Beat Column, January 20, 2016

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday January 20, 2016
With Grace Kindellan

Looking for a head-start and some good advice in the music industry? Keep reading! The 2016 FReeZA Mentoring Program matches up enthusiastic young people with established music industry professionals who provide one-on-one mentoring and support in areas as diverse as event management, performance, technical production, publicity, and music business. Mentees also have the chance to develop their skills by working on festivals and events and participating in intensive master classes hosted by a range of experts in different fields. This Victorian Government-funded program is open to people between the ages of 18-25 who live in Victoria and have an interest in working in the music industry. Applications close on Sunday January 31 and are available here:

We have also added to our music industry mentoring opportunities with a new program for women performers in 2016. It’s called SQUAD and it will provide women performers aged 18 – 25 with the chance to be teamed up with industry professionals, attend special master-classes and an exclusive development weekend where participants will work on craft and career with a range of experts. There are ten places available for SQUAD with more details and applications available at

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. Come along this week to see Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Mcrobin charm the audience with tender vocal harmonies before Delsinki Records take the stage to perform their earthy ballads and twin brothers Amistat close out the night with a charismatic acoustic set. Head to 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 classic salsa from the Quarter Street Orchestra, brassy bluegrass from the Davidson Brothers and everything from sophisticated swing to retro, rock’n’roll party starters from the Orlando Jazz Combo. For more information and details of upcoming lineups, check out

There’s plenty more free music in and around the city with MPavillion’s Friday night series of diverse and in-demand DJs heating up the Queen Victoria Gardens every Friday night. This week’s event features artists from Melbourne’s trans community and will be taking place from 6pm to 9pm. Songwriter, producer and DJ Simona Castricum will be performing her set of visceral, electronic avant-pop with support from Geryon’s ethereal beat-driven soundscapes, Two Steps on the Water’s raw, feelings-heavy folk-punk and DJ Narcissique’s mix of house, techno and old-skool hip-hop breaks. Head for more details.

If you’re on the south side, check out the City of Stonnington’s Sunset Sounds, a series of live music on Sunday nights across the area’s beautiful parks and gardens. The three events are free and will combine some of Australia’s most-loved musical talent with some of Melbourne’s best food trucks in a lush, natural setting. This week ARIA award-winning Melbourne musician Dave Graney brings his latest collaboration The MistLY to Malvern Gardens, Malvern, on Sunday January 24. Check  for more information.

Wednesday January 20

Music on the Deck- Midsumma Expression Session, w/ Jess Locke, Duke of Paris, Open Mic, Williamstown Library Deck, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown, 4.00pm – 7.00pm, Free,, AA

Friday January 22

FReeZA Summer Market Series w/ Cooper Lower, Chloe and Nicola, Angela and Mitch, Louis Chilton, Paddy Brady, Ditto, Warrnambool Civic Green and Lake Pertobe, 4.30pm – 8.30pm, Free,, AA