Beat Column, Wednesday April 22, 2015

With Jess Zanoni

The release of Splendour In The Grass’s 2015 line-up has probably been exciting enough in itself to receive any other news this week, but we’re going to give you more anyway.

Arts Centre Melbourne’s free hip hop mentoring program Dig Deep kicks off this week, and they’re calling for young emcees, vocalists or beat-makers aged 14-24 to get involved! An incredibly diverse range of young artists will work with a team of established hip-hop practitioners to create and present new work, develop peer mentoring skills and collaborate with young artists from other creative disciplines. It will run on Tuesdays 5pm at The Channel community space. Register now at

The Music Network is seeking an editorial and data entry intern with a strong background in writing and a serious interest in the music industry. TMN interns work a minimum of two full days per week and are responsible for researching and writing news stories and reviews, news aggregation, conducting interviews and pitching features. Sounds alright hey? To be considered for an unpaid internship, send across your resume, a cover letter and 2-4 music-related writing pieces (reviews and news stories) to by April 24.

Our city’s very own favourite psych-rock outfit King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have recently announced their own national festival ‘Gizfest.’ And they’ve been kind enough to hold an under 18 show on May 2 at The Corner Hotel with Dreamin’ Wild, Love Migrate, Atolls and Sleep Decade. This one’s gonna sell out real fast so get your hands on those tickets asap because it’s definitely not one to miss.

Volunteers are wanted for the Emerge in the West Festival, happening on May 16 in Nicholson Street Footscray. The day will celebrate art, music, fashion, dance, circus and spoken word inspired by the vibrant local African community, jam packed with two lively stages active from 1pm – 7pm, walking tours, a fashion hub, craft workshops and a youth-led forum. Volunteer opportunities include assisting with bump-in/bump out, assisting artists, assistant stage manager, information table hosting, assisting at craft and workshop tents, traffic control and roving volunteers. Apply by emailing your interest, availability and relevant work experience to by May 1.

Love singing or playing the Blues? The Youth In Blues program kicks off again this May, where you can get free mentoring in the history of the Blues, beats and rhythms, Blues song writing, technical and performance skills. The sessions are presented by renowned Bluesman Wayne Jury with help from some of Australia’s best Blues musicians, and open to anyone under 25. Sessions will run fortnightly from May 2 in West Melbourne. Register at

All Ages Gig Guide

Wednesday April 22

Poetic Licence, Darebin Arts and Entertainment Centre, Cnr Bell St & St Georges Rd, Preston, 7pm, $23 for adult, $18 for concession,, AA

Saturday April 25

North East Skate Series – Mount Beauty, Mt Beauty Skate Park, Lakeside Ave, Mt Beauty, 2 -4.30pm, Free,, AA

Psycroptic w/ Athenas Wake and Villa Morta, Wrangler Studios, 8C Whiteley Parade, West Footscray, 3pm, $5,, AA