BIGSOUND reveals first round of speakers: Amy Taylor, Elijah, Korda Marshall and more

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BIGSOUND reveals first round of speakers: Amy Taylor, Elijah, Korda Marshall and more

Words by Staff Writer

The Fortitude Valley's massive music industry conference and talent showcase has announced a handful of speakers who will grace the stage at the 2024 event.

The anticipation for BIGSOUND 2024 is building as the first wave of speakers has been unveiled, promising a lineup packed with industry heavyweights and rising stars set to converge in Brisbane this September 3 to 6.

As the southern hemisphere’s largest music knowledge and showcase event, BIGSOUND continues to be a pivotal platform for fostering discussions and connections within the global music community.

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Leading the charge is Amy Taylor, the powerhouse frontwoman of Amyl & The Sniffers, slated to deliver a keynote address. Taylor’s journey from a regional town to international stardom epitomizes the rockstar trajectory. Her insights into navigating the music industry, particularly as a female punk icon, promise to be both enlightening and empowering.

Joining Taylor is London-based creative force Elijah, whose multifaceted career spans roles as a creative consultant, writer, DJ and artist manager. With a knack for challenging conventions, Elijah brings a fresh perspective to the discourse on music industry dynamics.

Adding to the lineup is A&R legend Korda Marshall, whose illustrious career includes discovering and nurturing talents such as Muse, Alt-J and The Temper Trap. Marshall’s wealth of experience offers invaluable insights into the artist development process and the ever-evolving landscape of music discovery.

But the excitement doesn’t stop there. BIGSOUND 2024 will also feature a trio of international booking giants scouting for the next big acts to grace their stages. From Adam Ryan of The Great Escape to Dev Sherlock of SXSW fame, these industry veterans underscore BIGSOUND’s reputation as a premier talent showcase.

Alex Bruford, Managing Director of ATC Live Agency, underscores the event’s significance as a springboard for Australian talent onto the global stage. With a roster boasting names like Amyl and The Sniffers and Julia Jacklin, Bruford’s endorsement speaks volumes about BIGSOUND’s impact on the international music scene.

Moreover, the conference will feature voices from diverse corners of the industry, including Casper Mills of 4AD, musician Naomie Abergel and Bradly Palmer from Concord Music Publishing. Their collective expertise promises to enrich discussions on topics ranging from artist development to festival curation.

In a special highlight, Elliott Lefko, Vice President of AEG/Goldenvoice Concerts, will make his inaugural trip to Australia, offering invaluable insights gleaned from over four decades of experience in the industry.

Don’t miss your chance to immerse yourself in three days of unparalleled networking, knowledge-sharing and musical discovery. Grab BIGSOUND 2024 tickets here