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2018 Sydney schedule announced, incl. 20+ new speakers and keynotes

•  Full 2018 schedule announced, plus 21 new speakers including Beth Appleton (Warner Music AU), Scott Ryan (Gracenote Nielsen, USA), Nathan Thomson (Live Nation AU)

•  Two new keynote conversations announced, including Felix Riebl (The Cat Empire) & Deborah Brown (Bangarra Dance Theatre); and Jennie Sager (Twitter) & Esti Zilber (Sounds Australia)

•  FastForward & Warner Music Hackathon is now live at
The winner gets $5,000 cash and opportunity to present at FastForward: Sydney


Sydney/London, 20 March 2018: FastForward – the future-focused international music business conference – has announced the full schedule for the two-day event, including leaders from many different parts of the music and entertainment industries. 

Arriving in Sydney on 12-13 April, FastForward: Sydney marks the first time that FastForward has taken place outside of Europe. With a knack for attracting bright, young industry attendees, and the idea that innovation happens at all levels of the industry, not just the top, FastForward promises two days of debate and discussion that will drive towards a sustainable future for the music industry.

Two new keynotes have been announced today, including conversations between Felix Riebl (The Cat Empire / Spinifex Gum) and Deborah Brown (Bangarra Dance Theatre) on the opportunities of working across cultures and communities; and Jennie Sager (Twitter) and Esti Zilber (Sounds Australia) about how to work with video and live streaming to engage international audiences with Australian music. These speakers join previously announced keynotes from David Francis (Zappar) on building interactive audiences with augmented reality, and Roger Field (Live Nation AU) on the future of live music in Australia.

Additionally, the 21 new speakers confirmed today to join in Sydney are:

  • Allegra Caldwell, Co-Head of Sync – Creative & Marketing, BMG
  • Ben Godding, Marketing Director, AWAL Recordings AU
  • Beth Appleton, General Manager, Warner Music AU
  • Bruce Dawson, Broadcast Producer, Tribal Apes
  • Charlotte Abroms, Artist Manager, Hear Hear Group
  • Dan Palm, Licensing & Creative Manager, Sony/ATV
  • Darren Levin, Content Director, Bolster
  • Deborah Brown, Senior Dancer, Bangarra Dance Theatre
  • Esti Zilber, Associate Producer, Sounds Australia
  • Fabian Malabello, Director, Boss Battle Records
  • Felix Riebl, Artist, The Cat Empire / Spinifex Gum
  • Jared Kristensen, CEO, Audience Republic
  • Jessica Mills, Head of Social – Pacific Region, Weller Media Agency
  • Jennie Sager, Asia Pacific Director, Content Partnerships, Twitter
  • Larissa Paegle, Head of Membership & Fan Engagement, Parramatta Eels NRLC
  • Loretta Joseph, Industry Chair, Australian Digital Commerce Association
  • Mads “Shadowfax” Brown, Professional Gamer, Supa-Stellar Esports
  • Mel Cheng, Artist Manager, One Louder
  • Nathan Thompson, Head of Tour Marketing, Live Nation AU
  • Scott Ryan, VP Music, Gracenote Nielsen (USA)
  • Tim Kelly, former MD at Inertia Music

The schedule for FastForward: Sydney is now available online, including seven panels, five keynotes and seventeen ‘FastFifteen’ sessions, packed in over two days. Panels include: Future of Copyright & Artist IP; Building Artist Audiences; Future of Releasing Music; Lessons from Sport; Metadata, Transparency and Music; The Art of Selling Tickets; and Future of Search & Discovery.

Further info on the 48 confirmed speakers is available from and the new line-up can also be found on the FastForward social pages via Facebook and Twitter.

Tickets are available via Ticketmaster’s Universe platform at, with Delegate Passes on sale at $235+GST expiring on April 2, rising to $250+GST for the last minute rate.

To help interstate travellers attend next month, FastForward: Sydney has partnered with Novotel Sydney – Darling Square, located in the heart of Darling Harbour just a 10-minute walk from the conference, to give delegates a 10% discount on the ‘Best Available Rate’, available by emailing or calling the hotel direct and quoting “FastForward”.

 FastForward & Warner Music Australia have also just announced a brand-new hackathon challenge, to develop a new product that will push and explore the boundaries of artists and their fans, an experience that calls for innovation where creativity and technology collide. The winner will receive $5k cash and the opportunity to present at FastForward: Sydney. Applications are open from now until Wednesday 4 April at

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