BIGSOUND 2010 announces new speakers and artists

Few people have had a bigger impact on the Australian music industry than manager, promoter and label executive Michael Gudinski. Now Gudinski will be heading to Brisbane to present a very special keynote address at BIGSOUND 2010 this September.

In a career spanning more than four decades, Gudinski has played a key role in the careers of some of Australia’s biggest artists and is now Chair of The Mushroom Group of companies – an empire including record labels alongside publishing and touring interests.

This year will be Gudinski’s first speaking engagement at BIGSOUND – the longest-running annual event of its type in the country. Taking place from September 8 to 10 the event features three days of conferences, workshops and public showcase gigs.

The announcement comes as BIGSOUND unveils the first batch of artist set to play the BIGSOUND Live showcase program.
With more than 50 acts still to be announced, BIGSOUND can reveal Children Collide, Boy & Bear, The Vasco Era, Last Dinosaurs, and The John Steel Singers will all be taking the stage as part of this unique public event held across two nights and more than six venues across Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.


Joining Michael Gudinski this September is a new batch of national and international speakers heading to BIGSOUND, Leading off the next group is Brian Ritchie – founding member of seminal American band Violent Femmes. Ritchie relocated to Australia in 2006 and is curator of Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art – Festival of Music and Art (MONA FOMA). He also recently formed The Break – a modern Australian surf band with three members of Midnight Oil.

Also heading to Brisbane will be Joel Carriere from award winning Canadian label Dine Alone Records and Bedlam Music Management, Senior A&R Manager for Sony Music in Australia Courtney Hard, and Tak Furuichi – A&R with one of Japan’s largest indie labels JVC Victor Entertainment.

The new names add to the already impressive list of BIGSOUND speakers announced earlier this month including influential US music writer Michael Azerrad keynote speaker and industry icon John O’Donnell, legendary artist Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus) and Morgan Lebus – A&R Manager for the US office of Domino Records and Domino Publishing Company.

And yet more speakers will be announced over the coming months…

BIGSOUND, an initiative of peak industry body Q Music, is supported by major partner Trade and Investment Queensland, the Queensland Government’s global business agency.

Michael Azerrad – author / journalist (USA)
John O’Donnell – Odfellows Publishing / Cold Chisel management (AU)
Michael Gudinski – Chairman,The Mushroom Group of Companies (AU)
Dave Faulkner – Hoodoo Gurus (AU)
Brian Ritchie – artist (USA/AU)
Rae Harvey – Crucial Music (AU)
Peter Jesperson – New West Records (USA)
Morgan Lebus – Domino Recordings & Publishing (USA)
Tom Windish – The Windish Agency (USA)
Andy McGrath – ATO (USA)
Johnny Beach – Bowery Presents (USA)
Tim Levinson – Urthboy / The Herd / Elefant Traks (AU)
Chloe Walsh – Press Here Publicity (USA)
Joel Carriere – Dine Alone Records / Bedlam Music Management (CAN)
Courtney Hard – Senior A&R Manager Sony Music (AU)
Tak Furuichi – JVC Victor Entertainment (JAP)


Children Collide
Boy & Bear
The Vasco Era
Last Dinosaurs
The John Steel Singers