Beat Column, October 14, 2015

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday October 14, 2015
With Grace Kindellan

Last week we were stoked to announce the latest round of sessions taking place at the Face The Music 2015! New to the bill is a discussion of the influence that national airplay has for emerging artists and how decisions are made about playlisting and editorial segments behind the scenes. This year, to acknowledge triple J’s 40th anniversary, the session will feature radio presenters Ruby Howe (triple j Unearthed), Nicole Cheek (triple j), Dorothy Markek (Double J) and Jacinta Parsons (ABC Local Radio).

After the discussion, Face the Music delegates will have the chance to sit down one-on-one to pitch their music and pick the brains of one of the station’s key decision makers at the triple J listening lounge. If this sounds like a golden opportunity to you then hit up and apply by October 28 to secure one of 20 places.

JD Samson is set to deliver one hell of a keynote at this year’s Face The Music! 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, JD will discuss the tensions between creating experimental punk music and the realities of running a “business”, touring in support of a crew who sometimes earn more than the band.

JD Samson will also appear on Hens in the Cock House: Shake a Tail Feather alongside Joanna Cameron (One of One), Cassandra Pace (Music Victoria) and producer Anna Laverty. Last year’s Hens in the Cock House session ruffled feathers with its follow up fully intending to do the same, delving deeper into the conversation about sexism in the music industry and recent initiatives aimed at promoting gender equality on stage, in the audience and behind the scenes.

It’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. Face the Music Takes place on Friday November 13 and Saturday November 14 at The Arts Centre Melbourne with more information available at

On showcase at this year’s Melbourne Festival will be outstanding new artists and collaborations from Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Visible Music Mentoring Program. This Sunday, Hazara poet and cultural activist Farkhonda Akbar will be performing spoken word collaboration with DJ Lapkat, and rounding out the afternoon will be Cumbia Cosmonauts, a band at the forefront of the growing global phenomena of both Nueva-Cumbia and the club sound Tropical Bass. The show starts at 3pm at The Foxtel Festival Hub with more information available at

Spring Street Beat is looking for artists to perform at Parliament House in Melbourne on November 21! This family-friendly event needs artists between the ages of 18 – 35 of all musical styles and sounds. There will be a small performance fee and travel and accommodation costs will be covered if bands live outside of the Melbourne Metropolitan region. If you’re keen on registering your interest there’s a nomination form and more details here Get in before October 23!

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All Ages Gig Guide

Friday October 16

Masquerade Party, w/ Tiosav Joy, Jordyn Hickey and Aliza Willows, Mozart Hall, Gillies st. Warrnambool, 6pm-10.30pm, Gold coin donation, AA

Saturday October 17

Best Tricks’ Skate, Scooter & BMX competition, PB Ronald Reserve, Pakenham Skate Park, John Street, Pakenham, 11am- 4pm, Gold coin donation,, AA

GP Run w/ Gizem, 4C’s, Gen 12, Heronda and Ran, Lyall Street, Cranbourne, 8am-10am, Free,, AA

Sunday October 18

Spring Festival w/ Saint Henry, Eris and Grenade Fish, Whitehorse Civic Centre, 379-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading, 10am-4pm, Free,, AA