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WAM FESTIVAL: Events, WA Music Conference speakers & earlybirds revealed

2 Sep





Friday 6 – Saturday 7 November

State Theatre Centre of Western Australia


After big leaps forward the last few years, the WA Music Conference has become the must-attend event for everyone from band members to producers, managers, students, industry professionals, bookers, soundies and music fans. This year WAM’s stepping up the game and offering unprecedented value, including earlybird tickets – now on sale til Friday 18 September – being worth the cost of extras and exclusive opportunities alone!

Thanks to the support of the Perth Theatre Trust, this year’s WA Music Conference will be held at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, utilising state of the art facilities in The Studio Underground, Foyer and additional rooms. This will offer a dynamic environment for audiences to engage with an all-star cast of 40+ leading music industry professionals from Australia and beyond in captivating, inspiring and informative panel sessions, one-on-one meetings and networking sessions (including the debut Quay Note boat party for earlybirds!) all exclusively provided to ticket holders. Also included will be rare opportunities to pitch your music to radio programmers, with triple j’s Assistant Music Director Nick Findlay and Triple R Music Coordinator Simon Winkler amongst the essential attractions announced in the first round of speakers:

Adam Christou (Music Director, RTRFM)

Andy Gumley (Booking Agent, Village Sounds)

Archie Hamilton (Managing Director, Split Works, China)

Clive Hodson (Director, Perfect Pitch Publishing)

Edwin Tehrani (Booking Agent, New World Artists)

Harley Evans (Managing Director, Moshtix; Board Member, Music Victoria)

John Wardle (Policy Director, Live Music Office)

Lance Robinson (Artist Liaison, A&R Department)

Michael Szumowski (Head of Creative Development, Alberts)

Millie Millgate (Executive Producer, Sounds Australia)

Nick Findlay (Assistant Music Director, triple j)

Sarah Chipman (Owner, Title Track)

Simon Winkler (Music Coordinator, Triple R)


LIMITED EARLYBIRD TICKETSVia Ticketek til 5pm Fri 18 Sept: $152.83+BF for WAM members | $193.61+BF non-members.

Passes include free:
► Entry to all WA Music Conference Panels and Keynotes
► Entry to Quay Note Boat Party*
► Radio pitching session opportunities
► 1-on-1 networking session opportunities
► WA Music Awards entry*
► Entry into all ticketed/door sales WAM Festival Showcases
► Priority entry into all venues when at capacity

Second release ► Til 5pm Thurs 5 Nov: $193.61+BF for WAM members | $234.39+BF non-members.

*Earlybird ticket holders guaranteed access, all other ticket purchases beyond the earlybird period will be subject to availability.



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The last few years have seen the WAM Festival evolving into a new beast, now speaking volumes to all music lovers – from international and national industry leaders to music fans of all genres. Highlights from last year’s festival included the debut of the Block Party seeing 3,000 attendees and lines around the corner; record-breaking queues at Saturday Spectacular venues; and a multitude of direct and flow-on industry outcomes for acts, including booking agency and label signings, tours, radio playlistings, features etc. More than 10,000 attendees applauded.

Yet don’t think we’re resting on our laurels; this year is set to be even BIGGER! Continuing to improve and ensure it’s unarguably the most essential series of events to mark into every music calendar, the newly expanded four-day WAM Festival will this year turn Perth, Fremantle and surrounding suburbs into a musical playground, Thursday 5 – Sunday 8 November.

We’re excited to reveal the shape and feel of WAM Festival 2015, with upgrades including an even bigger Block Party; a huge new program of Friday events; and the introduction of a Fremantle three-stage free event, Sunday Best. Whilst we’re not yet revealing any of the 100+ acts set to showcase, it’s time to start planning your good times:



WA MUSIC AWARDS (Jack Rabbit Slim’s)
Debuting at Perth’s freshest late night hot spot Jack Rabbit Slim’s in Northbridge, this year’s coveted ‘WAMi’s’ will be handed out during an evening peppered with performances from some of WA’s most exciting talents. Due to the venue’s limited capacity, tickets will be available strictly by invite, with priority given to WA Music Conference ticket holders, who’ll be able to celebrate in style at the WA music industry event of the year.


WA MUSIC CONFERENCE Day 1/2 (State Theatre Centre of WA)
Released info as above.

QUAY NOTE (Swan River, departing from Perth)
It’s theorised there’s Something In The Water in WA, so where better to celebrate WA music than on it! Quay Note sees the debut of an exclusive boat party, free for WA Music Conference speakers and ticket holders, plus very select partners and media.

WAM FESTIVAL FRIDAY (Various venues)
A series of free and ticketed, genre-specific, live music showcases spanning Perth’s inner city suburbs, presented in conjunction with some of WA’s best promoters and organisations. Running from 5pm to late, there is something on the menu for every taste, from metalheads to beats boffins. Events include:

  • RTRFM Live Outside Broadcast @ State Theatre Courtyard
  • The Community Showcase @ The Boston
  • Pilerats Showcase @ Jack Rabbit Slim’s
  • Riley Pearce EP Launch @ The Indi Bar
  • Stormrider Touring presents Triple Album Launch @ Amplifier
  • Status Factory Showcase @ Babushka (Upstairs Leederville Hotel)
  • Colosoul Fashion Show @ Defectors
  • Villanova Studios Showcase @ The Ellington
  • Soggybones Showcase @ Soggybones (West Perth Store)
  • Blues At Bridgetown & Perth Blues Club Showcase @ Paddington Ale House
  • Sweet Oblivion Showcase @ HQ Leederville (all-ages)



WA MUSIC CONFERENCE Day 2/2 (State Theatre Centre of WA)
Released info as above.

BLOCK PARTY (Wilson Roe St. Car Park)
Featuring more artists, a second stage and increased capacity, the return of the Block Party (as part of the Saturday Spectacular) will undoubtedly be a Festival highlight again this year, providing thousands with a free block party-styled celebration of WA music and culture, right in the heart of Northbridge.

Featuring Northbridge’s best live music venues coming to life and throwing open their doors to the public to host free live music showcases from midday to 2am. Over 50 artists will perform at:

  • Wilson Roe St. Car Park (Block Party)
  • The Bird
  • The Boston
  • Ezra Pound
  • Flyrite
  • Jimmy’s Den
  • The Moon
  • Mustang Bar
  • Universal Bar



SUNDAY BEST (Fremantle Arts Centre and The Newport Hotel)
Extending the good times for a long overdue mini fest in Fremantle, festivalgoers will be able to finish off their weekend in the beautiful surrounds of the Fremantle Arts Centre and the revamped The Newport Hotel. The three-stage event will feature 15 artists and will be free entry 2–10pm.

More details to be revealed soon!

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.