Beat Column, March 9

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday March 9, 2016
With Grace Kindellan

The Push is super excited to launch New Slang – a series of monthly, all-ages events held at Arts Centre Melbourne’s The Channel! These intimate and exclusive gigs will showcase both touring and local artists to Melbourne’s all-ages audiences. We are looking for 10 dedicated and enthusiastic tastemakers aged 15-17 to lead the organisation and programming of New Slang as members of our events team for 2016. New Slang events team members will gain a heap of experience in managing events and programming line-ups plus there will be lots of chances to meet like-minded people and music industry professionals. Head to www.thepush.com.au for more details.

While we’re talking about it, if you’re interested in organising events for young people in your community, now is a great time to get involved with 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. More information is available at www.freeza.vic.gov.au.

After a rigorous climb to the top, the 2016 FReeZA Push Start grand finalists are ready to take the stage, going head to head as part of City of Melbourne’s Moomba Festival at Alexandra Gardens at Birrarung Marr Park on Friday 11th March. This year’s finalists bring a wide variety of styles including rap, metal, rock and folk to the festival’s The Push Stage which is gonna be bursting with local young talent all day. Competition will be fierce with a grand prize worth $11,000 and the APRA AMCOS Songwriting Award prize pack of $150. To top it all off, red-hot, Melbourne six-piece Alpine are headlining! Check it out at www.thepush.com.au.

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. There is a HUGE line-up this week, starting with the 2013/14 winner of FReeZA Push Start Battle of the bands, Darcy Fox who plays up-beat, acoustic tunes. You can also see the tropical cyclone of mad calypso rhythm and rum soaked tomfoolery of Mighty Duke and the Lords, Aria-award winner Kavisha Mazella and experimental artist Earth Vegetable Orchestra who literally makes music with fruit and vegetables. For more information and details of upcoming line-ups have a look at www.qvm.com.au.

Check out the pop-art visuals with a soundtrack of sweet pop music at Friday Nights at NGV. Acclaimed singer/songwriter Bertie Blackman will take the stage this Friday to showcase her new album of euphoric, fist-pumping synth bangers. 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 4. For more information, head to www.ngv.vic.gov.au.

Jets Records are Melbourne’s newest youth-run record label and they want you to come and help celebrate their first release! Dougal and the Sunken Sea are launching their debut EP Vast Earth on Jets Records at Twilight Sounds next Saturday March 19 in the lush surrounds of Warringal Parklands, Beverly Road, Heidelberg. The band will be kicking things off at 6pm with CDs and digital downloads of the EP available at the event. Check out https://www.facebook.com/Jetsbundoora/ for more details.

All Ages Gig Guide

Friday March 11

North East Skate Series w/ local young musicians, The Old Courthouse, Bright, 5.00pm – 9.00pm, Free, AA

Sunday March 13

Disturbing the Peace, w/ DJ Buttons, Wycheproof Racecourse, 8.00pm – 12.00am, $15 presale, $20 on the door, U18