BYRON MUSIC FESTIVAL MUSIC INDUSTRY CONFERENCE – Sunday 20 June 

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Byron Music Festival (BMF) is bringing music back to Byron in a big way on the weekend of 18-20  June. 

The already announced main festival program at Dening Park on Saturday 19 June boasting a local lineup headlined by Wolfmother, Hayley Mary, Kyle Lionhart and more is over 50% sold out.

“It goes to show exactly how much Byron has missed live music and festivals,” said Festival Director Nick Sergi. “It’s really encouraging to have such great support from the community”.

If that wasn’t enough, BMF still has more to delight audiences with, announcing last week the  Opening Night Launch at Byron Community Centre featuring The Sidemen + Bronte Eve plus a huge show at The Northern with Flying Machine and guests, as well as a series of satellite events still to be announced.

Now, BMF presents a first-of-its-kind for a local festival – Byron’s first ever music industry conference!  

Held at Byron Theatre on Sunday 20 June, this is a music industry conference with a twist – uniquely drawing back the curtain for the public to be part of conversations that would normally only be held amongst those in the industry itself.

Unlike other music industry conferences that are usually restricted to industry only, this program is inclusive for all, giving audiences the unique opportunity to be part of conversations about how the industry works, what challenges it faces, and how you can help support the future of music in our region.

“We’re pulling back the curtain and connecting artists, industry and the general public over one day in conversation around how we can unite to support and co-create the future of music in our region and beyond, directing it towards an ethical and sustainable future,” said Emily Toner, Co Programmer of the BMF Conference.

Whether you are an artist with a message, a music lover who wants to consume music more consciously, or an industry professional looking for inspiration and to connect with the movers and shakers in the region’s music scene, the BMF Conference has something for you.

Sunday 20 June will feature a diverse line-up of keynotes, panel discussions, and performances from high-profile and local industry representatives and artists excited to share their stories and insights with the wider community.

Byron Music Festival Industry Conference Program 

  • Byron, the Festival Town: The Value of Arts to our Region (panel)
    • Peter Wood, Arts Northern Rivers
    • Nathan Kaye, Artist
    • Leigh Carriage, Senior Music Lecturer, SCU
    • Chair – Louise O’Connell, General Manager, Byron Community Centre
  • Empowering Youth Through Music (panel) 
    • Mark Robertson, One Vision Productions
    • Jarmbi, Cultural Facilitator
  • Drawing Back the Curtain: How to be a Conscious Music Consumer (Keynote)

    • Leanne de Souza, Co-owner, Nightlife Music/Trustee, QPAC/Chair of the Electronic  Music Conference Advisory Board 
  • Reflect and Reimagine: How the Past Can Shape our Future (panel) 
    • Rusty Thorpe, Bluesfest
    • Narayan Wallace, Lustre Company
    • Tanisha Cook, Artist
    • Jenny Bannister, Music Fan
    • Chair – Leanne de Souza
  • Sound Healing: Sustaining Wellbeing in Music (panel)
    • Louise Sawilejskij, Support Act/Nala Music Management
    • Lissie Turner, Fmr Triple J Announcer/Author/Yogi
    • Kyle Lionhart, Artist
  • Music Changemakers: In Conversation with the Tambah Project (special feature: film,  panel, performance)
    • Kyle Lionhart, Artist
    • Billy Otto, Artist, Producer
    • Nidala Baker, Artist
    • Ed Foster, Lustre Company
    • Chair – Emily Toner, Wye in the Sky Records

*Plus more to be announced

Tickets are on sale now via www.byronmusicfestival.com.au along with the full program and speakers list.