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WAMFest 2016 highlights, survey, prizes & more

2 Dec

The WAM office has finally recovered from this year’s newly named WAMFest presented by Drug Aware, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the overwhelming amount of support from everyone who championed or celebrated incredible WA music across Perth over the four days. From everyone at WAM – a massive THANK YOU for an EPIC four days!!!

With record-breaking attendance,  we’re already planning WAMFest’s future with further improvements to be directed by YOU (survey below, with ace prizes on offer to say thanks). We’ve also collated a few facts, figures, media reviews, photos etc to help fill you in on what you may have missed, or to relive the dream…


A few highlights for this year’s WAMFest included:

Overall, the WAMFest saw a 30% increase in attendance, with over 14,000 music lovers satiated over the 4 days.

WAMFest expanded to 26 venues, 8 more venues than last year, with increased interest from live music venues to get involved

WAMCon saw more speakers attending than ever recorded and overwhelming positive feedback from attendees, proving to be the best one yet

The Moshtix QuayNote Boat Party had more attendees than ever with tickets selling out and huge demand after the success of the first boat party in 2015

The WAMAwards sold-out and the move to Gate One Theatre (Claremont Showgrounds) made for a night to remember, celebrating the winners in style

A record number of Saturday Spectacular venues reached capacity, including the Block Party, The Bird, Jimmy’s Den, Universal Bar, Badlands and more!

The Friday Showcases saw a record breaking attendance with over 3,100 punters, a 23% increase from 2015

► Sunday Best presented by Parlour saw an Australian festival first putting the festival into the hands of punters, with backyards filled up across Perth to be the perfect festival finisher. Check out one of the parlour gigs here

► The return of Kiss My Camera saw record breaking entries showcasing some of WA’s best photographers. Check out some of the entries here

headphonic-survey-prize-wamfest-2016WHAT YOU’D LIKE TO SAY
WIN BIG by completing this quick survey for WAMFest 2016!

The 2016 WAMFest presented by Drug Aware saw more than 12,000 people impressed by over 160+ WA acts, record-breaking WAMCon speaker attendance, and a heap of sold-out and capacity-reaching events across the 4 days of festivities. We were psyched by these successes, but we want to keep on improving so people next year again say it’s “the best WAMFest ever”!

This is where we need YOU (best punters in the world, as well as media, acts etc) can help ensure next year’s WAM festivities are even better.

Whether you attended or didn’t attend this year’s festival, we’d like EVERYONE’S feedback to keep evolving WAMFest. By simply completing our quick survey you’ll play an important part in this, as well as automatically going in the running to WIN:

FIRST PRIZE ► Some of the finest headphones you can get; AIAIAI TMA-1 Carhartt headphones (Limited Edition, RRP $299). These are provided thanks to HeadphonicVisit them now

SECOND PRIZE  A CD prize pack consisting of 10 x compilation CD releases filled with the finest of WA music, including Kiss My WAMi CDs going back the last few years, Sounds Of compilations and more!!

Winners will be randomly selected 5pm Friday 16 December.





Enough of us blowing our own trumpets, some rather nice words have been flowing from all directions since the event, including from those with extensive experience of festivals all over the world and some of our fave media…

more-info-6 Music Insight on Saturday Spectacular ►“WA’s biggest celebration of local music… lived up to the lofty expectations… You’d be a fool to doubt that Perth has one of the best local music scenes in the country.

more-info-6 The on Friday Showcases ►“Once again State Theatre, WAM and RTRFM have put on an amazing courtyard experience.”

more-info-6The on Saturday Spectacular ► “WAMFest delivered another stunning crash course on WA music.. to truly cement the 2016 Saturday Spectacular as one of the best to date.”

more-info-6FOAM for The AU Review ►“Unmissable.”

more-info-6Avenoir Saturday Spectacular Part 1 “this year’s festival boasted a schedule that left past year’s lineups in the dust”

more-info-6Avenoir Saturday Spectacular Part 2 ► “A stellar, comprehensive celebration of the best of contemporary WA artistry.”

more-info-6Colosoul on WAMFest overall ► “With a city filled to the brim with exciting and exceptional music, we are some incredibly lucky music fans.”




“Thank you for the fabulous experience I had in WAMFest. It was really miraculous. Thank you.” – Paula Guerra, PH.D, Professor of Sociology, University of Porto

“I wanted to congratulate you all and say thank you for an awesome WAM weekend! You guys have made an amazing event. Your team over the last few years has reinvented WAM and invigorated the brand in so many ways. I’ve seen WAM since day one, and this is easily its best era to date.” – Mike Wafer – Fuck Yeah Media

“Everyone was really impressed with the conference and the speed-dating was a real eye opener as to what is currently happening in Perth right now.” – Timothy Janes, General Manager, Caroline Australia

“Every year it gets better and better. You guys did an amazing job and I can’t wait for next year.” – Scott Williams, Music Director, Doghouse Records

“The event has grown in such an impressive way.” – Esti Zilber, Associate Producer, Sounds Australia

“A lot of fun and from all the first timers I know who attended – everyone is walking away singing yours / the events praises.” – Andy Gumley, Senior Agent, Village Sounds.

“WAM weekend, the conference, awards and showcases were all beyond amazing.” – Alyssa-Jane Ivery, Brand & Social Media Manager, Secret Sounds.

“What a great event it was, and some fantastic music of course.” John Zucco, Music Media Promotions & Consultancy, The Right Profile

“Thanks for an awesome week, learned a lot about Perth, made some great contacts and had so much fun. Have been playing the WAM CD in the office since I got back and everyone is loving it!” – Alex Taggart, Music Rights Management, Outdustry Group / Head of Operations, The Syndicate

“I’ve left inspired about the WA music scene, after immersion in the great music being pumped out of the city from Saturday night” – Will Watson, Director and Agent, PS Music Group

“I had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed both events. I was thoroughly impressed by how well organised everything was. WAM is doing an amazing job!” – Brooke Olsen, Amrap’s AirIt & Music Distribution Coordinator, AMRAP

 * Above image by Memories Made Here aka Cameron Lindroth


Missed out on the fun or want to relive the WAMFest dream? Check out these photos from talented photogs:

moreinfo WAMAwards ► by Anthony Tran Photography, Allison Read Photography and Castaway Photography & Videography

moreinfo WAMCon and Quaynote Boat Party by Memories Made Here

moreinfoSat Spec Part 1 ► by Shoot the Wicked Witch

moreinfoSat Spec Part 2 by Adrian Thomson



Without the following, WAMFest 2016 would never have happened, so we can’t thank them enough;



*Feature image: Hideous Sun Demon by  Shoot The Wicked Witch aka Kim Anderson


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.