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WAM’s Goldfields-Esperance Touring Circuit Pilot Revealed!

16 Mar

Stemming from the success of previous Wheatbelt and Pilbara Touring Circuits, WAM are thrilled to announce a new regional touring circuit hitting the road next month!

The new Goldfield-Esperance Touring Circuit will traverse over 1200 kilometres in a bid to explore the thirst for contemporary live music in the region.

Kicking off on Thursday 12 April (full tour schedule below), the pilot tour will see four free entry performances over four days all headlined and supported by local acts in community venues and public spaces in Esperance, Norseman, Kalgoorlie, and Leonora. All shows are supported by local government associations and arts organisations.

Headlining the pilot tour are two bands from opposite ends of the region: Leonora-based act The Tapping Stickz, containing three members who’ve recently recorded solo tracks on WAM’s upcoming Demos From The Northern Goldfields compilation release, and Esperance-born three-piece Grand Casual, who are due to release their first single Soldiers to coincide with this tour. Headliners will also be joined by a selection of top notch local support acts at each venue to ensure all shows are a true testament to the rich talent flowing through the region.


This rare initiative presented in partnership with the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission as part of the “Local Projects, Local Jobs” funding program, will provide regional musos with much needed opportunities to hone their craft on stage and build new intra-regional connections, while also introducing local communities to the vast breadth of talent hidden in their own backyards!

To get punters into the spirit, WAM have curated a playlist available for streaming via Soundcloud that showcases the distinctive sounds of artists involved in the upcoming tour – including a sneak peek at three singles from the upcoming Demos From The Northern Goldfields release written by members of The Tapping Stickz. Listen to the complete playlist online HERE.

If successful, this pilot tour will prove that contemporary live music has a much greater role to play in the Goldfields-Esperance region, paving the way for ongoing development of programs such as this that support the growth of regional artists.


The Tapping Stickz

The Tapping Stickz

Citing influences such as the iconic ‘The Yabu Band’ and Warampi Band, The Tapping Stickz are the bright new sound emanating from Western Australia’s Goldfields region. Featuring three experienced songwriters, this outfit are churning out newly recorded tracks, after a history of sharing stages with other artists over the past decade. The three songwriters, Jeffery Wicker, Mark Gleeson and Bert Hayden, each recorded a song as part of WAM’s Demos From The Northern Goldfields community recording compilation project in November 2017 and around the same time formed The Tapping Stickz with fellow Goldfield’s musicians Neil Champion and Amesh Scott. Shortly after, they were recording more demo material with legendary Australian artist Drew Goddard of the iconic Australian act Karnivool.


Grand Casual

Grand Casual

Hailing from the West Australian coastal town of Esperance, three-piece act Grand Casual have been steadily building momentum since late 2017. Consisting of Matt Cooper, Joe Franzone and Kyron Smithson, the band’s sound is driven by a wide range of influences including Sticky Fingers and The Black Keys – seamlessly incorporating elements of blues, jazz, and soul across their diverse set of tracks. After a flurry of performances across Esperance and further afield, the lads have received plenty of praise for their high energy live show; with their hard work earning them spots alongside some amazing acts including Old Blood, Myles Mitchell and the Hot Mama Band, New Zealand based blues duo Swamp Thing and West Australian rising talent Michael Dunstan. Having recently hit the studio, the three-piece now turn their sights to promoting their first single, Soldiers.




  • Thurs 12 April – Esperance
    At the Cannery Arts Centre from 6 PM.
    With John Ratcliff, Rasgueado & Rachel Vibart.
  • Fri 13 April – Norseman
    At Mark’s Park from 5 PM.
    With Local Support Act.
  • Sat 14 April – Kalgoorlie
    At the Lord Forrest Public Space from 4 PM.
    With The Picture Gardens, Missgenius & Hannah Nicholas.
  • Sun 15 April – Leonora
    At the Public Park, Tower Street from 3 PM.
    With Mick’s Band & Guests.


We can’t wait to see the local crowds get behind these much deserving Goldfields-Esperance acts!

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.