February 2015 Newsletter

FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands: Finalists set to compete at Moomba for $11k+ grand prize

The nine finalists for the Freeza Push Start Battle of the Bands 2014 series beat over 350 bands across Victoria to earn their spot at the Grand Final at Melbourne’s Moomba Festival on March 7, where they will be competing for a $11k+ prize pack. This year’s finalists will be bringing a wide variety of styles to the festival with rap, metal, rock and folk music being some of the genres on display.

Meet the finalists on our Band Interview page: The Bean Project (Upway), Ember Rain (Melton), The Evercold (Narre Warren), The Flats (Wellington), Horris Green (Ballarat), The Quick and the Dead (Wangaratta), A-Ron and J.Jay (Craigieburn), Requiem (Horsham) and Revolution (Golden Plains).

Following the competition, The Push Stage will feature headliners Japanese Wallpaper, Yeo, Tully on Tully, and Stax Osset, followed by the Moomba fireworks at 9.30pm.

Latest band interviews: Seth Sentry, Void Of Vision, Max Goes To Hollywood

Amidst a relentless tour schedule, Seth Sentry has somehow managed to find time to write and record his next album. You’ve probably already had a taste of what’s to come, with first single Run premiering on triple j’s airwaves towards the end of last year. Read more…

Things have been pretty hectic for five-piece metalcore outfit Void Of Vision since they broke into Melbourne’s heavy music scene, chalking up no less than three national tours. Last year their debut EP Broken//Bones was labelled ‘Best EP of 2014’ by Blunt Magazine. Read more…

If the stage shows of Melbourne’s three-piece acoustic party pop-punk trio Max Goes To Hollywood are anything to go by, it’s safe to say the only thing they take seriously is not taking themselves too seriously. Read more…

Hilltop Hoods Initiative open for applications

One emerging Australian hip hop/soul artist will have the opportunity to fast track their career with the 2015 Hilltop Hoods Initiative. Valued at $10,000, the initiative is open to all up-and-coming hip hop/soul artists or groups who have not yet released an album professionally. The initiative is aimed at funding costs associated with the manufacture, release and promotion of a debut album. Applications close March 3, there’s more info at www.hilltophoods.com

Sound Engineer and Film Crew wanted

Tram Sessions is a not-for-profit project that takes the joy of live music to Melbourne trams for your commuting. They’re on the lookout for a Sound Engineer and Film Crew (volunteer) to join the team. It’s a great way to get experience if you’re studying and of course to get up close and personal to some of your favourite musicians. Check out www.tramsessions.com and apply by February 19.

West Writers Group applications open

Are you a writer, theatre maker, poet or songwriter in the West? Are you looking to develop your work, meet other creatives and gain professional development? West Writers Group (WWG) is a collective of writers from diverse backgrounds that meet every other week from March – November in Footscray. To apply to join the new group, submit your expression of interest by February 20. Check out www.footscrayarts.com

The Under Age recruiting new journalists

The Under Age is looking for a group of seven new young journalists to join the team for 2015. The Under Age is an online newspaper written entirely by Victorian high school journalists, covering news, sport, politics, art and culture. Each fortnight the group will meet with industry professionals to learn about working in journalism and to workshop story ideas. If you’re in Year 11 or below and think you’ve got what it takes, get your application in by February 25 at www.theunderage.com.au/become-a-contributor

Performance artists wanted for theatre

Platform Youth Theatre, in collaboration with La Mama, is looking to work with 15 young and emerging artists to create 15 short performances at the theatre on Faraday Street, Carlton. If you’re aged 16-26 and are interested in theatre and theatre making, email info@pyt.org.au with your expression of interest by March 6.

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