Concluding another year of City of Melbourne’s Moomba Festival, the FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands winner was announced as Upway’s The Bean Project. With the well-deserved $11,000 worth of prizes now under their belts, The Bean Project are now eager to put that money towards the mixing and printing of a new EP and promoting the band through music videos, merch and online promotion – with a view to recording a 10 track record by 2016 accompanied by nation-wide tours of Australia and New Zealand.
The comprehensive bundle of music industry based prizes includes: a day of engineering, recording and mixing from Hothouse Studios, $2000 publicity campaign from Remedy Music PR, a mastering session with Jack The Bear Deluxe Mastering, a Mapex snare from Electric Factory, $1000 clothing/accessory voucher from Dangerfield, $1000 poster and marketing distro campaigns from Plakkit and Shout Out Loud, artist interview feature article in Beat Magazine, pressing of 500 copies of a recording and a graphic design layout session from DEX Audio, a t’shirt run of 50 x 1 colour prints from Love Police – valued at $500, and last but not least, an artist feature on The Push’s website. Plus all nine grand finalists will received a $200 prize voucher and complementary styling session from Dangerfield.
The Bean Project came in as the top artist in a list of over 300 bands participating in the competition, held statewide across Victoria annually. Winning in the final heat against nine other finalists, The Bean Project faced strong talent from other areas of Victoria from the likes of A-Ron and J.Jay (Craigieburn), Ember Rain (Melton), The Evercold (Narre Warren), The Flats (Wellington), Horris Green (Ballarat), The Quick and the Dead (Wangaratta), Requiem (Horsham) and Revolution (Golden Plains), each finalist still playing a very formidable performance. The Evercold managed to blow judges away with their talents in the melodic hardcore genre, taking away the APRA Songwriter Award for excellence in songwriting which undoubtedly will assist the band as they look to take a more professional approach to their work in the coming year.
The Push stage also hosted guest headline artists on the day, the likes of Japanese Wallpaper, Yeo, Tully on Tully, and Stax Osset from 6.30pm to 10.30pm performing high quality sets to complement the rest of the festival.
Push Artistic Director Shane Wickens was pleased with the event, stating, “The Push is thrilled to have partnered with Moomba to stage the FReeZA Push Start Grand Final. Moomba provided a fantastic space for the artists to showcase their music to a diverse audience. FReeZA Push Start continues to be an essential professional development program for emerging artists.”
The FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands is funded through the FReeZA Program, a Victorian Government Initiative. For information about the current series of Freeza Push Start Battle of the Bands, check out the information page here.