“I forgot how intense the show was,” Keiynan Lonsdale laughs at the thought of the 14-hour schedule of Dance Academy. “We were all dancers four years ago, but now we had to pretend that we were just as good, if not better.
It can be extremely hard for local bands to gain a following. Often it can take years of playing gigs around the state before you begin to notice any form of recognition – and it can be even harder after a name change.
First starting out performing backyard gigs with friends, to soon be taken under the wing by Bradley Nowell and the rest of the Sublime crew, Slightly Stoopid haven’t lost their charm as the skateboarding, ocean-loving group from Ocean Beach in San Diego.
With a career spanning over four decades, The Angels have a rich history; from being one of the primary instigators in the birth of Australia’s pub rock scene in the 1970s.
Coined as the best kept secret in Australian music, mysterious producer Running Touch is the 22-year-old artist from Melbourne known for his conscious decision to remain anonymous in the music industry.
A truly authentic boutique music experience, By The Meadow is returning for its fourth year. With a focus on locally sourced talent, the picturesque setting will play host to a stellar lineup of up-and-coming Aussie acts as well as those firmly cemented in their individual, thriving scenes.
In October last year a team of musicians, businesses and venues teamed up to produce several gigs titled ‘One for the Otways’ under the guidance of Dean Krueger. Krueger, who also performed as his band Salmon Guts on the day, felt he had to give back in such a way.
The formally known humble record store Sweet Little Hi-Fi has undergone some serious changes, now operating under the new title Prehistoric Records, along with a brand new Warrnambool location. Forté chat to owner Shane Godfrey.
Presented by The Eastern and Athletic Club Brewery, Wrapped Up Festival will be bringing the likes of the Cannanes, The Ocean Party, Angie (SYD), Constant Mongrel, School Damage amongst a slew of other acts to Ballarat for an afternoon revelry. Forté chat to organiser James Donovan about the new event.
The voice for the Victorian contemporary music industry is working towards supporting the development of the music community, with a passion of advocacy across the state in protecting local venues, assisting artists in maintaining sustainable careers, as well as ensuring there’s an abundance of music offerings all year around.