WAM Festival 2015
Returning for another massive first weekend of November.
The continual evolution of the WAM Festival has this year culminated into the biggest and most accessible version of the event to date. With an expanded four day format, there is plenty to keep you busy from Thursday November 5 to Sunday November 8. New additions to the festival include the release of limited WA Music Conference earlybird tickets granting you access to all the essentials of the festival; the debut of the exclusive Quay Note Boat Party - a classy new WA Music Conference venue in the State Theatre of Western Australia; a three-stage event in Fremantle for WAM Fest Sunday Best; and opportunities to pitch music to radio directors and booking agents. Add this to the already popular and newly expanded two-stage Block Party, panel sessions and one-on-one meetings with over 40 leading music industry professionals, a newly formatted WA Music Awards Night at Jack Rabbit Slim's, plus over 100 West Australian Acts showcasing the talent that WAM festival is celebrating, this WAM Festival is one you will definitely want to be a part of.
So you don’t miss a minute, here’s how things will be going down, with more detailed information to come.
THURSDAY 5 NOVEMBER
WA Music Awards @ Jack Rabbit Slim's - details TBA
FRIDAY 6 NOVEMBER
WA Music Conference Day 1/2 @ State Theatre Centre of WA
Grab a limited early bird ticket and enjoy two days of inspiring panel sessions, one on one meetings and networking sessions with over 40 of the music industries leading professionals at the dynamic State Theatre Centre of WA. This year there will be rare opportunities to pitch your music to triple j’s Assistant Music Director Nick Findlay (below) and Triple R Music Coordinator Simon Winkler.
Other speakers include:
Adam Christou (Music Director, RTRFM)
Andy Gumley (Booking Agent, Village Sounds)
Archie Hamilton (Managing Director, Split Works, China)
Clive Hodson (Director, Perfect Pitch Publishing)
Edwin Tehrani (Booking Agent, New World Artists)
John Wardle (Policy Director, Live Music Office)
Lance Robinson (Artist Liaison, A&R Department)
Michael Szumowski (Head of Creative Development, Alberts)
Millie Millgate (Executive Producer, Sounds Australia)
Sarah Chipman (Owner, Title Track)
Limited Early bird tickets available at Ticketek until 5pm Friday September 18: $140+BF for WAM Members / $180+BF non-members
Second Release available til 5pm Thurs 5 November: $180 for WAM Members / $220+BF non-member
- entry to all WA Music Conference panels and keynotes
- entry to Quay Note Boat Party
- Radio pitching opportunies
- 1-on-1 networking opportunities
- entry to the WA Music Awards
- Entry into all ticketed / door sales at WAM festival showcases
- Priority entry into all venues when at capacity
Quay Note - Swan River, departing form Perth
Exclusive Boat Party cruising for WA music conference speakers and ticket holders, plus select partners and media outlets.
WAM Festival Friday - various venues
Running from 5pm to late, Festival Friday is a series of genre specific shows ranging across all spectrums of WA’s musical sphere. Find your groove at any one of the following venues:
RTRFM Live Outside Broadcast @ State Theatre Courtyard
The Community Showcase @ The Boston
Pilerats Showcase @ Jack Rabbit Slim’s
Riley Pearce EP Launch @ The Indi Bar
Stormrider Touring presents Triple Album Launch @ Amplifier
Status Factory Showcase @ Babushka (Upstairs Leederville Hotel)
Colosoul Fashion Show @ Defectors
Villanova Studios Showcase @ The Ellington
Soggybones Showcase @ Soggybones (West Perth Store)
Blues At Bridgetown & Perth Blues Club Showcase @ Paddington Ale House
Sweet Oblivion Showcase @ HQ Leederville (all-ages)
SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER
WA Music Conference day 2/2 – State Theatre Centre of WA
Block Party - Wilson Roe St. Car Park
This year with an additional stage, an increased capacity and more music, the Block Party will once again be a festival highlight, and it's free.
Last year's Block Party by Jan Zwartkruis
All of your favourite Northbridge venues are opening their doors from midday to 2am to host free live music from over 50 WA artists. Venues include: Wilson Roe St. Car Park (Block Party) / The Bird / The Boston / Ezra Pound / Flyrite / Jimmy’s Den / The Moon / Mustang Bar / Universal Bar
SUNDAY 8 NOVEMBER
Sunday Best – Fremantle Arts Centre and the Newport Hotel
Finish your awesome weekend off in style with a free mini-festival in the heart of Fremantle: 3 stages, 15 artists, 2-10pm
So yeah, it's looking pretty bloody stacked. Check out the WAM website for more info, and stay tuned for lineup announcements, additional speakers and extra activities!