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Music Industry Icon Don Letts Joins WAMCon Lineup

13 Sep

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.


Visit for all the latest WAMCon news. Tickets from $140+bf available via Eventbrite.



► 2 days of insightful panels featuring 40+ leading music industry experts

► Industry masterclasses and workshop sessions lead by the industry’s best

► Ticket to the VIP industry Quay Note Boat Party (including free food & drinks)*

► 1-on-1 industry networking sessions*

► Radio pitching opportunities (including triple j!)*

► Free lunch at the WAMCon Bookers & Burgers session

► Free entry to WAMFest Opening Party

► Access to ALL paid WAMFest Live showcases and after parties

► Free tote bag packed with extra goodies

* Guaranteed access for early bird ticket-holders only, subject to capacity



Alan Harvey – Board Member and Chair of Research Advisory Committee, Perron Institute / Emeritus Professor, School of Human Sciences The University of Western Australia

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

Anna Laverty – Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Anna Laverty (VIC)

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)

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)

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)

Shannon Driscoll – Program Co-Director, Girls Rock! Melbourne / Performer, The Beat Taboo, Juliette Seizure & the Tremor-Dolls, The Reprobettes, Powerline Sneakers (VIC)

Susan Heymann – Managin Director, 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

Dive into the future of music at WAMCon!

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.

$140 +BF for WAM members / $185 +BF for non-members
Guaranteed access to Quay Note Boat Party, 1-on-1 Industry Speed Dating Sessions, Radio Pitching and all other events/sessions.
Deadline: 11:30pm 14 September 2018


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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.