It’s not long now until Australian Music Week returns to Cronulla, NSW, for the fifth time – November 6-10 to be exact – and we’ve got all the latest announcements for you here in one place. So strap in for a pile of announcements, because this is going to be one of the most jam packed weeks of music conferencing and live music that NSW has ever seen.
Firstly, the conference has announced a special panel discussing the State Of Play in the Australian Music Industry. This panel will feature heavyweights from the world of live music: Michael Chugg (Chugg Entertainment), Roger Field (Live Nation), Jaddan Comerford (Unified Music Group), Sahara Herald (Frontier Touring), Tim Worton (ASM Global, previously AEG) and Owen Orford (New World Artists). Bob Lefsetz – U.S. music industry legend, podcaster & author of The Lefsetz Letter – will moderate the panel.
Secondly, the festival has announced more details about the Podcast festival that will be running as part of the event for the first time. One of the most exciting Podcast records to look forward to is Bob Lefsetz, one on one with Michael Gudinksi (Mushroom Group), John Watson (Eleven Music) and Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil), while Jeremy Dylan (My Favourite Album podcast) will interview Hayley Mary (The Jezebels). You can also look forward to The Vinyl Guide, for fans and collectors of Vinyl, who are bringing their podcast to the stage.
And if all that wasn’t enough, the 2019 event also sees the addition of shows for acts aimed at families and kids, taking place at St Andrew’s Church Hall on Friday November 8 with Colin Buchanan (5.30pm) and Saturday Nov 9 with Bunny Racket + Poppy Galactic & The Beat (5.00pm).
Other panel speakers recently announced include recently announced National Live Music Award nominee Susan Heymann (Chugg Entertainment), Justin Cosby (Inertia Music), Rod Yates (The Right Note/Jaxsta), Bernard Zuel (The Right Note / Bernard Zuel), Howard Duggan (Scenestr), Rhoda Roberts (Sydney Opera House), Dom Alessio (Sounds Australia), Neal Hunt (Sureshaker), artist manager Keith Welsh (Icehouse) and more.
Running alongside all the live shows and conferences that are part of the ticketed event, there’s going to be a free 5 Day beach concert series, held at the Western Sydney Uni stage in Dunningham Park on Cronulla Beach, and this will feature an array of talent including William Crighton, Adam Eckersley Band and Bullhorn on November 6, Laura Hyde, The Moving Stills and Gold Member on November 7, Adam Miller, The Dave Orr Band, Nathan Cavaleri and Ray Beadle on November 8, Fripps & Fripps and The Kava Kings on November 9, culminating in the masive final show on November 10 with Alex Lahey, Ali Barter, Hayley Mary, Dylan Wright, James Van Cooper and Doko.
As well as the beach Concert series performing acts, here is a list of all the latest acts set to showcase at the festival. It’s a lot, so take a deep breath.
Alannah Russack’s Entropy Band
Big Sky Mountain
Cooks & Bakers
Dave The Band
Elysae, Emily Alice
Field of Wolves
Madeline Leman and The Desert Swells
Poppy Galactic & The Beat
Professor Groove & The Booty Affair
Rosario De Marco
Shaun Kirk, Skyscraper Stan
Smith & Jones
St Joan, Stellar Addiction
The Coconut Ruffs
The Midnight Infirmary
The Tin Knees, Velvet Bloom
And with films having been run as part of the festival for the last few years, this year they’re holding two screenings of the documentary Tommy Emmanuel – The Endless Road, with director Jeremy Dylan in attendance.
Tickets are on sale now through Oztix, with live show passes as low as $16, and conference & live show passes from $50. Head HERE for more details. $1 per every ticket will go towards Support Act. Ticket buyers can also donate more when purchasing tickets.