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WAM Festival 2015 highlights, thanks, photos & more

20 Nov

WOW, what a totally WAMazing four days we had at this year’s WAM Festival presented by Alcohol. Think Again! To all the people who saw a gig, bought a conference pass, were nominated for or received a ‘WAMi’, or networked on the inaugural Quay Note boat function, thanks for partaking and making what we do so worthwhile and fun! We also broke a heap of records to break a heap of records, with what’s rumoured to be unanimously agreed upon as the best ever #WAMFest!

For those that missed out…





“Over 80 bands later (at the Saturday Spectacular) and punters have only begun to scratch the surface of WA live music — here’s to WAM Festival 2016!” / X-Press Magazine

“It was a big step up from the 2014 event, which itself was great, so 2015 was just amazing!”Nick Findlay, triple j

“This was freakin’ huge, so much love to everyone who came down and partied all night with us.”Pilerats

Thanks to WAM for an amazing couple of days! Last night’s crowd was awesome, thanks for making us feel loved and getting into the vibes!”Tired Lion

“What a perfect event!”Edwin Tehrani, New World Artists

“An incredible few days. Thank you again!!”Blake Rayner, Dew Process

“My only feedback would be unqualified praise for the whole Conference.”Simon Winkler, Triple R

“A huge thanks! WA MUSIC is indeed alive and well and anyone whom thinks otherwise is sadly misled!”Scalphunter

“A fantastic music festival that showcased Perth’s great music talent, showing the rest of Australia that Perth’s still got it.”Avenoir

Huge weekend of incredible bands and great music. Shouts to WAM for doing another stellar job.”Lilt


But don’t just believe the professionals…







Whilst there are a heap of industry outcomes that we’re excited to hopefully reveal soon, a few highlights for this year’s WAM Festival included:


Overall, the WAM Festival saw an 11% increase in attendance, with over 11,000 music lovers satiated over the 4 days

The WA Music Conference saw the highest number of tickets sold plus more speakers attending than ever recorded

Thanks to the Perth Theatre Trust and their superb staff, the State Theatre Centre of WA proved a massive hit

The Moshtix Quay Note Boat Party sold-out, and the feedback has been so overwhelming that we’re already organizing a return for 2016

The WA Music Awards sold-out, and the move to Jack Rabbit Slim’s made for a night to remember

The Block Party reached capacity, with over 3,500 punters representing a 17% increase in attendance

Despite the increase in numbers, the bar takings at the Block Party event were down 30% on last year, representing the effectiveness of the branding opportunities given to our main WAM Festival partners Alcohol. Think Again!

Saturday Spectacular indoor venues saw a 60% increase in attendance

A number of the Friday Showcases sold-out or reached capacity, with over 2,600 attendees




None of it would have been possible without the support of our WAMazing and amazingly supportive Festival sponsors. A very big and heartfelt thanks to the Festival’s key partner Healthway and Alcohol. Think Again, supporting partners the City of Perth and Lotterywest, and our major partners Audiofly, Alberts, Moshtix, Perth Arena and the City of Fremantle.


Big thanks also to the great people who sponsored this year’s WAMis; 303Lowe, Alex Hotel, Association of Artist Managers, Clancy’s Fremantle, Jimmy’s Den, Music Feedback, the Nannup Music Festival, Noongar Radio, Perth Jazz Society & The Ellington, Perth Theatre Trust, Sonic Lolly and Sunset Events.


Thanks also to the sponsors who created all the bits and pieces that wowed, including the incredible pieces of vinyl art by Shiny Rabbit that were the physical #WAMAwards; the visual dynamite from Non Drowsy for all festival artwork; and the printing of such fine art by the superb folk at Worldwide Print Perth QV1.


Plus big thanks to the major media partners X-Press Magazine and for their support, as well as other media partners RTRFM, 720 ABC, Tone Deaf, The Au Review, The Music Network, Pilerats and Cool Perth Nights for doing a damn fine job of promoting WA music.


Our event staff vollies also RULED – and without them we couldn’t have put on such a big #WAMFest. Huge love and thanks to legends Lien Vanmaele, Claire Logan, Dean Gavin, Riley Pearce, Jake England, Tahlia Beeson, Michelle Vab and Craig Bozman, plus the support of fellow vollie heroes Gabby Clarke, Maggie Bochat, Sophie Fielding, Dean Canasa, Danika Hansen, Brooke Murphy and everyone else who offered any of their time to pull everything together!






Thanks to the superb marathon efforts of our official WAM Festival Photographer Rachael Barrett, plus some assistance from the talented Zal KangaParabia and Chris Webster, you can view the good times by clicking below for various events…




#WAMFriShowcases (including Quay Note, Soggybones showcases and Courtyard Club)

#SatSpec & (including #BlockParty)


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

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.