Beat Column, Wednesday June 3, 2015

With Jess Zanoni

At last winter is upon us, the perfect time to see gigs! Stay tuned for next weekend when a whole lot of FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands heats and gigs will take off. Don’t forget to regularly check for weekly updates to the month’s gig guide so you’re up to date with what’s going on.

The program for Push FReeZA Summits has been announced on The Push website, and this time they’ll be held in Fitzroy, Ballarat and Traralgon during the July school holidays. Melbourne and Ballarat are lucky enough to have a live performance and seminar with The Smith Street Band’s very own Wil Wagner. The program for all three Summits looks amazing, they include live sound and lighting workshop with Jamie Cooke, (Moss Music Group) how to implement a successful publicity plan with Ash Sambrooks (Higher Plains), Event Management planning for a creative event concept with Phil Pandongan (The Push), Community Radio workshop with Josie Smart (SYN Media), securing a gig line up with Steve Nichols (Spinning Half), and networking opportunities. They’re FREE but you’ll need to complete an online registration at

We have some more big news! The Push, in conjunction with Travel Beyond Group, are excited to announce the first Professional Development Scholarship to attend BIGSOUND. The scholarship will assist and support one young person aged 18-25 years from Victoria to attend the BIGSOUND Music Conference in Brisbane during 9-11 September 2015. The Scholarship will provide the winner with a BIGSOUND delegate pass, allowing them to attend all conference sessions including all live showcases, valued at $350. Thanks also to the Travel Beyond Group the successful applicant will receive up to $550 towards accommodation and transportation. The scholarship will incorporate a range of one-on-one support and program planning prior to the conference by The Push Team, to assist the winner in enhancing their experience. Eligibility criteria and application forms can be downloaded at, apply by June 12.

FasterLouder have given you 35 albums to get excited about this winter, half of them I bet you didn’t even know they were about to drop. It definitely will give everybody something to get excited about, including the likes of Jamie XX, Tame Impala, Everything Everything, Florence and The Machine and James Blake. 2015 is panning out to be a goldmine of a year of sweet tunes.
In celebration of the turn of the new season, triple J are giving out free custom hoodies available in navy and white, grey and red or black and white. If you want to actually buy one, you can get one from the ABC store, but even better you can jump on to and tell them in 10 words or less why you need to keep your head covered with a hoodie this winter.

Bears are an impressive dream pop six-piece from Melbourne who describe themselves as “Sunny Psychedelia’ tune-makers. They have just released their single Our Own Way and gosh it’s super pretty and mesmerising. They had a successful launch for it at The Workers Club last week. Do yourself a favour and go listen to the song and follow them on Facebook at

All Ages Gig Guide

Saturday 6 June

Allday w/ Asta and Gill Bates, 170 Russel St, Melbourne, 12:30pm,, U18