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Australia’s largest music industry party BIGSOUND has just dropped it’s second speaker lineup – and it’s already looking to be one of the annual event’s most iconic rosters to date with a one-two-punch announcement of industry juggernauts.

Hot off the heels of acclaimed Netflix series WHAM! Simon Napier-Bell joins this year’s list of guest speakers to share his decades long wisdom of documenting the lives of some of music’s biggest names . With a resume that includes managing the late, great George Michael, The Yardbirds and Boney M, this living legend is set to descend upon Fortitude Valley this September for his not-to-be-missed in-conversation in the conference segment of this year’s program.

BIGSOUND is also excited to announce highly acclaimed, Grammy award winning composer Simon Franglen to the event. With more than 400 music credits to his name, Franglen has spent over three decades in the industry, working with legends like Michael Jackson to Madonna, as well as playing a pivotal role in the creation of music for the likes of big screen blockbusters like The Amazing Spiderman. On creating this year’s speaker roster, BIGSOUND had this to share:

“Continuing to push for change and placing meaningful issues at the forefront, BIGSOUND has also once again delivered an impressive cohort of important industry. BIGSOUND’s global reach goes even further in 2023, with Cockenflap Festival’s promoter Cora Chan arriving from China, ATC Live’s Caitlin Ballard and FKP Scopio’s Silke Westera set to attend. President of FUGA / Downtown in Netherlands, Christiaan Kröner will make his BIGSOUND debut, alongside German music industry heavyweights Patrick Daniel from Reeperbahn.”

Second Conference Announcement

Chloe Pean (AEG Presents)

Chris Brearley (Greyline Touring / School Night)
Chris Duncan (The Orchard)
Christiaan Kröner (FUGA / Downtown)
Cora Chan (Clockenflap Festival)
David Telfer (DMT Law Firm)
Dev Sherlock (SXSW)
Ed Lilo (Festival Republic)
Eli Gelernter (Wasserman)
Hallie Anderson (Rareform)
Hannah Sklonick (Secretly Group)
Jackie Palazzolo (Riot Games)
Jaclyn Ulman (Grandstand Media)
Jacob Daneman (Pitch Perfect PR)
Jamie Shaughnessy (CAA)
Jule Konrad (FMLY)
Kate English (Parallel Lines)
Louisa Robinson (Form Presents)
Matt Hanner (Runaway Artists)
Patrick Daniel (Reeperbahn)
Seth Hubbard (Polyvinyl)
Seth Kallen (This Faction)
Silke Westera (FKP Scorpio)
Simon Franglen (Composer/Producer)
Simon Napier-Bell (Manager)
Steve Zapp (ITB)
Tony Kiewel (Sub Pop)

First Conference Announcement

Ash Stahl (Flightless)
Cabrea Casey (Downtown Music)
Hazel Savage (Soundcloud)
Michele Ronzon (Interscope)
Omar Grant (ROC Nation)
Scott Cohen (JKBX)
Vanessa Palmer (Paramount)


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