BIGSOUND Announces Major Keynotes: Bethany Cosentino, Vivien Goldman, Sahara Herald + Mojo Juju

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.

Women in Music
HOME: Official BIGSOUND Welcome Party
Made In Adelaide
Levi’s® Showcase
Bacon & Bangers
Gold Coast Showcase
Unified Showcase
Music BC Showcase
Oztix BIGSOUND Party
Nettwerk Showcase
BIGSOUND After Party
BIGSOUND Bloody Mary Brunch
Indigenous North @ BIGSOUND


•             Tickets for BIGSOUND are on sale now! Purple passes give access to all BIGSOUND events, keynotes, forums, panels, parties and live music across four big days and nights. Special rates apply until July 31 so grab your tickets now! If you are just looking for live music, for just $85, a BIGSOUND Rainbow Pass gives you access to all performances: 150 artists, across 18 venues, with just one wristband. For more information and ticketing options, click here.

•             BIGSOUND Media Pass applications are also NOW OPEN – If you would like to apply for a media pass click here. Media passes are limited, and applications close August 1st – further information on how to apply available via the link.

•             BIGSOUND’s app will also been refreshed with a unique Spotify integration, allowing attendees to get a personalised discovery playlist from the BIGSOUND lineup based on their own favourite artists, listening history, and genre preferences!

•             Spotify and Apple Music  have also created official BIGSOUND playlists for you to sit back, click play, and discover your new favourite artist on the line up.

Bethany Cosentino – Best Coast (USA)
Vivien Goldman – Writer (USA)
Mojo Juju – Artist (AUS)
Sahara Herald – Frontier Touring (AUS)
Terry McBride – Nettwerk (CAN)

Abbie McCarthy – Radio 1 & BBC Music Introducing (UK)
Adam Kreeft – The Feldman Agency (USA)
Anamaria Diaz – Páramo (COL)
Andy Snape – Raw Power Management (USA)
Bekah Zietz Flynn – Sub Pop Records (USA)
Ben Coleman – Green Man Festival (UK)
Ben Morris – Domino Creative Sync (USA)
Brid Walpole – Pitch Perfect PR (USA)
Brendan Moylan – ECO (MEX)
Casey O’Shaughnessy – Select Music (AUS)
Ellie Jones – Stay Loose PR (UK)
Fabrício Nobre – A Construtora Música e Cultura (BRA)
Jamila Lyndon – Paradigm Agency (USA)
Jon Halperin – The Glass House (USA)
Kamran Haq – Live Nation UK / Download Festival (UK)
Kim Frankiewicz – Concord Music (UK)
Kiran Patel – A&G Sync (UK)
Kristin Genovese – Third Side Music (USA)
Matt Brinkworth – Omnian Music Group (USA)
Michael Nieves – Sugaroo (USA)
Mike Ajayi – AMF Records / Virgin EMI (UK)
Mike Sniper – Captured Tracks (USA)
Nando Machado – ForMusic (BRA) 
Natasha Parish – Ground Control Touring (USA)
Nick Holroyd – Primary Talent International (UK)
Owen Mallon – Paradigm Agency (USA)
Paul Brindley – Music Ally (UK)
Shannon Kurlander – Terrorbird Media (USA)
Suzanna Slavin – Mom + Pop Music (USA)

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