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2016’s WAMFest wins ‘Australian Live Music Event Of The Year’ in The Au Awards!

16 Dec

We’re lucky to have some pretty amazing music festivals and events all over Australia; the kind that have impressed millions of music lovers all over the nation this year. Hence why we couldn’t be more excited to share that 2016’s WAMFest presented by Drug Aware has taken out the ‘Australian Live Music Event Of The Year (Metro)’ category in The Au Awards!!

With such stiffly inspiring east coast competition amongst the nominees, and so many events doing amazing things for Australian music all over this country, we’re truly honoured to win this national award. The WAM staff are hugely thankful for the continuing support from the public, partners and industry alike.

WAM CEO Mike Harris enthused, “Australia’s best festival: wow what a great compliment from The AU Review. It is testament to those who work to make the event what it is, the phenomenal quality of WA music and those who get out and support live music acts and venues in WA. Thanks AU Review.”



Freshly renamed, WAMFest saw a total attendance of 14,637 across four days (an increase of 30% from last year), and showcased 156 acts across 23 venues. And incalculable good times.

The WAMAwards‘ new seated format at new venue Gate One Theatre proved a hit, including the night selling out, 8 acts showcased through the night and after party, a new award added in “Best Record Producer”, and Koi Child walking away with the most WAMis (4).

The newly named WAMCon curated its biggest ever line-up, with 73 conference speakers (6 international, 41 national and 26 local) taking part in the event at The State Theatre Centre of WA. The ever-popular QuayNote Boat Party also sold-out.

You can view the full list of national winners here.



We’ve also hit the planning books and have recently announced our dates for the 2017 WAMFest, so lock in the following for an even better celebration of WA music:

WAMFest  Thursday 2 – Sunday 5 November

WAMCon Friday 3 – Saturday 4 November

If you’d like to find out more about this year’s WAMFest or help shape 2017’s by filling out a quick survey (with prizes including some of the best headphones around from Headphonic), please follow this link…


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WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.