Beat Column, Wednesday September 2, 2015

With Ruth Mihelcic

What’s happening in the all ages music scene this week?

Last week we announced the first round of speakers for this year’s Face The Music industry conference, which is happening on November 13 and 14 at the Arts Centre Melbourne. On the speaker list is American musician, producer, songwriter and DJ best known as a member of bands Le Tigre and MEN, JD Samson; Manchester based music activist Ruth Daniel; Nick O’Byrne owner and director of Look Out Kid; Frank Cotela of ONELOVE; along with Anna Laverty, Andrei Eremin, Alex Zaccaria, Ben Preece, Brodie Lancaster, Dan Rosen, Katie Rynne, Marc Sousley, Nic Warnock, Patrick Donovan, Paul Sloan, Sara Hood, Sarah Hamilton, and Travis Banko. General tickets have gone on sale and are available as one day or two day conferences passes. For the full announcement and information, go to or check it out on facebook at

In other news you use, SYN Media is hosting a FREE one day workshop this month for young people from regional areas to build their skills in radio. If you’re under 26 and living outside metro Melbourne and are keen to learn how to present or produce a radio program, join them for the sessions taking place at the House of Syn (16 Cardigan St, Carlton) on September 24. Places are limited so book early by emailing

Perform Your Own Groove is a series of live electronic music sessions at Signal (Melbourne) facilitated by music producers and performers Moses Iten (Cumbia Cosmonauts) and Bryan Phillips (Galambo). Develop the creative process of live music performance and experiment with a variety of techniques and styles to discover the performer in you. No previous experience or specialist equipment required to participate. Sessions culminate in a live electronic music gig on the Signal sound walk. Workshops will run Saturdays in September commencing September 5 through to September 26, 11am to 4pm each day. There will be a live performance on October 10 from 4pm – 6pm. Book online at

There’s a few good things happening for ye writers out there! Dumbo Feather’s New Conversations competition is now open for high school students in year 9 and 10. Dumbo Feather is a quarterly Australian magazine featuring interviews with amazing and inspirational people. This competition is all about the power of storytelling and helping you to develop your communication skills. You could win an iPad, 1-year subscription to Dumbo Feather, plus cash! To enter, just interview someone who inspires you, and then write up your interview by September 5. Go to

And lastly, if you’re aged between 16 and 22 and live outside the big cities, enter the Heywire competition to be heard. Tell your story using video, audio, photos or text. Winning stories will be featured on the ABC. Entries close September 16 and more info is at

All Ages Gig Guide


Wednesday September 2 – Friday September 4

Hey I’m Romeo – Performing Arts Production, Echuca Paramount Cinema and Performing Arts Comples, High St, Echuca, $10 adult, $5 student/child, $25 family, contact Rhonda Marshall on 5482 2517, AA

Friday September 4

FReeZA Smackdown – Table Tennis Competition w/ Vice City, DJ SPLNDDD, Cadet, AfterGlow, King Crayon, Coconut Rush, Yoshimitsu, Corinthians Café, 37 Old Geelong Rd, Hoppers Crossing, 5pm-10.30pm, $5,, AA

Saturday September 5

FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands – Colac Heat w/ The Pink Tiles, The Refuge, Scarlett Valley, Chloe Miller, Atlas, New Vintage, Perfect Nonsense & Anonymous, Copacc, Rae st, Colac, 7pm-10.30pm, $5,, AA

Sunday September 6

Loddon Mallee Hume Series w/ Code 5, YMCA Skate Park Round 1 Championships, Skate Park Atkinson Park, Murray Valley Hwy, Kerang, 10am-4pm, Free, contact Leonie on 5010 2000, AA