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We're Hosting A Massive Party At BIGSOUND!

11 August 2022 | 11:00 am | Dan Cribb

The infamous closing party returns (and it will be a BIG one).

BIGSOUND’s in-person return is shaping up to be one of its most significant yet, with a slew of notable names added to the conference program today as the festival's highly anticipated parties are announced.

We're stoked to reveal that The Music and Secret Sounds are combining once more for the most infamous event in the Australian music calendar... the BIGSOUND closing party!

A number of other parties have also been confirmed as part of BIGSOUND’s official industry event program, with the Oztix BIGSOUND Party set to feature L-FRESH The Lion, VACATIONS and a secret headliner, while Spotify, Live Nation, Ivy League, CADA and more offer up hand-picked showcases with the likes of AKOSIA, Press Club, merci, mercy, Jesswar and KANADA THE LOOP, just to name a few.

As part of BIGSOUND Country, the JMC Academy Country Music Takeover will set up at The Brightside for the entire Wednesday night.



Secret Sounds x The Music Closing Party

BIGSOUND Opening Ceremony 


Dew Process 20th Birthday 

Ivy League – Turn It Up! 

JMC BIGSOUND Country Takeover 

Live Nation Ones to Watch 

Made in Adelaide Showcase 

NZ Music Commission 

Oztix BIGSOUND Party 

Spotify’s Dreaming Loud Party 

Unified Music Group x Lonely Lands Agency 

Women & GNC in Music

After confirming #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke and internet-born pop sensation Rebecca Black alongside Mushroom Group CEO Matt Gudinski, artist and advocate Jaguar Jonze and more as part of the first conference reveal in June, organisers have locked down more impressive talent for the event, happening from September 6-9.

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WRKSHP CEO/Founder and Grammy Award-winning talent Che Pope, who has worked closely with the likes of Lauryn Hill, Kanye West, Eminem, The Weeknd, Whitney Houston and more, will invite attendees into his world as a label executive and producer. He’s helped define hip hop via his contributors to The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill and Ye’s Bound 2.

Meanwhile, Australian-born music supervisor Tricia Holloway, Global Music Executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, will appear via a digital presentation and conversation, shedding light on her incredible career to date, including specifics around her current position overseeing the Walt Disney Imagineering Music Studio across Disney parks, attractions, hotels, cruise ships and more.

Other keynote speakers include Yanyuwa/Wardaman songwoman Shellie Morris, Uncle Joe Geia, Carissa Nyalu and JK-47, who will unpack the process of navigating the music industry through a First Nations’ lens and share their viewpoints on blazing their own trail.

Here’s the full list of speakers added to the event today:


Tricia Holloway - Walt Disney Imagineering (US) - KEYNOTE 

Milly Olykan - Country Music Association (US) - KEYNOTE 

Ali Harnell - Live Nation Global (USA) - KEYNOTE 

Aunty Shellie Morris - Artist - KEYNOTE 

Carissa Nyalu - Artist - KEYNOTE 

Jillian Rothman - Warner Music - New Business and Ventures (USA) - KEYNOTE 

JK 47 - Artist - KEYNOTE 

Uncle Joe Geia - Artist - KEYNOTE 

Adam Ryan - The Great Escape (UK) 

Alexis Benedict - Tomboi Records 

Ali Hendrick - Arrival Artists (USA)

Amy Davidman - TBA Agency (USA) 

Andy Irvine - Gyrostream 

Angharad Yeo - Journalist 

Anna Laverty - Producer 

Ash King - Support Act

Bailey Satler - Grandstand Media (USA) 

Cerissa Grant - Support Act 

Chelsea Gough - Native Tongue 

Chloe Melick - Inside Out PR (UK) 

Chris Vaughan - AUD'$ 

Clive Miller - Support Act 

Dev Sherlock - SXSW (USA) 

Dobby - Artist 

Dr Guy Morrow - University of Melbourne 

Eddie Sikazwe - Secretly Publishing (USA) 

Elliott Watkins (aka Muselk) - Muselk 

Eric Deines - Director of A&R for Jagjaguwar (USA)

Fanny Lumsden - Artist 

Fil Palermo - Untitled Group 

Fred Leone - Artist 

Govind Sandhu - TikTok Head of Artist Partnerships 

Ivano Magiulli - Brace Yourself PR (UK) 

Jaddan Comerford – UNIFIED

Jeff Van Dyck - Artist / Composer 

Johnno Harrison - Spotify 

Karyn Rachtman - Mind Your Music / Syncposium (NZ) 

Kenny Consor - Big Green Couch 

Kota Banks - Artist 

Luke O'Connor - Support Act 

Maggie Collins - AAM 

Matthew Craig - AUD'$ 

Max Shand - Serenade 

Montaigne - Artist 

Natalie Waller - ABC / ARIA 

Paige Cho – Bolster

Robin Jenssen - Manager / Ekko Music Rights (USA) 

Ryan Farley - Cooking Vinyl Publishing (UK) 

Sally Coleman - Bigsand Band 

Sat Bisla - A&R Worldwide / MUSEXPO (USA) 

Shy Carter - Artist / Composer (USA) 

Sosefina Fuamoli - Journalist 

Tasman Keith - Artist 

Tim Shiel - Artist 

Uncle Kev Starkey - Artist V

etta Bourne - Artist 

Viv Mellish - Gyrostream 

Woodes – Artist

The latest news follows a mammoth festival announcement last month, with over 180 artists confirmed for the 2022 event, including Tasman Keith, Budjerah, flowerkid, Hope D, Mia Wray, Teenage Joans and The Terrys and more.

BIGSOUND received an overwhelming amount of artist applications this year, narrowing down 182 acts from a record-breaking 1300+ hopefuls (38 more than its last in-person event in 2019).

The line-up will play to hundreds of labels, publishers, agents, festival programmers, publicists and industry delegates all on the lookout for the next big thing.

For more details and tickets, click here.