The WAMFest 2018 Program is here!

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

Download the program now and start planning your WAMFest weekend!



WAMCon is proudly supported by the City of Perth

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).

 $180+BF for WAM members | $225+BF non-members
FRIDAY 2 - SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER: $250+BF for WAM members and non-members

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)
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.

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 -

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.

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]

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 or FREE for WAMCon early bird ticketholders.

WAMFest Live

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

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!

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.

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
Geoff Waldeck
Grace Armstrong
Helen Shanahan
Hercules Morse
Jeffrey Wicker
Mal de Mer
Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics
Ruby May
Sly Withers
Stella Donnelly
Tanaya Harper
Teen Angst
The Money War
The Silent Sea
The Struggling Kings
The Wilds
These Winter Nights
Wayward Johnson
Young Jaycee

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!

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.

WAMCon Early Birds Extended & Stacks More Speakers Added!


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


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

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)


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


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.

WAMCon announces second round of speakers, as early bird tix sell out

WAMCon announces second round of speakers, as early bird tix sell out

As part of WAMFest presented by Drug Aware, one of Australia’s most innovative and opportunity-creating music conferences, WAMCon, is excited to announce another 20 music industry experts to join the speakers list. With Early Bird tickets now exhausted and plenty more speakers to come, Friday 3 – Saturday 4 November 2017 will see the State Theatre Centre of WA transforming into the must-attend industry event of the year