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166 LIVE ACTS & DJS ► 28 VENUES ► 29 SHOWS ► 16 FREE ONES ► 64 WA MUSIC CONFERENCE SPEAKERS + 14 PANELS ► INFINITE POSSIBILITIES
We’ve said this year’s WAM Festival will be bigger and better, and you can now count 166 acts playing across multiple WAM Festival events, including the likes of triple j conquerors Tired Lion; the Laneway leaping Methyl Ethel; a special solo RBMA preview set from KUČKA; Lost Highway signee Ruby Boots; cartoon beats hero Sable; the prize-slinging Sydnee Carter; supreme power metal lords Silent Knight; and Coin Banks on a mother truckin’ VIP Quay Note boat party! Not to mention a heap of WA Music Awards winners, guaranteed grinners and readymade sinners, waiting for your discovery. The majority of #WAMFest shows are FREE, and ALL are free for #WAMConf ticket holders, which now also sees a massive 64 so industry heavyweight speakers assembled from all around the world to impart there wisdom.
The WA Music Awards (known affectionately as the WAMis) play a vital role in recognising the achievements and output of the WA music and industry talent in the year that was. Debuting at Perth’s freshest late night hot spot Jack Rabbit Slim’s in Northbridge, this year’s coveted ‘WAMi’s’ will be handed out during an evening peppered with performances from some of WA’s most exciting talents.
The WA Music Conference is the must-attend event for everyone from band members to producers, managers, students, industry professionals, bookers, soundies and music fans, with 64 speakers gathered from all over the world set to advance your career! This year WAM’s stepping up the game and offering unprecedented value, the benefits worth the cost of guaranteed extras and exclusive opportunities alone. Thanks also to the support of the Perth Theatre Trust, this year’s Conference will be held at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, utilising state of the art facilities in The Studio Underground, Foyer and additional rooms.
Friday Showcases are a series of free and ticketed (or all free for #WAMConf ticket holders), genre or theme-specific showcases spanning Perth’s inner city suburbs, presented in conjunction with some of WA’s best promoters and organisations. Running from 5pm to late, there is something on the menu for every taste, from metalheads to beats boffins. With more artists and a second stage with increased capacity, the return of the Block Party (as part of the Saturday Spectacular) will this year provide thousands with a free block party-styled celebration of WA music and culture, right in the heart of Northbridge. Extending the good times for a long-overdue mini fest in Fremantle, festivalgoers will be able to finish off their weekend in the beautiful surrounds of the Fremantle Arts Centre and the revamped The Newport Hotel. The three-stage event will feature 15 artists and will be free entry 2–10pm (as part of the Sunday Best).