Simon Franglen, Simon Napier-Bell | Credit: Supplied

BIGSOUND Speaker Lineup: Wham! Manager, ‘Avatar’ Composer + More

The lineup of speakers coming down under to share their know-how at the biggest music industry conference in the southern hemisphere, BIGSOUND, has just gotten bigger, with a stack of international heavyweights joining the party in 2023.

Leading the charge is Simon Napier-Bell, the iconic record producer, artist manager, author and journalist, fresh from starring in an acclaimed Netflix documentary about one of the acts he used to manage, WHAM! 

WHAM! | Official Trailer | Netflix

Napier-Bell – whose management CV also includes WHAM! frontman George Michael himself, plus The Yardbirds and Boney M – will be heading to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley this September, for a special “in-conversation” event.

Grammy award winning English composer Simon Franglen, best known for his work on the Avatar films, is also joining BIGSOUND’s 2023 speaker lineup, alsongside South By Southwest’s Senior Music Programmer Dev Sherlock, president of Sub Pop records Tony Kiewel, Paramount’s VP of music Vanessa Palmer, and CAA agent Cameron Kaiser (who’s responsible for booking international megastars such as Doja Cat, A$AP Rocky, Christina Aguilera, Troye Sivan, Wu Tang Clan, Public Enemy and more).

“While we’re extremely fortunate to have a thriving, tenacious and ever-expanding industry in our own backyard, the importance of global relationships cannot be overlooked,” BIGSOUND programmer Tom Larkin said today in a press statement. 

“So, in 2023, we’re leveraging all 22 years of our collective BIGSOUND experience to secure the most important figures in the industry for our next crop of Aussie acts. Deals mean meals and every very person we are bringing to BIGSOUND can further an artist’s career immeasurably!”

BIGSOUND’s 2023 speaker program now spans an impressive 40 names, including previously announced big dogs like ROC Nation Records co-president Omar Grant (who was the road manager for Destiny’s Child and has recently worked closely with Rihanna on her last album ANTI), Interscope/Geffen A&R coordinator Michele Ronzon and founder of music AI company Musiio, Hazel Savage, who’s also currently working at Soundcloud as VP of music intelligence.

There are also plenty more lineup announcements to come: more than 100 speakers will be making their way to BIGSOUND in 2023, which is taking place at various venues around Fortitude Valley from Tuesday, 5th September to Friday, 8th September.

ICYMI, BIGSOUND’s conference and speaker program runs alongside its annual artist showcases, and tickets for both are on sale now.

Over 140 artists will perform at this year’s event include BAYANG (Tha Bushranger)Bec StevensCult ShottaDeliveryDr Sure’s Unusal PracticeFull Flower Moon BandGAUCIGut HealthJ-MILLAKobie Dee and MARLON X RULLA. Elsewhere are the likes of MF TomlinsonMoaning LisaNat VazerPRICIERAAVE TAPESREBEL YELLSiobhan CotchinSTUMPSTamara & the DreamsThe SlingersToo Birds and Twine.

You can peep all the latest details down below.

BIGSOUND 2023 Dates & Venues

Tuesday, 5th – Friday, 8th September – Multiple Venues, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Tickets on sale now

BIGSOUND 2023 Speaker Lineup

  • Chloe Pean (AEG Presents)
  • Chris Brearley (Greyline Touring / School Night)
  • Chris Duncan (The Orchard)
  • Christiaan Kröner (FUGA / Downtown)
  • Cora Chan (Clockenflap Festival)
  • David Telfer (DMT Law Firm)
  • Dev Sherlock (SXSW)
  • Ed Lilo (Festival Republic)
  • Eli Gelernter (Wasserman)
  • Hallie Anderson (Rareform)
  • Hannah Sklonick (Secretly Group)
  • Jackie Palazzolo (Riot Games)
  • Jaclyn Ulman (Grandstand Media)
  • Jacob Daneman (Pitch Perfect PR)
  • Jamie Shaughnessy (CAA)
  • Jule Konrad (FMLY)
  • Kate English (Parallel Lines)
  • Louisa Robinson (Form Presents)
  • Matt Hanner (Runaway Artists)
  • Patrick Daniel (Reeperbahn)
  • Seth Hubbard (Polyvinyl)
  • Seth Kallen (This Faction)
  • Silke Westera (FKP Scorpio)
  • Simon Franglen (Composer/Producer)
  • Simon Napier-Bell (Manager)
  • Steve Zapp (ITB)
  • Tony Kiewel (Sub Pop)


  • Andy Kalyvas
  • Ash Stahl
  • Cabrea Casey
  • Hazel Savage
  • Michele Ronzon
  • Omar Grant
  • Scott Cohen
  • Vanessa Palmer
  • + more to be announced…

BIGSOUND 2023 Artist Lineup

  • 1tbsp
  • Ūla
  • aleksiah
  • Alf the Great
  • Anieszka
  • Ashli
  • Aurateque
  • Baby Prince
  • Battlesnake
  • BAYANG (tha Bushranger)
  • Bec Stevens
  • Beckah Amani
  • Behind You
  • bella amor
  • Ben Swissa
  • Boomchild
  • Boox Kid
  • Casey Lowry
  • Charbel
  • Charm of Finches
  • Chitra
  • Coldwave
  • Cult Shotta
  • Dean Brady
  • Delivery
  • DICE
  • Dr Sure’s Unusual Practice
  • Dyan Tai
  • ECB
  • Elizabeth
  • Emma Volard
  • Foley
  • Freight Train Foxes
  • Friends of Friends
  • Full Flower Moon Band
  • Georgia Llewellyn
  • Glenn Skuthorpe Band
  • Good Pash
  • Gut Health
  • Hannah Cameron
  • Haters
  • Hevenshe
  • Isaac Puerile
  • Izy
  • Jada Weazel
  • Joan & The Giants
  • Joey Leigh Wagtail
  • Johnny Hunter
  • Jujulipps
  • Kavi
  • Khi’led
  • Kid Heron
  • King Ivy
  • Kitschen Boy
  • Kobie Dee
  • Komang
  • Kristal West
  • Kuzco
  • Little Green
  • Logan
  • Lola Scott
  • Loren Ryana
  • Mason Watts
  • Matilda Pearl
  • Mazbou Q
  • Melody Moko
  • MF Tomlinson
  • Micah Heathwood
  • Mikayla Pasterfield
  • Miss June
  • Miss Kaninna
  • Moaning Lisa
  • Moss
  • mostly sleeping
  • Mr Rhodes
  • Nat Vazer
  • Nathan May
  • Nikodimos
  • Oscar the Wild
  • Otiuh
  • Platonic Sex
  • Porcelain Boy
  • Porpoise Spit
  • Proteins of Magic
  • Ra Ra Viper
  • Radio Free Alice
  • Radium Dolls
  • Riiki Reid
  • Ruby Jackson
  • Rum Jungle
  • S.A.B
  • Sachém
  • Siobhan Cotchin
  • smol fish
  • Sollyy
  • Sophisticated Dingo
  • Southeast Desert Metal
  • Steph Strings
  • Suzi
  • Taitu’uga
  • Tamara & the Dreams
  • teddie
  • The Empty Threats
  • The Grogans
  • The Merindas
  • The Omnific
  • The Slingers
  • Thunder Fox
  • Tjaka
  • Too Birds
  • Tori Forsyth
  • Trophie
  • Twine
  • Valtozash
  • Vixens of Fall
  • Yawdoesitall
  • Yorke
  • Zheani
  • Zia Jade

Further Reading

First Speakers Announced for BIGSOUND 2023

BIGSOUND Announces Artist Showcase Lineup for 2023

A Guide to Every Australian Music Festival Happening in 2023

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