Beat Column, 09 December, 2015

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday December 09, 2015
With Grace Kindellan

Looking for a head-start and some good advice in the music industry? Keep reading! The 2016 FReeZA Mentoring program matches up enthusiastic young people with established music industry professionals who provide one-on-one mentoring and support in areas as diverse as event management, performance, technical production, publicity, and music business. Mentees also have the chance to develop their skills by working on festivals and events and participating in intensive master classes hosted by a range of experts in different fields. This Victorian Government-funded program is open to people between the ages of 18-25 who live in Victoria and have an interest in working in the music industry. Applications are open now! See for more details.

The Melbourne sun shone on two amazing days of music, talks, workshops and debate at this year’s Face The Music at Arts Centre Melbourne and you can now check out the highlights online! Across interesting spaces from MPavilion to Testing Grounds art garden, participants were treated to performances from D.D Dumbo, Alexander Gow (Oh Mercy), Ali Barter, Alice Ivy and DJ sets from Null and Habits. Much anticipated keynote speaker JD Samson gave an inspiring keynote address about her experiences as a musician, producer and songwriter, discussing equality and tokenism. Relive it all now at

The FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands Regional Finals have been running since September with a series of fantastic gigs showcasing young, unsigned acts right across Victoria. Congratulations to the winners so far and to everyone who worked hard behind the scenes! Barwon South winners Against our Pride have just released their debut EP Sentience full of their characteristic, head-imploding metal. Give it a listen at

WEST FEST is a new all ages festival happening this Saturday at Kindred Studios in Yarraville from 12.00pm to 7.30pm. With a heap of bands ranging from acoustic to metal including Endless Heights, Georgia Maq, Postblue, Jess Locke and Foxtrot, you’ll be sure to see something that rocks your socks. There’s also going to be a bunch of other fun stuff to keep you entertained, like art, market stalls, food trucks, DJs and free popcorn! You can get $12 presale tickets from or they’re available on the door at $15 for students/concession card holders and $20 for adults.

This Sunday on December 13, Luna Park is hosting Port Phillip FReeZA Committee’s Unsigned Music Battle! Come down to this iconic Melbourne amusement park to see four bands thrash it out for a chance to play in front of the masses at St. Kilda Festival. Local Pop Punk band Kids in Control are headlining the event. For more information, head to

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All Ages Gig Guide

Friday December 11

Hip Hop MC workshops w/ Dylan Joel, Lorne P12 College, Grove Rd, Lorne, 9.00am – 3.00pm, $N/A, AA

Saturday December 12

The Sweet Escape w/ Garden Nun, Sandwich Party, The Quick and the Dead, Brodi Bunter, Emma Boyd, Nicole Lancaster, Jane Sea, @ Benalla Drill Hall, Corner Arundel and Bridge Sts, Benalla, 6.00pm – 11.00pm, Free,, AA

Sunday December 13

Summer Sounds w/ Isabella Khalife, Residual, Four Rules Charlie, Thomas Harrold, Geelong Western Beach Boat Club, 70 Western Beach Road, Geelong,1.00pm – 4.00pm, Free,, AA

Unsigned Music Battle w/ Blashki, Jessica Frizziero, Alex Rohan, F.U.Z.Z., Maddie Roase, Dex, @ Luna Park, Lower Esplanade, St. Kilda, 4.00pm – 8.00pm, Free,, AA

Monday December 14 and Tuesday December 15

Hip Hop MC workshops, W/ Sarah Connor, Lorne P12 College, Grove Rd, Lorne, 9.00am – 3.00pm, $N/A, AA