Bedroom Suck Records – AUS

Joel Connolly, Umbrella Artist Management – AUS

Joe Porn, Music Glue – UK

Julian Hewitt, Media Arts Lawyers – AUS

Julian Knowles, Maquarie University – AUS

Justin Heazlewood, Artist/Writer – AUS

Rob Cannon, Australian Institute Of Music – AUS

Ruth Barlow, Beggars Group UK – UK

Sarah Smith, Junkee Media – AUS

Sarah Spencer, Blank Realm – AUS

Scott Bradbury, Inertia – AUS

Shannon Logan, Jet Black Cat Music – AUS

Simon Winkler, Triple R FM – AUS

Simona Castricum, Artist AUS

Stephen Goodhew, FBi Radio – AUS

Stephen King, Believe Digital – UK

Stephen Green, SGC Media Group – AUS

Steve Bell, The Music – AUS

Stuart Stuart, Producer – AUS

Tim Poulton, Music Feeds / Evolve Media – AUS

Trad Nathan, Crowbar – AUS

Tim Byron, AUS

Vic Edirisinghe, Astral People – AUS

Yvette Myhill, AAM – AUS

Zan Rowe, triple j – AUS

BIGSOUND 2015 Speakers Lineup Announcement #2

Marc Geiger (USA) – William Morris Endeavour – Keynote

Jessica Hopper (USA) – Pitchfork – Keynote

Adam Bauer (USA) – Fleming Artists

Adam Lewis (USA) – The Planetary Group

Andy Farrow (UK) – Northern Music Co.

Ben Martin (AUS) – Golden Era Records

Danny Zook (USA) – Alien Music Services

Darryl Bailey (AUS) – Six Boroughs Media

Dean Bein (USA) – True Panther Sounds

Emily Kelly (AUS) – Deathproof Presents

Joe Schiavon (UK) – Global Live

Johann Ponniah (AUS) – I OH YOU

Kate Hennessy (AUS) – Freelance Journalist

Kween G (AUS) – Artist

Matt Ash (USA) – Raw Power Management

Michael Goldstone (USA) – Mom + Pop Music

Michael Nieves (USA) – Sugaroo! & Native Tongue America

Niki Roberton (USA) – IAMSOUND

Paul Sloan (AUS) – Billions Australia

Rebecca Reato (AUS) – Deathproof Presents

Rob Zifarelli (CAN) – The Agency Group

Robb Nansell (USA) – Saddle Creek Records

Sarah Casey (UK) – Leighton Pope Organisation

Si Jay Gould (AUS) – Wondercore Island

Tyler Childs (USA) – Sony ATV

Tyler Treeves (USA) – Double C Promotions

BIGSOUND 2015 Speakers Lineup Announcement #1

Peter Garrett – Keynote (AUS)

Brother Ali – Keynote (USA)

Ashanti Abdullah – Rhymesayers Entertainment (USA)

Alex Maxwell – Troubadour (USA)

Amy Morgan – Beggars Publishing / Glass Animals (UK)

Avery McTaggart – The Windish Agency (USA)

Ben Munro – Hostess (JPN)

Ben O’Connor – Chapter Music (AUS)

Eric Barleen – Another Planet Entertainment (USA)

Guy Blackman – Chapter Music (AUS)

Jacob Daneman – Pitch Perfect PR (USA)

Jacqueline Saturn – Harvest Records (USA)

Josh Moore – Bowery Presents (USA)

Julia Wilson – Rice is Nice (AUS)

Justin Sweeting – WME / Clockenflap (HK)

Laura Snapes – Freelance Writer (UK)

Lesley Olenik Golindo – Goldenvoice (USA)

Lio Kanine – Kanine Records (USA)

Lorrae McKenna – Remote Control Records (AUS)

Marshall Betts – The Windish Agency (USA)

Meg Helsel – Grandstand Media (USA)

Melissa Yong – Other Sounds / Village Sounds (SGP)

Meredith Fraser – Panache Booking (USA)

Paul Buck – Coda Agency (UK)

Phil Waldorf – Secretly Group (USA)

Rachel Cragg – Nettwerk Music Group (USA)

Robin McNicol – Superfly (USA)

Sat Bisla – A&R Worldwide (USA)

Talya Elitzer – Capitol Music Group (USA)

Tunji Balogun – RCA Records (USA)


Wednesday, 9th September – Friday, 11th September

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane


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