This year’s BIGSOUND music industry gathering in September has launched with two fascinating keynotes and a gaggle of talent spotting executives from across the music industry including live bookers, labels, publishers and more.

In his first major music industry appearance since leaving federal parliament, former Arts Minister, activist and Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett will deliver a keynote address outlining his thoughts on the direction of the industry, public policy and will reflect on his revered music career. Revered rapper and activist Brother Ali will deliver his first Australian speech after recent keynotes at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and Princeton University. His unique experience as a rapper who was the albino child of white Muslim parents in mid-western America is sure to provide fascinating insight into contemporary hip hop.

BIGSOUND 2015 also welcomes a host of A&R talent including RCA Records’ Senior Director of A&R Tunji Balogun (Kendrick Lamar, Diddy, OneRepublic), Harvest/Universal’s General Manager Jacqueline Sutton (TV On the Radio, Morrissey, Kasabian, Death Grips), Goldenvoice/Coachella’s senior VP of talent buying Lesley Olenik Golindo, A&R of Beggars Music Publishing Amy Morgan (Glass Animals, Cat Power, Yo La Tengo), A&R for Nettwerk Music Group Rachel Cragg (Father John Misty, Stereophonics, Boy & Bear) and many more.


“International interest in BIGSOUND this year has confirmed something that we already knew it’s one the worlds most exciting A&R markets”, said BIGSOUND programmer Nick O’Byrne. “The incredible success of Australian artists overseas combined the strength, depth and quality of our local music communities mean that some he world most influential labels, publishers, bookers and agents are now making it part of their annual calendar.”

BIGSOUND has been the breeding ground for some of the biggest Australian acts of the last decade, with national and international industry and punters converging on Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley to scout the next big thing. BIGSOUND alumni includes Courtney Barnett, Flume, Seth Sentry, Sheppard, The Jezabels, The Naked and Famous, The Temper Trap, The Aston Shuffle, The Church, Adalita, Ball Park Music, Jungle Giants, Boy & Bear, Clare Bowditch, David Bridie, Closure in Moscow, Kingswood, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Megan Washington, with nearly a thousand bands playing over BIGSOUND’s fourteen year history.

Applications to play at this year’s event will close on May 15 with the first amazing line-up of artists announced in early June.

This year’s event will take over Fortitude Valley from September 9th-11th, with earlybird tickets strictly capped at 100 this year from as low as $350 for three days of panels, discussions and industry seminars and two nights of 140 bands across 14 of the hottest indoor and outdoor live music spaces.

The limited allocation of earlybird tickets sold out quickly when they went on sale earlier this year, but another 50 have recently been released today with prices rising when they are sold out or on May 15, whichever comes first.

Stage and Screen is the Official Travel Partner for BIGSOUND 2015. As Australia’s leading entertainment travel specialist the Stage and Screen team will be hard at work to negotiate fantastic accommodation rates for all delegates and attendees.

To apply to play at BIGSOUND 2015, purchase early bird tickets or accommodation please visit


Peter Garrett (AUS) – Keynote

Brother Ali (USA) – Keynote

Ashanti Abdullah – Rhymesayers Entertainment (USA)

Alex Maxwell – Troubadour (USA)

Amy Morgan – Beggars Publishing / Glass Animals (UK)

Avery McTaggart – The Windish Agency (USA)

Ben Munro – Hostess (JPN)

Ben O’Connor – Chapter Music (AUS)

Eric Barleen – Another Planet Entertainment (USA)

Guy Blackman – Chapter Music (AUS)

Jacob Daneman – Pitch Perfect PR (USA)

Jacqueline Saturn – Harvest Records (USA)

Josh Moore – Bowery Presents (USA)

Julia Wilson – Rice is Nice (AUS)

Justin Sweeting – WME / Clockenflap (HK)

Laura Snapes – Freelance Writer (UK)

Lesley Olenik Golindo – Goldenvoice (USA)

Lio Kanine – Kanine Records (USA)

Lorrae McKenna – Remote Control Records (AUS)

Marshall Betts – The Windish Agency (USA)

Meg Helsel – Grandstand Media (USA)

Melissa Yong – Other Sounds / Village Sounds (SGP)

Meredith Fraser – Panache Booking (USA)

Paul Buck – Coda Agency (UK)

Phil Waldorf – Secretly Group (USA)

Rachel Cragg – Nettwerk Music Group (USA)

Robin McNicol – Superfly (USA)

Sat Bisla – A&R Worldwide (USA)

Talya Elitzer – Capitol Music Group (USA)

Tunji Balogun – RCA Records (USA)

BIGSOUND is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

BIGSOUND has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council of the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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