The southern hemisphere’s biggest celebration of new music has unveiled its first round of tastemaker attendees and speakers.
BIGSOUND Festival, held in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley, will welcome Australian icons Tina Arena and Archie Roach as two of the event's keynote speakers. The two speakers’ career paths couldn’t be more different, yet they have both cemented their place in the Australian consciousness through crossing cultures, ages and genres to prove the relevance of telling Australian stories through song across multiple decades.
Some of the hottest US music tastemakers are heading down under for BIGSOUND 2017 including Quentin Tarantino’s music supervisor Mary Ramos. Ramos is responsible for some of cinema’s most seminal Grammy, Academy Award, BAFTA and Critics Choice-nominated soundtracks including 'Pulp Fiction', 'Kill Bill Vol. 2', 'From Dusk Till Dawn' and 'Jackie Brown'.
BIGSOUND 2017 Industry Speakers/Buyers
Archie Roach (AUS) – KeynoteTina Arena (AUS) – KeynoteAdel Hattem – D Music Marketing (Brazil)Alison Wenham – Worldwide Independent Network (UK)Andrew Jervis – Bandcamp (USA)Ash Kerley – Girls Rock! (AUS)Bill Roe – Trouble In Mind Records (USA)Bob Van Heur – Le Guess Who? Festival / Belmont Bookings (NL)Eva Trifonas – Ninja Tune (AUS)Isla Angus – ATC Live (UK)Ivy Yuen – Magnetic Asia Limited (Hong Kong)James Clarke – Aeroplane Agency (AUS)James Moodie – Vevo (UK)Jane Abernathy – 4AD Records (USA)Jenn Yacoubian – Goldenvoice (USA)Lucy Wood – Festival Republic (UK)Mary Ramos – Saturday Music Inc. (USA)Mazin Tappuni – Communion Music (UK)
A panel of delegates will also be deciding the inaugural Levi's Music Prize – a $100,000 prize pool to support BIGSOUND alumni in making their next career moves. Applications are still open here
, and have been extended until 22 May.
BIGSOUND Festival takes place from 5-8 September.