Archie Roach and Tina Arena headline first speaker announcement for BIGSOUND 2017

The BIGSOUND programming announcements have kicked off for yet another year, with some Aussie legends being announced as keynote speakers for the September music conference. Leading the announcement today, Archie Roach and Tina Arena will both be appearing in Brisbane for BIGSOUND – the two Australian music icons set to open up about their acclaimed and extensive careers.

Says BIGSOUND’s Maggie Collins of their welcome to the fold, “It is my honour to welcome our esteemed first keynote speakers to the lineup this year, Tina Arena and Archie Roach – two Australian icons who have contributed so much to our cultural identity over the past few decades.”

Along with this announcement, BIGSOUND has revealed that Mary Ramos – music supervisor to Quentin Tarantino – will also be speaking in September as well as the following names.

BIGSOUND 2017 INDUSTRY SPEAKERS & BUYERS

ARCHIE ROACH – Keynote
TINA ARENA – Keynote
ADEL HATTEM (D Music Marketing, Brazil)
ALISON WENHAM (Worldwide Independent Network, UK)
ANDREW JERVIS (Bandcamp, USA)
ASH KERLEY (Girls Rock!, Australia)
BILL ROE (Trouble in Mind Records, USA)
BOB VAN HEUR (Le Guess Who? Festival/Belmont Bookings, Netherlands)
EVA TRIFONAS (Ninja Tune, Australia)
ISLA ANGUS (ATC Live, UK)
IVY YUEN (Magnetic Asia Limited, Hong Kong)
JAMES CLARKE (Aeroplane Agency, Australia)
JAMES MOODIE (Vevo, 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, Australia)
PAUL ADAMS (New Community Management/Roc Nation, USA)
PETER BERARD (Domino Recording Co. Ltd., USA)
POPPY REID (Seventh Street Media, USA)
REBECCA YOUNG (Collective Artists, Australia)
RIC LEICHTUNG (Adhoc, USA)
ROY AMAR (Bear Parts Music, Australia)
STUART MEYER (Sub Pop, USA)
SULLIVAN PATTEN (Sullivan, Australia)
SYLVIE PICCOLOTTO (Rock City, Argentina)
ZAN ROWE (Triple J, Australia)

In other BIGSOUND news, if you haven’t yet applied to be in on the inaugural Levi’s Music Prize, get in on it now here. Applications close on May 22nd.

This year’s event also sees the introduction of a new Music Tech Showcase, where emerging Australian tech companies will be given the opportunity to receive a full day of mentoring the lead up to BIGSOUND itself and also to market test their products to the industry in attendance.

BIGSOUND runs in this year from September 5th-8th in Brisbane. For more information about this year’s event, visit www.bigsound.org.au.