More major Conference Speakers Announced

WHAM!’s Simon Napier-Bell, AVATAR composer Simon Franglen & more join extensive BIGSOUND 2023 speaker Lineup

Influential artists & industry figures from ROC Nation, Sub Pop, The Great Escape, Netflix, Soundcloud, Interscope, Paramount and SXSW are all set to land in Brisbane for the southern hemisphere's largest and longest running dedicated music showcase and conference.

The southern hemisphere’s biggest music industry gathering, and Australia’s longest-running and most influential music market BIGSOUND has just expanded with an expansive lineup of the industry's most important figures set to land at the event in Brisbane from 5 - 8 September, 2023. 

Coming off the back of the globally revered Netflix documentary WHAM! as well as several decades of invaluable music industry knowledge, BIGSOUND is pleased to welcome industry icon Simon Napier-Bell to the 2023 program. With a resume that includes managing the late, great George Michael, WHAM!, The Yardbirds and Boney M (to name a few), as well as penning four best-selling books, writing music alongside Dusty Springfield and directing documentaries centred around Frank Sinatra, George Michael and more, Simon Napier-Bell will now decent upon Fortitude Valley for his not-to-be-missed in-conversation. 

BIGSOUND is also excited to announce highly acclaimed, Grammy award winning English composer Simon Franglen to the program. With more than 400 music credits to his name, Franglen has spent over three decades in the industry, working with Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, and Quincy Jones, as well as playing a pivotal role in the creation of music for the likes of Titanic, Avatar, Moulin Rouge!, Skyfall and Spectre in the James Bond franchise, Se7en, The Amazing Spider-Man, Space Jam, Cool Runnings and more.

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.

Flying in from the US is Co-President of JAY-Z’s ROC Nation and A&R genius behind Rhianna’s globally acclaimed eighth album ANTI Omar Grant, South By Southwest’s Senior Music Programmer Dev Sherlock, president of Sub Pop records Tony Kiewel, Paramount’s VP of music Vanessa Palmer and CAA agent for Doja Cat, A$AP Rocky, Christina Aguilera, Troye Sivan, Wu Tang Clan, Public Enemy and more, Cameron Kaiser. Grandstand Media’s Senior Director of PR Jaclyn Ulman and Interscope’s Michele Ronzon will also be making appearances, while across the border into Canada, BIGSOUND is also pleased to welcome The Vault founder Alexandra Idiart-Benavides

Making the 16,000+km journey from the UK to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley for BIGSOUND 2023 will be The Great Escape Festival’s New Music Festival Programmer and Promoter Adam Ryan, The Orchard’s Director of International Artist Services Chris Duncan, Festival Republic’s talent buyer Ed Lilo, Parallel Lines promoter Kate English, JKBX’s founding CEO Scott Cohen and more.

“While we’re extremely fortunate to have a thriving, tenacious and ever expanding industry in our own backyard, the importance of global relationships cannot be overlooked,” said programmer Tom Larkin. “So, in 2023, we’re leveraging all 22 years of our collective BIGSOUND experience to secure the most important figures in the industry for our next crop of Aussie acts. Deals mean meals and every very person we are bringing to BIGSOUND can further an artist’s career immeasurably!”

QMusic Chair Natalie Strijland added, “Whether it’s helping formalise a global partnership or simply putting acts in a room where they could discover a piece of advice that could transform their career, BIGSOUND is 100% dedicated to creating an environment for artist change, and providing the best people to help make those changes happen.

The annual event will once again return to Brisbane’s one-of-a-kind Fortitude Valley music precinct, where by day, the world’s music decision-makers come together to drive the industry forward with important discussions around the development of art and commerce, and by night adventurous music lovers discover the future of music.

The illustrious list of industry heavyweights now joins a list of more than 140 artists set to land in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley.


BIGSOUND 3-NIGHT SHOWCASE TICKET A BIGSOUND Three Night Showcase Pass gives you access to all performances: 140+ artists, across 19 venues, with just one wristband.

Early Bird: $89 +bf (on sale until midnight, 8 August, or until sold out / Full price $99 +bf)


BIGSOUND DELEGATE PASS This is your ticket to access the full conference, three-nights of showcase events, industry events and workshops.

Early Bird: $579 / Members: $479 / Students: $379