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WAMFest announces first WAMCon speakers, Friday Showcases & more…

1 Sep

Following on from last year’s record-breaking 11,000+ attendees and winning WA’s ‘Best Festival’ in The Au Review Awards, WAM Festival is back for another year of musical exploration, enchantment and downright good times. In 2016 though, say hello to WAMFest presented by Drug Aware, this name change reflecting the festival’s continuing evolutions.

Taking place in Perth, Fremantle and surrounding suburbs over four-days, from Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 November, WAMFest is set to deliver a potent dose of local music, showcasing over 150+ acts across 20+ venues. We’re excited to introduce the likewise newly named WAMCon, including an initial 17 touring speakers revealed in the first announcement for an event that will eventually see 50+ speakers in total. Also the shape of the Block Party and Saturday Spectacular has been teased (acts to come soon), plus an expanded Friday Showcases program, with 13 events already confirmed. We’re also psyched to announce an Australian first, seeing WAMFest teaming up with Parlour to put festival programming into the hands of the public for Sunday Best! Plus the WAMAwards are set for Thursday 3 November, with more details uncovered soon…

WAM is also delighted to welcome Healthway back as a partner of the festival for a second year. Their investment in original contemporary music is vital to WAM presenting another dynamic musical program, whilst this year also focusing on important Drug Aware messages.

Healthway Acting Executive Director Maree De Lacey said, “Healthway is delighted to join the WAMFest to create a fantastic event that will connect young music fans with each other to enjoy great new music from exciting new bands. Together, Healthway and WAMFest will promote Drug Aware, which provides factual and reliable information to help people make informed choices about drug use.” For more information on Heathway, click here.

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After big leaps forward the last few years, the WA Music Conference has become the must-attend event for 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 with the newly named WAMCon, including limited earlybird tickets (now on sale here) being worth more than the cost of extras and exclusive opportunities alone.

Thanks to the support of the Perth Theatre Trust, this year’s WAMCon will be held at the State Theatre Centre of WA, utilising state of the art facilities in The Studio Underground, Foyer and additional rooms. This will offer a dynamic environment for ticket holders to exclusively engage with an all-star cast of 50+ leading music industry professionals from Australia and beyond in captivating, inspiring and informative panel sessions, one-on-one meetings and networking sessions (including the return of last year’s sold-out QuayNote Boat Party only included with earlybird tickets!), as well as a free lunchtime live tunes and tasty eats care of WAMCon Salad Days, presented by the State Library of WA. Also included will be rare opportunities to pitch your music to radio programmers, with representatives from triple j , Double J and more present.

5 international speakers and 17 touring speakers lead the first announcement, including what’s guaranteed to be a memorable keynote address by WA’s own prodigal son and The Drones’ swaggering frontman, Gareth Liddiard.


Alex Paioff (CEO, Pilerats & Metric Events/Creative Director, Made In The Pile)

Alex Taggart (Music Rights Management, Outdustry Group/Head of Ops, The Syndicate – Beijing, China)

Andrew Fuller (Owner,, Kim Salmon, Rob Snarski – VIC)

Andy Gumley (Booking Agent, Village Sounds – NSW)

Clive Hodson (Director, Perfect Pitch Publishing – NSW)

Craig Porteils (International Music Producer and Mixer – NSW)

Dom Alessio (Presenter, Home & Hosed, triple j – NSW)

Dorothy Markek (Music Director, Double J – NSW)

Esti Zilber (Associate Producer, Sounds Australia – NSW)

Evelyn Morris (Performer, Pikelet/Blogger, LISTEN – VIC)

Gareth Liddiard (Performer, The Drones – VIC)

Henry Compton (Director, Australia & New Zealand, The Orchard – NSW)

Jocelyn Kane (Executive Director, San Francisco Entertainment Commission – San Francisco, US)

John Chavez (Booking Agent, Ground Control Touring – New York, US)

Kylie Thompson (Owner, Sorrento Strategic Accounting)

Leigh Treweek (Director, The Music/Manager, Alex Lahey – VIC)

Marihuzka Cornelius (Label Manager and A&R, Ivy League/Performer, The Bloods – NSW)

Matt Johnson (Owner, Walking Horse Music/Manager, The Love Junkies, Patient Little Sister, Dream Rimmy)

Mike Harris (CEO, WAM)

Nevin Domer (Owner, Genjing Records/COO, Maybe Mars Records/Founder, Far Out Distant Sounds – Beijing, China)

Paula Guerra – (Project Coordinator, KISMIF/Assist. Professor in Sociology, University of Porto–Portugal)

Scott Adam (Head of Programs, Events, Hospitality & Tourism, North Metropolitan TAFE)

Tom Harris (Managing Director, White Sky Music/Manager, The Little Stevies – VIC)

Tom Johannesen (Booking Agent, New World Artists – NSW)

Will Watson (Director/Agent, PS Music Group – QLD)

Zac Abroms (Co-Programmer, Face The Music/Manager, Kate Martin & Manor/Director, Vice Royalty/Director, Maroochy Music & Visual Arts Festival – VIC)

Limited Earlybird
tickets ► Now available via Eventopia: $140+BF for WAM members | $185+BF non-members.

Passes include FREE ► WAMAwards Entry, Friday lunch and lunch at WAMCon Salad Days, QuayNote Boat Party and WAM Festival Showcase entry; plus free 1-on-1 networking and radio pitching session opportunities*

Earlybird tix available here.

Second release ► $180+BF for WAM members | $225+BF non-members.

Final release ► $250+BF for WAM members and non-members

Earlybird ticket holders guaranteed access. All other ticket purchases beyond the earlybird period will be subject to availability. White Space

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A series of live music showcases presented in conjunction with, and carefully curated by, WA’s best promoters, organisations and venues, including Moshtix, Perth Theatre Trust, RTRFM, Emergence Creative, Cool Perth Nights, Move, Spooky Action, Stormrider Touring, Sweet Mate Music, Matchless Music, Blue Grey Pink and Unzipped Records. Running from 5pm to late, the Friday Showcases will cover every taste and the menu is larger than ever this year, with 13 events so far announced, spanning Northbridge to Freo to Basso and back again. As usual, entry to the all events is FREE with a WAMCon pass!

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Featuring more artists, stages and regional acts, plus the return of the Block Party and PICA Amphitheatre All Ages Stage, the Saturday Spectacular will once again prove to be WA’s biggest and most diverse FREE celebration of live, original, homegrown music. 12 of Northbridge’s best venues will come to life, throwing open their doors to the public to host live music showcases from 4pm – late.

With a super tasty line-up to be announced soon, it’ll be packing 90+ artists performing at Wilson Roe St. Car Park (Block Party), PICA Amphitheatre (Perth Cultural Centre – ALL AGES), Alabama Song (Upstairs at Joe’s Juice Joint), Badlands Bar, The Bird, The Boston, Ezra Pound, Hen House Live, Jimmy’s Den, The Moon, Mustang Bar and Universal Bar.


In an Australian Festival first, WAMFest presented by Drug Aware is putting the festival into the hands of the punters by partnering with Parlour to bring you this year’s epic closing party, Sunday Best. Described by The Sydney Morning Herald as “The Airbnb of live music”, Parlour provides a platform to put artists in touch with live music lovers willing to host an event in their own home.

Whether you’re an artist, industry professional or a fan, this is YOUR chance to create your very own #WAMFest adventure, become a key contributor to celebrating WA music and making festival history!

Look out for an announcement coming soon on how to register as a host for a Sunday Best show.

For more info on how Parlour works, click here.

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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.