Change is a-coming the way of Bigsound.

Bigsound, one of the most premiere and beloved music industry events in Australia, well-known for helping to launch the careers of countless musicians from Stella Donnelly to Alex Lahey, has today announced a change-up in staff for the 2019 iteration of the event.

Watch Bigsound alum Stella Donnelly perform ‘Time After Time’:


Maggie Collins will remain in the role of Executive Programmer for Bigsound.  But the programming team will see a slight reshuffle – Tom Larkin of VV Management and Shihad fame will join the Bigsound team as conference programmer, while Melody Forghani of twnty three and Tim Shiel of triple j are going to be Bigsound co-programmers.

twnty three, an independent artist management and publicity company based in Sydney, Australia, is a beloved institution, and Forghani a beloved industry player. “I’m really honoured to be working alongside Q Music and the full programming team on what I believe is one of the most progressive music conferences in the world,” Forghani told The Industry Observer.

Watch new Bigsound programmer Tom Larkin talk his band Shihad here:


Larkin’s extensive knowledge as both a musician and a long-suffering agent and manager make him equally expertly poised to push Bigsound into new and exciting territory, while Shiel’s radio experience is set to add a fresh new flavour. The appointments gesture towards what makes Bigsound quite so great – the festival is uniquely skilled when it comes to comprehensively covering the industry from every available angle, and has a knack for plucking some of the best and brightest and popping them in well-deserved positions of power.

Count us supremely excited for Bigsound 2019 then, won’tcha?

For more Bigsound news as it breaks, stay tuned to The Industry Observer. 

For other industry news, read Poppy Reid’s piece on the state of Norway’s burgeoning music business.