Wheatbelt Touring Circuit 2016/17 Announced
AFTER A RECORD-BREAKING LAST SERIES, THE WHEATBELT TOURING CIRCUIT IS BACK, BETTER THAN EVER, AND BEGINS WITH A HUGE FIRST TOUR
After the last series saw huge applause across the Wheatbelt – including average audiences of 144 people and venue records broken – we’re excited to announce the 2016/17 Wheatbelt Touring Circuit. With record interest seeing over 150 WA acts applying to be part of it, star-studded line-ups across the series are guaranteed. First evidence off the rank, the opening tour in July will be headlined by the multi-WA Music Award-winning moody rock swagger of The Kill Devil Hills with support from the WAMi-nominated folk gem Riley Pearce on all dates, plus an incredible line-up of locals including Kitt Byfield in Northam, The Primary Collective feat Wheatbelt WAMbassador Jayden Crook in Merredin, and Narrogin Musicians Association guest Thump in Quindanning.
A regional touring initiative championing both regional and metro acts with a focus on Wheatbelt artists, the program sees bands/duos and solo acts embarking on paid tours to major Wheatbelt events, licensed and community venues across the Wheatbelt region. We’re excited this year, however, to see the Wheatbelt Touring Circuit further evolving with the introduction of the Wheatbelt WAMbassadors program. The program will see us teaming up with the RAC and influential Wheatbelt musicians to help spread road safety messages and promote the program to the communities across the Wheatbelt, whilst delivering a lineup of quality, live original musical entertainment each month.
RAC General Manager Corporate Affairs, Will Golsby, said road safety can often be the elephant in the room and it’s important that the community talk about the issue to prevent more loved ones being lost or seriously injured on Wheatbelt roads. “We are again supporting WAM and their new Wheatbelt WAMbassadors initiative to raise awareness about the devastating impact of road trauma and promote road safety messages,” Mr Golsby said. “There is no quick or easy solution to improve the region’s road safety record. The entire community needs to work together to make a difference.”
With RAC on board, this initiative will be revealed in full soon, as will a new series of workshops for musicians in the Wheatbelt focusing on the Narrogin region, delivered in partnership with the Narrogin Musicians Association. These developments could not have been possible without the support from the Department of Culture and the Arts and Royalties for Regions (through the Regional Touring Boost program), and Country Arts WA (through the LOUDER original contemporary music touring program.
The DCA director general, Duncan Ord, said DCA was proud to support initiatives such as the Wheatbelt Touring Circuit. “Our Hope is that the funding provided through the Boost grants program increases the number of live performances for regional audiences and provides more opportunities for communitites to engage with music including new opportunities for the development of country musicians,” Mr Ord said.
Country Arts WA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Paul Mac Phail, said they’re pleased to be supporting WAM again through Country Arts WA’s LOUDER program, and help to develop local contemporary musicians and their audiences in WA through the 2016 Wheatbelt Touring Circuit. “Music is an important vehicle for bringing people together and creating a vibrant community, and we’re proud to have been involved in a program for the second year in a row. No doubt the tour will receive amazing responses from audiences and acts alike.”
If that wasn’t enough, the 2016/17 Wheatbelt Touring Circuit will also see a range of huge shows incorporated into the circuits, including Dowerin Field Days, the Moora Show, Narrogin Big Bash, and more to be confirmed.
Let the good times rock’n’roll!
w/ THE KILL DEVIL HILLS
+ RILEY PEARCE
– Headliners all dates, plus w/ supports TBA –
Friday 15 July – The Riverside Hotel, Northam (w/ Kitt Byfield)
Saturday 16 July – Tivoli Room, The Cummins Theatre, Merredin (w/ The Primary Collective feat Wheatbelt WAMbassador Jayden Crook)
Sunday 17 July – Quindanning Inne (w/ Narrogin Musicians Association guest Thump)
SELECTED BIOS IN BRIEF:
THE KILL DEVIL HILLS: Fresh from their fourth studio album release, In On Under Near Water, this multi-award winning six-piece continues to carve out a sonic landscape all their own. A hypnotizing mash of swamp, punk, country-rock, blues and folk, The Kill Devils are a West Australian super-group. Comprising of WAM Award winning artists Timothy Nelson, Todd Pickett and Ryan Dux, alongside the inarguable talents of Alex Archer, Brendon Humphries and Steve Joines, The Hills’ are a local listening force that can’t be ignored.
RILEY PEARCE: Calling on a mix of percussive guitar, raw and captivating vocals, and an honest brand of songwriting, this 23yr old singer/songwriter manages to achieve both a chilled and upbeat vibe in his songs. With two EPs (We Are Fools, Outside The Lines) and an impressive array of support slots now under his belt, the industry sings nothing but praise for this talented up-and-comer.
NARROGIN MUSICIANS ASSOCIATION: With a rich heritage, NMA are an organisation interested in the promotion of music in the Narrogin area, including acting as the Big Bash committee and organising events such as performances, jam sessions and transport to concerts. We’re lucky to feature a special guest from the group at the Quindanning Inne show.
Wheatbelt Touring Circuit, presented by:
RAC, Department of Culture and the Arts, Royalties for Regions and Country Arts WA
The regional tour has been funded through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Program. The Regional Tours Fund is administered by the Department of Culture and the Arts in consultation with the Department of Regional Development.