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Paul Kelly & More Join BIGSOUND’s 2018 Speaker Lineup

BIGSOUND‘s 2018 speaker lineup has just been ~embiggened~ with the addition of some wise and powerful chatterboxes from across this great land and beyond.

Heading to Bris Vegas’s illustrious Fortitude Valley this September to share their wisdom nuggets with the children of the domestic music industry include legendary Aussie singer-songwriter Paul Kelly who’ll be delivering a very special keynote interview.

Whilst we wish it was entitled ‘How To Make Gravy’ or else ‘How Not To Do All The Dumb Things’, a press release informs us that the iconic troubadour will be using his keynote to “reflect on both his career and the future of Australian music” in a bid to “educate and inspire both those new to the industry and veterans needing a reminder of why Australian music is the best in the world”.

Meanwhile, other BIG names to grace this year’s speaker list include Erin Kelly-Burkett and Lagwagon’s Joey Cape from seminal US punk label Fat Wreck Chords, who’ll crash the party with a house-rockin’ prezzo.

They join an impressive list of international and domestic chinwaggers at Australia’s biggest music conference including Dave Grohl’s mum.

ICYMI: this year, BIGSOUND will be largely ditching the talking-at-you format with its forums, moving instead to “IRL conversations” where delegates will be encouraged to channel their inner mature-age-student and take part in the chat.

The conference has announced its first three forums. The first, dubbed ‘The New Music Business’ will look at how best to introduce and enforce new ideas in the industry.

The second will ask the question “What would the current music industry look like if it was invented by our First Nations people?”

Finally the third will importantly look at ‘Changing Music Industry Behaviour’ and the psychology behind it.

Today’s announcement also includes the advent of an industry-first mental health workshop, run by trained clinicians, to help attendees “identify mental health issues, learn to manage them and create strategies to help others”.

QMusic CEO and BIGSOUND producer Joel Edmondson says this evolution of the BIGSOUND conference experience “is designed to give delegates exposure to learning experiences that can radically transform how they think, work and relate to other people”.

It comes after the first instalment of the BIGSOUND 2018 music lineup was previously announced featuring Ella Hooper, Eilish Gilligan, Cable Ties, Slowly Slowly, Arteries, Eat Your Heart Out and loads more.

Australia’s biggest music conference will be going down in Queensland’s Fortitude Valley from Tuesday, 4th September to Friday, 7th September.

Like last year, all showcasing artists are eligible to win a share in the massive Levi’s® Music Prize.

Tickets to the 2018 event are on sale now and you can peep the speaker & music lineup so far below

BIGSOUND 2018 First Speaker Announcement

Erin Kelly-Burkett – Fat Wreck Chords (USA) – KEYNOTE

Joey Cape – Lagwagon (USA) – KEYNOTE

Paul Kelly – Himself (AUS) – KEYNOTE

Joining…

Mardi Caught – The Annex (AUS) – KEYNOTE

Virginia Hanlon Grohl – Mothers of Music (USA) – KEYNOTE

Alexandra Berenson – Vinyl Me, Please (USA)

Alison Rosenfeld – Aperture Music (USA)

Amber Carew – Saddle Creek (USA)

Ben Rafson – We Are Free (USA)

Bernie Cho – DFSB (KOR)

Brontë Jane – Third Side Music (USA)

Carlos Lopez – Domino (USA)

Eric Fritschi – Mtheory (USA)

Fabrizio Rafael Onetto Pedetti – OCESA Seitrack (MEX)

Jessi Frick – Citrine Management (USA)

Joe Greenwald – C3 Management (USA)

Jon Box – Universal Canada (CAN)

Katie Garcia – Secretly Group (USA)

Lucy Pitkethly – Eat Your Own Ears (UK)

Madison McCabe – Hidden Track (USA)

Markell Casey – Pulse Music Group (USA)

Nevin Domer – Maybe Mars (CHN)

Owen Mallon – Paradigm Talent Agency (USA)

Paul Bridgewater – Line of Best Fit (UK)

Rachel Cox – Sad Grrrls Club (AUS)

Shaun Faulkner – X-Ray Touring (UK)

Tim Luckow – Stem (USA)

Tom Wironen – Friendly Announcer (USA)

BIGSOUND 2018 First Lineup Announcement

A. Swayze & The Ghosts

Adrian Eagle

Alice Skye

ARSE

Arteries

Asha Jefferies

Bin Juice

Blank Realm

Bugs

Butterfingers

Cable Ties

Cast Down

CLYPSO

Cry Club

CXLOE

DEAN FOREVER

Dreller

Eat Your Heart Out

Eilish Gilligan

Eliott

Elizabeth

Ella Hooper

Emma Anglesey

Estère

Gabriella Cohen

Genesis Owusu

Georgia Muligan

Good Doogs

GRAACE

Gravemind

Greta Stanley

Hachiku

Hazlett

Hobsons Bay Coast Guard

Imogen Clark

James Wright Trio

JEFFE

KAIIT

Kaitlin Keegan

Kian

Kota Banks

Kult Kyuss

Kwame

MANE

Miss June

Moaning Lisa

MOOKHI

Oh Pep!

Olympia

Paces

Pink Matter

Pool Shop

Rachel Maria Cox

RAT!hammock

Riley Pearce

Ruby Gilbert

Samsaruh

Sleep Talk

Slowly Slowly

Stevie Jean

Sumner

Sunscreen

sweater curse

SŸDE

T$oko

Tape/Off

The Chats

The Merindas

TOTTY

Triple One

Two People

Tyne-James Organ

Voiid

Wax Chattels

Yù Yī

BIGSOUND 2018

Tuesday, 4th — Friday, 7th September

Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Tickets: Official Website

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