BIGSOUND 2016 is taking shape, with two international keynotes joining its 15th anniversary program from September 7-9; legendary Sonic Youth co-founder Kim Gordon and hip hop luminaries Peanut Butter Wolf and J Rocc.

As one of the creative forces behind grunge pioneers Sonic Youth, Kim Gordon is one of the world’s most influential musicians and visual artists. Her near three decades with the band were detailed in her 2015 memoir ‘Girl in a Band’.

Peanut Butter Wolf is one of hip hop’s founding fathers, working as an artist, DJ and now as the head of influential label Stones Throw Records whose cutting edge artists and approach to the genre have led the label to be lauded as a creative influence by artists like Kanye West and Questlove. He and long-time label mate J Rocc will reflect on the past two decades of releasing music as the label celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Head of Pandora’s US Music Maker program Lars Murray, will deliver a mini-keynote on the emergent challenges and opportunities of the streaming era.

They will be joined by previously announced keynotes Jaddan Comerford (UNIFIED) and A.B. Original (Briggs & Trials) as BIGSOUND 2016 shapes up to welcome the biggest and most diverse range of industry participants from around the world in its history. The event will also welcome among others, Conan O’Brien booker Jim Pitt, music supervisor Marcy Bulkeley (Independence Day 2, Jurassic World), Universal Publishing’s Taylor Testa, ATO’s Jon Salter (My Morning Jacket, Alabama Shakes) and agents from New York institution The Bowery, German metal agency Avocado Booking, London’s ATC Live, Hong Kong’s Songs for Children and UK and US representatives from global agency, Creative Artists.

BIGSOUND Festival tickets are also going fast, with 3 nights of live music with 150 bands in 15 venues and will showcase new Australian talent on the cusp of major international success, including Sampa the Great, Alex Lahey, West Thebarton Brothel Party, Gabriella Cohen, Tigertown, Tash Sultana, MOSSY, Olympia, Bec Sandridge, Ivan Ooze, Circles, Gideon Bensen, Good Boy, Sarah Connor, BANFF, Tiny Little Houses, Fascinator, Middle Kids, Rolling Blackouts Coastal

BIGSOUND conference passes are strictly limited and available now from www.bigsound.org.au. Special rate tickets are available until July 31 or until sold out from just $450. Tickets for the BIGSOUND Festival are also on sale now for just $75+bf for two huge nights of music with 150 bands across 15 venues, plus a third night closing party at the Triffid on Friday September 9.

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