Beat Column, December 02, 2015

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday December 02, 2015
With Grace Kindellan

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! They include Selling Time (Northern Metro), Mosey (Northern Country), Mother Culture (Southern Metro), Sparks (Eastern Metro), Against Our Pride (Barwon South West),Short Term (Hume) and Aura (Gippsland.) There is one event left to determine the winner from the Mallee Wimmera region on December 4 at Nowingi Place, Hugh King Drive, Mildura. Next year all finalists will battle it out once and for all at the City of Melbourne’s Moomba Festival in March 2016. With a prize pack worth more than $11,000 including recording, mastering, printing, posters, gear, publicity, clothing and more, competition will be fierce. Head to for more details and start rehearsing for next year!

Fed Square Live is here to ease you into the summer music season with a series of free, outdoor performances every Thursday from 5.30pm at, you guessed it, Fed Square. Relax into a deckchair and unwind as the sun sets over some of Melbourne’s most talented acts. This week you can catch Annabel Kay’s moving acoustic country music inspired by the isolation and longing of living in a small community far from home. Jasmine Nelson will be playing her signature piano ballads and FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands winners from 2014/15, The Bean Project, will be delivering their unique French horn and guitar based folk music. Head to for more details.

Next Saturday 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 check out

Port Phillip City Council’s Youth Services team is also looking for young people who are interested in event management to volunteer their time to help manage The Push Stage at St Kilda Festival 2016. This is an opportunity to gain great industry experience while listening to awesome bands and performers. The festival takes place over a couple of weeks in early February across various places in St Kilda and volunteers would be required on Sunday February 8. If you need more info or want to express interest, head to or email

If you’re a young person with a passion for making radio, head down to SYN’s information night on Thursday December 15 at 6.00pm at SYN Media on Cardigan Street, Carlton. SYN makes radio and TV solely for youth and they’re always on the look-out for new volunteers. To register interest and find out more visit

Collingwood community music station PBSfm 106.7 also offers radio training courses with places available now for 2016! The courses take place over five weekly two-hour sessions and cover all the basics in radio production and presenting. Check out for more info.

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All Ages Gig Guide

Friday December 4

Portland BreakFest 2015 w/ DJ Brynny, DJ Short Round, DJ Nath Jennings, Portland Drill Hall, Bentinck St, Portland, 7.30pm-11.30pm, $15 presale, $20 door price, U18

Shove it Skate Comp, Timboon Skate Park, Timboon, Time: 4pm-7pm, Free,, AA

2015 Parody Prom VII w/ DJ Mz Rizk, Chandelier Room, Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, 7pm-11pm, $10,, U18

Sunday December 6

Phruntsdye Skate Park Jam w/ James Gillard, Daniel Hunt, Pro BMXer demos, Renton Millar, skate, scooter and BMX competitions, Mansfield Skate Park, Highett Street, Mansfield, 11am-2pm, $5,, AA