Beat Column, November 11, 2015

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday November 11, 2015
With Grace Kindellan

Hold onto your hats everybody, it’s gonna be a big weekend! Face The Music 2015 is happening this Friday and Saturday from 9am – 7pm both days. With a jam-packed weekend of panel sessions, keynote presentations, meeting opportunities, practical music workshops and intimate master classes, it’s the place to be for anyone who wants to work or play in the Melbourne music industry.

The keynote address will be delivered by JD Samson, an integral member of electronic-feminist-punk band Le Tigre and one of the world’s most visible, outspoken and inspiring gender queer performer/activists who will discuss the tensions between creating experimental punk music and the realities of running a band as a “business.” JD Samson will also appear on Hens in the Cock House: Shake a Tail Feather alongside Joanna Cameron (One of One), Cassandra Pace (Music Victoria) and producer Anna Laverty. This discussion will delve deep into the conversation about sexism in the music industry and recent initiatives aimed at promoting gender equality on stage and behind the scenes.

With the taste-making power of Triple J growing and growing  in its 40th year, there will also be a discussion of the influence that national airplay has for emerging artists and how decisions are made behind the scenes about playlisting and editorial segments. Internationally renowned music activist, founder of Un-Convention and co-director of In Place of War, Ruth Daniel will also be speaking at Face The Music 2015 with a strong DIY message for Australia’s independent artists.

Morning Ritual is presenting two shows at 9am on both days of Face the Music to kick everything into gear before the discussion begins. They will be held in the stunning MPavillion in Victoria Gardens with Alexander Gow (Oh Mercy) on Friday and D.D. Dumbo on Saturday.

Face the Music takes place on Friday November 13 and Saturday November 14 at The Arts Centre Melbourne with more information available at

Melbourne Music Week is also kicking off this Friday November 13 with a tonne of events for underage music lovers. On Friday arvo you can check out Breakout, a collaboration with RMIT University in the spooky courtyard of the Old Melbourne Gaol. It will showcase the hottest emerging local talent with a strong focus on sustainability and a solar-powered sound system.

If you like your morning meal with a side of music, then check out a Brunch Gig this weekend! On Saturday, £1000 Bend will host OLYMPIA and James Teague and on Sunday you can watch LANKS and Anna Cordell at Krimper Café, with a free tea or coffee on entry and brunch available for purchase.

Melbourne Music Week is also hosting Lunchbox Sessions every week day from Monday November 16 to Friday November 20 at their flagship venue, the abandoned Royal Women’s Hospital. Come on down from 1.00pm to 2.00pm to see Jim Lawrie on Monday,  Zone Out on Tuesday, Luke Howard on Wednesday, Woodes on Thursday and Ella Thompson (The Bamboos) on Friday.

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All Ages Gig Guide

Friday November 13

Sound Shell Opening and Scribble Party w/ DJ Nicholas McLoughlan, @ Cohuna Sound Shell, Garden Park, Cohuna, 7.30pm – 11pm, $5, U18

Saturday November 14

Bass Coast Cycle Challenge Family Festival Skate Park Freeza Comp w/ Dan Lunn, The Times & I am Duckeye, @ Inverloch Skate Park, Reilly Street, Inverloch, 9.30am-3pm, Free,, AA

Youth Centre Launch w/ TBA, @ The Corner Youth Centre, 91 Wilsons Road, Mornington, 12pm-3pm, Free,, AA

Sunday November 15

Malahang Youth Stage 2015 w/ DJ TRAINWRECK, O.C.R.A.M., Jack Hewitt, Caution, Jets Beats Crew, GUNN, Dig Deep, New Hope, Ulysses, @ Malahang Reserve, corner of Oriel Road and Southern Road, West Heidelberg, 12pm-4pm, Free,, AA