Beat Column, Wednesday September 9, 2015

With Ruth Mihelcic

It’s almost the last week of the school term, and what better way to get into holiday mode than by checking out Banyule’s FREE Youthfest?! There’s a sweet line-up of bands (check it out below) as well as rides, stalls, a photo booth, prizes and more. It’s happening in Macleod from 12pm-5pm on Sunday.

If you’re looking at getting a foot in the door in the music industry, check out the opportunities that are happening this month.

Telstra Road is teaming up with Bliss n Eso for a unique, interactive music education Master Class and they want you to join. If you’re interested in learning about Bliss n Eso’s career and the processes of making music from the guys themselves, register for the chance to come along. The Master Class will be held at Telstra’s Customer Insights Centre in the Sydney CBD on Friday, September 25 at 5pm. Entries are limited and close September 13 so get in quick and register at Can’t make it all the way to Syd-city? The class will be streamed LIVE and you can also watch it back later!

If you’re aged between 16 and 22 and live outside the big cities, enter the Heywire competition to be heard. Tell your story using video, audio, photos or text. Winning stories will be featured on the ABC. Entries close September 16 and more info is at

The New Palm Court Orchestra is seeking an energetic ‘go getter’ for a 3 month, part-time Public Relations & Marketing Intern position, joining the Marketing and Communications team. The purpose of the position is to support communications campaigns to promote performances of the orchestra and to focus on client relations, social media and marketing. Submit your CV and cover letter discussing the selection criteria to Andy Lee, Non-Executive Director, The New Palm Court Orchestra at Applications close September 21.

The Darebin Music Feast Songwriters’ Award is an annual songwriting competition that seeks to recognise, showcase and promote the talents of local songwriters. Over 100 entries are received each year with finalists performing before a panel of distinguished local musicians as part of the Darebin Music Feast. There’s an amazing price package to be won including cash and studio time. Past winners include Jordie Lane, Sal Kimber, Ben Mason, Dan Flynn and Maddie Duke. For more info on to apply go to and enter by September 23.

In other news you use, SYN Media is hosting a FREE one day workshop this month for young people from regional areas to build their skills in radio. If you’re under 26 and living outside metro Melbourne and are keen to learn how to present or produce a radio program, join them for the sessions taking place at the House of Syn (16 Cardigan St, Carlton) on September 24. Places are limited so book early by emailing

All Ages Gig Guide

Sunday September 13

Banyule YouthFest 2015 w/ Just Can’t Stop Us, 5PIN, Monday Night Rockstars, Power Rangers On The Keyboard, Steched Out, Ashleigh Sumpter, James Mark, Brittany Leo, Banksia, Dougal James, Cielo Drive, OverNight Proposal, Avenues, Amchors & Alibis, Winterless, Big Sammy and the Fellas, Emparin, XURE, Freak and the Fat Cats, Furious George, Kid Sidney, Lost In Moments, TYRIAN, Sam Di Nucci, Arisha, Alex M, JAZC, DJ JC, Sandy Hsu, Camdogg, Babarrbunin Beek, New Hope Collective, Spectrum, Saami & Co., Georgia Pitts, DJ Riley, Macleod Park, Birdwood Ave, Macleod, 12pm-5pm, Free,, AA

National Skate Park Day – Cowes Skate Park Jam w/ DJ, plus Scoot, Skate, BMX participants, 10-14 Church St, Cowes (Enter via Park St), 11am-2pm, Free,, AA