Beat Column, November 25, 2015

The Push Beat All Ages Column
Wednesday November 25, 2015

With Grace Kindellan

The FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands Regional Finals have been running since September with a series of fantastic gigs showcasing young, unsigned acts right across Victoria. Congratulations to the winners so far! They include Selling Time (Northern Metro), Mosey (Northern Country), Mother Culture (Southern Metro), Sparks (Eastern Metro), Against Our Pride (Barwon South West), and Aura (Gippsland.) There is one event left to determine the winner from the Mallee Wimmera region on December 4 at Nowingi Place, Hugh King Drive, Mildura. Next year all finalists will battle it out once and for all at the City of Melbourne’s Moomba Festival in March 2016. With a prize pack worth more than $11,000 including recording, mastering, printing, posters, gear, publicity, clothing and more, competition will be fierce. Head to for more details and start rehearsing for next year!

Big West Festival is the leading community-based, contemporary arts festival in Melbourne’s West and this year is its 10th anniversary! There are over 70 multicultural, multi-artform and mostly free events that celebrate the west through the theme ‘house.’ This weekend is your last chance to experience the festival, so put it in your diary and get on down.

If you’re interested in the evolution and longevity of music events, check out Game Changers: Future of Festivals. Presented by Victoria University in conjunction with Maribyrnong City Council, this panel discussion will focus on the purposes, sustainability and threats to festivals of all kinds. Featuring the directors of the Next Wave, Fringe, Castlemaine and Melbourne festivals, it’s sure to be a juicy and impassioned conversation.

Full House is a night of noisy, raw, passionate and very danceable music to finish the festival in full party style.  Emma Donovan and The Putbacks, Kutcha Edwards, San Lazaro and DJ Manchild will be performing from 8pm playing everything from Latin sounds, traditional soul, African hip-hop, blues and disco. Head down to the Footscray Park Bowling Club for a BBQ from 6.30pm.

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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. This week you can catch Ruben Stone’s unique blend of Ambient Electronica, Indie Rock and Dance, as well as the sublime electronic folk music of Heloise and sonic pop songs from Singing for Humans. Head to for more information. For more details and tickets, head to

Are you interested in working in the arts but rock’n’roll isn’t really your thing? Well, Orchestra Victoria is seeking an Orchestra Administration Trainee to provide reception, office administration and support at their Albert Park office. The position is ideal if you’re a recent school leaver who wants to gain important experience working within the music industry and understand how a creative organisation functions. It also means you’ll be getting paid while studying towards a nationally recognised qualification! Applications close at 5pm on Friday November 27. For more information, check out

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All Ages Gig Guide

Friday November 27

The Double Launch w/ Synergy, The Supernaturals, Fallen star, EV’s, 212 Mt Dandenong Road, 6.30pm – 11pm, Free,, AA

Summer Sounds Underage w/ Future Not Found, Alavate, Jo Jo, Lou, Jacob, Elli, Epping Memorial Hall, Corner of Hall Street & High street, Epping, 5pm – 10pm, $10,, U18