AmpFest launches with $6,000 cash prizes
After a taking 2013 off, live music competition AmpFest is back and ready to find the next big act from WA. If you’re in an unsigned band, duo or are a solo artist aged between 12 and 25 (inclusive) then you have until Friday 7 March to enter. Finalist will perform live, receive membership to WAM, take part in Band Development Workshops and compete for cash prizes ($5,000 for the winner and $1,000 for the runner up).
A few changes have been made since the last AmpFest. It’s now free to enter and there will no longer be heats, instead a panel of music industry experts will select finalists who will go straight into the final at 4Sure Festival. As such, AmpFest also the perfect place to meet other performers, make some new fans and gain some more live show experience.
AmpFest first started in 2003 and is designed by young people for young people. The competition is all about celebrating local, original music in any form. Past winners of AmpFest have included Mink Mussel Creek (which evolved into Pond), Goodnight Tiger, Dead Owls and Sisters Doll, along with 2005 runners up, The Dee Dee Dums now known as Tame Impala. More than just a band competition, AmpFest is a community development project and opportunity for young WA musicians to get a leg-up in the industry and gain advice and industry experience. This year the competition will be organised by YACs (Youth Advisory Councils) from the City of Nedlands, City of Subiaco and Town of Mosman Park, with support from WAM.