BIGSOUND has doubled down, announcing the first list of buyers and speakers hot-footing their way to Brisbane this September.
With a list headed by keynotes from Terry McBride from Canadian powerhouse Nettwerk Music (Xavier Rudd, Father John Misty, Stereophonics), the list of talent scouts also expands to include giants of the music world Sub Pop (Nirvana, Fleet Foxes, Foals), Captured Tracks (Mac Demarco, DIIV, Beach Fossils), Mom + Pop Records (Tom Morello, Courtney Barnett, Tash Sultana), Green Man Festival, Domino Creative Sync, Paradigm Agency (Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, The XX, Bon Iver), Primary Talent International (Catfish and The Bottlemen, DMA’s, Alt-J), The Feldman Agency (Sarah McLachlan, Simple Plan, Michael Buble) and many more.
“BIGSOUND has been on my to-do list for many years and it’s so exciting to come back to Australia and to check out potential new acts for the Nettwerk Roster. Australia is a big part of that global community and BIGSOUND is where the world goes to discover Australian music.”Terry McBride
Nettwerk Music Group
“Everybody thinks Nettwerk is an Australian label, after all we have 17 Artists from Australia/New Zealand signed already," said Terry McBride.
"The fact is we are lovers of good music and data. When you combine those two things together then you understand the power of music and its ability to create a community that goes beyond physical borders."
With a diversity across industry sectors, BIGSOUND also welcomes BBC Radio 1’s Abbie McCarthy, Paul Brindley from respected industry think-tank Music Ally, Kamran Haq from Live Nation UK, talent buyer Jon Halperin from Californian venue and record store The Glasshouse, as well as five South American buyers from Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Colombia, representing major events and agencies across this important emerging market.
"Australia has a global reputation for being at the forefront of new music in the southern hemisphere and BIGSOUND is where the music community comes for connection,” said programmer Tom Larkin.
“With this announcement we're really pleased to help facilitate major opportunities for attending artists and their teams. This year’s buyers are arriving here armed with the expectation that the conversations they begin here will define the future of Music on a worldwide level."Tom Larkin
Artist applications for BIGSOUND are open now (applications close May 16), with the festival once again providing three nights of showcases with over 150 bands from across Australia and the world playing in front of global industry decision makers. With BIGSOUND launching international careers for alumni including Flume, Gang of Youths, Courtney Barnett, Tash Sultana, Rufus Du Sol and many more, this event is the place Australian artists come to be put on the map.
BIGSOUND Tech also makes its return, expanding and extending to the length of the conference, giving tech entrepreneurs the ability to showcase to the wider conference as well as gain access to greater market feedback, training and support.
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