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The Pilbara touring music circuit launches

17 Jul

WAM’s pilot Pilbara tour circuit launches, packed with festivals and great acts

In partnership with Atlas Iron, WAM is proud to announce the pilot Pilbara Touring Music Circuit, a regional touring initiative taking bands on a paid journey through the Pilbara region of WA, beginning next week and running monthly through till September.

This initiative combines performances at several Atlas Iron mine sites, alongside community festivals and licensed venue events. This model is based on feedback received through consultation with WAM’s Regional Touring Reference Group, featuring regionally based acts with extensive regional touring experience, including the likes of Dave Mann, Toby, Blue Shaddy and Chris Matthews.

77 acts replied to WAM’s call for interest for this project, demonstrating a great desire to take advantage of touring within our own backyard expanse. Essential to establishing financially viable regional tours and encouraging further activity and opportunities for artists touring in the Pilbara region, this pilot project will inform further projects planned for the region in 2015 and beyond.

Each act’s tour will see them playing 5-8 diverse shows, including a number of key showcase opportunities at festivals, iconic venues and mine sites. This July features Nyiyaparli man Bradley Hall and his band The Bad Influence, alongside the Albany-raised, now Perth-based Belle Harvey. August will see Davey Craddock & The Spectacles take on the North West Fest alongside the likes of The Dandy Warhols, Missy Higgins, Wolfmother, Violent Soho, Pigram Brothers, The Aston Shuffle and more. Then in September, swaggering Freo legends Tom Fisher & The Layabouts head out to the Pilbara with Perth songstress Bridget Turner (Simone & Girlfunkle/Boys Boys Boys).


Bradley Hall & The Bad Influence + Belle Harvey and Brendan Gaspari
22 – 26 July
Key shows include: Spinifex Festival (Hedland, Sat 26)

Davey Craddock & The Spectacles
22-27 August
Key shows include: North West Fest (Fri 22)

Tom Fisher & The Layabouts plus Bridget Turner
20-28 September
Key shows include: Portbound Festival (Port Hedland, Sat 20) and Red Earth Arts Festival (Karratha, Sun 28)

WA has a lack of touring circuit opportunities, particularly within more remote areas of our own state, and this is the next stage after WAM successfully ran a pilot regional touring circuit project in the Wheatbelt. WAM intends to further develop the touring circuits in the Wheatbelt and Pilbara regions in 2015.

Thanks to the assistance from major partners:

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Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts Australian Government

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.