Beat Column, January 13, 2016

The Push Beat All Ages Column 
Wednesday January 13, 2016 
With Grace Kindellan

Here at The Push we are excited to announce that we’re adding to our suite of Music Industry Mentoring opportunities with a new program for women performers in 2016. It’s called SQUAD and it will provide women performers aged 18 – 25 with the chance to be teamed up with industry professionals, attend special masterclasses and an exclusive development weekend where participants will work on craft and career with a range of experts. There are ten places available for SQUAD with more details and applications available at

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. Head to for more details.

Tonight, and every Wednesday 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 the market plays host to singer-songwriter Josh Cashman, galactic soul beat-makers Passerine, Melbourne’s finest purveyors of hot gypsy jazz Ultrafox Trio and the alt-country splendour of Tracey Macneil & the GoodLife. For more information and details of upcoming lineups, check out

There’s plenty more free music in and around the city with MPavillion’s Friday night series of diverse and in-demand DJs starting back up again this week. Producer, composer, remixer and in-demand live performer DJ Gloves will be playing classic disco and deep house music this Friday January 15 from 6.00pm to 9.00pm. MPavillion is located in Queen Victoria Gardens on South Bank and more information is available at

If you’re on the south side, check out the City of Stonnington’s Sunset Sounds, a series of live Sunday evening live music across the area’s beautiful parks and gardens. The three events are free and will combine some of Australia’s best-loved musical talent with some of Melbourne’s best food trucks in a lush, natural setting. This week acclaimed soul band Emma Donovan and the putbacks are playing from 6pm on Sunday January 10 in Central Park, Malvern East. Check out  for more information.

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 pro-tools 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 from Thursday January 14 to Thursday January 21.

If you’re keen on learning more, Darebin FReeZA group Yeahnah2k15 is hosting a workshop in conjunction with Men Imitating Machines and Decibel Records about using bass, guitar, drums and MIDI controllers to control Ableton Live. It’s on Saturday January 30 from 1pm to 4pm at Decibel Records Studios, which is upstairs at the Reservoir Library. You’ll need to book so head to for more information.

Next Wednesday January 20 celebrate Midsumma with a chill-out expression session on the deck at Williamstown library from 4pm to 7pm. As well as sets from Jess Locke and Dukes of Paris there will be heaps of time for young artists to get up and play a couple of songs to a supportive audience, with movie passes and other great prizes up for grabs! There will also be complimentary drinks, icypoles and mouth-watering food on hand so head to for more details.

Friday January 15

FReeZA Summer Market Series w/ Cooper Lower, Chloe and Nicola, Angela and Mitch, Louis Chilton, Paddy Brady, Ditto, Warrnambool Civic Green and Lake Pertobe, 4.30pm – 8.30pm, Free,, AA