Beat Column, February 10, 2016

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday February 10, 2016
With Grace Kindellan

Looking for something rad to do this Sunday? Come check out The Push stage at the St. Kilda Festival! We’re getting together with FReeZA and the City of Port Phillip, Stonnington, Kingston and Bayside to showcase some of the best young artists performing in Melbourne at the moment. Our headliners are Alice Ivy, whose latest single Touch is getting great reviews and airplay on Triple J, and local hip-hop-heartthrob Baro. We also have bangin’ new acts, Mother Culture, Louis and Moss, who have been selected by their local FReeZA groups to blow your minds. Plus rapper DEX made it onto the bill through the Battle of the Bands so you know he’s got the skills to slay it live. It’s free, all ages and goes from 12pm to 5pm. For more details check out www.stkildafestival.com.au.

If you’re interested in organising events for young people in your community, now is a great time to get involved in your local FReeZA committee. There are eighty committees across Victoria that organise a huge range of alcohol and drug free events for 14-18 year olds that suit the different needs and tastes of each area. Committee members gain a heap of experience in event planning, artist liaison, stage management and many other skills that are super useful for a career in the music industry or performing arts. Head to www.freeza.vic.gov.au for more information about how you can get amongst it.

For a whole bunch more music industry related opportunities, head to our page at www.thepush.com.au! It’s full of openings across the whole metropolitan region and country Victoria for things like internships, jobs, workshops, writing, volunteering and performances. It could contain the chance you’ve been waiting for!

Fed Square Live is here to ease you into the summer music season with a series of free, outdoor performances every Thursday from 5.30pm at, you guessed it, Fed Square. Relax into a deckchair and unwind as the sun sets over some of Melbourne’s most talented acts. Head to www.fedsquare.com for more details.

Tonight, and every Wednesday night until the end of March, you can check out music across three stages at the Queen Victoria Night Market from 5pm till 10pm. This week you can hear riff-driven funk-rock from The Kite Machine, musical story-telling from Tobias Hengeveld and the 11 piece funk-soul-storm that is Arthur Penn and the Funky Ten. For more information and details of upcoming line ups, check out ww.qvm.com.au/entertainment-2.

Start the weekend in a very cultural way when The Twerps play at Friday Nights at NGV! Tickets include entry to the Andy Warhol | Ai Wei Wei exhibition plus a set from the much-loved, local pop-champions and access to exclusive talks, food and bars from 6pm to 10pm this Friday, February 12. For more information, head to www.thatsmelbourne.com.au.

Aireys Inlet Open Mic Festival is looking for performers to play at the 2016 festival from March 18-20. Submit your expression of interest in the form at www.aireysinlet.com.au and they will reply with all the details that we require from you to be considered. If you’re under 15 and are interested in performing there’s a special section for you – Surf Coast Future Stars. You may only want to play one or two songs, you may be a solo artist or perform as a duo or trio. Submit your interest at the above link and they will reply with all the details!

All Ages Gig Guide

Saturday February 13

Healesville Pool Party w/ DJ Ben Nicholas, DJ Riley, Healesville Outdoor Pool, Don Road, Healesville, 12.00pm – 4.00pm, $3.00, www.yarraranges.vic.gov.au, AA

Sunday February 13

St Kilda Festival – Push Stage w/ Louis, Moss, Mother Culture, Dex, Alice Ivy, Baro, St Kilda Festival, 12.00pm – 5.00pm, Free, www.stkildafestival.com.au, AA