BIGSOUND’s first announcement hits today, with the first three forums, two keynotes and a host of buyers and influencers added to the brand-new program which will be focused on participation from delegates in the unpacking of important industry issues.
The first three forums will include ‘The New Music Business’ a forum for participants to float brand new ideas and ways of making things happen in our diverse industry. A place for participants to challenge the status quo and “old school” rules, this session will create important debate and a real opportunity for change.
The second forum will ask the question “What would the current music industry look like if it was invented by our First Nations people?”. Instead of starting from a position of how we ‘integrate’ First Nations music into the existing industry framework, BIGSOUND will turn things on its head to search for and celebrate lessons and ideas that we can learn from Indigenous perspectives. This community-focused session will be a unique opportunity to listen, learn and take on board Indigenous perspectives to allow for real innovation across our sector.
“Changing Music Industry Behaviour” will take a mature and complex look at how change can occur. We’ll look at the psychology of change and how our industry can create sustained momentum. This will be your chance to discuss the ups and downs of your culture change efforts and get some advice from the wisdom of the crowd.
“In following with the times, this year BIGSOUND is putting content front and centre as the core element of the conference,” said BIGSOUND programmer Maggie Collins. “With information readily available at anyone’s fingertips, we wanted to move further away from a talking-heads format and create an interactive environment for true ‘IRL’ conversations to take place. Our motivation in building this year’s program is to create the neutral ground on which our industry can progress in a uniting, nurturing and welcoming way. Our two first keynote speakers encompass this idea perfectly, with one of the most badass label execs turned indie company CEO Mardi Caught, and the mother of Rock herself, Virginia Grohl.”
Virginia Grohl, mother to Foo Fighters frontman Dave and author of ‘From Cradle to Stage’ has lived what it’s like to raise a rock star. Her book interviews the mothers of Michael Stipe, Adam Levine, Amy Winehouse, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson and Dr Dre, looking at how these amazing women encouraged and nurtured future industry leaders and how they dealt with the dangers, excitements, joys and milestones in their children’s lives. And whether they still remind them to pack a warm coat before they leave on tour.
VIRGINIA GROHL, MARDI CAUGHT
Mardi Caught was one of Australia’s most respected label executives as Warner Music’s General Manager and is now launching her own independent marketing services company The Annex. With over two decades rising to become one of the most senior females in the Australian record industry, her keynote will explore the challenges and opportunities surrounding the new music economy, independence, gender equity and entrepreneurship.
But the announcements don’t stop there. BIGSOUND also welcomes its first range of buyers and influencers including massive list of industry from across the world including Paradigm Talent Agency (USA), Line of Best Fit (UK), C3 Management (USA), Universal Canada, Maybe Mars (China), CIE (Mexico), DFSB (Korea), X-Ray Touring (UK), Domino (USA), Vinyl Me Please (USA) and many more. You might see these people popping up on panels, watching bands or grabbing a drink at the bar, but in traditional BIGSOUND style, these are the people (along with a massive second announcement still to come) that will be shaping the future of our showcasing artists.
BIGSOUND artist applications are open now at bigsound.org.au and have been extended with a new closing date of May 17. With alumni including Gang of Youths, Flume, Tash Sultana, Courtney Barnett, San Cisco, Violent Soho, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Methyl Ethel, The Jungle Giants and many more, the event has become a rite of passage for Australian musicians breaking out onto the world stage.
Showcasing artists are also eligible for the $100,000 Levi’s® Music Prize which has resulted in $25,000 each for Stella Donnelly, Alex Lahey and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever since last year’s event to help them achieve their export goals with two prize announcements still to come. Levi’s® are also pleased to announce that this year’s prize will also increase to include $5,000 to each winning artist in travel from Stage & Screen.
“It’s fantastic to see BIGSOUND continue to go from strength to strength off the back of multi-year support from the Australia Council. It’s a great example of the kinds of innovative programming and opportunities that can be achieved through this type of investment.” Australia Council Director of Music Paul Mason
BIGSOUND’s music tech is also expanding to provide even more hands-on opportunities for delegates to experience the future of music and applications are open from today for those wanting to participate. The successful BIGSOUND visual arts showcase (which last year launched the now infamous BIGSOUND octopus) is also open with applications closing on May 20. For more details on the tech and arts programs, visit www.bigsound.org.au.
**REMEMBER ARTIST APPLICATIONS CLOSE MAY 17 AND VISUAL ARTS APPLICATIONS CLOSE MAY 20 SO DON’T DELAY**
BIGSOUND 2018 INDUSTRY BUYERS
Mardi Caught – The Annex (AUS) – KEYNOTE
Virginia Hanlon Grohl – Mothers of Music (USA) – KEYNOTE
Alexandra Berenson – Vinyl Me, Please (USA)
Alison Rosenfeld – Aperture Music (USA)
Amber Carew – Saddle Creek (USA)
Ben Rafson – We Are Free (USA)
Bernie Cho – DFSB (KOR)
Brontë Jane – Third Side Music (USA)
Carlos Lopez – Domino (USA)
Eric Fritschi – Mtheory (USA)
Fabrizio Rafael Onetto Pedetti – OCESA Seitrack (MEX)
Jessi Frick – Citrine Management (USA)
Joe Greenwald – C3 Management (USA)
Jon Box – Universal Canada (CAN)
Katie Garcia – Secretly Group (USA)
Lucy Pitkethly – Eat Your Own Ears (UK)
Madison McCabe – Hidden Track (USA)
Markell Casey – Pulse Music Group (USA)
Nevin Domer – Maybe Mars (CHN)
Owen Mallon – Paradigm Talent Agency (USA)
Paul Bridgewater – Line of Best Fit (UK)
Rachel Cox – Sad Grrrls Club (AUS)
Shaun Faulkner – X-Ray Touring (UK)
Tim Luckow – Stem (USA)
Tom Wironen – Friendly Announcer (USA)
BIGSOUND is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Tourism and Events Queensland. BIGSOUND has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Queensland, home to Australia’s best live events in Australia’s best destinations.
BIGSOUND Festival have dropped the mic today on an undeniable second announcement, filling an epic four-night adventure of sound and setting yet another benchmark for new live music discovery in Australia. Proving that Australia’s underground is a wide, diverse pool of talent and innovation, this year’s line-up is a cross-genre triumph for anyone wanting to get excited about all that’s great about tomorrow’s music scene.
Where to start? How about satisfying your guitar fetish with sleepmakeswaves, West Thebarton, WAAX and The Beautiful Monument? Perhaps some electronic vibes with Confidence Man, Cub Sport, Golden Vessel or SUPERCRUEL? Or maybe the new generation of hip hop spearheaded by Manu Crook$, Thandi Phoenix or Midas.Gold? How about some of the strongest Australian female songwriters in Tia Gostelow, Caiti Baker and Washington? Whatever your taste, BIGSOUND Festival 2017 has a four-night path for you to plot through the country’s best new acts with each artist playing twice to ensure you don’t miss a thing.
These join previously announced artists including Alex the Astronaut, Baker Boy, Hatchie, Mansionair, The Creases, Winston Surfshirt, Kardajala Kirridarra and more, making up the epic 133+ artist event.
“The quality of new and Australian music is currently exemplified by how hard it was to choose these artists out of approximately 1070 applications,” said BIGSOUND Festival programmer Maggie Collins. “Every single artist on this lineup has something unique to showcase and to achieve. I’m frothing over these acts and can’t wait to show them off.”
All artists on this year’s BIGSOUND Festival are eligible for a share of this year’s $100,000 Levi’s Music Prize and join the now prestigious list of BIGSOUND alumni who have used the event to launch international careers including: Flume, Courtney Barnett, RUFUS, Tash Sultana, The Jezabels, Middle Kids, Seth Sentry, Gang of Youths, DMAs, Kingswood, The Temper Trap, DZ Deathrays, Ball Park Music, San Cisco, Boy & Bear, A.B. Original, Methyl Ethel and many more.
This year’s BIGSOUND Festival venue list has also been announced today, with this year’s event expanding to a huge eighteen venues crossing the spectrum of experiences Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley has to offer from big, small, inside, outside and everything in between—and all within three easily-walked blocks. The 2017 BIGSOUND Festival will welcome you at:
256 Wickham Alehouse Stage @Woolly Mammoth Black Bear Lodge Crowbar Empire Hotel Heya Bar Laruche Mane Stage @ Woolly Mammoth triple j Unearthed @ Oh Hello! Ric’s Big Backyard The Brightside The Brightside Outdoor Stage The Elephant Hotel Themusic. com.au @ The Flying Cock The Foundry The TBC Club The New Globe Theatre The Zoo
BIGSOUND Festival welcomes triple j Unearthed back this year as it expands its showcase of new talent across three big nights at Oh Hello! Along with showcasing the very best acts discovered on triple j Unearthed in the last 12 months, Unearthed are also offering three spots to local Brissie bands. To be eligible, bands simply upload their music to triple j Unearthed by July 31.
Double J are also making their BIGSOUND Festival debut, curating an intimate night of music at Black Bear Lodge on the Thursday, featuring some incredible talent heard on their first three amazing years on air. The lineup will be unveiled with the full BIGSOUND Festival program in August.
As well as just the music, the BIGSOUND Festival experience is going to the next level this year, as 10 visual artists take over Fortitude Valley to show the world what they’ve got. Immerse yourself in lighting, projection, installation and illustration works as you make your way between BIGSOUND’s 18 festival venues. Stay tuned on the BIGSOUND Festival app for more info on the location of specific artworks.
BIGSOUND Festival partner Virgin Australia is also extending the musical journey this year, offering two return economy class airfares anywhere on their international long-haul network to one lucky visitor who books their flights to the festival via the BIGSOUND Festival website. Whether you choose Coachella, Auckland City Limits or FYF Fest, BIGSOUND might be just the start of your musical adventure!
BIGSOUND FESTIVAL ARTIST ANNOUNCE SECOND ANNOUNCE
Amyl and The Sniffers
Billy Davis and The Good Lords
Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird
Drown This City
Karl S. Williams
The Beautiful Monument
Two Steps On The Water
Alex The Astronaut
Kardajala Kirridarra (Sandhill Women)
mama kin spender
The Cactus Channel
The Teskey Brothers
BIGSOUND FESTIVAL SPEAKERS
Kenny Gates – PIAS (BEL) – Keynote
Sadie Dupuis – Speedy Ortiz (USA) – Keynote
Aminé Ramer – States of Sound (USA)
Ben Godding – AWAL/Kobalt Music Recordings (AUS)
Ben O’Connor – Chapter Music (AUS)
Ben Swanson – Secretly Group (USA)
Bill Wilson – Music Biz (USA)
Cameron Schaefer – Vinyl Me, Please (USA)
Carl Young – Vevo (UK)
Charles Kirby-Welch – Kartel (UK)
Chris Twite – Secret Sounds / Brisbane Festival (AUS)
Clémence Bizien – Super! (France)
Dan Rosen – ARIA (AUS)
David Sheils – APRA AMCOS (AUS)
Elspeth Scrine – LISTEN / Huntley (AUS)
Emma Calverley – Australian Cultural Fund (AUS)
Emily Kelly – Deathproof (AUS)
Farinoush Mostaghimi – SynchAudio (CAN)
Haley Connelly – Little Press (UK)
Heath Miller – Webster Hall & Excess dB Entertainment (USA)
Hugh McClure – Good Manners (AUS)
Jackie Nalpant – Paradigm Talent Agency (USA)
Jake Friedman – We Are Free Management (USA)
Jane Gazzo – Triple M (AUS)
Jeff Owens – Felte / Ghostly International (USA)
Jennie Sager – Twitter (AUS)
Jeremy Yohai – Imagem Music Publishing (USA)
Dr. Jess Carniel – University of Southern QLD (AUS)
Jillian Mapes – Pitchfork (USA)
Joe Greenwald – C3 Management (USA)
Joel Connolly – Blackbird Ventures (AUS)
Karl Richter – Level Two Music (AUS)
Kate Mills – Native Tongue Publishing (AUS)
Keith Tan – Slate Entertainment (SIN)
Lars Brandle – Billboard (AUS)
Leigh Treweek – The Music / Handshake MGMT (AUS)
Marshall Betts – Paradigm Talent Agency (USA)
Matt Fiedler – Vinyl Me, Please (USA)
Mel Yong – Village Sounds & Other Sounds (AUS)
Mike Sniper – Captured Tracks (USA)
Nic Warnock – R.I.P. Society Records / Repressed Records (AUS)
Paul Barclay – ABC RN (AUS)
Peymon Maskan – Media Arts Lab (USA)
Shelli Trung – QUT CEA (AUS)
Simon Napier-Bell – Pierbel Ltd. UK (UK)
Steel Hanf – WME (AUS)
Tom Taaffe – United Talent Agency (UK)
Zena White – Partisan Records (UK/USA)
Ziggy Ramo – Artist (AUS)
Archie Roach (AUS) – Keynote Tina Arena (AUS) – Keynote
Adel Hattem – D Music Marketing (Brazil)
Alison Wenham – Worldwide Independent Network (UK)
Andrew Jervis – Bandcamp (USA)
Ash Kerley – Girls Rock! (AUS)
Bill Roe – Trouble In Mind Records (USA)
Bob Van Heur – Le Guess Who? Festival / Belmont Bookings (NL)
Eva Trifonas – Ninja Tune (AUS)
Isla Angus – ATC Live (UK)
Ivy Yuen – Magnetic Asia Limited (Hong Kong)
James Clarke – Aeroplane Agency (AUS)
James Moodie – The Orchard (UK)
Jane Abernathy – 4AD Records (USA)
Jenn Yacoubian – Goldenvoice (USA)
Lucy Wood – Festival Republic (UK)
Mary Ramos – Saturday Music Inc. (USA)
Mazin Tappuni – Communion Music (UK)
Mel Brown – Impressive PR (UK)
Melissa Woods – Third Side Music (USA)
Mike Ajayi – All My Friends (UK)
Nick Findlay – triple j (AUS)
Paul Adams – New Community Management / Roc Nation (USA)
Peter Berard – Domino Recording Co. Ltd. (USA)
Poppy Reid – Seventh Street Media (AUS)
Rebecca Young – Collective Artists (AUS)
Ric Leichtung – Adhoc (USA)
Roy Amar – Bear Parts Music (AUS)
Stuart Meyer – Sub Pop (USA)
Sullivan Patten – Sullivan (AUS)
Sylvie Piccolotto – Rock City (Argentina)
Zan Rowe – triple j (AUS)
Tickets for BIGSOUND Festival 2017 are on sale now from:
After firmly cementing themselves as one of WA’s most promising up and coming acts with their trailblazing live show and hard-hitting singles, POW! Negro are excited to release their long-awaited debut EP Jasmine & Licorice.
Featuring production work from David Kennedy (A Tribe Called Quest, Mos Def) and Michael Jelinek (The Growl), the EP showcases the group’s eclectic style of hip-hop, jazz and psych.
Having already graced stages with acts such as Remi, Sampa The Great, Koi Child and Blackalicious as well as playing coveted slots on festivals such as Groovin the Moo and Southbound, POW! will be embarking on a run of dates in July to debut their new full live show, taking in Bunbury, Dunsborough and Perth.
POW! were recently announced as one of the showcasing artists at BIGSOUND and there’s a stack of exciting news to come for the rest of the year.
Featuring already released singles “Hidle Ho!” and “Money For Portraits”, the EP will be available from Bandcamp with a “pay what you wish” offer. Earlier this week the band posted on their social pages “We know this EP has taken us forever to finish, so you’ll be able to pay what you want over at Bandcamp. Thanks for being so patient with us.”
If the first two singles from the EP are anything to go by, it’s been worth the wait!
JASMINE & LICORICE EP LAUNCH
Thursday 27 July
Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury
With special guests Western Kinsmen of the Sun
Friday 28 July
With special guests Western Kinsmen of the Sun
Saturday 29 July
With special guests The Weapon Is Sound, Grievous Bodily Calm and KNOE
Tickets available now from Oztix and Oztix outlets
BIGSOUND Festival and Conference
Tuesday 5 – Friday 8 September
Tickets available here.
JASMINE & LICORICE
Written and recorded by POW! Negro
Mixed by David Kennedy and Michael Jelinek
Mastered by Adam Ayan, Gateway Mastering