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Splendour Forum

Mixing big chats and big ideas, Australia’s best and brightest thinkers will return to Splendour Forum for the brain bending 2022 edition!

Take a seat, relax, and flex some serious mental muscle at Splendour Forum. Join a bevy of our most prominent and interesting thinkers, politicians, and musicians of the moment, as they raise the vibrations with lively discussion, panels, debates, documentaries, trivia, interactive sessions, philosophical talks and more.

Check out Q+A Live, climate action documentary Green is the New Black, brush up on your music trivia at cult favourite Not On Your Rider and expand your mind at one of the panels discussing topics such as the climate, war in the modern age, the changing face of Australia and much more.

Friday July 22 at 10-11:30am

NOT ON YOUR RIDER: Music Trivia Quiz

Hosted by Aimon Clark with team captains Patience Hodgson and Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson

Not On Your Rider is Brisbane’s cult music trivia night – it’s like watching an episode of your favourite panel quiz show but you get to play along too. It will feature regular host Aimon Clark (The Creases, Isolation Trivia) and team captains Patience Hodgson (The Grates) and Ian ‘Dicko’ Dickson (Australian Idol) along with a panel of guests. Find a seat, grab a clipboard, and join us for show full of great music trivia questions, stories, mini games, prizes, and a bunch of laughs.







AIMON CLARK is a member of Splendour alumni The Creases and a regular fixture on the Brisbane music and trivia scene. During the 2020 lockdown he started the wildly popular Isolation Trivia streams which attracted thousands of weekly players across Australia.

PATIENCE HODGSON is the lead singer for Brisbane and Splendour legends The Grates and the queen of all things crafty. Known across the world for her huge voice and colourful costumes, Patience has played pretty much every venue worth playing in the country.

Before his tenure as a judge on Australian Idol, IAN ‘DICKO’ DICKSON was a record company executive and talent scout working with almost every big name in the game. Dicko has seen some wild things through his time in the music industry and has a story for every situation.

With guests:

GEN FRICKER – sardonic, unique, and downright weird, she has quickly become one of the nation’s brightest stars on the national comedy circuit, with her unique blend of sassy and dark stand up delivered with a butter-wouldn’t-melt-in-her-mouth smile.

BC MICHAELS is the drummer of Australia’s favourite ratbags Dune Rats. From entering their Splendour set on motorbikes, to rocking up to the ARIA Awards with their mums, Dunies have proven themselves to be one of the most entertaining and unpredictable bands around.

Ruby Fields

Ruby Fields is an Australian singer-songwriter who creates relatable narratives. She has sold out multiple national tours, toured the UK, performed a coveted Like A Version for triple j, and has been courted by labels in the US. More recently, her debut album “Been Doin’ It For A Bit” debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album charts to beat out the likes of Drake and Lil Nas X.

TOBY CREGAN is a member of Byron Bay garage rock band Skegss, who last year released their #1 sophomore  album Rehearsal.


Friday July 22 at 12:30-1:30pm


Hosted by Sally Coleman

Million-dollar NFTs of artists and their work. Buying music or paying musicians with cryptocurrency. Releasing music and performing on TikTok and in the Metaverse. These ideas are now everyday parlance for music lovers in 2022. But do we actually know they mean? And who benefits most – artists, fans, influencers, or investors? Join us as we mine the digital landscape of music with host Sally Coleman (artist, Big Sand, ex-triple j Breakfast), Kirsty Rivers (Australia Council), Jaddan Comerford (CEO UNIFIED Music Group) and digital artist Made By Tsuki.

SALLY COLEMAN is a musician, radio personality and music industry professional. She is the creative director of a new science fiction virtual band called Big Sand which aims to experiment with emerging technology and innovative digital formats to tell the story of a travelling band on a beautiful but harsh desert planet.

KIRSTY RIVERS is the Head of Music within the Australia Council’s Sector Development and Advocacy team. Kirsty is a long-term champion of the role of women and diverse communities in the sector, and an advocate for new market development and cross sector partnerships for music.

JADDAN COMERFORD is the founding CEO of UNIFIED Music Group, a globally renowned multi-service music company which provides a range of services including artist management, label and distribution services, publishing, touring, festivals, and merchandise to a diverse roster of local and international artists.

MADE BY TSUKI is an Australian multimedia artist who sets himself apart by breaking up the conventional nature of a music project, by making artworks for both your eyes and your ears. In using a combination of mediums Made By Tsuki creates an incredible unique experience for his audience.



Friday July 22 at 2:30-4pm

THE TIPPING POINT: Australia on the Brink of Great Change

Hosted by Zara Seidler

Every so often, we arrive at a time in history where we’re on the brink of great change for a certain group in society. Right now, we’re at a tipping point – great change is on the horizon, but it’s not one specific group, it’s the country. Climate action, a First Nations Voice, women’s safety, and political representation are all spaces where activism and community organising have led to meaningful change. But where to from here? Hosted by Zara Seidler, from The Daily Aus, come and hear from some of the leading voices behind these movements, and what their visions of a more equitable country look like.

ZARA SEIDLER is the co-founder of The Daily Aus, a social-first news service that engages over a quarter of a million young Australians a day. Zara has been a political advisor and is a commentator on prominent television programs such as Q+A, The Drum and The Project. In 2022, Zara was listed in the Forbes 30 under 30.

HOLLY RANKIN is an Australian artist, producer and activist best known by her musical nom de plume, Jack River. More than just a successful musician, Rankin is a writer, entrepreneur, and promoter. Her advocacy for local music kicked off a viral campaign resulting in Our Soundtrack Our Stories, an open invitation for all Australians to discover, champion, share, and consume more local music

TARANG CHAWLA is a writer, lawyer, campaigner, and anti-violence activist. He is the co-founder of charity Not One More Niki, Australia’s largest campaign to end violence against women in culturally diverse communities, named in honour of his younger sister Nikita who was murdered in 2015. Tarang is also a Multicultural Commissioner and serves on the board of the Australian Republic Movement.

SALLY SCALES is a Pitjantjatjara from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in remote South Australia. She was elected Chairperson of the APY Executive Board Council in 2019 and was the second woman and youngest person to hold the position. Sally is part of the leadership team for the Uluru Statement reform and has been involved with the Uluru Dialogue leadership.

ANJALI SHARMA is a teen activist who is passionate about the disproportionate impacts of climate change, particularly towards young people and people of colour. She advocates for a future where the government prioritises clean jobs and a safe climate for all, as well as a just transition for the fossil fuel industry, so that no one is left behind.

DR SOPHIE SCAMPS has served her community as local GP and an emergency doctor at Mona Vale hospital for 22 years. Sophie has been active in her community for many years, before leading the successful charge to serve as an independent MP for Mackellar on the platforms of health for climate, integrity, and the economy.



Saturday July 23 at 10-11:30am

BETTER OFF SAID: Eulogies for the Living and Dead

Presented by Emilie Zoey Baker and Marieke Hardy

From the team behind international literary phenomenon Women of Letters, comes a spoken-word art salon celebrating words, stories, and human experiences. This session is a salon of words it’s time to air. Is there something you always wish you’d shouted aloud, someone still out there in the world waiting to hear an important message, or a piece of history you feel your voice could have improved? Now is the opportunity to leave no verbal stone unturned. To find your closure. To sing your truth from the rooftops before it’s too late. A collection of guests will speak to the phrase ’The words I wish I’d said’. Bring your feelings.




EMILIE ZOEY BAKER is an award-winning Australian poet, educator, author, artist, slam nerd and spoken-word performer. She is joined by co-host MARIEKE HARDY – a screenwriter, playwright, producer, artist immersive theatre maker, media presenter and friend of Splendour Forum.

DR KYLIE MOORE-GILBERT is a scholar of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. Kylie speaks several Middle Eastern languages and has spent significant periods travelling and conducting academic research in the region. She was falsely charged with espionage and imprisoned in Iran from September 2018 to November 2020 before being released in a prisoner exchange deal negotiated by the Australian government.

PHIL JAMIESON  has spent the last quarter-century fronting Grinspoon, one of Australia’s popular and successful bands. He is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and guitarist, and is also involved in several philanthropic initiatives, co-founding the 2013 Rock n’ Ride Tour for the national Youth and Mental Health Foundation headspace. He has also forged a successful solo career.

PETER WHISH-WILSON has been an Australian Greens Senator for lutruwita/Tasmania since 2012. During his time in the Senate, Pete has vigorously fought for climate action and put the focus squarely on marine issues including the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef and our marine environment.

SALLY SCALES is an artist and Uluru Statement activist. Sally has been awarded NATSIAA’s People Choice 2021 and the Archibald, Wynne, Sulman- Roberts Family Prize 2022. Sally is an independent elected board member of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and a board member on the Alinytjara Wilurara Landscape Board.

COSTA GEORGIADIS is the Silver Logie winning presenter of Australia’s much loved show Gardening Australia. A landscape architect, environmental educator and television presenter, Costa has an absolute love for plants and people, which is evident in everything he does. He is a popular guest in a range of television programs including Black Comedy, Have You Been Paying Attention?, and Julia Zemiro’s Home Delivery.

Joining along is comedian, actress, streamer, and singer JORDAN RASKOPOULOS, best known as lead singer for comedy rock group The Axis of Awesome. Also taking part is  JENNY TIAN – the nicest person in Australian comedy. Don’t be fooled by her sweet demeanour, she’ll cut you down if you deserve it.



Saturday July 23 at 12:45pm – 2pm     

Great Moments in Science with DR KARL KRUSZELNICKI AM

Join Australian National Living Treasure Dr Karl as he explains why the Tongan volcano eruption messed up surfing all around the world for a week, explores how to find the truth in these crazy times, and delivers four messages of good hope. Dr Karl Kruszelnicki loves science to pieces, and has been spreading the word in print, on TV and radio, and online via social media for more than 30 years. The author of 47 books (and counting) Dr Karl is a lifetime student with degrees in physics and mathematics, biomedical engineering and medicine and surgery. Since 1995, Dr Karl has been the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney. In 2019 he was awarded the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularisation of Science (previous recipients include Margaret Mead, David Attenborough, Bertrand Russell, and David Suzuki).





Saturday July 23 at 2:30pm – 4pm

Q+A with Hamish Macdonald

Q+A returns to Splendour with our annual festival edition of Australia’s favourite two-way show that brings punters, pollies, and pundits together to thrash out the hot issues of the day. Splendour’s Q+A won’t be on ABC TV, but punters can experience democracy live in action when The Project anchor and former Q+A host Hamish Macdonald is joined by new Queensland Greens MP Max Chandler-Mather, Shadow Minister for Youth and Early Childhood Education Angie Bell (Lib), anti-violence advocate Tarang Chawla, and independent North Sydney MP Kylea Tink.

Host HAMISH MCDONALD is an award-winning broadcaster and international affairs correspondent. He the host of The Project on Friday nights, and The Sunday Project on Network Ten. He previously hosted Q+A on ABC TV from 2020 to 2021. Hamish regularly hosts RN Breakfast for the ABC, and reports for Foreign Correspondent.

MAX CHANDLER-MATHER is the new Federal Greens MP for Griffith. He has spent the last 7 years helping run and build community campaigns around everything from housing, renters’ rights, saving public parks, to helping clean up after the floods and free food programs. He rents with his partner Jo and cat Lulu in Woolloongabba.

ANGIE BELL is the Shadow Minister for Youth and Early Childhood and the Federal Liberal Member for Moncrieff on the Gold Coast.  As a young person from a low socio-economic background, Angie was selected as a Rotary International Scholar to Denmark which she says profoundly changed her life. She went on to perform as a professional saxophonist and vocalist and is passionate advocate for the Arts and issues facing young people.

TARANG CHAWLA is a lawyer and activist who has received multiple honours for his work, included being named a Young Australian of the Year Finalist, the Young Community Achiever of the Year Award Winner, twice named in the Top 25 Most Influential People Working for Social Change and one of Australia’s Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian-Australians.

KYLEA TINK is North Sydney’s recently elected Independent MP. A highly regarded, successful business operator and not-for-profit campaigner, Kylea is tenacious, intelligent, and compassionate. She is set to deliver on policies of social justice, equality for all, a forward focused economy and urgent climate action let by facts, not politics.


Murray Watt is the federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Minister for Emergency Management and a Senator for Queensland.

He has strong family ties to regional Queensland, with family connections to farming and teaching.

Murray and his wife Cynthia have two children and live in Brisbane.



Sunday July 24 at 10-11:30am

Documentary Film: GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK

Green is the New Black is a story of passion and purpose behind an ambitious environmental feat by one of Australia’s leading heavy music acts, In Hearts Wake. The more they recorded and toured the planet, the clearer it became; they were unwittingly threatening the very thing they sought to protect. The band vowed to record, release, and perform their next album, (Kaliyuga), in a radically new and sustainable way. Green is the New Black is a carbon off-set documentary that captures the twists and turns of the band’s urgent mission to stop at nothing as they face backlash, bushfires, and an unprecedented global pandemic.

Through conversation with creatives, experts, and professionals such as Damon Gameau (2040, That Sugar Film), Tamara Smith (Greens Member for Parliament), AY Young (United Nations Young Leader), Jess Ducrou (Splendour in the Grass founder), Heidi Lennfer (FEAT Artists), and Luke Logemann (UNFD Records), join In Hearts Wake as they uncover unsettling truths, face human adversity, and discover inspiring solutions for a new earth-aligned way forward.





Sunday July 24 at 11:30am-12:30pm

WHO’S GONNA SAVE US? …from a climate catastrophe?

Hosted by Jo Lauder

The climate crisis is here.

From the Black Summer bushfires to the devastating floods of early 2022, it’s clear that climate change is no longer an academic concept set in a distant future – climate impacts are here with us right now, leaving devastation in their wake.

We’re running out of time to take meaningful action on climate change – but it’s not too late! And everyday people all around Australia are coming up with bold new ideas to help us avoid a climate catastrophe. So, who are they, and what are they doing?

This event brings together four leaders in the climate solutions space – each with their own take on how we might make a better future for the planet. The discussion will be moderated by triple j Hack’s Jo Lauder, who is also host of the first ABC podcast dedicated to covering climate change, WHO’S GONNA SAVE US? (launching August 2022).

A co-production of ABC Science and triple j Hack, WHO’S GONNA SAVE US? is solutions journalism, with a critical edge. It’s our roadmap to a better future.

JO LAUDER is a radio producer based in Melbourne, Australia. For the past seven years she’s been a reporter for triple j’s national current affairs program, Hack. In 2022 she steps up as host of the first ABC podcast dedicated to reporting on climate change, WHO’S GONNA SAVE US? (launching August 2022).

ANJALI SHARMA is a teen climate activist, and the lead litigant in a class action against the former Australian Federal government for failing to consider the impacts of climate change.

JAKE TAYLOR is the lead vocalist and manager of Australian band In Hearts Wake, the first band to create a carbon offset album and officially become a certified carbon neutral organisation. Jake wrote, produced, and directed carbon offset feature documentary Green Is the New Black, and directed the multi award-winning short film PubTalk.

DR JOHANNA NALAU is an award-winning climate adaptation scientist who thrives on finding clues how humans can better see into the future and make decisions how we adapt to climate change. She is passionate about building up the next generation through enabling leadership, career development and innovation in science.

AMANDA CAHILL is the CEO of The Next Economy and founder of the Centre for Social Change. She has spent 25 years working with inspiring people all around the world to create positive change on issues as diverse as livelihoods and economic development; health and wellbeing, women’s empowerment; and climate change action.



Sunday July 24, 1:30-2:45pm


Hosted by Adam Spencer

The Ukraine Conflict is the world’s most modern war – from hacking, and disinformation, to robot weapons and Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite internet lifeline. But there have been as many stories about antiquated tanks and second-hand army boots on the ground as high-tech drones in the sky. What’s really going on? Could technology have saved the thousands of civilians killed? And what does this mean for us and the rest of the world?

Join host Adam Spencer and a panel of local defence and tech experts and an anti-corruption activist/lawyer in the Ukraine (by video link), as they discuss what tech could bring to wars of the future, and what has really happened in Ukraine on the ground.

ADAM SPENCER is an author, world debating champion and former PhD mathematics student. He might be known to the cooler among as former breakfast host on triple j with Wil Anderson. To the more “mature” demographic he was the breakfast announcer on ABC Sydney. Regardless for 15 years he got up bloody early and loves a good chat. Funnier than the smart guys and smarter than the funny guys, Adam is guaranteed to provoke you at Splendour in 2022.

ASSOC, PROF TOBY MURRAY (University of Melbourne) did secret squirrel work in the Defence Department, building new tools to defend Australia and support the Australian Defence Force. He researches how to build super-secure computer systems that don’t leak information, despite aggressive attacks.

OKSANA NESTERENKO runs an NGO in Kyiv that research corruption in society, including the corruption from Russian oligarchs who have tried to influence Ukrainian society and media before the war. She is from the city of Kharkiv – only 40 kms from the border with Russia. She was with her family when the Russian bombing started. They fled with a suitcase of photo albums, essential documents, and the clothes on their backs. They have not been able to go back.

DR SUELETTE DREYFUS teaches cybersecurity at University of Melbourne. She thinks everyone is entitled to their privacy from governments and corporations alike, as a new and evolving digital human right. She wrote the first mainstream book about computer hacking in Australia, with Julian Assange.

AMBER SCHULTZ is a Crikey investigative journalist who recently won a Walkley Award for her on-ground reporting in Ukraine. Amber is Associate editor of Crikey and was named the 2021 Mumbrella Young Writer of the Year. She holds two Master degrees and previously worked for The Age, Nine News and ABC’s Tonightly.



Sunday July 24 at 3-4pm


Hosted by Dan Llic and Lewis Hobba

A Rational Fear, Australia’s best comedy podcast for 2020 and 2021 is coming to soil the stage of Splendour Forum with satire. Join Dan Ilic and Lewis Hobba with a panel of comedians and special guests as they rip into the news and drill down on climate change. It’s fast, funny – it’s like #qanda on crack.



DAN ILIC is one of Australia’s most prolific comedy voices, known for his work across TV, film, radio and stage. Host of the popular podcast and live comedy show A Rational Fear, Dan brings together industry leaders, journalists, comedians, and politicians, to explore big issues such as climate change, press freedom and the intersection of culture and the internet.  His co-host LEWIS HOBBA is the love child of Where’s Wally and Hamish Blake,

JENNY TIAN is the nicest person in Australian comedy. With a straight-up delivery and no-fucks-given attitude, Jenny will get you laughing at things you’ve never laughed at before – like her hymen.  What? Yes, it’s true.

SCOUT BOXALL is a nonbinary (they/them) queer comedian based in Naarm (Melbourne) and a handy little writing/performing multitool.  Their work swings between pithy observational stand-up and manic, chaotic sketch comedy with a sharp political awareness.

PAUL MCDERMOTT is a leading comic provocateur, a generous collaborator, an unrelentingly creative spirit, and a rolled gold feckin’ legend. Join the dots, follow the path people, look at the history of the man – DAAS, Good News Week, MOSH!, The Sideshow, triple j with Mikey Robins, Paul + Gatesy. I mean, f*%k, has there ever been anyone more consistent?




Highlights from the Splendour Forum 2019