More world class speakers sign on for BIGSOUND 2010 - MusicNSW

Australia’s biggest annual music industry event and festival – BIGSOUND 2010 – has added no less than 40 international, national, and local speakers to this year’s conference line-up.

Staged in Brisbane from September 8-10, BIGSOUND 2010 will include three days of panels and workshops featuring some of the brightest minds in the global music industry – making it this year’s must-attend event for artists and industry alike.
Among the new group of speakers announced today are Australian born, New York based producer Victor Van Vugt whose credits include records from Nick Cave, Beth Orton, PJ Harvey, Athlete and Sarah Blasko; and artist, writer and producer Robert Forster. Best known as part of seminal Brisbane band The Go-Betweens, Forster’s three-decade career has seen him become one of Australia’s most revered artists, both here and abroad. He will close BIGSOUND 2010 with a very special closing address.

Flying in from the UK will be Colin Roberts who is frontline artist manger with the UK’s Big Life Management (La Roux, Klaxons, Richard Ashcroft) while running associated online PR and strategy firm Work It Media.
He will be joined by Brett Williams from boutique US management company Monotone Management. Brett personally guides the careers of bands including Cold War Kids and Delta Spirit while Monotone is home to the likes of The White Stripes, Dead Weather, The Shins and Vampire Weekend.

Also heading to Brisbane from the USA will be President of Bug Music, David Hirshland, who oversees the operations of the independent publishing administration company’s five worldwide offices. Bug Music’s roster of writers and catalogues includes the estates of Johnny Cash, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, and Woody Guthrie; while also representing artists including Iggy Pop, Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon and Wilco.

Among the dozens of other new BIGSOUND 2010 speakers will be The Middle East’s US manager Rich Schaefer (The Artists Organisation); UK music writer, DJ and producer with the BBC Jen Long; Jake Stone – journalist, broadcaster and artist with much-loved Australian band Bluejuice; and the UK’s Catherine Bottrill who has taken a lead role in reducing the music industry’s carbon footprint.

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This latest batch of speakers joins the already impressive list of industry figures and artists signed on to talk in Brisbane this September including: US author and journalist Michael Azerrad; Chairman of the Mushroom Group Michael Gudinski; Australian industry legend John O’Donnell; and iconic Australian artists Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus) and Ed Kuepper (The Saints).

The event will also see 60 of the country’s most exciting acts perform across two nights and six venues as part of BIGSOUND Live – the public festival component of the event. They include Children Collide, The Vasco Era, Boy & Bear, The John Steel Singers, Parades, Ernest Ellis, The Gin Club, Last Dinosaurs, Bridezilla, The Jezabels and quite a few more.

triple j’s ‘Unearthed” initiative will give one band the chance to showcase at BIGSOUND Live with flights, accommodation, conference access and industry meetings all included as part of this unique opportunity. Find out more at

The event also continues its tradition of being the best-value music ticket of the year. Two-night BIGSOUND Live passes – featuring access to 60 acts on September 8 and 9 – cost just $44 (+bf) with single night passes only $27.50 (+bf).
Tickets are on sale now with details available at

BIGSOUND 2010, an initiative of peak industry body Q Music, is proudly supported by the Queensland Government through a major sponsorship by Trade and Investment Queensland and through Arts Queensland.

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