If you’ve heard of Melbourne’s acoustic duo The Bean Project, it’s partly due to the Folk Alliance Australia and their National Showcase which aims to highlight young and emerging folk artists.
A year ago, Music Victoria – the independent, not-for-profit, voice of the Victorian contemporary music industry – released an updated version of the five-year-old Victorian Best Practice Guidelines for Live Music Venues.
Created in 2010 with the vision of helping kids tackle their fears and make music in a band-focussed environment, High Voltage Rock School (HVRS) has given thousands of students the tools to write, play and perform their songs and let them take back their creative power.
They are the legends of the party. Australia’s favourite dance pop duo Peking Duk (made up of Adam Hyde and Reuben Styles) are known as the wild, fun-loving guys wearing matching tracksuits on the red carpet, leaving you champagne-sprayed at their live shows, and being the ones responsible for some absolute bangers.
“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.