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Bret McKenzie & The Beths - Going Global Music Summit New Speakers Announced

Bret McKenzie & The Beths - Going Global Music Summit New Speakers Announced

Chris Cudby / Tuesday 29th August, 2023 9:50AM

Going Global Music Summit 2023 is happening this Friday and Saturday at Tāmaki Makaurau's Roundhead Studios, hosting an info-packed smörgåsbord of keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and networking opportunities. New additions to the already bustling two day lineup of international and local special guest industry figures are Aotearoa's Grammy Award-winning Flight Of The Conchords alum Bret McKenzie, in conversation with Tony Kiewel of Sub Pop Records with moderator Sarah Thomson (NZ On Air) at 10am this Saturday, to be followed by an Artist Keynote Interview with Liz Stokes and Jonathan Pearce of power-pop stars The Beths — who might answer the question "how do you go from Whammy Bar to Barack Obama’s Summer Playlist in five years?"

More overseas guests announced include Steve Zapp (ITB, UK), Vaughan Quinn (Meredith & Golden Plains Festivals, AU), Nathan Wood (TikTok SoundOn, AU), Blake Rayner (The Orchard, AU) and Henry Compton (FUGA, AU) — plus previously announced speaker Dev Sherlock (Senior Music Programmer, SXSW) can no longer attend due to unforeseen circumstances. Brought to you by Independent Music New Zealand (IMNZ) and the NZ Music Commission, head along HERE for the full two day Summit timetable and info about all the guests, plus peep the newly unveiled lineup details for both nights of the all-star Going Global Presents 2023 Artist Showcase below...

"We are incredibly excited to host such a diverse and accomplished lineup of international speakers for the Going Global Music Summit," said Pippa Ryan-Kidd, Chairperson at IMNZ. “As results show from past Going Global conferences, their insights and experiences will undoubtedly inspire and equip our local talent with the tools they need to succeed on the global stage. We are also very excited they will get to witness 21 incredible Kiwi bands showcasing at Going Global Presents across the two nights.” — Pippa Ryan-Kidd, Chairperson at IMNZ

Friday 1st September and Saturday 2nd September - Roundhead Studios, Auckland

For more information about the event, including the full programme and registration details, please visit

Overseas speakers:

Keynote speaker:

Debbie Ball - Creative Spark, UK


Adam Ryan - Head of Music, The Great Escape Festival / Festival Republic, UK
Patrick Daniel - Programmer / Project Manager, Reeperbahn Festival, GERMANY
Vaughan Quinn - Head of Programming, Meredith & Golden Plains, AUST
Steve Zapp - ITB, UK
Vaughan Quinn - Meredith & Golden Plains Festivals, AU


Nathan Wood - TikTok SoundOn, AU

Music Services:

Blake Rayner - The Orchard, AU
Henry Compton - FUGA, AU
Glenn Dickie - Sounds Australia, AU

Management / Artist:

Tom Larkin - BIGSOUND / The Home Surgery / Shihad, NZ/AU

Marketing / PR:

Jacob Daneman - Pitch Perfect PR, USA
Kodi McKinney - Partner, Co-Founder, Marauder / Port Authority Music Export Academy, USA

Music Supervisor / Sync:

Jackie Palazzolo - Music Supervisor, Riot Games, USA


Kate English - Promoter, Parallel Lines, UK
Silke Westera - Promoter, FKP Scorpio, GERMANY

Labels & Label Services:

Hallie Anderson - Founder, Rareform, USA
Maria Amato - Australian Independent Record Labels Assc (AIR), AU
Nando Machado - Founder/Director, ForMusic, Brazil
Sweetie Zamora - Head Of Labels & Promotions, Remote Control, AU
Tony Kiewel - President, Sub Pop Records, USA

Aotearoa speakers announced so far:

Ant Healey - Head, NZ Division, APRA AMCOS, NZ
Cath Andersen - CEO, NZ Music Commission, NZ
Dean Cameron - Member Services Manager, Recorded Music NZ, NZ
Jo Oliver - CEO, Recorded Music NZ, NZ
Pip Ryan-Kidd - IMNZ Chairperson, NZ

Whammy Bar, The Wine Cellar, Backroom, Auckland (doors 6.30pm / end time 10.30pm approx)

Tickets available HERE via UTR ($30 for both nights or $20 for each night)

Friday 1st September - NIGHT ONE lineup:

Anthonie Tonnon (Art Pop, Indie Rock - Whanganui)
Ch! Nonso ( Afro Soul - Igbo (South-Eastern) /Tāmaki Makaurau )
Clementine Valentine (Art Pop - Waikato)
D.C. Maxwell (Alt Country - Tāmaki Makaurau)
Grecco Romank (Industrial, Dark Wave, Techno - Tāmaki Makaurau)
Mel Parsons - (Indie Folk - Ōtautahi)
MOHI - (Neo Soul, Pop Funk - Tāmaki Makaurau)
PARK RD - (Indie Pop Rock - Tāmaki Makaurau)
Ringlets - (Post-Punk - Tāmaki Makaurau)
Tom Lark - (Folk Pop - Tāmaki Makaurau)
YAHYAH - (Pop. Electronic - Tāmaki Makaurau)

Saturday 2nd September - NIGHT TWO lineup:

Blake (Pop, Alternative Pop - Queenstown)
Dawn Diver (Indie Alternative Jazz - Pōneke)
Elliot & Vincent (Garage Rock - Tāmaki Makaurau)
KITA (Indie Psych Pop, Electronica - Pōneki)
Luke Thompson (Folk - East Coast)
MACEY (Indie Pop, Alt Pop - Tāmaki Makaurau)
Mazbou Q (Hip hop/Rap - Nigeria / Tāmaki Makaurau)
Soft Plastics - (Indie Rock, Shoegaze - Pōneke)
Summer Thieves - (Alternative, Surf Rock - Tāmaki Makaurau)
Vera Ellen - (Alt Rock - Pōneke)

Watch The Beths playing the title track to their latest album Expert In A Dying Field live on KEXP...


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