Beat Column, Wednesday, May 6, 2015

With Jess Zanoni

Happy May! We heard Bendigo’s Groovin’ The Moo was a massive success on the weekend and hope your day was a treat. Hey, did you know that Splendour In The Grass has already completely sold out? Not too surprising but if you weren’t lucky enough to grab a ticket, there’s sure to be competitions coming up soon and various other ways you can make it up to Byron in July. Don’t lose hope!

Mark Ronson has in fact just announced a Melbourne sideshow for Splendour on July 29 at Margaret Court Arena. Tickets came out May 1 so if you were a fan of Uptown Special (real talk though, how could you not be?) get on and do something about it.

As part of International Design Week 2015, kicking off on May 11 is ACMI’s “Ideas on Design”. There will be talks, debates, masterclasses, social events and exhibitions for designers, secondary school students, researchers and design enthusiasts lead by a stellar line up of international design leaders across 2D, 3D and interactive design. For more information get onto

Boutique music and audio college Collarts offers Bachelor Degrees in Music Performance, Audio Production, and Entertainment Management from their campus in South Melbourne. Their students are working towards careers as musicians, songwriters, music producers, audio engineers, live sound technicians, artist managers, publicists, and festival and event managers. The Open Day is your chance to check out the campus and facilitates, find out detailed course information, learn about careers in the music and audio industries, and meet the college’s students, staff and teachers. Register online at or contact the college at or (03) 9281 8888.

Arbes are a trio of 18 year old pals from the Melbourne’s west and on May 7 their debut EP Swimmer is set to drop on Bandcamp, as well as a limited number of physical copies. On Sunday their first official single Key Largos from Swimmer was released on Soundcloud and it sets the mood for Swimmer to be a super dreamy/exotic, alt-pop inspired compilation of tracks. Don’t forget to give it a listen tomorrow!  You can find Arbes on facebook at

Jarrow is the project of 19 year old Dan Oke, and he’s been receiving some attention for newly released single Last Monday from his upcoming EP Legitimate, due for release on May 14. If you dig ‘silky smooth garage pop’ then I’d get prepped for this release by listening to Bantodine and Cody on Soundcloud. You can also jump on Jarrow’s facebook at

Want to know what music and industry opportunities are happening this week? Check our website! is where it’s at!

All Ages Gig Guide

Friday 8 May

FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands – Hamilton Heat, Hamilton PAC, Brown Street Hamilton, 7-10pm, $10 presale or $15 door,, AA

Pulse DJ Competition w/ DJ Spott, Sandringham Masonic Hall, 23 Abbott St, Sandringham, 6:30pm, $8 presale or $10 door, , AA

Glow Party w/ Photo Booth and UV Lights, glow sticks and face painting, Nhill Memorial Community Centre, Nelson St, Nhill, 5pm-12am, $10, contact Meg Hall on 5391 4444, U18

Friday 9 May

Mirboo North Arty Gras Festival w/ Courtney McBride, Janie Gordon, Ashleigh Honan, Baromi Park, Ridgway, Mirboo North, 10.30am-4pm, Free,, AA

South Eastern Skate Park Series 2015 w/ YMCA Victorian Skate Park League, Port Melbourne Skate Park, Graham St, Port Melbourne, 11.30am-5.30pm, Free,, AA

Sunday 10 May

Alt J w/ Ásgeir and Mansionair, Rod Laver Arena Melbourne & Olympic Parks, Olympic Boulevard, 8pm, $86.35,, AA