Face The Music is less than a month away, and has unveiled the full list of live performers and over 100 industry experts who will converge on Melbourne for a two-day music industry conference in partnership with Melbourne Music Week.

This will be the first year that Face The Music will feature live music as part of its program, and they’ve locked in some absolute rippers. Joining an already-stacked lineup that includes names like JAALA, Nai Palm and Nico Ghost will be local favourites GL, Dorsal Fins and Jess Ribeiro, as well as the indefinable punk rap of Ecca Vandal, electronic talent SAATSUMA, and one of the best guitar bands in the city, Good Morning.

In addition to the newly-announced live acts, a whole stack of new speakers have been announced, including artists like Ainslie Wills and Alex Lahey, and a range of media media personalities including triple j’s Gemma Pike, and figures from various other facets of the industry.

These new additions will join the already-announced speakers including Pandora’s Alex White, Bandcamp’s Andrew Jervis, triple j’s Zan Rowe, and “the world’s busiest music nerd” Anthony Fantano, together with sign language interpreter Amber Galloway.

Panels will provide some really valuable insight into a range of vital industry matters, such as ‘Empowering Communities Through Leadership’, which will be moderated by rapper and advocate Briggs, or ‘The Idiosyncrasies of Artist Management’, which will feature a great assortment of names in Tkay Maidza, Japanese Wallpaper, and Elizabeth Mitchell of Totally Mild. Other topics covered will include ‘Women In Electronic Music’, ‘Environmental Consciousness in Music’, and ‘‘Australiana’ – A Tour Goes Under the Microscope’, an in-depth look at Peking Duk’s recent national tour.

The full lineup can be found below, for what’s already set to be a landmark year for the conference. It’ll all be going down at the State Library of Victoria on November 17 – 18, and you can keep up to date over at the Facebook page.

Face The Music 2016 Program


Adam Montgomery – 123 Agency
Ainslie Wills – Artist
Alex Lahey – Artist
Bec Florence – Flow & Hustle
Ben Howe – Flying Nun Records
Bridget Hustwaite – triple j
Brodie Lancaster – Writer & Editor
Craig Lock – Four Five Entertainment
Emily Collins – MusicNSW
Gemma Pike – triple j
Greer Clemens – Freelance Writer
Jake Cleland – Strine Whine
Jess Cornelius – Teeth & Tongue
Lauren Taylor – Triple R
Marihuzka Cornelius – Ivy League
Michael Hohnen – Skinnyfish Music
Renee Williamson – Koori Radio
Tig Huggins – Sugar Mountain

And a heap more over on the website.

Live Performances

Nai Palm
Jess Ribeiro
Ecca Vandal
Dorsal Fins
Nico Ghost
Good Morning
Au Dré
Way Dynamic