Beat Column, Wednesday July 1, 2015

With Jess Zanoni

Happy July or more like happy month of Splendour! 3 weeks and counting! We hope you are enjoying the first week of the school holidays and to all the Uni students out there, hope you are embracing the freedom from the end of exams.

July also means that the Triple J Unearthed High competition is now open. Unearthed are looking for the best high school act in the country! The best entries will be played on national radio, and if you win, Triple J will fly you to their studio to record, remix or master a track. Not to mention that they’ll play it on the radio too! You’ll also get professional music advice from a top Australian act and their manager, and triple j will come to your school!

All you need to do is upload an original track on Unearthed by August 3rd and include what school you’re at and your year level. If you already have your music up, then all you need to do is make sure your profile says you’re in high school! This is the best opportunity imaginable for a young musician so get on it! Head to for more info and to upload some tunes.
Mango Retreat are a Melbourne indie folk four piece, and about a month ago they released their first single called Low Commotion and it’s so darn pretty, you should give it some love. I’ve heard they’ve got some exciting new releases coming up so I’d give them a follow on Facebook too. Visit

Did you hear that Foals are back in business with a new album called What Went Down coming out in late August? They let the world have a taste of what’s to come with the first single from the record, and it sounds HUGE. I’m giddy with excitement. Do yourself a favour and go pre-order the record at

Doorstamps are a new music journalism website and they interview/review up and coming exciting bands around Melbourne. It’s worth a read just to stay up to date with new releases and shows around you. Support them in their early days here

If you are interested shoot through an email to for more details!

All Ages Gig Guide

Thursday 2 July

FReeZA Reconcillation Activity, w/ DJ Jason, CT & SB, Lauren Docking, Bairnsdale SC McKean St, 12:25pm-2pm,  Free, Chris Taylor: 0428835885, U18

Friday 3 July

FReeZA Push Start Music Battles, w/  Harbours, Glass Empire and TBC, Narre Community Learning Centre, 1 Malcolm Crt, Narre Warren, 6.15 pm – 11.15pm, $10 w a pass, $12 without,, AA

Friday Nights Unplugged, w/ Alyssa Allett, Chandler Sisters, HCC Duo, Compass,  Kingston Town Hall,  985 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin ,  6pm – 9pm, $5,, AA

Saturday 4 July

July 4th FReeZA, w/ Tully on Tully, Cooper Lower, The Mellows, Reardon Theatre – 35 Bank St, Port Fairy,  8pm-11.30pm, $10,, and OZTIX, AA

Wednesday 8 July

Breaking the Ice: A hop, skip, jump into the music industry, w/ Industry speaker Workshops, Bakehouse Studios27-29 Hoddle Street, Richmond,  11am-3pm, $15,, AA