Beat Column, December 23, 2015

The Push Beat All Ages Column 
Wednesday December 23, 2015
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 are open now! See for more details.

For all the creative and musical high school students out there, JMC Academy is running a series of workshops over the school holidays guaranteed to banish boredom and hone your talents. There are sessions on everything from song-writing to animation to entertainment business and at $15 – $20 they’re unlikely to blowout your budget. For dates and more information check out and get in quick! They’re running this week through to January and places are filling up quickly.

If you fancy yourself as a bit of an experimental composer or an amateur interpretive dancer, the Giant Theremin on the Northbank of the Yarra River might be just the thing for you. That’s right, there’s a seven metre tall theremin right near Flinders Street station that produces ethereal sounds when people walk, dance or run next to it. Check it out between the 27th and the 31st of December at

There’s plenty of all ages action this New Year’s Eve, including early-eve celebrations. While there might be a slightly irritating amount of small children around at the ‘early eve’ celebrations, there are also some sick bands playing. Check out Mighty Duke and the Lords, fresh from a celebrated set at Meredith Music Festival, at Yarra Park from 6pm on Thursday December 31st. More details available here:

Fed Square is also hosting a sick NYE party, with a line-up of 2015’s rising stars curated by Multi-cultural Arts Victoria. Come down to hear everything from African beats to modern electronic, jazz to Japanese folk, and R&B to soul and see the fireworks from one of Melbourne’s best view-points. African dance group, Asanti Dance Theatre will shake things up with a high energy set fusing acrobatics, live percussion and dance, followed by a show-stopping performances from So You Think You Can Dance 2014 finalist Nadiah Idris, Melbourne soul singer Thando and Jason Heerah and the Chosen Ones. Other artists taking to the stage include Noriko Tadano and George Kamikawa, Wadaiko Rindo, Kaiit Waup, Nhatty Man and DJ Thomas W Butt. Head to the website for more information:

For any readers who live or plan to holiday down the coast in South Gippsland, there is a fantastic, all ages gig happening in the town of Foster on Saturday January 2 featuring Melbourne’s most danceable RnB band, The Harpoons. With their recent single ‘Ready for your Love’ receiving great reviews and successful shows at New York City’s CMJ festival, The Harpoons are primed and ready to bring their soulful pop out to the rolling hills of South Gippsland. Support comes from Melbourne garage rockers Wet Lips and local band Rockenspiele who, despite only just finishing high school, have played Poison City Weekender and recorded a bangin’ EP. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students with more details available here:

Thursday December 31 

New Year’s Eve Junior Talent Search w/ DJ Ramon & Various performers TBA, Lakes Entrance Foreshore, 2.00pm – 4.00pm, Free, AA

Friday January 1 and every following Friday in January  

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