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WAM FESTIVAL: Dates and early opportunities announced

10 Jun

Expanding to four days and seeing over 10,000 punters, 166 acts and 64 conference speakers taking part in celebrating all facets of WA music in spectacular style, it wasn’t surprising last year’s WAM Festival was awarded WA’s ‘Best Festival’ award by national media The Au Review. Continuing this evolution, we’re happy to reveal the WAM Festival will be returning better than ever, so prepare your leave, sick notes, study extensions, ears and expectations of ridic good times for…

Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 November 2016.

Whilst we’ll be revealing a number of exciting changes later in the year, for now there’s a few more announcements to help get you an early start on making the most out of WA’s biggest four days of local music.



After being a huge hit last year, the WA Music Conference will also be returning, inspiring all on Friday 4 – Saturday 5 November at The State Theatre, with thanks to Perth Theatre Trust. With music industry professionals from around Australia and beyond providing industry insights, game-changing knowledge, inspiring directions and a boat load of priceless networking opportunities, the conference is essential for anyone who wants to take their music careers to the next level.

Conference Coordinator Claire Hodgson commented, “We’ve seen some fantastic stories emerge for acts, industry personnel and organisations in the past few years, and each conference we’ve been further refining the event to provide more opportunities for the talented individuals and groups in our close-knit WA music industry. I couldn’t be prouder and happier to be at the helm this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing the exciting industry outcomes that result!”

For any enquiries relating to this year’s conference event, please email Claire Hodgson:



After doing a phenomenal job of expanding the festival to the best in anyone’s memory, we’re excited to confirm Gun Fever Director Greg Sanders returns for his third and final year as WAM Festival Coordinator. Expect big things with Colonel Sanders at the helm one last time…

“There have been a tonne of great new artists, killer new venues and big ideas emerge over the last year, so I can’t wait to get stuck into the music programming, as well as enhancing the traditional aspects of the Festival,” commented Greg. “This will be my last year in action for WAM, so I’ll be doing my best to leave my mark on a fest that has become the best, and one I’m privileged to be involved with.”


As WAM’s highest profile annual event, WAM Festival has a wide-reaching, highly engaged audience, providing both exciting exposure and brand alignment opportunities for organisations and businesses interested in partnering with WAM for the event. To work out how your brand can maximise its impact whilst helping champion WA music, please contact WAM’s Development Manager, Georgia Kennedy:

WAM is also seeking expressions of interest for a Graphic Designer to help create a strong, consistent visual profile for WAM Festival 2016 and WAM Song Of The Year 2016-2017. You would need to be available on a part time basis from August, with the contract awarded to a designer for both events to help achieve brand consistency.

As well as a fee to cover both projects, we’ll provide a number of incentives, including promotion of your business to highly engaged potential clients across WAM’s channels. The intention is also to find a designer to partner with across WAM’s diverse projects and events, potentially leading to further contracts. To find out more, please send expressions of interest to WAM’s Marketing & Communications Officer, Aarom Wilson:


To be the first in the know on all WAM Festival performance opportunities, event details, WA Music Conference presales, the WA Music Awards and more, be sure to be on WAM’s free WAMplifier eNews (subscribe here). And whether you’re a music fan, artist or industry professional, be sure to save the date for another action-packed four days of WAM Festival fun!


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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.