Australia's biggest music industry gathering BIGSOUND has revealed even more of its amazing 2019 speaker lineup today, with Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino, music writer and industry figure Vivien Goldman, Frontier Touring's Sahara Herald and acclaimed artist Mojo Juju.
Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino has become an important and outspoken artist voice. As well as writing some of the best indie anthems of the last decade, she has also lent her voice, speaking out against sexism and sexual assault, sharing her journey to sobriety and struggle with insomnia.
Vivien Goldman has had an incredible journey through the music industry, working as a journalist in the UK on publications such as NME, Sounds and Melody Maker, hosting on pirate radio, working in labels as Bob Marley's first publicist, becoming an artist herself as part of 80s new-wave duo Chantage and finally becoming an acclaimed author, with her latest book 'Revenge of the She-Punks' chronicling female voices across the punk movement.
Sahara Herald has been a staple of the live music industry for decades, with eighteen years as National Event Co-ordinator of the Big Day Out before moving to Mushroom Group's Frontier Touring where she was appointed Tour Director in 2018, being integral in the success of record breaking tours such as Troye Sivan, Lorde, The Killers, Paul Kelly, Shawn Mendes, Midnight Oil and Sam Smith.
Mojo Juju is one of Australia's most important artist voices who takes us on her journey of self-discovery and storytelling through music and breaking through in 2018 with her triple-ARIA nominated album 'Native Tongue'.
BIGSOUND has also announced their party program today, with purple pass holders in for a real treat with no less than 16 official events. Kicking off with the BIGSOUND Virgin Australia 'HOME' Welcome Party featuring music from Electric Fields, DRMGNOW, Deline Briscoe and Mambali and the Women in Music lunch and moving across four days of treats including the massive Levi's®Showcase (with music from Milan Ring, Kobie Dee, Stevan and Dulcie), Nettwerk Music Showcase(featuring Riley Pearce, Jaguar Jonze, Hayden Calnin and Harrison Storm), the Unified Showcase(with Tones And I, Jack Botts, Stellie and RINI), Music Industry College Bacon & Bangers and the famous Bloody Mary Brunch.
We also welcome international delegations from Singapore (Hear65) and Canada (Music BC and Indigenous North), as well as this year's national spotlights Adelaide and the Gold Coast with artists and industry from across these regions hosting parties to show off their best new talents.
BIGSOUND also celebrates 10 years of partnership with the famous Oztix Party (this year with music from KYVA, 100, RINI, The Moa, Sly Withers, MID CITY, Concrete Surfers and the now-traditional surprise closing act!), the Infamous Secret Sounds After Party plus a special closing party event with details still under wraps.
Not to mention plenty more surprises up our sleeve... (did you catch the secret Paul Kelly show last year?)
For the first time, BIGSOUND is also pleased to announce its official hotel partner, designer hotel,Ovolo The Valley. The host of BIGSOUND's opening night party and Late Night Supper Series is ZA ZA TA Bar and Kitchen, where wonders never cease. A place to come for a quick drink, stay for an all-night adventure. Inspired by the vibrant Tel Aviv bar scene, amidst a soulful setting rich in eclectic character, it'll be the place to be for late night beats, booze and bites till 2am each night; serving BIGSOUND inspired cocktails, an extended bar & dining menu with rotating DJ's. Ovolo will also be putting on transfers and a range of other special inclusions for BIGSOUND guests at both their Valley and Inchcolm.