After the bombshell of its delicious first-half live lineup last month, BIGSOUND has again stepped it up a notch today, welcoming Australian music legend Paul Kelly for a keynote interview.
Reflecting on both his career and the future of Australian music, Paul Kelly will educate and inspire both those new to the industry and veterans needing a reminder of why Australian music is the best in the world.
And once the patriotic sentiment clears, seminal US punk label Fat Wreck Chords will crash the party with Lagwagon’s Joey Cape and label founder Erin Kelly-Burkett heading downunder for a presentation set to rock the house.
BIGSOUND will also lead change through a partnership with Support Act, Levi’s ® and Access EAP to present an exclusive workshop helping delegates identify mental health issues, learn to manage them and create strategies to help others. A practical session run by trained clinicians, the session will be a first for the industry and is another step towards breaking down the stigma of mental illness in the music community, following on from the recent launch of Support Act’s Wellbeing Helpline.
In keeping with this year’s new BIGSOUND format, we also welcome a whole host of experts who will participate in workshops, panels, case studies and forums including triple j, Double J and Unearthed music directors Nick Findlay, Dorothy Markek and Dave Ruby Howe, US visa expert Brian Zabinski (Tamizat), expat legend and Collab Asia YouTube guru Jerry Soer, indie label organization A2IM UK’s Sky McElroy, Gusher Magazine’s Juliette Younger and Isabella Trimboli and ex-industry worker and now life coach Viv Fantin.
Complementing these exciting changes are yet another round of international legends including agents, labels, festival promoters, sync and publishing A&R and media, all heading to Brisbane to both share their wisdom and check out one of the 150 acts spearheading the future of Australian music.
View the full artist and speaker line up at their website. BIGSOUND tickets are on sale now from Oztix.