After rolling out an epic first artist line-up last month, BIGSOUND has today confirmed a number of keynote speakers alongside its official party program.
The four must-attend keynotes announced include Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino, Revenge Of The She-Punks author Vivien Goldman, Frontier Touring’s Sahara Herald and Australian artist Mojo Juju.
As well as fronting California indie rock/pop duo Best Coast, Cosentino is frequently speaking out against sexism and sexual assault, and has been vocal about her journey to sobriety and struggle with insomnia.
Goldman has established herself as a music industry legend over the years, performing in ‘80s new wave duo Chantage, working as Bob Marley’s first publicist, writing for NME, hosting pirate radio and more.
Herald has worked alongside the likes of Paul Kelly, Shawn Mendes, Midnight Oil, Sam Smith and more as Frontier Touring’s Tour Director, and previously spent 18 years as Big Day Out’s National Event Co-ordinator, while Mojo Juju gives a keynote following the release of her award-winning 2018 album Native Tongue.
The four keynote speakers join an already huge speaker line-up, with Nettwerk Music Group CEO and co-founder Terry McBride confirmed as part of the first announcement in May alongside Radio 1 & BBC Music Introducing's Abbie McCarthy, Sub Pop Records' Bekah Zietz Flynn, Mom + Pop Music's Suzanna Slavin and more.
Returning to Brisbane's Fortitude Valley from 3-6 September, BIGSOUND has also locked down 16 official parties, with some serious talent local talent in tow, including Electric Fields, DRMGNOW, Deline Briscoe and Mambali who will play this year’s Welcome Party before Milan Ring, Riley Pearce, Tones & I, Sly Withers and stacks more also showcase across other various parties.
Here’s what’s been locked down:
Women in Music
HOME: Official BIGSOUND Welcome Party
Made In Adelaide
Hear65 @ BIGSOUND
Bacon & Bangers
Gold Coast Showcase
Music BC Showcase
Oztix BIGSOUND Party
BIGSOUND After Party
BIGSOUND Bloody Mary Brunch
Indigenous North @ BIGSOUND
With Paul Kelly dropping by the Oztix BIGSOUND Party last year, that’s another must-attend event in 2019, with organisers teasing another secret band alongside the already confirmed acts KYVA, 100, MARCO, The Moa, Sly Withers, MID CITY and Concrete Surfers.
As well as confirming international delegations from Singapore (Hear65) and Canada (Music BC and Indigenous North), BIGSOUND is also shining a spotlight on Adelaide and the Gold Coast talent this September, with numerous parties featuring or being hosted by artists and industry from those cities.