WAM FESTIVAL: Singapore WA Music Exchange (SWAM) showcases

WAM FESTIVAL: Singapore WA Music Exchange (SWAM) showcases

Thursday 6 November - Saturday 8 November

Various venues throughout Northbridge

Audience: 18+

Ticket Prices: Free*

The second installment of the Singapore WA Music Exchange (SWAM) program is in full swing, with three of Singapore’s finest musical exports having been selected to showcase their wares in various performances at the 2014 WAM Festival.

Providing the perfect warm-up for the WAM Festival Opening Party, the official SWAM Showcase kicks off the entire fest on Thursday 6 November from 4pm at the Universal Bar, Northbridge, with all three Singaporean acts performing in a FREE ENTRY show, with everyone invited. VIP drinks for WA Music Conference speakers and delegates will also help set the festival off on the right foot. But that’s just the start.

The Pinholes, rock ‘n’ roll, funk, soul and pop with a spin of tropical vibes, are playing both a sneaky set at Devilles Pad on Friday 7 November and also the Saturday Spectacular Block Party at the Roe Street car park on 8 November.

Unique indie-rocker, iNCH. (who has opened for acts as diverse as Katy Perry, Vampire Weekend and Macy Gray) is playing both the Astor Lounge on Friday 7 November for Our Man In Berlin’s CD launch and also November 8 a the Saturday Spectacular at the Mustang Bar.

Villes, a post-hardcore rock group, is bringing the noise to one of the official WAM Festival Sideshows (free for all WA Music Conference pass holders), Blood Rock Fest, at the Rosemount Hotel on Saturday 8 November, and also supporting east coast heavy hitters Trophy Eyes when they play Leederville HQ Friday 7 November.

SWAM

Mike Harris, CEO of WAM said, “The Singaporean musicians bring a unique style and fresh content that we are sure will be well received here at the WAM Festival. The SWAM Exchange program can bridge cultural gaps through music and further expand international trade and tourism between our two countries. Singapore is one of the most ideal gateways into the Asian market and we hope to extend the same opportunities here in Australia. WAM looks forward to hosting this year’s Singaporean musicians and identifying Australian musicians for Beerfest Festival 2015.”

“We believe that the Singapore-Western Australian Music Exchange program is an excellent platform for musicians to venture into a new market, perform for a new audience and experience performing at overseas live music venues and events,” added Danny Loong, Chief Creative Director for Timbre Group. “Such cross-cultural regional music exchange collaboration will also keep the music scenes of both countries fresh and current for the audience and more importantly connect and expand the reaches of both music scenes.”

BACKGROUND

SWAM, a cross-cultural regional music exchange program, a first of its kind, provides three Singaporean artistes/bands the opportunity to perform at the prestigious WAM Festival. In exchange, three Western Australian artists are also invited to perform at one of Singapore’s largest lifestyle music events, Timbre Group’s Beerfest Asia. The SWAM Exchange program is also awarded with the National Arts Council’s Cultural Diplomacy arts grant. The SWAM initiative, and the touring support for the bands to travel to Singapore, are funded by the WA Department of Culture and the Arts.

* Blood Rock Festival, Our Man In Berlin’s launch and the Devilles Pad WA Music Awards After Party performances are free to WA Music Conference pass holders only.

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