The keynote speakers list is headlined by Terry McBride from Nettwerk Music (Xavier Rudd, Father John Misty, Stereophonics) and the long list of talent scouts include Sub Pop (Nirvana, Fleet Foxes, Foals), Captured Tracks (Mac Demarco), Mom + Pop Records (Courtney Barnett, Tash Saltana), Paradigm Agency (Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, The XX, Bon Iver), Primary Talent International (Catfish and the Bottlemen), 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,” McBride said. His Nettwerk label currently have 17 artists from Australia and New Zealand already signed.
Conference-goers will also hear from BBC Radio 1’s Abbie McCarthy, Paul Brindley from think-tank Music Ally, Kamran Haq from Live Nation UK, talent buyer Jon Halperin from The Glasshouse, as well as multiple buyers from across the emerging South American market.
Bigsound Festival runs annually, and is regarded as the Southern Hemisphere’s largest gathering of industry professionals according to QMusic.
Check out the full speakers and buyers first announcement list below:
Keynote: Terry McBride – Nettwerk (Can)
Abbie McCarthy – Radio 1 & BBC Music Introducing (UK)
Adam Kreeft – The Feldman Agency (USA)
Anamaria Diaz – Páramo (COL)
Andy Snape – Raw Power Management (USA)
Bekah Zietz Flynn – Sub Pop Records (USA)
Ben Coleman – Green Man Festival (UK)
Ben Morris – Domino Creative Sync (USA)
Brid Walpole – Pitch Perfect PR (USA)
Brendan Moylan – ECO (MEX)
Casey O’Shaughnessy – Select Music (AUS)
Ellie Jones – Stay Loose PR (UK)
Fabrício Nobre – A Construtora Música e Cultura (BRA)
Jamila Lyndon – Paradigm Agency (USA)
Jon Halperin – The Glass House (USA)
Kamran Haq – Live Nation UK / Download Festival (UK)
Kim Frankiewicz – Concord Music (UK)
Kiran Patel – A&G Sync (UK)
Kristin Genovese – Third Side Music (USA)
Matt Brinkworth – Omnian Music Group (USA)
Michael Nieves – Sugaroo (USA)
Mike Ajayi – AMF Records / Virgin EMI (UK)
Mike Sniper – Captured Tracks (USA)
Nando Machado – ForMusic (BRA)
Natasha Parish – Ground Control Touring (USA)
Nick Holroyd – Primary Talent International (UK)
Owen Mallon – Paradigm Agency (USA)
Paul Brindley – Music Ally (UK)
Shannon Kurlander – Terrorbird Media (USA)
Suzanna Slavin – Mom + Pop Music (USA)
For more information on the event, check out the Bigsound Festival and Conference website.