Beat Column, March 16

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday March 16, 2016
With Grace Kindellan

Attention songwriters: Push Songs’ innovative and inspiring song writing mentoring program continues into its 8th year throughout April and May 2016 and it’s still free! The program is made up of three one-on-one song writing workshops, plus Tuesday Night Song Club where you’ll meet and share ideas and talk about gigs with fellow song writers. Working alongside Push Songs co-ordinator Charles Jenkins, will be a bevy of experienced song writing mentors including Darren Hanlon, Jess Ribeiro, Dan Kelly and another special guest mentor to be announced very soon. Applications close on Thursday March 31 so head to if you’re keen.

The Push is super excited to launch New Slang – a series of monthly, all-ages events held at Arts Centre Melbourne’s The Channel! These intimate and exclusive gigs will showcase both touring and local artists to Melbourne’s all-ages audiences. We are looking for 10 dedicated and enthusiastic tastemakers aged 15-17 to lead the organisation and programming of New Slang as members of our events team for 2016. New Slang events team members will gain a heap of experience in managing events and programming line-ups plus there will be lots of chances to meet like-minded people and music industry professionals. Check out for more details.

Check out the pop-art visuals with a soundtrack of sweet pop music at Friday Nights at NGV. Acclaimed singer/songwriter Bertie Blackman will take the stage this Friday to showcase her new album of euphoric, fist-pumping synth bangers. 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, March 4. For more information, head to

If you like getting rowdy in quiet, educational institutions, Live at the Library is the gig for you! Come down to the Brunswick Library this Friday March 18 to see a range of luscious pop bands from 6pm to 8.30pm. Country-rockers Tracy Mcneil and the Goodlife are fresh from the release of their new single Paradise and are set to tear the house down with help Melbourne’s favourite melody makers The Pink Tiles, unknown project IQ and Ladychoir will be playing their first show ever! They’re a group of six acclaimed song-writers and musicians who sing sweet acapella versions of pop hits including covers of Bjork, Elbow and Dolly Parton. Head to if you wanna know more.

Keen to get amongst the Brunswick Music Festival but didn’t make it down last weekend? There’s still time! Amped Up Productions is hosting a not-so Secret Garden Party this Saturday in Saxon Gardens Brunswick and it’s gonna be HUGE! The Black Harrys will be bringing their rootsy, melodic folk music to the stage, plus pop slayer Gabriella Cohen is playing solo with support from Folkie & The Punk, Harry Andrews and Georgeia Ashworth all for a measly $10. It’s all happening from 2pm to 6pm at 33 Saxon St, Brunswick with more details at

All Ages Gig Guide

Friday March 18

Terang Pool Party w/ DJs, Terang Swimming Pool, 6.30pm – 9.30pm, $5,, U18

Saturday March 19

Wall to Wall Jam and Stencilling Workshops w/ 23rd Key, Zoo York, YMCA and Scoot, skate, BMX clinics and mini-games, Benalla Skatepark, Fawckner Drive, Benalla, 9.00am – 5.30pm, Free,, AA

Beachside Youth Festival w/ Woodlock, Josh Cashman, Nussy, The String Theory, Universal Outcasts, DJ Gabish, Green Point, Brighton Beach, (The Esplanade, end of South road,) 3.00 – 8.00pm, Free,, AA

KewFestival KewMunity Day – FReeZa Youth Performance w/ Tram Drivers, Victoria Park, Corner High Street and Adeney Avenue, Kew, 12.00pm – 5.00pm, Free,, AA

Saturday March 19 & Sunday March 20

Relay for Life w/ Daniel Reeves, Second Voice, Gayle Mawson, DJs, Euroa Showgrounds, Charles Street, Euroa, 2pm on 19/3/2016 – 10am 20/3/2016, Free, AA