Beat Column, March 23

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday March 23, 2016
With Grace Kindellan

Attention songwriters: Push Songs’ innovative and inspiring song writing mentoring program continues into its 8th year throughout April and May 2016 and it’s still free! The program is made up of three one-on-one song writing workshops, plus Tuesday Night Song Club where you’ll meet and share ideas and talk about gigs with fellow song writers. Working alongside Push Songs co-ordinator Charles Jenkins, will be a bevy of experienced song writing mentors including Darren Hanlon, Jess Ribeiro, Dan Kelly and another special guest mentor to be announced very soon. Applications close next Thursday March 31 so head to if you’re keen.

The Push is super excited to announce the first line-up for New Slang! Our new series of monthly, all-ages events held at Arts Centre Melbourne’s The Channel will kick off on May 6 from 6pm to 9pm. The first lineup features two of 2016’s most promising new artists, with melodic, lo-fi folk-rockers Tiny Little Houses playing it as part of their ‘Milo Tin’ single tour and pop genius Alex Lahey fresh from the release of her bangin’ new single You Don’t Think You Like People Like Me. Plus there will be support from promising high school band Moss and queen of the chuuuunes DJ Elldaychubbygal. Check out for more details.

Tonight, and for one more week, you can check out music across three stages at the Queen Victoria Night Market from 5pm till 10pm. This week you can catch singer/song-writer Krista Polvere, dirty blues rockers Miss Quincy and the old time, southern-style vocal harmonies and banjo plucking of Cat & Clint. More details are available at

Check out the pop-art visuals with a soundtrack of sweet pop music at Friday Nights at NGV. This week the much-loved and long-lasting Died Pretty will play a selection of their most widely appreciated songs for the last time before disappearing back into hibernation. Tickets include entry to the Andy Warhol | Ai Wei Wei exhibition and access to exclusive talks, food and bars from 6pm to 10pm this Friday, March 25. For more information, head to

The Moonee Valley FReeZA Outdoor Cinema Summer Series brings great movies to lovely local parks and galleries for you to enjoy for free after dark. It is going out with a bang next Friday April 1 with a screening of the sci-fi/action flick Guardians of the Galaxy at the Rosehill skate part. You’re welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks, plus there will be a food truck and popcorn too. Check out for more details.

Reckon you can make a 60 second video about how good live music is in Australia? Get cracking! Entries for the inaugural I LOVE LIVE MUSIC 60 second film competition close next Friday and there are irresistible prizes on offer for filmmakers and musicians. The Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) has joined forces with the Live Music Office and the internationally accredited St Kilda Film Festival, presented by City of Port Phillip, to celebrate the importance of live music in the everyday lives of Australians. Filmmakers, musicians and lovers of Australian film and music are encouraged to join in by submitting a 60 second short film into the competition. To learn more, head to

All Ages Gig Guide

Wednesday March 23

Queen Victoria Night Market w/ Krista Polvere, Miss Quincy, Cat & Clint, Queen Victoria Market, 5.00pm – 10.00pm, Free,, AA

Friday March 25

Friday Nights at NGV w/ Died Pretty, NGV, 5.00pm – 10.00pm, pre-sales: $24 member, $30 adult, $12 under 18, door sales (limited) $29 M / $35 A / $15 U18,, AA