Leading the second announcement are co-founder of global indie label PIAS, Kenny Gates, and Speedy Ortiz vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Sadie Dupuis, both of whom will be giving keynote talks at the conference.
Also making appearances are ARIA CEO Dan Rosen, former Wham! and Marc Bolan manager Simon Napier-Bell, Pitchfork writer Jillian Mapes, Vevo talent manager Carl Young, Captured Tracks A&R Mike Sniper, Paradigm Talent Agency’s Jackie Nalpant and Marshall Betts, Slate Entertainment founder/CEO Keith Tan, and C3 Management’s Joe Greenwald, among others.
This year will also see the introduction of the Music Tech Showcase, which will see 10 tech innovators showcasing their products on the Wednesday, following a series of workshops to help them refine their pitches.
Mentors for the program include Joel Connolly (Blackbird Ventures), Colin Kinner (Startup Onramp), Murray Galbraith (Myriad), Shelli Trung (QUT Creative Enterprise), Peta Ellis (River City Labs) and Tom Larkin (SIGNAL Artist Development Accelerator, VVV MGT and artist). Entries are open now at and close on July 15.
Anyone can be in the running, and entries will be open until July 15 through the BIGSOUND website, as are a range of festival passes. Anyone booking their flights through partner Virgin Australia on the BIGSOUND site will also be in the running for two return airfares to anywhere the airline travels internationally, so if you’re flying Virgin because of the 64kg artist baggage allowance, you might be in luck.
Tickets are on sale now, with single night passes $45 and four-night passes just $85. If you want access to the conferences, delegate portal and countless label parties on top of the showcases, Access All Areas passes can be had for $470, with special rates until July 31.
Check out the full lineup below, and head to the BIGSOUND site for tickets and more details.
BIGSOUND 2017 industry speakers/buyers
Kenny Gates – PIAS (BEL) – Keynote
Sadie Dupuis – Speedy Ortiz (USA) – Keynote
Aminé Ramer – States of Sound (USA)
Ben Godding – AWAL/Kobalt Music Recordings (AUS)
Ben O’Connor – Chapter Music (AUS)
Ben Swanson – Secretly Group (USA)
Bill Wilson – Music Biz (USA)
Cameron Schaefer – Vinyl Me, Please (USA)
Carl Young – Vevo (UK)
Charles Kirby-Welch – Kartel (UK)
Chris Twite – Secret Sounds / Brisbane Festival (AUS)
Clémence Bizien – Super! (France)
Dan Rosen – ARIA (AUS)
David Sheils – APRA AMCOS (AUS)
Elspeth Scrine – LISTEN / Huntley (AUS)
Emma Calverley – Australian Cultural Fund (AUS)
Emily Kelly – Deathproof (AUS)
Farinoush Mostaghimi – SynchAudio (CAN)
Haley Connelly – Little Press (UK)
Heath Miller – Webster Hall & Excess dB Entertainment (USA)
Hugh McClure – Good Manners (AUS)
Jackie Nalpant – Paradigm Talent Agency (USA)
Jake Friedman – We Are Free Management (USA)
Jane Gazzo – Triple M (AUS)
Jeff Owens – Felte / Ghostly International (USA)
Jennie Sager – Twitter (AUS)
Jeremy Yohai – Imagem Music Publishing (USA)
Dr. Jess Carniel – University of Southern QLD (AUS)
Jillian Mapes – Pitchfork (USA)
Joe Greenwald – C3 Management (USA)
Joel Connolly – Blackbird Ventures (AUS)
Karl Richter – Level Two Music (AUS)
Kate Mills – Native Tongue Publishing (AUS)
Keith Tan – Slate Entertainment (SIN)
Lars Brandle – Billboard (AUS)
Leigh Treweek – The Music / Handshake MGMT (AUS)
Marshall Betts – Paradigm Talent Agency (USA)
Matt Fiedler – Vinyl Me, Please (USA)
Mel Yong – Village Sounds & Other Sounds (AUS)
Mike Sniper – Captured Tracks (USA)
Nic Warnock – R.I.P. Society Records / Repressed Records (AUS)