Beat Column, October 21, 2015

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday October 21, 2015
With Grace Kindellan

We’ve recently added some exciting new names to the line-up for Face The Music 2015! The latest addition 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, come and see a special collaboration between Beatrice, Supina Bytol and Sinit Tsegay featuring trip hop vocals, Amharic rhythms and Ethiopian percussion. Also performing is Persian singer Saharnaz Kia and Reza Fareli whose mysic pays homage to Iranian and Afghani folklore. The show starts at 3pm at The Foxtel Festival Hub with more information available at

Girls on Film Festival is back for 2015 with a stellar program and the awesome Riot Grrrl themed Girl Germs session for feminists of all ages. Featuring ‘Nailed It’ nail bar, zine workshops, roller derby demonstrations, a set from gangbusters garage band The Girl Fridas and finishing with a screening of Drew Barrymore’s Whip It!, it’s gonna be a super rad Saturday afternoon. Girl Germs kicks off at 2pm on Saturday October 24 at Cretan House, 150 Nicholson Street, East Brunswick. For tickets and more info, head to

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All Ages Gig Guide

Thursday October 22

Mansfield Regional Produce Store Youth Film Festival, w/ 4 short films with the theme Heroes and Villains, created by a group of local young people Mansfield Armchair Cinema, 1 Chenery St, Mansfield, 5.00 – 7.30pm, Free,, AA

Friday October 23

Neon Nightmates, EV’s, 212 Mt Dandenong Rd, 7.00PM – 11.00PM, $12,, U18

Sunday October 25

Loddon Mallee Hume Skatepark Championship Series Final, Moama Skate Park, Blair St, Moama, 10.00am – 5.30pm, Free, AA