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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | June 16, 2021

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BIGSOUND Announces Keynote Speakers for 2020

BIGSOUND Announces Keynote Speakers for 2020
Lauren Bozzetto

Brisbane’s most acclaimed music event BIGSOUND is right around the corner, and they have just dropped their first announcement of presenters to get you keen.

Although COVID-19 means they’re doing things a little differently this year; hosting the event in a free virtual format, the exceptional line up standard has not changed.

BIGSOUND is more than just showcasing exceptional talent, it is also an opportunity to be immersed within the music industry, and this first announcement certainly does not disappoint in this regard.

Leading the line-up gallantly, Tom Morello who you probably know from Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Prophets Of Rage or the Nightwatchman will be exploring his life as a musician and activist.

“Join me at BIGSOUND to talk music, activism, and how the guitar can be a divining rod for truth and justice,” said Tom Morello.

“The world is at a dangerous crossroads and it’s time to feed the poor, fight the power, and rock the f**k out,”

“This keynote is a personal dream of mine and an absolute privilege for BIGSOUND to present, delivered at a time when we could all use a little Morello magic,” he shares.



A multitude of other industry legends including Kev Carmody, Tones and I, Amy Shark, Rhoda Roberts, Ziggy Ramo, Mumu Fresh, Howard Freeman, Johann Ponniah, and Nat’s What I Reckon are the other presenters to get excited for.

Many of these guests will take part in special in-conversation sessions and keynote presentations, where an exciting range of industry topics will be discussed. The Indigenous future of the music industry, and music careers, community and survival in 2020 are prevalent topics this year. As a fresh new addition this year is the BIGSOUND Cooking Show featuring ‘culinary crusader’ Nat’s What I Reckon. Global sensation, Howard Freeman, will also be exploring the hard realities of life on the road, the impacts it has on mental and physical health, and creating a culture of help-seeking.

To adapt to the changing environment and community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Conference Programmer Tom Larkin indicates the potential of this year’s virtual space to spark positivity, connection, and a way forward for the music industry.

“BIGSOUND 2020 is the perfect opportunity for the music community to come together and take stock of where we find ourselves both nationally and globally after the last six tumultuous months,” said Tom Larkin.

“Featuring some of the most prolific Keynotes we have ever programmed, the conference itself will lead conversations around future facing concepts that are brave, nuanced and shine a light towards recovering a more sustainable industry,” he says.

QMusic CEO Angela Samut evaluates on this, highlighting the many potentials this year’s event has for the industry, audiences, and society as a whole.

“BIGSOUND has been a leader for years in looking to future business models, mental health and a place of fairness and justice for First Nations peoples working in the music industry as well as giving tomorrow’s Australian icons a platform to learn and be discovered. Never have these things been more important. Never has BIGSOUND been more important,” Angela says.

With such a range of discussions and perspectives involved despite COVID-19, there is something to spark everyone’s interest. The new virtual format and this latest announcement is an exciting peak into what else is to come for this year’s event.

Stay tuned for BIGSOUND’s second announcement and full program schedule which is anticipated to be revealed at the end of this month.

You can check out BIGSOUND’s conference lineup here.

What: BIGSOUND 2020
Where: Virtual
When: Wednesday 21st October to Thursday 22nd October
How Much: Free
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