Top L-R: Rhythm Hunters and Dande And The Lion; Bottom L-R: Eleea and The Barren Spinsters.
Now in its fifth year, annual music conference and showcase event Australian Music Week returns to the beaches of Cronulla (6-10 November) with a sizzling line-up of artists (more than 150 acts will strut their stuff) and keynote speaker, US music industry legend, podcaster and author Bob Lefsetz.
The five-day music programme of live showcases, panels and masterclass workshops will also feature the Sydney premiere of 'Tommy Emmanuel – The Endless Road'. Directed by Jeremy Dylan and produced by Jaime Lewis, the 80-minute documentary features a star-studded cast, including Jason Isbell, Eric Idle, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Sir Barry Gibb and more.
On the music front, highlights of the first artist announce include Rhythm Hunters, Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes, Jackie Marshall, Wanderers, The Dave Orr Band, Leanne Tennant, James Van Cooper, Alex Lahey, Ali Barter, JD and the Hunger Men, Gretta Ziller, Fenn Wilson, Born Lion, Ben Leece & Left of the Dial. Scroll down to read the complete list of acts revealed today.
Keynote speaker Bob Lefsetz, known for his email newsletter The Lefsetz Letter, is a Santa Monica-based industry analyst renowned for his passionate take on the music industry's state of play and current issues – from streaming and ticketing through to the music itself.
His followers include Steven Tyler, Drake and Deadmau5. "Insiders know that Australia has the best live bands," Bob told us in a recent Q&A, "down under is always on our minds, we're looking."
The perfect opportunity to gain an insight into the inner workings and current issues of the music industry, Australian Music Week will feature over 20 conference panels and workshops that will see 80-plus speakers discuss the latest in digital streaming & music technology, the current state of play within the world of record labels, publishing, radio promotion, publicity & marketing, touring, artist management and more.
If you're a keen music lover or looking for the next big thing, there will be plenty of live music on offer with a dozen local venues playing host to over 150 Australian and international performing acts, covering an array of genres from rock and blues, indie pop, electronica through to folk, Americana and country.
"We are mindful of being the only music conference/ developing artist showcase in Sydney," Geoff Trio, Australian Music Week creator/ curator says.
"In our fifth year, we are proud to be producing an event that is as relevant not only to industry delegates but also to those that enjoy multiple styles of music in their playlists.
"Australian Music Week is a non-genre specific music event and this year we will be opening up to the public with free access to all performances on Cronulla beach across all five days. Bob Lefsetz, as keynote conference speaker, will garner attention for Australian music and artists on the world stage."
Twenty music industry panels will cover topics on management, radio, First Nations, women in music, labels, distribution, mental health, country music, Americana and more.
One of the interactive panels and workshops is 'Hypothetically Live'. Listen in as touring plans, venue and promoter deals and creative showcase ideas are designed, structured and negotiated in a dynamic interactive hypothetical panel.
Australian Music Week is proud to partner with Association Of Arts Managers (AAM) as they present the initial workshop for their flagship mentoring program Co-Pilot and their new First Nations Mentorship Program. Through this partnership, the AAM will also be curating a specialised management panel focused on current and future needs of the sector.
The full list of speakers and more artists will be announced shortly. Stay tuned.
Australian Music Week Conference is held at Cronulla Cinemas. Live shows take place in surrounding venues. Tickets to Australian Music Week are on sale now. Click here for more information.
2019 Australian Music Week Artist Line-up
Alex Lahey Ali Barter Arna Georgia Ben Leece & Left of the Dial Boom Child Born Lion Braidwood City Trading Company Breizers Charbel China Tiger Dande and the Lion David Garnham & The Reasons To Live Dylan Wright Earth Bloomers Eleea Ellie Drennan Fenn Wilson Froggy Prinze Georgia State Line Gretta Ziller Hey Major (Canada) Hibiscus Biscuit Hill Town Holly Arrowsmith (NZ) Jackie Marshall Jackson Carroll James Van Cooper JD and the Hunger Men Jess Spahr Jones The Cat Jordan Kenny Katie Brianna Lachlan Bryan and the Wildes Leah Flanagan Leanne Tennant Lisa De Angelis Lost Tropics Lucie Tiger Maina Doe Mardi Wilson Melanie Dyer Michael Simic Ms. Thandi Nathan Cavaleri Peta Caswell and the Lost Cause Petiguana Ray Beadle Rebel Fox Rhythm Hunters Rissa Sam Shinazzi Sketchy Fancy The Barren Spinsters The Butlers The Carbons (Canada) The Dave Orr Band The Rucksacks Tiali Eliza Vetty Vials Wanderers Yeevs Zyad
Catherine Haridy (AAM) Trina Massey (AAM) Howard Duggan (scenestr / Eyeball Media Enterprises) Chris Beckhouse (2MMM) Paul Samuels (AEG Global Partnerships) Michael Hutchings (APRA) Lynley White (Studios 301) Owen Orford (New World Artists) Jeremy Dylan (Potts Entertainment) Dan Biddle (CMAA) Poppy Reid (Seventh Street Media) Rico Soto (Australian Blockchain Music Association) John Zucco (The Right Profile) Aaron Curnow (SPUNK!) Jason ‘Noddy’ Vennelley (Aussie Music Weekly) Karen Lee Goody (Entertainment Consulting) Luke Girgis (Seventh Street Media) Stuart Coupe (Stuart Coupe Publicity/Dirt Music/FBi) Dave Batty (Custom-Made Artist Representation) Adam Simon (AMAA) Basil Cook (Four Four) Shelley Bishop (301) Scott Mesiti (MJR Presents) Archie Hamilton (China) Troy Barrot (Hup, Dine Alone Records, Believe) Aaron Girgis (Space 44) Paul Cashmere (Noise 11) Peter Karpin (A&R Consultant) with more to be announced