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Save the date, WAMFest Returns this November (And Artist Applications are Now Open!)

11 Jun

Attracting an impressive 40,000 people, WAMFest 2017 blew the record books wide open. The expanded and reimagined festival brought 57 iconic local venues and public spaces to life over two weekends; with live music events running throughout regional WA and Perth-metro areas.

New festival coordinators Mark Neal and Simon ‘Skinny’ O’Leary took on dual programming roles and as a result substantially increased the number of local acts involved. A whopping 304 local acts (representing 1,145 musicians) showcased their talent at last year’s WAMFest Live events, and this year we hope to see even more!

Alongside WAMCon Coordinator Claire Hodgson and WAMAwards Coordinator Kate Branson, the ambitious festival producing pair are just as committed to creating opportunities for West Australian artists as ever. While we can’t reveal too much just yet, WAMFest 2018 is shaping up to be the biggest yet so better save these dates now!


Thursday 1 November
WAMAwards: WA’s annual music night of nights, awarding and celebrating WA’s finest artists.

Friday 2 November
WAMCon: Day one at The State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth
Quay Note Boat Party: An exclusive VIP boat party on the Swan River.
WAMFest Live Friday: WA music showcases with a focus on Perth city venues.

Saturday 3 November
WAMCon: Day two at The State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth
WAMFest Live Saturday: A full day of free music events right across Northbridge, including the return of the Lot Party at Lot 10 South, adjacent to the newly completed Yagan Square.

Plus a number of regional and local council events in the weeks leading up, to be revealed.


Ready to make your mark at WAMFest 2018?

Living in the most isolated city in the world makes it especially challenging for WA acts to get in front of music industry movers and shakers. By showcasing at WAMFest, local artists have the rare opportunity to wow influential music industry professionals from around the globe.

There are heaps of opportunities to be filled, including showcases at venues and public stages throughout Perth and Northbridge, the massive all-day Lot Party, and a series of local council and regional mini-fests. Plus one lucky act will also have the chance to play onboard the uber-exclusive Quay Note Boat Party, where they’ll perform to a literal boatload of conference delegates and VIP guests.

All artists will also have the chance to feature on the iconic Kiss My WAMi compilation CD, which is distributed to industry representatives and media ahead of WAMFest.

In addition to the opportunities to impress via live industry showcases and the Kiss My WAMi compilation CD, WAMFest artists will also benefit hugely from the mass media exposure; with local, national, and international media outlets covering the fest.

Over the years WAMFest has propelled plenty of local artists to new heights, including: Methyl Ethel, Stella Donnelly, Tired Lion, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Ziggy Ramo, MathasPOW! Negro, Demon Days, Carla Geneve, Riley Pearce, Sydney Carter, Sam Perry and many, many more. Will you be next?

Artist applications close 11:59pm 1 July 2018. Applications FREE for WAM Members and $20 for non-members. For more information on how to apply, head to


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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.