Beat Column, November 4, 2015

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday November 4, 2015

With Grace Kindellan

Face The Music 2015 is just over a week away and we are super excited! With two jam-packed days of panel sessions, keynote presentations, meeting opportunities, practical music workshops and intimate master classes, it’s the place to be for anyone who wants to work or play in the international music industry or the Melbourne music community.

The keynote address will be delivered by JD Samson, an integral member of electronic-feminist-punk band Le Tigre and one of the world’s most visible, outspoken and inspiring gender queer performer/activists who will discuss the tensions between creating experimental punk music and the realities of running a band as a “business.”

With the taste-making power of Triple J growing and growing  in its 40th year, there will also be a discussion of the influence that national airplay has for emerging artists and how decisions are made behind the scenes about playlisting and editorial segments. Internationally renowned music activist, founder of Un-Convention and co-director of In Place of War, Ruth Daniel will also be speaking at Face The Music 2015 with a strong DIY message for Australia’s independent artists.

Morning Ritual is presenting two shows at 9am on both days of Face the Music to kick everything into gear before discussion begins. They will be held in the stunning MPavillion in Victoria Gardens with Alexander Gow (Oh Mercy) on Friday and D.D. Dumbo on Saturday.

Face the Music Takes place on Friday November 13 and Saturday November 14 at The Arts Centre Melbourne with more information available at’s going to be an exciting week to be a musician or a fan in Melbourne with AWME, Melbourne Music Week, Melbourne Music Symposium, The Age Music Victoria Awards and the APRA Screen Music Awards happening all over town.

Melbourne Music Week are hosting Lunchbox Sessions all ages shows every day at their flagship venue, the abandoned Royal Women’s Hospital featuring artists like Zone Out, Jim Lawrie and Ella Thompson (GL & The Bamboos.) Head to for more info.

Want a chance to play in front of the massive crowds at the St. Kilda Festival 2016 and have your music recorded by a professional? Then you might want to apply for the Port Phillip FReeZA Committee’s Unsigned Music Battle. It’s open to any young person under the age of 25 who lives, works or goes to school in Port Phillip Council. Applications close on November 15 and the concert takes place on Sunday December 13 where the four chosen bands will battle it out on stage at Luna Park on its 103rd birthday. Check out for more info.

If you’re into psychedelic string bands and improv-jam bands then Jamgrass 2015 is the place for you this Saturday November 7. Set in the luscious surrounds of the heritage-listed Bundoora Park, this genre-crossing festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary with Harts, Tinpan Orange, Mustered Courage and many more. Check out for tickets and more details.

Tali Sing has released a slow-burning RnB single Hiding to launch his new EP The Motions of Heartache, check it out on youtube to see the tantalisingly dark video.

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All Ages Gig Guide

Wednesday November 4

FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands Encore w/ Kingswood, We are a Band Thing, Loose Bricks, Soul, Levi Smith, Unnamed Act, Empire, @ Nowingi Place, Hugh King Drive Mildura, 6pm–11.45pm, $15 presale, $10 door price, www.milduraruralcitycouncil/youth, AA

Saturday November 7

Rockin’ the Carpark w/ Jackson Firebird, Smoke Stack Rhino, White Ligtning, Biull Barber and The Blackwood Shakedown, @ Edwards Street Car Park, 6-10pm, $5,, AA