Music Industry Icon Don Letts Joins WAMCon Lineup

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With an enticing mix of industry powerhouses and published academics already on the lineup, WAM are thrilled to welcome prolific music filmmaker, radio presenter, and international DJ Don Letts to the lineup as our keynote speaker for WAMCon 2018, taking place at the State Theatre Centre of WA from Friday 2 - Saturday 3 November.

Currently presenting the weekly ‘Culture Clash Radio’ show on BBC 6 Music and DJing around the globe, Don first made his mark in the late 70s as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae.

It was whilst working as a DJ at the first punk club The Roxy in 1977 that he made his first film 'The Punk Rock Movie' with the Sex Pistols, The Clash and many others. This led to a period directing over 400 music videos for a diverse mix of artists ranging from Public Image to Bob Marley. Don then moved into documentary work, making films on the likes of Gil Scott-Heron, The Jam, Sun Ra, The Clash and George Clinton; with his most recent documentary on Sir Paul McCartney’s ‘New’ project.

Along with his autobiography ‘Culture Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers’ released in 2007, Don was also the subject of the documentary film ‘Superstonic Sound: The Rebel Dread’ in 2010.

With decades of industry experience under his belt, we can’t wait to hear more of Don’s story from the icon himself at WAMCon, where he’ll join a diverse mix of expert industry folk with the likes of SOUNDS AUSTRALIA, triple j, 4ZZZ, Way Over There, Chugg Entertainment, Footstomp Music, Bandcamp, Girls Rock!, Perfect Pitch Publishing, Barefoot Bands, Pilerats and more, as well as leading music brains from Queensland University of Technology, the University of Western Australia and Griffith University School of Cultural Research.

This announcement comes just as early bird tickets are about to close. To take advantage of the low prices and guaranteed extras like access to the Quay Note Boat Party, radio pitching, and 1-on-1 industry networking sessions, purchase your early bird ticket via Eventbrite before 11:30pm AWST Friday 14 September.

116 Acts Added to Already Enormous WAMFest Live Lineup

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WAMFest presented by Act-Belong-Commit and proudly supported by the City of Perth is back to prove the future of WA music is brighter and bolder than ever, with hundreds of local acts set to impress crowds this November across a series of FREE live music events.

Having just revealed the first 32 local acts kicking off festivities as part of WAMFest Live Friday’s showcases in the City of Perth, WAM are proud to welcome another 116 ground-breaking WA artists to the bill as we unveil more on WAMFest Live Saturday’s electrifying program of live music taking over 17+ stages throughout Northbridge.

The latest lineup unearths plenty of standout talent, from recent BIGSOUND hits like Kaitlin Keegan, Demon Days, T$OKO and Bri Clark; to WAM Song of the Year 2018 winners J.F.K, Feels, Figurehead and Farraday’s Cage; and stacks more exciting West Australian artists, bands, and producers from every genre revealed below.

This year’s WAMFest Live Saturday schedule will see Northbridge oozing music from every orifice, with traditional live music venues and multiple outdoor stages all hosting free live showcases throughout the day and late into the night.

The much-loved Lot Party is sure to draw big crowds, with 24 acts performing across two stages at the outdoor mini-fest set up at Lot 10 South, Northbridge. Come down early Saturday arvo for WAM’s Regional Showcase, featuring not-to-be-missed acts like the Tapping Stickz, MissGenius and Grand Casual fresh from WAM’s Goldfields-Esperance Touring Circuit. Then stick around for big sets from the likes of The Money War, Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics, Davey Craddock, Hyclass, Axe Girl, Priscilla, Wooly Mammoth, Big Orange, Jamilla, Mal de Mer and heaps more!

Just around the corner you can chill out to sets from solo performers in the Yagan Square Auditorium or head to the Perth Cultural Centre Amphitheatre to soak up feel-good vibes from the likes of Your Girl Pho, Almond Soy, The Hunting Birds and more. With both these outdoor stages open to punters of all ages.

If venues are more your vibe, there are plenty opening their doors for carefully curated WAMFest Live showcases, including The Bird, Nevermind Small Club, Universal Bar, The Mustang Bar, The Boston, Badlands Bar, Paper Mountain, The Court, The Brass Monkey and more to be announced.

WAMFest Live Co-coordinator Mark Neal said, “This year’s WAMFest Live lineup is a true testament to the phenomenal talent growing in WA. We were absolutely blown away by the quality of applications this year and can’t wait for punters to uncover more of the musical gems hiding in our own backyard.”

With more than 25,000 predicted to attend, this is your chance to be part of the biggest local music event of the year! Don't miss this opportunity to uncover the future of WA music at WAMFest Live from Friday 2 to Saturday 3 November, with more events kicking off in regional WA and Perth suburbs in the surrounding weeks still to be announced. Stay tuned for the full lineup and schedule.

Just Announced

Ah Trees

Almond Soy

Angus Dawson

Axe Girl

Band of Missfits

Belle Harvey

Big Orange

Brayden Sibbald

Bri Clark

Bughunt

Butter

Catherine Ashley & Kirsten Smith

Cecilia Brandolini

Charlie Wilde

Dan Howls

Davey Craddock

Dawn Barrington

Death by Denim

Demon Days

Didion's Bible

Eden Mulholland

Ella Munro

Elsewhere/Rebecca

Family Shoveller Band

Farraday's Cage

Feels

Figurehead

Flossy

Gazey

Geoff Waldeck

Goat Faction

Grace Armstrong

Gracie Smith

Grand Casual

Hannah Mae and the Hoodwinks

Helen Townsend

Hell Average

Hercules Morse

Holographic Moon Society

Homebrand

Hussy

Hyclass

Intercontinental Sounds

J.F.K.

Jamilla

Jeremy Von Kobra

Josten Myburgh

Juliana Areias

Julie Kember

Kaitlin Keegan

King Ibis

KOPANO

Lachy John

Legs Electric

Leopard Lake

Lillia

Lucy Peach

Mal de Mer

Man Sandal

Marksman Lloyd

Marley Wynn

Michael Savage

Mick Charlton

MissGenius

Mitchell Ballardin

Moana

Myths

New Talk

NUCLEUST

Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics

Otiuh

Paris Mitchell

Platform 2

Pot Plant House Party

Priscilla

Robert Hinton

Sally Jane

Samarobryn

Savanah & The Strays

Seasta Chani and the Twilight Heist

Selkie Black

Shangrila

Shy Panther

Sieche T0nn

Statues

Steve Hensby band

Steve Pinner

Suraj

Symczycz/Jacobs

T$OKO

Tapping Stickz

Teen Angst

Tether

The Chlorines

The Crawdads

The Floors

The Hunting Birds

The Killer Hipsters

The Money War

The Peppermint Club

The Silent Sea

The Stanleys

The Struggling Kings

These Winter Nights

Tobias

TOHST

Turtle Bay Television

Wolfbats

Wooly Mammoth

Xenobiotic

Yomi Ship

Young Jaycee

Your Girl Pho

Yully

Zoë Dellaca

Already Announced

Anthony Lloyd

Camarano

Candy Guts

Cruel Noon

Doublethink Prism

Duncan Saige

Fields

Georgia Reed

Grace Sanders

Great Gable

Helen Shanahan

JOYS

Kallan Phillips

Kat Wilson Trio

Mark Turner

Noah Dillon

Pat Chow

Ratking

Ribs

Ruby May

Ryan Beno

Skullcave

Sly Withers

SURAJ

Tanaya Harper

Tania Martin

The Shakeys

The Tommyhawks

The Wilds

Treehouses

WAMFest presented by Act-Belong-Commit, and proudly supported by the City of Perth

WAMCon Early Birds Extended & Stacks More Speakers Added!

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If you’re yet to pick up your pass to WA’s leading music industry learn-fest and networking event, you’re in luck! You now have until 11:30pm Friday 14 September to grab a WAMCon early bird pass before prices go up. With an early bird pass the only way to guarantee access to the VIP Quay Note Boat Party, radio pitching, and 1-on-1 networking, you’d be crazy to let this one pass you by!

If you're searching for more reasons to purchase your early bird, the next lot of WAMCon speakers set to ignite your music career at the State Theatre Centre of WA from Friday 2 November - Saturday 3 November 2018 have just been revealed!

The latest lineup unearths a diverse mix of expert industry folk from the likes of SOUNDS AUSTRALIA, triple j, 4ZZZ, Way Over There, Perfect Pitch Publishing, Barefoot Bands, Pilerats and more, as well as leading music brains from Queensland University of Technology, the University of Western Australia and Griffith University School of Cultural Research - injecting a unique research-fuelled angle into the program.

We’re excited to see Director of Way Over There and festival programming extraordinaireRichard Moffat join the lineup, even though it won’t be as a speaker. Having vowed to retire from industry panels to make space for fresh voices, he joins this year’s conference as a workshop facilitator. Richard will moderate a small artists-only workshop that aims to help artists pick apart the existing music business model and forge a new path suited to today’s digital landscape.

Leading the charge for our next crop of industry panellists are reps from Aussie music’s biggest international exporter SOUNDS AUSTRALIA, with their newly appointed Digital Export Producer Dom Alessio (formerly from triple j) and Associate Producer Esti Zilber both onboard. They’ll join speakers from Australian broadcasters such as triple j’s Home and Hosed Presenter Declan Byrne and Weekend Lunch Presenter Karla Ranby, and 4ZZZ Music Coordinator Liz Ansley. Stacks more speakers from all walks of the industry are revealed below.

Alongside all the industry reps, we’re excited to welcome two published professors to this year’s program: Emeritus Professor Alan Harvey (UWA), neuroscientist and author of Music, Evolution, and the Harmony of Souls, which explores the importance of music as a driver of interactive behaviour from social and neurological perspectives; And Professor Patrik Wikström (QUT), author of The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud, which unpacks the immense change facing the music industry with the rise of streaming and other digital media.

We’re also pleased to welcome PhD Candidate Lisa Nikulinsky to the lineup as a panel facilitator. With Lisa’s research in youth, identity, and popular music culture in regional Australia, she promises to fuel conversations around privilege and the obstacles facing artists growing up in remote communities.

This year we’re excited to be presenting a conference program which incorporates cutting-edge research from music academia alongside meaningful advice from a selection of some of the most highly experienced, resourceful and diverse voices in music today. With this new program direction we hope to offer conference-goers two-days of thought-provoking sessions which will provide artists and industry practitioners alike with the knowledge and networks they need to take their music careers to new heights!
— Claire Hodgson, WAMCon Coordinator

JUST ANNOUNCED

Alex Paioff - Creative Director, Made In The Pile / CEO, Pilerats.com

Alan Harvey - Board Member and Chair of Research Advisory Committee, Perron Institute / Emeritus Professor, School of Human Sciences The University of Western Australia

Brenton Meynell - Co-founder, Barefoot Bands & Barefoot Coral Coast Tour

Clive Hodson - Managing Director, Perfect Pitch Publishing

Dan Riches - Co-founder, Ardiol Media / Performer, The Struggling Kings / Admin Officer, WAM

Declan Byrne - Home & Hosed Presenter, triple j (NSW)

Dom Alessio - Digital Export Producer, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA (NSW)

Esti Zilber - Associate Producer, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA (NSW)

Karla Ranby - Weekend Lunch Presenter & Group Music Researcher, triple j (NSW)

Lisa Nikulinsky - Researcher & PhD Candidate, Griffith University School of Cultural Sociology / Mental Health Practitioner

Liz Ansley - Music Coordinator & Presenter, 4ZZZ / Publicist & Creative Consultant, Special Interest (QLD)

Patrik Wikström - Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Creative Industries Faculty / Head of School, School of Communication / Chief Investigator, QUT Digital Media Research Centre (QLD)

Richard Moffat - Festival Programmer, Groovin' The Moo / Director, Way Over There (VIC)

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED

Anna Laverty – Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Anna Laverty (VIC)

Graham Ashton – Director, Footstomp Music / Bookings, Marketing & Publicity, The Triffid / Manager, Busby Marou, Colin Lillie, Eden Mulholland, Tia Gostelow / Booker, Kilcoy & Village Festivals / Publicist, Nettwerk & Nonesuch Records (QLD)

Jesse Elliott – Director, The Music District / Performer, These United States, Arc Life - Fort Collins, Colorado (US)

Shannon Driscoll – Program Co-Director, Girls Rock! Melbourne / Performer, The Beat Taboo, Juliette Seizure & the Tremor-Dolls, The Reprobettes, Powerline Sneakers (VIC)

Susan Heymann – General Manager, Chugg Entertainment (NSW)

Will Evans – Label Ambassador, Bandcamp Australia & New Zealand / Label Owner, Neat Lawn / Booker, Night Cat / Manager, Midlife (VIC)

Zal Kanga-Parabia – Performer, Ru / Creative Coordinator, Propel Youth Arts WA / Youth Award Finalist, Western Australian of the Year 2018

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Don't miss the boat!

Proudly supported by City of Perth, WAMCon returns to the State Theatre Centre of WA on Friday 2 - Saturday 3 November as part of WAMFest 2018. Early bird tickets are now on sale via Eventbrite until 11:30pm 14 September 2018.

WAMFest Live Sets Sights on Perth City & Welcomes First 32 Acts

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Clockwise from top left: Spacey Jane, Noah Dillon, Sly Withers and Tanaya Harper

Following on from the record-breaking success of last year’s multi-day music event, we’re excited to step things up again as we reveal more on the shape of this year’s WAMFest presented by Act-Belong-Commit and welcome the first 32 acts showcasing at WAMFest Live Friday.

This year’s WAMFest Live Friday promises a completely FREE live music program all hosted in the City of Perth. With 10+ stages all flowing off the main Murray Street strip, it will be easier than ever for punters and industry figures to float between each of the thoughtfully curated showcases and explore all of the incredible live music on show.

Amplifier Capitol will be a major port for the evening, with WAMFest acts taking over every inch of the indoor-outdoor multi-level music haunt. Set across four stages, you’ll find a selection of WA’s finest alternative, grunge, punk and indie-rock from must-see acts such as Bolt Gun, Skullcave, Spacey Jane, and Sly Withers, alongside soul soothing sets from buzzworthy soloists like Helen Shanahan and Tanaya Harper.

A dive down to The Sewing Room will reveal a mix of indie-folk and raucous rock from the likes of The Wilds, Ryan Beno, Noah Dillon, and The Tommyhawks. Or soak up neo soul vibes from acts such as Ruby May and Georgia Reed at The Laneway Lounge.

Rubix Bar, The Belgium Beer Café and Wesley Church will have you covered on all things blues, country, acoustic and gospel, with more acts and venues to be revealed in the coming months!

WAMFEST LIVE FRIDAY - FIRST ACTS ANNOUNCED

Anthony Lloyd

Camarano

Candy Guts

Cruel Noon

Doublethink Prism

Duncan Saige

Fields

Georgia Reed

Grace Sanders

Great Gable

Helen Shanahan

JOYS

Kallan Phillips

Kat Wilson Trio

Mark Turner

Noah Dillon

Pat Chow

Ratking

Ribs

Ruby May

Ryan Beno

Skullcave

Sly Withers

Spacey Jane

SURAJ

Tanaya Harper

Tania Martin

The Shakeys

The Tommyhawks

The Wilds

Treehouses

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We’re really happy to be presenting a completely free WAMFest Live program this year, and look forward to showcasing some of the best venues and live acts in Australia.
— WAMFest Co-coordinator Simon “Skinny” O’Leary

ABOUT WAMFEST

Now in its 25th year, WAMFest presented by Act-Belong-Commit and proudly supported by the City of Perth is the country’s biggest celebration of emerging West Australian artists, bands and producers. Spanning multiple weekends, the WAMFest Live component will see hundreds of WA artists takeover venues and outdoor stages for a series of FREE live music events in Perth City on Friday 2 November and Northbridge on Saturday 3 November, with more events kicking off in regional WA and Perth suburbs in the weeks before and after still to be announced.

Kiss My Camera Opens with New Category for Live Shots of Touring Acts

Free to enter and open to photographers of all levels, WAM’s annual Kiss My Camera competition returns to celebrate the valuable work of music photographers across WA and shine a light on the incredible music moments captured over the last year.

Categories recognising Best Portrait/Press Shot of a WA Act and Best Live Photograph of a WA Act are back again. Plus, to provide opportunities for local photographers shooting larger scale music events, a new category has been added this year recognising Best Live Photograph of a Touring Act (any national/international act, as long as it’s shot in WA).

Shortlisted shots will again be on show for tens of thousands to enjoy, with the exhibition running on both the Perth Cultural Centre Screen and the Northbridge Piazza Screen, thanks to the Perth Cultural Centre and the City of Perth.

Aside from scoring heaps of valuable exposure, category winners will also take home a generous prize pack, thanks to our fantastic Kiss My Camera sponsors, including:

  • A feature in scenestr magazine
  • 1hr consultation with Sorrento Strategic Music for tax advice particularly relevant to photographers
  • 8 hrs studio time at Huzzard Studios
  • Sensor cleaning at Hartlands Camera Repairs
  • 1 standard membership with PICA Art Addicts (1 year)
  • 1 membership with Perth Centre for Photography (3 years)
  • $100 to spend at Leederville Camera House
  • 1 individual membership with WAM (1 year)
  • 1 double pass for WAMCon 2018
  • 1 media pass for all WAMFest 2018 events
  • Plus, more to be announced!

Entries will be judged by an industry panel consisting of long-standing Perth music photographers Duncan Barnes and Chris O'Halloran, and renowned music journalist Bob Gordon.

Kiss My Camera closes 5pm Wednesday 12 September 2018.

ENTER NOW!