Outspoken British musician and social activist Billy Bragg will join Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer – the million-dollar lady of crowd-funding -- as guest speakers at the 2013 Bigsound conference and showcase event in Brisbane, Australia.
Other international speakers announced to the September 11-13 program include former Cocteau Twins artist, now director of British indie label Bella Union Simon Raymonde; Nashville-based producer Brad Jones; CMJ’s senior VP, artists & events Matt McDonald, NYC venue booker Billy Jones, and Grimur Atlason, booker at Iceland Airwaves festival in Reykjavik. Leading Australian execs John Watson, co-manager of Gotye and president of Eleven: A Music Company, and the veteran homegrown art-rock group Regurgitator are also confirmed speakers.
Bigsound has established itself as the most important event of its kind in Australia, with a strong night-time showcase program and big-name keynote speakers. When producer Van Dyke Parks, and promoters Michael Gudinski and Michael Chugg spoke in recent years, their words became headlines in the national press. But when Alan McGee took to the stage in 2011, his comments became global news after he mocked the sabotage of the SACD facility during the London riots.
The first-round of confirmed performers this year include Xavier Rudd, Megan Washington, The John Steel Singers, Stonefield, Bleeding Knees Club and The Jungle Giants. Tickets to Bigsound are available at www.bigsound.org.au