Beat Column, December 16, 2015

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday December 16, 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. Watch it now at

If you’re keen to relive some of the mesmerising sets from FTM that were played in the lush, outdoor setting of the MPavillion, get yourself down there this Friday evening for a free set by NO ZU DJs. This Chapter Music collective has been purveying their neat heat-beat dance rhythms all over town recently and is close to cutting their second record Afterlife. They will be playing from 6.00pm to 9.00pm on Friday December 18 and it’s totally free!

Moreland City Council’s Oxygen Youth Services is celebrating the festive season on Friday December 18 with a Makers’ Market and Christmas Party at Oxygen Youth Space on Gaffney Street, North Coburg. Anyone between the ages of 12 – 25 is welcome to come along from 4.00pm – 8.30pm to pick up some handmade gifts and catch sets from local artists Dylan Joel and Dear Jane. For more details head to

For all the creative and musical high school students out there, JMC Academy is running a series of workshops over the school holidays guaranteed to banish boredom and hone your talents. There are sessions on everything from song-writing to animation to entertainment business and at $15 – $20 they’re unlikely to blowout your budget. For dates and more information check out and get in quick! They’re running this week through to January and places are filling up quickly.

IT’S COMP TIME. Our favourite metalcore band Confession are playing their Final Tour this January, after seven years of ripping up stages. We’re giving one lucky fan the chance to interview Crafter one last time, as well as score a Final Tour t-shirt and a double pass to their Melbourne AA show (Jan 3, Arrow On Swanston). To enter go to and tell us your most memorable moment of seeing Confession. We’ll pick the winner on Friday!

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All Ages Gig Guide

Friday December 18

FEMME FATALE w/ Stonefield, Brighter at Night, She Wolf, Terra, The Beautiful Monument, Craigieburn Youth Centre, 6pm-10pm, presale $10+bf or door $15.00, AA

Saturday December 19

Skate the Lake @ Loch Sport w/ Potatoes and Dragons, Lakeside Loch Sport, 12.30pm – 4.30pm, Free, AA

Pop-up Juice & Music w/ DJs TBA, Nicholson Street Mall, Nicholson Street, Bairnsdale, 1pm-6pm, Free, AA

Sunday December 20

FReeZA Summer Market Series w/ Cooper Lower, Chloe and Nicola, Angela and Mitch, Louis Chilton, Paddy Brady, Ditto, Warrnambool Civic Green and Lake Pertobe, 9am-1pm Free,, AA