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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, the new #WAMFest name reflecting the festival’s continuing evolution.
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 155+ acts across 25+ venues (including the famous Block Party as part of Saturday Spectacular, and an expanded Friday Showcases program featuring 13 events). There’s also the newly named WAMCon, one of Australia’s leading music conferences this year stepping up the game with an event that will eventually see 70+ speakers in total. And did we mention the Moshtix QuayNote Boat Party? 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. Yep, get ready for the greatest 4 days of local music WA’s ever seen!
WAM AWARDS – SOLD OUT
THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER
Gate One Theatre (Claremont Showgrounds) II Major Media Partner TheMusic.com.au
FEATURING: Performances from Abbe May Gospel Choir, Grace Barbè, Lucy Peach, Phil Walley-Stack and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, plus after party performances from Soukouss Internationale, and MORE TBA!
As part of WAMFest presented by Drug Aware, we’re pleased to reveal the 2016 WAMAwards nominees (listen to full list here). This year the list is lead by Tired Lion, with a total of 6 nominations capping off what’s been a huge year for the grunge-tinged rockers. Coming up next are good times jazz-rap collective Koi Child (5 noms); psych-fueled garage post-punkers Hideous Sun Demon, Australiana rockers who want to know your postcode Verge Collection and the recently returned from Music Matters Rag n’ Bone (4); then Methyl Ethel and Lucy Peach (3). Multiple nominations were also scored by Abbe May, Andrew Winton, Benjamin Witt, Daniel Susnjar, Davey Craddock, Gina Williams, Matt Gio, Mei Saraswati, Nerve Quakes, Old Blood, POW Negro, Tame Impala and Troye Sivan, reflecting the incredible strength and diversity of WA music. Unfortunately tickets via Moshtix are all sold-out.
FRIDAY 4 – SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER
STATE THEATRE CENTRE OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Considering WAMCon has earned a stellar reputation for both educational excellence and A+ good times over the last few years, and with the first announcement an absolute doozy, it’s no wonder earlybird tickets sold out.
With 70+ speakers set to captivate and educate audiences over the two-day event, as well as offering radio pitching, one-on-one meeting and networking opportunities offered exclusively to WAMCon pass holders (register here now!). With all the value-added exclusive opportunities, earlybird tickets are a no-brainer for any musician, manager, booker, marketer or music passionate people wanting to give their career a boost! If you missed out on an earlybird ticket, simply buy a WAMCon pass between now and 10am, Monday 31 October to enter the QuayNote Boat Party Ballot. Those lucky enough to snag a spot on board will join Death Disco head honcho Anton Maz as your musical captain on the high seas.
*WAMCON PASSES INCLUDE►
► Access to 70+ leading music industry speakers
► Entry to ALL Friday Showcases & Sunday Best Parlour shows*
► Radio pitching & 1-on-1 networking opportunities
► Tunes’n’eats at #WAMCon Salad Days & much more!
*Subject to capacity
FRIDAY 4 NOVEMBER
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 annouced, spanning Northbridge to Freo to Basso and back again. As usual, entry to the all events is FREE with a WAMCon pass!
SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER
Featuring an epic selection of 80+ acts, plus the return of the Block Party and PICA Amphitheatre All Ages Stage, this year’s Saturday Spectacular (part of WAMFest presented by Drug Aware) will once again prove to be WA’s biggest and most diverse, completely FREE celebration of live, original, homegrown music. Mixing certifiable gold class acts with the hottest up’n’comers across countless genres, this year’s Saturday Spectacular provides testament to WA being one of the world’s most exciting hotbeds for musical talent.
Get ready to feast your ears on a smorgasbord of musical offerings from 4pm – late across 11 venues, including the Wilson Roe St. Car Park (Block Party), PICA Amphitheatre (Perth Cultural Centre – ALL AGES), Badlands Bar, The Bird, The Boston, Ezra Pound, Hen House Live, Jimmy’s Den, The Moon, Mustang Bar and Universal Bar. The ultimate event for music lovers!
SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER
In an Australian Festival first, WAMFest presented by Drug Aware (more info here) 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, on Sunday 6 November 2016. Described by The Sydney Morning Herald as “The Airbnb of live music”, Parlour provides a unique online platform to put artists in touch with live music lovers willing to host an event in their own home.
With a lineup of performances presented by Lush Music Management, Phil Barry and Olivia Szulgowski all free entry included with your WAMCon pass!
KISS MY CAMERA
Partnered with the Perth Cultural Centre Screen and run by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Kiss My Camera is back better than ever after being on a three year hiatus. The exhibition will see selected music photographs, both live and press shots, from both WA amateur and professional photographers. Finalists will be displayed multiple times each day on the massive public screen, from mid-October through til WAMFest (November 3 – 6), with the winners announced during this time. There is over $12,000 worth of prizes up for grabs, plus a digital makeover.