Archie Roach & Tina Arena lead BIGSOUND 2017 speaker line-up

BIGSOUND 2017 is living up to the promise of delivering its biggest event yet, today unveiling its first line-up of guests including keynote speakers Archie Roach and Tina Arena.

They will be joined by a range of Australian and international experts from all corners of the music industry, including music supervisor Mary Ramos – responsible for the soundtracks of a pile of Quentin Tarantino films such as Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol 2 and Jackie Brown – plus triple j’s Zan Rowe and new music director Nick Findlay. There will also be a mini-keynote from Alison Wenham of the Worldwide Independent Music Industry Network (WIN) and Bandcamp chief curator Andrew Jervis.

On top of that, there’s also huge roster of international labels and agencies attending the festival after signing previous performers, including Peter Berard of Domino Recording Co (Middle Kids, US), Stuart Meyer of Sub Pop (Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, US), Isla Angus of ATC Live (The Goon Sax, UK) and Adel Hattem of D Music Marketing (Flume, South America).

There will also be appearances by personnel from the likes of 4AD Records, Trouble In Mind Records, Ninja Tune, Vevo, Collective Artists, Seventh Street Media, All My Friends, Festival Republic and tonnes more.

“It is my honour to welcome our esteemed first keynote speakers to the line-up this year, Tina Arena and Archie Roach — two Australian icons who have contributed so much to our cultural identity over the past few decades,” BIGSOUND programmer Maggie Collins said in a statement. “I know they have a lot to say, and I absolutely can’t wait to hear it.

“I’m also so excited to finally reveal just a glimpse of the many exciting, hungry, and passionate people that are chomping at the bit to come out to BIGSOUND. They’re gagging to discover their next favourite Australian band, and work with them around the world.”

There’s more, too – A panel of the international delegates will be deciding the inaugural Levi’s Music Prize – which is open to this year’s performers as well as alumni from the past five years – win from a $100,000 prize pool to support the next steps in their career.

Finally, emerging Australian music-tech companies have the chance to take part in a new initiative called the Music Tech Showcase, which is offering successful applicants a full day of mentoring in the lead-up to the festival plus the chance to market-test their product with the music industry. If you’re interested, submissions are open at the BIGSOUND website.

The 16th BIGSOUND Festival returns to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley from 5-8 September; see the website for more information.

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