The WAMFest 2018 Program is here!

Revealing Final WAMCon Speakers, Speed Dating Registrations, WAMFest Live in the Park, Kiss My WAMi and more!

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WAMCon

WAMCon is proudly supported by the City of Perth

FINAL WAMCON SPEAKERS ANNOUNCED
WAMCon announce today more speakers and panellists for the 2018 event. The conference will now feature over 60 industry experts including, newly announced, Jeremy Rotberg & Taylor James (123 Agency), Drew Goddard (Karnivool/Barefoot Bands), Josh Lane (Four Tone Booking Agency) as well as WAMAward winner and songwriting rising star, Carla Geneve, plus many more. The two-day event returns to its home at the State Theatre Centre on the 2nd and 3rd November and will be the must attend event for budding artists, managers and producers to gain access to career-breaking opportunities.

This year’s WAMCon will cover all facets of the music industry from where to start your music business journey and how to grow it sustainably; to mastering the art of electronic production; to discussions about the economic and social impacts the music industry experiences.

The event features, already announced, speakers including Don Letts (UK-based legendary filmmaker, radio broadcaster and DJ), Susan Heymann (Chugg Entertainment), Dom Alessio (Sounds Australia), Liz Ansley (4ZZZ/Special Interest), Karla Ranby & Declan Byrne (triple j), one of Australia’s finest music engineers and producers Anna Laverty and Richard Moffat (Way Over there/Groovin The Moo).

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FINAL SPEAKERS ADDED
Amber Fresh (Rabbit Island)
Andrew Maurice (SBDC)
Andy Lawson (Debaser Studio)
Anni Fordham (Major Key/Music Insight)
Blake Williams (Mix 94.5)
Bob Gordon (Around the Sound)
Carla Geneve
Christina Ballico (Griffith University)
Danae Gibson (RTRFM)
David Vodicka (Media Arts Lawyers)
Dixie Battersby (DB Publicity)
Drew Goddard (Karnivool/Barefoot Bands)
Emily Branson (Jamilla/WOMPP)
Em Burrows (RTRFM/WAM)
Francesca De Valence (I Heart Songwriting Club)
Grace Barbé
Grace Borrello (Twin Cities FM)
Harley Evens (moshtix)
Hayley Ayres (360 Artist Logistics)
Hayley Beth (HEEBIEJEEBIES)
Jeremy Rotberg (123 Agency)
Josh Lane (Four Tone Booking Agency)
Josh Hutchins-Smith (Happy Mag)
Kate Pass (Kate Pass Ensemble)
Larry Heath (Heath Media/Embassy Music Publishing)
Libby Noble (RTRFM)
Paul Clarke (Freshien Consulting)
Pete Guazzelli (DLGSC)
Scott Adam (North Metropolitan TAFE)
Susan Cotchin (IRR)
Suzie Tuialii (Hyclass)
Tangiora Hinaki (Ngaarda Media)
Taylor James (123 Agency)
Taylah Strano (RTRFM)
Timothy Nelson
Tinashe Soko (T$oko)
Tom Cameron (Happy Mag)
Will Backler (RTRFM)
Yasmin Naghavi (Media Arts Lawyers)
Zain Awan (Zãn)

See all speakers in program here.

ALL WAMCON PANELS AND SESSIONS REVEALED
This year WAMCon boasts over 20 info-packed sessions spanning across panels, speakers, one-on-one meeting opportunities and networking events including the much loved Quay Note Boat Party to close out the first night of the conference. See full schedule here - https://www.wamfest.com.au/program/

WAMCON SPEED DATING REGISTRATIONS OPEN 
Thanks to popular demand and great results, WAM’s speed dating sessions are back! Get in with your early registration to make the most of this unique one-on-one opportunity to ask everything you ever wondered from industry experts ranging from radio presenters, to agents; venue programmers to festival promoters; Publishers to publicists. This is your time to ask everything from how to get your first gig through to where to start to book your first international tour, or maybe you want to know what labels and publishers are looking for when they sign a new act. No questions are off limits!

*Register and see the full list here
*WAMCon passholders only. Passholders will be emailed an access code.

SPEED DATING HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE
Anna Laverty Producer, Mixer, Engineer (credits include; Depeche Mode, Florence and The Machine, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Courtney Barnett, The Peep Tempel) [VIC]
Clive Hodson Managing Director, Perfect Pitch Publishing
Declan Byrne Presenter, Home & Hosed, triple j [NSW]
Dom Alessio Digital Export Producer, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA [NSW]
Drew Goddard Performer, Karnivool / Co-Director, Barefoot Bands
Esti Zilber Associate Producer, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA [NSW]
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]
Jeremy Rotberg Agent, 123 Agency [VIC]
Jesse Elliott Director, The Music District / Performer, These United States, Arc Life [Fort Collins, Colorado - US]
Josh Lane Co-Director, Four Tone Booking Agency [NSW]
Karla Ranby Presenter, Weekend Lunch, triple j [NSW]
Larry Heath A&R Manager, Embassy Music Publishing / Director, Heath Media [NSW]
Liz Ansley Music Coordinator & Presenter, 4ZZZ / Publicist & Creative Consultant, Special Interest [QLD]
Susan Cotchin Director, IRR Music [VIC]
Taylor James Agent, 123 Agency [VIC]
Will Backler Program Director, RTRFM 92.1 / Music & Interviews Coordinator, RTRFM 92.1
Will Evans Label Ambassador, Bandcamp / Label Owner, Neat Lawn / Booker, Night Cat / Manager, Midlife [VIC]

QUAY NOTE BOAT PARTY TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Due to popular demand the Quay Note Boat Party presented by moshtix is back - this year happening on the 1800s-era Paddle Steamer Decoy, boasting a larger capacity meaning an even bigger party cruising the scenic Swan River! The boat’s almost full but limited tickets are still available to this year’s fully catered event which features special performances from the amazing Grace Barbé and emerging ptown beat-maker extraordinaire Sarmecb, you don’t want to miss the boat that ROCKS!

Limited tickets available for $60 +BF from moshtix.com.au or FREE for WAMCon early bird ticketholders.
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WAMFest Live

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

WAMFEST LIVE IN THE PARK LINE UP REVEALED
WAMFest Live are proud to welcome back their family friendly event WAMFest Live in the Park on Saturday 24th November from 4:00PM. Presented by Town of Bassendean, this event takes places in the beautiful BIC Reserve. Featuring more of Perth’s live original music, we welcome picnic blankets, lots of activities and fun for the whole family. Performances by afro-kreol world-music sensation Grace Barbé, Spanish fused guitar collective Duende Indalo, punchy garage rock outfit JFK and and contemporary singer-songwriter Sydnee Carter. You’ll be bopping from top to tail all afternoon and into the evening. And if all that dancing works up an appetite, there will be plenty on offer from Old Perth Road Market Stalls.

Then after the live music stops, we’ve got two indie music films screening to help you wind down on your Sunday night: The Night Of The Triffids (Live at Paddington Town Hall 1984) and the Hyperfest Team Documentary 2017 from 8:30PM.

Best of all, entry to the whole event is Free!

KISS MY WAMi COMPILATION
The Kiss My WAMi Compilation CD has always been a trusted tastemaker in identifying up and coming West Australian artists. This year it features a diverse array of music from songwriters spanning across genres from Electronic to Jazz, to Rock and Hip Hop. Featured artists include The Money War, Demon Days, Tanaya Harper, T$oko, Jamilla, Grace Armstrong and many more.

Best of all the two disc release is free for all WAM Members and if you’re not a WAM member you will be able to access this year’s Kiss My WAMi compilation on Spotify and Soundcloud from November 1st.

ARTISTS FEATURING ON THE KISS MY WAMi COMPILATION
Aminah Hughes
Angus Dawson
Bert Hayden
Big Orange
Brayden Sibbald
Bri Clark
Cruel Noon
Dawn Barrington
Demon Days
Didion’s Bible
Farraday’s Cage
Ella Munro
Feels
GAZEY
Geoff Waldeck
Grace Armstrong
Helen Shanahan
Hercules Morse
HYCLASS
Jamilla
Jeffrey Wicker
Mal de Mer
Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics
Ratking
Ruby May
Skullcave
Sly Withers
Stella Donnelly
Tanaya Harper
Teen Angst
The Money War
The Silent Sea
The Struggling Kings
The Wilds
These Winter Nights
Treehouses
T$oko
Wayward Johnson
Xenobiotic
Young Jaycee
Yully

ALL WAMFEST SET TIMES RELEASED
We understand you’ll need to prioritise your time when assessing which of the 200+ acts playing WAMFest you know you can miss and getting curious about the ones you’re yet to discover. All set times are now revealed providing you with plenty of time to plan your WAMFest.

See all set times here!

WAMAWARDS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES, GOLDEN WAMI NOMINEES REVEALED & LINEUP ANNOUNCED

On Thursday the 1st of November, The WAMAwards reveal their 35 award recipients of 2018 from the new home of the annual event, The Hyatt Regency Perth. The night will also welcome two new Hall of Fame inductees Dixie Battersby and The Stems, alongside performances from some of WA’s best soloists and bands.

WAM AWARDS LINE UP ANNOUNCED

Adding to this night-of-nights for the Perth music community, will be live performances by Perth's iconic rock n roll royalty and Hall of Fame inductees The Stems, much loved duo Gina Williams and Guy House, seven-time WAM Award nominee Carla Geneve, the sassy and energetic stage persona that is Your Girl Pho, the adored hip hop producer and emcee Hyclass, the mesmerising jazz heroes of Gemma Farrell Quintet plus more to be announced. We’re pleased to be teaming up with the sound pros at Perth Audio Visual to ensure all our local stars sound their very best on the big night.

Local legends Bourby Webster (founder of Perth Symphony Orchestra) and Blake Williams (Actor, Television and Radio Presenter) will be heading up the evening as our captivating emcee’s.

GOLDEN WAMi AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

The Golden WAMi Award has been the defining nod in Western Australia’s music industry for many years, giving recognition to those who have made a significant contribution to West Australian music through their careers. Past winners include beloved and respected industry successes Jodie Regan (Spinning Top Music) and Phaedra Watts (Nannup Music Festival) and this year brings an impressive list of Nominees:

2018 Golden WAMi Award Nominees

Caitlin Nienaber

Chris Wheeldon

James Newhouse

Luke Rinaldi

Tenille Elkins

Tom Fisher

2018 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED

DIXIE BATTERSBY

From humble beginnings working at Thompsons Record store in Perth city in the late 70's, Dixie Battersby formed friendships with bands who frequented the shop which would be the founding relationships of her impressive career to come. Her early acquaintances with bands, particularly The Triffids saw it take little time at all for Dixie to land a job working at the prestigious EMI in 1983 for which she still contracts. In 2013 Dixie formed DB publicity, her stand alone publicity agency and during her career she has executed publicity campaigns for the likes of Katy Perry, The Beatles, 360, Angus & Julia Stone, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Sam Smith, Alison Wonderland, Something For Kate, Troye Sivan, Beck, The Kooks, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Empire Of The Sun, Paul Kelly, Crowded House, Neil and Tim Finn, Little Birdy, Silverchair, Missy Higgins, Kasey Chambers, The Living End, Sleepy Jackson, John Williamson, Bob Evans, Paul Dempsey, The Avalanches, Olympia, Keith Urban, Banks, Sarah Blasko and many more.

THE STEMS

The Stems epitomized 80’s indie rock, giving it a wider currency. They are one of only a handful of bands (among them the Hoodoo Gurus and The Sunnyboys) that cracked the mainstream charts with an indie approach in the 80’s. The band released a series of independent records on Sydney’s Citadel Records with each release reaching #1 on the Australian alternative charts. But it was their debut album, released on Mushroom records, AT FIRST SIGHT VIOLETS ARE BLUE in 1987 that received national and international acclaim becoming one of the best-selling Australian albums of that year despite an almost total lack of commercial airplay in the corporate FM dominated 80’s. Rolling Stone named their album “At First Sight” one of the top 100 releases of all time. Appearances on Countdown, magazine covers, sold out shows were to follow. The band continue to play selective shows to this day to sold out audiences in Australia and abroad.

WAMFest Lineup additions, North perth party, regional program, All announced here!

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Adding to the already massive WAMFest Live line up of 147 Western Australian acts comes another 52 additions to this huge free entry event taking over Perth city on Friday 2 and Northbridge on Saturday 3 November.

And if that’s not enough live local music, the City of Vincent is lending a hand in throwing a WAMFest Live North Perth party on Sunday 28 October, featuring another 21 acts. And you guessed it, that’s all free entry as well.

But it doesn’t end there. WAMFest are spreading the music far and wide adding regional programming to the WAMFest Live celebrations with Settlers Tavern, Margaret River; The Fish Trap, Mandurah; The White Star Hotel, Albany; and Six Degrees, Albany; all jumping on board to join in the fun from October 18 to 20.

See below for final additions, announcements and the full WAMFest Live lineup. For more info visit wamfest.com.au.

REGIONAL PROGRAM LINEUP AND VENUES

WAMFest Live will again expand the festivities beyond our city hub and bring the party to some of our most adored regional live music venues on October 18 to 20. Stopping in at Mandurah, Margaret River and Albany; and featuring acts including Blue Child Collective, MATA, Kris Nelson and Blue Stukka; there’s a slice of WA music for all tastes. See full list of the program below.

Thursday October 18 @ Settlers Tavern, Margaret River – ASKYA, Blue Child Collective, Emjay Angeni

Friday October 19 @ The Fish Trap, Mandurah – Asparagus Soop, Biss & Max, Guthrie Trio, MATA, Navan

Saturday October 20 @ The White Star, Albany – Dawn Barrington, Isaac Gaffney, Kris Nelson, Oscar Gilbert, Steve Pinner, The Mist

Saturday October 20 @ Six Degrees, Albany – Blue Stukka, Essence Duo, Geoff Waldeck, Jesse Pieterson, Onaya Meijer

WAMFEST LIVE NORTH PERTH PARTY

As part of WAMFest presented by Act-Belong-Commit, we’re pleased to reveal our North Perth event in partnership with the City of Vincent, which kicks off 3pm - 8pm on Sunday 28 October.

WAMFest Live’s North Perth event will centre around the Rosemount Hotel, with local acts including Superego and seven-time 2018 WAM Award Nominee Carla Geneve and many many more taking over the main room, Four5Nine bar, and spilling out onto the car park.

North Perth Town Hall will host an all ages concert featuring Flossy, Young Robin and more; and in the Milkd alleyway there’ll be a silent disco for the little kids - keeping punters of all ages in on the music mayhem.

All stages and venues are free entry.

Rosemount Car Park – Carla Geneve, Secret Act, Fraeya, Dulci, Kaitlin Keegan

Rosemount Main Room – Superego, Grievous Bodily Calm, Jamilla, Marksman Lloyd, Hyclass

Four5Nine – The Limbs, Black Stone From The Sun, Bad Friends, Mt Cleverest, Airline Food, Girl York

North Perth Town Hall (ALL AGES!) – Flossy, Mal De Mer, Young Robin, Escapist, Phoneline Valentine

FINAL ACTS ADDED TO WAMFEST LIVE FRIDAY NIGHT LINEUP

Perth’s live music scene is taking over 9 venues in Perth city on Friday 2 November, with all venues offering free entry all night. Featuring bands at Amplifier & Capitol (presented by AU Review), The Sewing Room, Laneway Lounge, Prince Lane, Rubix Bar, Belgian Beer Café, Holmes & Co (presented by Big Tommo Presents) and the beautiful Wesley Church.

The final lineup boasts an extra 33 acts to get your Friday night going with party starters Soukouss Internationale, Old Blood, G*Rey and Tomas Ford just added; as well as music to soothe your soul after a long week with soloists like Julian Webb, Kris Nelson, and Ryan Edmond also joining the bill. Full line up additions below.

WAMFEST LIVE FRIDAY LINEUP ADDITIONS

Alex Elbery

ASKYA

Chidi Okpechi

Chisenga

Delilah Rose & the Gunslingers (trio)

Destiny Praise Team

DJ SILENCE

Dulcie

Elwyn

G*Rey

Jamie Mykaela

Jenny Gaunt

Julian Webb

Kol Nafshi

Kris Nelson

Latehorse

Lincoln Mackinnon & The Wrecking Train

Lydia Schubert

Mac the comedy computer

Meredith Whittle

Mitchel Martin

Old Blood

Pimps of Sound

Ryan Edmond

Sarmecb

Skulka

Soma

Soukouss Internationale

Still Worship Band

Tomás Ford

Wayward Johnson and the Adjustment

Wisdom2th

Ze Rebelle

FINAL ACTS & VENUES ANNOUNCED FOR WAMFEST LIVE SATURDAY

On Saturday 3 November Northbridge will host a series of free events across 12 venues and 4 outdoor stages as part of WAMFest presented by Act-Belong-Commit. The full Saturday lineup offers something for all-ages and every musical taste, with an additional 19 acts just revealed.

Salary caps off the two-stage Lot Party lineup, and down in the Yagan Square auditorium, Zoe Ryan joins the bill. At Paper Mountain, the Outcome Unknown presented showcase gains Cossio / Caratti / Symczycz and Filth Goddess. Flyball Gov'nor, Fraeya, and TASHI have been added to the Red Room at the Brass Monkey. And Navana, Nyanda j, Racoo, and Raksha join The Court’s two-stage showcase, presented by Cannonball.

Over at The Moon Cafe we’re excited to unveil a smooth lineup of jazz, including locals Duende Indalo, Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble, Praashekh Quartet, Soft West, and The Zagoria Trio. While inside Wesley Church we’ve got back-to-back choirs, including Gospel Extravaganza, Providence Gospel Choir, and The Joyful Noise Choir.

WAMFEST LIVE SATURDAY LINEUP ADDITIONS

Cossio / Caratti / Symczycz

Duende Indalo

Filth goddess

Flyball Gov'nor

Fraeya

Gospel Extravaganza

Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble

Navana

nyanda j.

Praashekh Quartet

Providence Gospel Choir

Racoo

Raksha

Salary

Soft West

TASHI

The Joyful Noise Choir

The Zagoria Trio

Zoe Ryan