Australia’s biggest music industry gathering and new music discovery festival BIGSOUNDhas dropped a last minute surprise, revealing “extremely dedicated” Fyre Festival event producer Andy King will be making his way downunder to address the conference, giving insight into the world of event promotion and why you should never run out of water.
A pop culture icon following the Netflixdocumentary ‘Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened’, Andy King has become the event management poster child for going the extra mile with a history of successful events to his name in the States to contrast with the exceptional circumstances surrounding his more famous endeavour. His learnings, insights and good humour will set the scene for BIGSOUND 2019.
With the entire conference and live music timetable also revealed today, BIGSOUND has dropped 70+ more speakers and buyers, including representatives from Spotify, ARIA, triple j, The Fader, Sony Music, Unified Music Group, Secret Service, X-Ray Touring, and more.
They join the recently announced keynote speakers Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, music writer and industry figure Vivien Goldman, Frontier Touring’s Sahara Herald, acclaimed artist Mojo Juju, and Nettwerk Music’s Terry McBride, as well as a keynote featuring four First Nations voices to unpack cultural resurgence and working within a global settler-led music industry.
BIGSOUND also unveils its full program schedule, giving you a taste of the panels, forums, workshops, and presentations which will dissect the music industry today, look forward to where it’s heading, opportunities to brainstorm ideas, hear different perspectives, and discuss all the key topics at the forefront of artists and the industry’s minds.
And that’s before we even get to the 150 bands and over a dozen parties including the first Indie Label Market on the event’s closing night. BIGSOUND is teaming up withMountain Goat and [PIAS] for the market between 5-8pm featuring indie labels from around Australia as they sell vinyl, merch and spin some of their releases before turning Ric’s Backyard into the final night of live music as the featured labels showcase their rosters.
BIGSOUND has partnered with YouTube Music to present the first ever Artist Village!In this sanctuary and meeting place, YouTube Music will provide artists with exclusiveworkshops on how to maximise their music potential with the help of its global platform. YouTube Music experts will also be on hand for one-on-one assistance for artists, managers and publishers on topics at all levels – including leveraging and growing your audience, monetising your channel, playlisting, content IDs and digital fingerprinting.
“Some of the most memorable moments with artists happen early — many fans can tell you about the first time they heard an incredible new song or watched a groundbreaking video from a musical newcomer,” said Ruuben van den Heuvel, Head of Music Content Partnerships (South East Asia, AU/NZ), YouTube. “This is why we’re proud to join forces with BIGSOUND for the second year, and look forward to coming together with thousands of artists in Brisbane, to try to help them find audiences at every phase of their career.”
The YouTube Music Artist Village will be open to all BIGSOUND artists from 10am until 4pm daily, including free accommodation, complimentary breakfast, free wifi, conference live stream, artist workshops, safe zone with mental health counsellors, informal interview spaces, instrument repair store, hair and makeup salon, rehearsal room and brand networking opportunities.
The hints, clues, rumours and announcements have finally come together into a cohesive program of discovery, networking and professional development, with collaboration and community at its core as BIGSOUND stamps its mark as the place to create change and celebrate the future of the Australian music industry.
Grab the app, some headphones, your ticket, and your mates to start planning your BIGSOUND 2019 musical journey.