Alan McGee Describes BIGSOUND As ‘Second Rate’
News posted Thursday, April 19 2012 at 10:00 AM.
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Creation founder Alan McGee has hit out at Brisbane industry talkfest BIGSOUND, describing yesterday’s keynote announcement as “a joke” and the conference as “second rate”.
Three main speakers were unveiled at a function at Melbourne’s Toff In Town last night, including artist and activist David Bridie, EMI Chairman Mark Poston and LA-based singer-songwriter Ben Lee.
However, writing to his 3662 followers on Twitter, McGee – who delivered a controversial opening address as main speaker at last year’s BIGSOUND – appeared to take particular exception to Lee’s selection:
McGee made headlines worldwide for his keynote address last year, describing the PIAS warehouse blaze as a “result” and claiming he didn’t really listen to music anymore. In response, big-time Aus promoter Michael Chugg openly questioned the value of having McGee at the event. “He didn't need to come,” he said at a panel discussion on BIGSOUND’s final day. "If you're not happy doing what you're doing, why bother?"
The first 10 BIGSOUND showcase artists were unveiled yesterday. Click here for more details.
CLARIFICATION: Alan McGee says he has “nothing against” keynote speaker Ben Lee, telling M+N he was calling BIGSOUND second rate for “comedy value”. He also took a potshot at promoter Michael Chugg and called for “The Legend” aka Brisbane-based writer Everett True to be a guest speaker. “Is ‘old chuggy’ still king of australia,” he Tweeted. “That's up there with being the king of tonga. It must be tough at the top down under.”