Beat Column, February 17, 2016

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday February 17, 2016
With Grace Kindellan

If you’re interested in organising events for young people in your community, now is a great time to get involved in your local FReeZA committee. There are eighty committees across Victoria that organise a huge range of alcohol and drug free events for 14-18 year olds that suit the different needs and tastes of each area. Committee members gain a heap of experience in event planning, artist liaison, stage management and many other skills that are super useful for a career in the music industry or performing arts. Head to for more information about how you can get amongst it.

The Drones have announced an all-ages afternoon show at The Tote on Saturday May 28 as part of their Feelin’ Kinda Free album tour. The album drops on March 18 with two singles already out and if their recent set at PBSfm’s Drive Live is anything to go by, their renowned live shows are as enthralling and vicious as ever. Head to for more information.

Soak up the summer music season with Fed Square Live, 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. Head to for more details.

Tonight, and every Wednesday night until the end of March, you can check out music across three stages at the Queen Victoria Night Market from 5pm till 10pm. This week you can catch The Marabou Project’s non-stop journey through jazz and soul filled with traditional melodies and a charge of irresistible African rhythms. Plus, Australian rock doyennes Kim Salmon and Ron S Peno unite as the Darling Downs to play their sparse, haunting country ballads. For more information and details of upcoming line ups, check out

Start the weekend in a very cultural way when Black Cab play Friday Nights at NGV! With a year of sold-out shows and a blistering set at Paradise behind them, this is a great chance to see some new tracks as well as their characteristic blend of pounding electronica. Tickets include entry to the Andy Warhol | Ai Wei Wei exhibition and access to exclusive talks, food and bars from 6pm to 10pm this Friday, February 19. For more information, head to

The Moonee Valley FReeZA Outdoor Cinema Summer Series brings great movies to lovely local parks and galleries for you to enjoy for free after dark. It kicks off next Friday February 26 with a screening of the hilarious 90’s classic, Wayne’s World from 6pm at Incinerator Gallery in Moonee Ponds. You’re welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic drinks, plus there will be a food truck and popcorn too. There are two more screenings on Thursday March 26 and Friday April 1 with more details available at

Aireys Inlet Open Mic Festival is looking for performers to play at the 2016 festival from March 18-20. Submit your expression of interest in the form at and they will reply with all the details you need to apply. If you’re under 15 and are interested in performing there’s a special section for you – Surf Coast Future Stars. You may only want to play one or two songs, you may be a solo artist or perform as a duo or trio, it’s all welcome. Submit your interest at the above link and they will reply with all the details!

All Ages Gig Guide

Sunday February 22

Gippsland Regional Skate Park Series – Lakes Entrance w/ scooter, skate and BMX events, Lakes Entrance Skate Park, 10.30am – 3.30am, Free, AA