Beat Column, Wednesday July 29, 2015

With Ruth Mihelcic

The dates have been announced for Face The Music 2015, with the contemporary music summit returning to Arts Centre Melbourne on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th November, 2015. Following an acclaimed program last year, the music community will gather again to discuss new ideas, investigate the fast-changing development of music and media technologies, learn from international experts and network with other artists and music businesses. It’s a do-not-miss for anyone wanting to break into the industry or expand their operations.

A limited number of early bird tickets for $75 (Full conference) have gone on sale. Get yours before they sell out, otherwise you can catch the first program announcement and general tickets on August 26. Go to

In other music news, August is literally the biggest month ever for FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands heats. No joke, there are 21 heats happening across Victoria next month, which is insane!! If you don’t know yet, the winners from each heat will go on to play at their Regional Finals, where those winners will then play for an amazing prize pack worth over $11k at Melbourne’s Moomba Festival next March. Show your support for your local competing bands by getting along to an event (at this rate there’s bound to be one near you) – you can find all the event details on our website by checking out the gig guide or the dedicated FReeZA Push Start 2015 Series gig page.

In other competition news this week, triple j’s Unearthed High 2015 is still open! They’re looking for the best high school act in the country to follow in the prestigious footsteps of acts like Japanese Wallpaper, Lunatics on Pogosticks, ASTA, Stonefield and more. The best entries will be played on national radio, and if you’re their winner you’ll be flown to triple j to record, remix or master a track. You’ll also get professional music advice from a top Australian act and their manager, and triple j will come to your school. If you’re a songwriter, in a band, a producer or MC, then enter by uploading an original piece of music to by August 3.

If you hadn’t yet heard, Telstra Road to Discovery applications are currently open. The program gives artists the flexibility to achieve their goals their way. Alongside a $15,000 development grant, two winners are given an all-expenses paid trip to the USA, local gigs, ongoing education and the opportunity to work with industry insiders to help them kick-start their music career. Applications close August 23 and you can get more info at

All Ages Gig Guide

Thursday July 30

Music Industry Skills Demo Night w/ Liam Kendall, Michael Plex, Garden Nun, Wally Howlett, North East Artisans, 88-90 Bridge St, Benalla, 6-8.30pm, Free, contact Amanda Aldous on 5760 2677, AA

Friday July 31

Pop Punk Christmas in July w/ Foley, Brodown, Little Foot, Stuck out, EV’s Youth Centre, 212 Mt Dandenong Rd, 6:30-11pm, $12,, AA

Youth Film Fest, Southern Peninsula Community Theatre, 245 Eastbourne Rd, Rosebud, 6-8pm, Free,, AA

FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands – East Gippsland Heat, Rumours Night Club, 14-22 Lauderdale Rd, Narre Warren, 6-10.00pm, $10, AA