Beat Column, November 18, 2015

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday November 18, 2015
With Grace Kindellan

There are three days left to enjoy Melbourne Music Week so get out there and go to some gigs! If you’re more of a day-time music lover than a nocturnal rager, check out the Lunchbox Sessions at the flagship venue, the abandoned Royal Women’s Hospital. Come on down from 1pm to 2pm to see Luke Howard on Wednesday, Woodes on Thursday and Ella Thompson (The Bamboos) on Friday.

On Thursday arvo Artful Dodgers Studios are launching their 2015 compilation to showcase the young musicians who have come into their Collingwood studios throughout the year. This open access studio offers art mentoring and free recording time for young people whose have experienced difficult circumstances. From Koori soul to Sudanese dancehall, glam rock to hard hitting hip-hop, the sounds are as diverse as the young people who create them. The show is free and it’s happening at Arts Centre Melbourne on Thursday from 4pm to 8pm.

Women of Soul will be kicking off the summer music series Fed Square Live 2015 with a special acoustic version of their show on November 19. This outstanding group features some of Melbourne’s finest soul vocalists and songwriters including May Johnston, Rita Satch, Chelsea Wilson, Lisa Faithfull and Carla Troiano. You can expect to hear home-grown original soul, funk and boogie in stunning unplugged style from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

LISTEN and Signal present a panel discussion about the experiences of women and gender non-conforming people in the Australian music industry followed by a live show featuring Empat Lima, Habits, KT Spit and Repellant. It’s free and it’s happening on November 20, from 6pm to 11pm at Signal, Flinders Walk, Melbourne. Head to for more details.

Big West Festival is the leading community-based, contemporary arts festival in Melbourne’s West and it’s starting this Friday! There are over 70 multicultural, multi-artform and mostly free events that celebrate the west through the theme ‘house.’ On Saturday head to the street party in central Footscray from 10am to 4pm to celebrate Big West Festival’s 10th anniversary. With DJs, dancing, poetry, live music and installations, there’s something for everyone to get down to.

Check out HOUSE, the 2015 festival hub at the Big West Village on the corner of Paisley and French Streets, Footscray, where there will be a vast array of musical performances across the week. For more details and ticket information, head to

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All Ages Gig Guide

Wednesday November 18

FReeZA Youth Art Prize w/ Youth Artists, ADFA Building, 41 Deakin Ave, Mildura,

6pm-8pm, Free, www.milduraruralcitycouncil/youth, AA

Friday November 20

Music in the Sticks Stage w/ Jose and the Coffee Mugs, Kyneton Show, 5pm-11pm, $10,, AA

FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands w/ Half Breed Heroes, Gravemarkings, Scoot Molly, Tommy Castles Band, Harbours, Storm the Sky, Wyndham Youth Resource Centre, 86 Derrimut Rd, Hoppers Crossing, 6pm-10.30pm, $10,, AA

School of Rock w/ Ringwood Secondary band, Aquinas College Band, Tintern Schools Band, Melba College Band, Croydon Community School band & Norwood Secondary College band, EV’s Youth Centre, 212 Mt Dandenong Rd, 6.30pm-11pm, $5,, AA

Saturday November 21

Fired Up! Hip Hop Tournament w/ MC Feva, DJ Tofu, Babysteps, KStar, PD Home Team & many more, Berwick Church of Christ, 432-446 Centre Rd, Berwick, 1pm-9pm, $15 for 18 years and over, $10 for 17 years and under, or, AA

Youth Without A Roof w/ At Sunset, Chloe Miller, Tyler Lunn, The Refuge, Sister Dolls, Ellen Rose, Anonoymous, Memorial Square, Murray St, Colac, 6pm – 10: 30pm, Free, AA

Tuesday November 24

2015 Boroondara Youth Short Film Festival, Palace Cinema, 231 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn, 7pm-9pm, $10,, AA