Beat Column, February 24

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday February 24, 2016
With Grace Kindellan

After a rigorous climb to the top, the 2016 FReeZA Push Start grand finalists are ready to take the stage, going head to head as part of City of Melbourne’s Moomba Festival at Alexandra Gardens at Birrarung Marr Park on Friday 11th March. This year’s finalists bring a wide variety of styles including rap, metal, rock and folk to the festival’s The Push Stage which is gonna be bursting with local young talent all day. Competition will be fierce with a grand prize worth $11,000 and the APRA AMCOS Songwriting Award prize pack of $150. To top it all off, red-hot, Melbourne six-piece Alpine are headlining! Check it out at

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 charming singer song-writer Scott Darlow, afro-beat six piece The Public Opinion Six and gypsy whirlwind VARDOS. For more information and details of upcoming line ups have a look at

Check out the pop-art visuals with a soundtrack of sweet pop music at Friday Nights at NGV. Chinese music project Pet Conspiracy are known for pounding electronic beats and exciting, conceptual performances and will take the stage this Friday. 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 26. For more information, head to

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.

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 this 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

Signal is hosting five workshops for young LGBTQIA people to explore different illustration techniques and collaborate on newspaper/zine-style publications with artist Klara. The workshops take place on Saturday 5, 12 and 19 March; and 2 and 9 April 2016 11am to 4pm with the final artworks being displayed at the Signal Gallery from Thursday April 21 to Saturday April 30. It’s free but bookings are essential so check out

All Ages Gig Guide

Friday February 22

FReeZA Open Mic Night February, w/ TBA, Wyndham Youth Resource Centre, 86 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing, 6.00pm – 10.30am, $2, AA

Saturday February 27

Cosy Crescendo w/ Kelly Macquire, Seb Keighley, Brady James, Bonnie Kelly, Finnin, Empty Nights, Chelsea Activity Hub,  3-5 Showers Avenue, Chelsea, 2.30pm – 5.00pm, $5.00,, AA

Sunday February 28

Mortlake Colour Rainbow Run, w/ DJ Tim Edwards, Mortlake Racecourse, 9.00am – 2.00 pm, $20 presale, AA