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Fyre Festival’s Andy King announced as keynote speaker for BIGSOUND 2019

After becoming a pop culture sensation thanks to a certain scene in the Netflix documentary FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, everyone’s favourite team player Andy King has now been confirmed as a keynote speaker at BIGSOUND next month.

The conference, which will be held in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley from the 3rd to the 6th of September, will see King give insight into the controversial festival, as well as event producing in general, discussing “why you should never run out of water” and more.

BIGSOUND 2019 has just released its full schedule, featuring over 70 new keynote speakers, including Fyre Festival event producer Andy King.

In case you missed it, in the viral Fyre documentary scene, King tells the story of how Billy McFarland asked him, “our wonderful gay leader”, to take one for the team and give a customs official a blowjob in exchange for truckloads of water that had been seized at the border.

King says he doesn’t regret the decision to allow the scene to stay in the final cut. “Everyone around me told me to pull that scene because we would lose our clients. I was told never to mention Fyre Festival to anybody,” he said. “After two weeks of listening to them… I woke up and thought ‘fuck all of you’. I worked my ass off to try to save that festival.”

Now, King, alongside over 70 additional speakers, has just been added to an already talent-packed conference lineup that includes Best Coast’s Bethany CosentinoRevenge Of The She-Punks author Vivien Goldman, Nettwerk Music Group CEO and co-founder Terry McBride and more.

The line-up now features the likes of Spotify Australia/NZ’s Alicia Sbrugnera, Unified Music Group’s Ashleigh Hills, Secret Service’s Stacey Piggott, Sony’s Petrina Convey, and triple j’s Declan Byrne, among others.

The huge conference lineup will be accompanied by a massive artists program, with more than 150 acts, including Mojo Juju, These New South Whales, The Buoys, Japanese Wallpaper, Love Deluxe, DRMNGNOW and more.

On top of that, BIGSOUND has also unveiled its full timetable, with a rundown of panels, workshops, presentations, showcases, parties and more available via its website and app. You can check out the full list of speakers below, and catch the full schedule here.

BIGSOUND 2019 Speakers & Buyers

KEYNOTES
Andy King – Andy King Events (USA)
Bethany Cosentino – Best Coast (USA)
Terry McBride – Nettwerk Music (CAN)
Mojo Juju (AUS)
Sahara Herald – Frontier Touring (AUS)
Vivien Goldman (USA)

FIRST NATIONS KEYNOTE
Neil Morris – VMDO (AUS)
Sosefina Fuamoli – Beat Magazine (AUS)
Chelsey June – Twin Flames (CAN)
Ninakaye Taanetinorau – Tikidub (NZ)

SPEAKERS & BUYERS
Abbie McCarthy– BBC Music Introducing, BBC Radio 1 & 4 Music (UK)
Alessandro Pavanello – Kanjian (CHINA)
Alethea Beetson – QMusic (AUS)
Alex Pinte – Wind & Birds (AUS)
Alex The Astronaut – Artist (AUS)
Alexander Franco – Future Classic (AUS)
Alicia Sbrugnera – Spotify (AUS)
Allan Aufamau – Sprigga Mek (AUS)
Amanda Perlstein – twnty three (USA)
Amit Nerurkar – face-less (USA)
Anamaria Diaz – Páramo (COL)
Andrew Khedoori – CBAA (AUS)
Andy Snape – Raw Power Management (USA)
Anna Laverty – Producer (AUS)
Aroha Harawira – Ableton (AUS)
Ashleigh Hills – Unified Music Group (AUS)
Bekah Zietz Flynn – Sub Pop Records (USA)
Ben Coleman – Green Man Festival (UK)
Ben Dennis – Myriad (AUS)
Bill Cullen – One Louder (AUS)
Brendan Moylan – ECO:8106/Sicario Music (MEX)
Brent Hedley – AFL Players Association (AUS)
Brid Walpole – Pitch Perfect PR (USA)
Carla Arias – Quemasucabeza, Armónica and Festival Neutral (CHILE)
Carla Zimbler – VJ (AUS)
Casey O’Shaughnessy – Select Music (AUS)
Catherine Haridy – Catherine Haridy Mgt/AAM (AUS)
Chris Scaddan – ABC (AUS)
Christopher Kevin Au – Triple One (AUS)
Claudia Dalimore – Her Sound, Her Story (AUS)
Correne Wilkie – Maven and Muse (AUS)
Count Eldridge – Vertebrae Productions (USA)
Courtney Fry – Pedestrian Group (AUS)
Damien Luscombe – White Sky (AUS)
Dan Rosen – ARIA (AUS)
Danielle Caruana – The Seed Fund/Mama Kin (AUS)
Dave Ruby Howe – triple j (AUS)
David Grice – Cognilitics Pty Ltd (AUS)
David Sheils – YouTube and Google Play (AUS)
David Vodicka – Media Arts Lawyers (AUS)
Davyd Norris – Olive Grove IT (AUS)\
Declan Byrne – triple j (AUS)
Deline Briscoe – Artist (AUS)
Dina Bassile – Tibi Events & Access Consultants (AUS)
Dona Inthaxoum – Facebook (SIN)
Dorothy Markek – Double J (AUS)
Elise Huntley – Secret Sounds (AUS)
Ellie Jones – Stay Loose PR (UK)
Emily Kelly – Deathproof (AUS)
Fabrício Nobre – Festival Bananada (BRA)
Fanny Lumsden – Artist (AUS)
Firas Massouh – PBS (AUS)
Francesca de Valence – I Heart Songwriting Club (AUS)
Francisca Sandoval – IMICHILE (CHILE)
Gordan Koang – Artist (AUS)
Greg Wells – Ghost (UK)
Hailey Collier – Songwriter (USA)
Hau Latukefu – triple j/Double J/ Forever Ever Records (AUS)
Hayley Rosenblum – Amanda Palmer (Manager) (USA)
Hazel Berry – Soundcloud (UK)
Helen Marcou – Bakehouse / Slam (AUS)
Ingrid Andress – Artist (USA)
Jaaji – Twin Flames (CAN)
Jack Ball – HIT 105 (AUS)
Jackie Antas – Live Nation (AUS)
Jackson Walkden-Brown – Artists Only (AUS)
Jade Harper – Manitoba Music (CAN)
Jaiden Walker – Tasman Keith (AUS)
Jamila Lyndon – Paradigm Agency (USA)
Janet Gaeta – ABC TV (AUS)
Jeff Crabtree – The Zebra Collective (AUS)
Jenny Valentish – Journalist/Author (AUS)
Jhindu-Pedro Lawrie – Artist (AUS)
Joe Alexander – Bedroom Suck/Music In Exile (AUS)
John Atkins – White Sky (AUS)
Jon Halperin – The Glass House (USA)
Justin Stanley – GoFunkYourself Inc (USA)
Kamran Haq – Live Nation UK (UK)
Karen Leng – Double J (AUS)
Kathy McCabe – News Limited (AUS)
Kavisha Kuruk – White Sky (AUS)
Kim Ambrosius – Roskilde Festival (DENMARK)
Kim Frankiewicz – Concord Music (UK)
Kiran Patel – A&G Sync (UK)
Koo Abuali – FireWire Music Company (AUS)
Kristin Genovese – Third Side Music (USA)
Kurt Steinke – Townhouse (USA)
Kween G – Artist (AUS)
Kymie – Artist (AUS)
Leigh Treweek – TheMusic.com.au – (AUS)
Leroy Amphlett – Noisegate (AUS)
Lindy Morrison – Her Sound, Her Story (AUS)
Maggie Collins – BIGSOUND/Morning Belle (AUS)
Matt Bird – White Sky (AUS)
Matt Brinkworth – Captured Tracks (USA)
Maya Janeska – Believe (AUS)
Meg Williams – Inertia/PIAS (AUS)
Megan Washington – Artist (AUS)
Melody Forghani – twnty three (AUS)
Michael Nieves – Sugaroo (USA)
Michelle Grace Hunder – Her Sound, Her Story (AUS)
Michelle Rose – Live Nation (AUS)
Mick Tarbuk – Believe (AUS)
Mike Ajayi – AMF Records/Virgin EMI (UK)
Mike Sniper – Captured Tracks (USA)
Milan Ring – Artist (AUS)
Nadine McDonald-Dowd – QPAC (AUS)
Nando Machado – ForMusic (BRA)
Natasha Parish – Ground Control Touring (USA)\
Nathanael Miller – Titomic (USA)
Nick Holroyd – Primary Talent International (UK)
Ophir Admony – Secretly Group (USA)
Oscar Serrallach – The Health Lodge (AUS)
Owen Mallon – Paradigm Agency (USA)
Ozi Jarel – Artist (AUS)
Paige X. Cho – Bolster (AUS)
Paul Brindley – Music Ally (UK)
Peta Ellis – River City Labs (AUS)
Petrina Convey – Sony (AUS)
Philippe Ceulen – QUT (AUS)
Philip Vafiadis – Innovyz & Cognilitics (AUS)
Poppy Tohill – CRS Management (NZ)
P-UniQue – Artist (AUS)
Rhianna Patrick – ABC (AUS)
Richard Kingsmill – triple j (AUS)
Ruuben van den Heuvel – YouTube and Google Play (AUS)
Sanaz Lavaedian – MOCEAN – (USA)
Shaad D’Souza – The Fader (AUS)
Shannon Kurlander – Terrorbird Media (USA)
Shaun Faulkner – X-Ray Touring (UK)
Simon Moor – Kobalt (AUS)
Simon Winkler – 3RRR (AUS)
Stacey Piggott – Secret Service PR (AUS)
Stephen Green – SGC Media (AUS)
Stephen Lane – Noisegate (AUS)
Stephen Wade – Select Music (AUS)
Susan Emerson – Auslan Stage Left (AUS)
Suzanna Slavin – Mom + Pop Music (USA)
Tamara Mills – Creative Enterprise Australia (AUS)
Tara Medina – Strawberry Fields (AUS)
Tasman Keith – Artist (AUS)
Tim Shiel – Spirit Level (AUS)
Tobias Kuhn – Artist (GER)
Tom Larkin – VVV MGMT (AUS)
Tom Mee – Spotify (AUS)
Trish Adjei – Australia Council (AUS)
Tristan Malloch – Noisegate (AUS)
Uda Widanapathirana – Inertia (AUS)
Vanessa Picken – Comes With Fries/PIAS America (AUS)
Viv Fantin – Next Acting Coaching – (AUS)
Zack Alcott – Get Skilled Access (AUS)
Zig Annor – Art Management Group (AUS)

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August 8, 2019