Beat Column, Wednesday April 15, 2015

With Jess Zanoni

There are so many FReeZA events happening this week, as we are still in the midst of Youth Week! Hopefully you are planning to attend or participate in whatever is lined up in your community. A reminder that once Youth Week comes to a close, FReeZA committees will be drawing their attention to organising their FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands heats. If you’re keen to help run a battle, or would like to play in one, contact your closest FReeZA group. Jumping online here might help

A backstage pass to Groovin’ The Moo sounds a little bit too good to be true doesn’t it? Well, triple J in fact has six backstage passes to every GTM around Australia. All you have to do is listen to triple J Breakfast and call in to win some gorgeous tickets for yourself and your crew. Once on the line, you’ll be asked four questions that you’ll need to get right if you want to hold onto all 6 tickets. Sounds pretty tricky, but the prize is a bit of a dream so give it a red hot go. Check out for details.

This Saturday, the youth-run inaugural festival Colourwave in the bush of Victoria is going off. There’ll be dance, music, DJs, stalls, art and photography. It’s a very community-concentrated event with positive energy and creativity encouraged. Its $40 and you can snap up some tickets at

Located in Collingwood is Backwoods Gallery and this Friday is the opening of an exhibition called Heavy Leisure. It features two young artists, Evie Cahir & Gemma Topliss, who are representative of the bright future of Australian art. It’s always inspiring and uplifting to see the works of young individuals in our city so why not have a look? The exhibition will be on display until April 26. More details are at

2015 is definitely not disappointing us with the amount of music that’s being released at the moment! If you want a few new tracks to listen to this week, check out Brisbane’s indie four piece The Jungle Giant’s brand new single Every Kind Of Way on iTunes. Oh and if you’re as excited about Tame Impala’s upcoming record Currents as we are, give newly released track Cause I’m A Man a first, or possible 100th listen on YouTube.

Lastly don’t forget applications for the FREE Walk This Way hip hop program close this Friday, for international students aged 18-30! The five week program is now online at if you want to check it out, it includes a series of workshops with mentors, cultural institution tours, and cultural dinners. Spaces are limited so get in quick.

All Ages Gig Guide

Friday April 17

Friday Night’s Unplugged w/ Local artists, Kingston City Arts Hall, Morrabbin, 6-8:30pm, $5,, AA

Autumn Sounds, w/ Local DJ’s, Epping Memorial Hall, 827 High St, Epping, 5-10pm, $10, AA

Music On The Deck, w/ Duke of Paris, Tommy Castles and Amistat, Williamstown Library, 104 Ferguson Street, Williamstown, 3:30-5:30pm, Free,, AA

National Youth Week Carnival, Glen Waverley Library Forecourt, corner Bogong Avenue and Kingsway, 4-8pm, Free,, AA

Saturday April 18

Rock ‘n’ Skate Festival, w/ Local bands and performers, The Shed Indoor Skatepark, New Holland Drive Cranbourne, Cranbourne, 10.30am – 4.30pm, Free,, AA

Youth Festival + Short Film Comp w/ DJ Dan 2, Danica & Friend, Pluvial, Blood Orange Moon and Dude I Dunno, Nicholson st mall & Library, Service St, Bairnsdale, 2-9pm, Free, contact Amelie Boucher on 5153 9500, AA

Sunday April 19

DZ Deathrays and The Bennies w/ DZ Deathrays, The Bennies, Junipers and Pizza Crusaders, Karova Lounge, 3-7pm,  $15,, AA

Freestyle Fever 11 (Breaking Competition) w/ Wildroc (from Justice Crew) and Break DJ Tofu as judges, Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre, 1 Aughtie Drive, Albert Park, 1-5pm, Free,, AA

Walk This Way Colour Trek w/ Code 5, Atkinson Park Murray Valley High Way, Kerang, 12-5pm, Free, contact Leonie on 5451 0200, AA

Skate, Scoot & BMX Comp w/ DJ Ryan Decre, Point Lonsdale Skate Park, 11am-4pm, Free, /, AA