FastForward: Sydney

In 2017, we grew from Amsterdam to London. Now, in 2018, we’re packing our bags and heading down under. Taking place on Thursday 12 & Friday 13 AprilFastForward: Sydney marks the second international expansion of the FastForward conference series, and our first foray into the Australasian market.

Join us at the Aerial Function Centre @ UTS in Central Sydney for two jam-packed days of ground-breaking keynotes, panel discussions, specialist ‘FastFifteen’ mini-keynote presentations, cutting-edge tech demos, and intimate networking opportunities with delegates and speakers from across the music, media, technology, and entertainment sectors.

Highlights of this new Sydney event include a keynote from augmented and virtual reality pioneer David Francis (Zappar Technologies), sharing his insight on the roles that AR & VR can play in the music industry, and building interactive audiences around them; and a keynote from new CEO of Live Nation Australasia, Roger Field, who will share his perspective on the future of the live music industry in Australia.

Other topics of discussion on the program include the Future of Copyright & Artist IP, Building Artist Audiences, Future of Releasing Music, Lessons from Sport, Meta-data, Transparency and Music, and Future of Search & Discovery.


“We started FastForward with the vision of bringing together dynamic people who want to shape the future of the music industry. It’s gone down well in Amsterdam and London, and we’re delighted to be bringing the event to Sydney in April. Australia is such an innovative market; we’re really looking forward to working with our local partners to deliver high-quality content in a relaxed, networking- focussed environment.”

Chris Carey, Founder

“We want to delve into the complexities, disrupt the norm, inspire and activate the potential. FastForward is mindfully curated to bring together leaders in creative industries, to create a platform for these discussions to be had – and I’m excited to be teaming up with FastForward, to bring this international event series to the Australian music industry.”

Vanessa Picken, Comes With Fries

FastForward: Sydney is being supported by leading Australasian music rights management organisa1on APRA AMCOS, and leading digital agency Comes With Fries, joining Global Event Partners international creative agency Sherry Design, and leading global live entertainment company Live Nation Entertainment. Boutique research agency Media Insight Consulting will curate the event, in partnership with Vanessa Picken of local digital agency Comes With Fries. Leading local music business publication, The Music Network, join as exclusive media partners.

Tickets are available via Ticketmaster’s Universe platform at, with Early Bird Delegate Passes on sale now at $220+GST until 31 January, rising to $265+GST for the Regular pass until 20 March, then finally $325+GST for the last minute rate.


New to FastForward? Find out what we’re about, watch the highlights from FastForward 2017 in Amsterdam and FastForward: London, available here and here.