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Peter Garrett Leads BIGSOUND 2015 Guest Speaker Announcement

Written by Nastassia Baroni on May 5, 2015

Australia’s biggest music industry conference is just a few months away and today BIGSOUND 2015’s first guest speakers have been announced with former federal minister, activist and Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett leading the pack.

In what is being billed as his first major music industry appearance since leaving federal parliament, Peter Garrett will deliver a keynote address at BIGSOUND this year, outlining his thoughts on the direction of the industry, public policy and will reflect on his own music career.

Also making a guest appearance at the music conference will be rapper and activist Brother Ali, fresh from his turn as a keynote speaker for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and at Princeton University.

As is the case each year, BIGSOUND 2015 will also play host to a number of international music label reps, like RCA Records’ Senior Director of A&R Tunji Balogun (Kendrick Lamar, Diddy, OneRepublic), Harvest and Universal’s General Manager Jacqueline Sutton (TV On the Radio, Morrissey, Kasabian, Death Grips) and Goldenvoice/Coachella’s senior VP of talent buying Lesley Olenik Golindo.

It’s all going down in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley from September 9th-11th, for three days of panels, discussions and industry seminars. BIGSOUND will also feature around 140 bands who will play across 14 of Brisbane’s live music spaces.

Applications to play at this year’s event will close on May 15th and first live music line-up is expected to be announced in early June. Early-bird registration is open now. Those early tickets were capped at 100, but they sold do fats that organisers have now released another 50.

Head to the BIGSOUND website for more details.

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BIGSOUND 2015 Speakers

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
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