News: Sonic Sessions At Fremantle Arts Centre


Intimate concerts and conversation with WA superstars

Hosted by Lucky Oceans

Sonic Sessions presented by Fremantle Arts Centre is an unprecedented opportunity to join host, Lucky Oceans and WA superstar musicians in a mix of conversation, intimate concert and old-fashioned jam in the magical Inner Courtyard.
Over three sessions, slide blues guitar legend, Dave Hole, The Waifs’ Josh Cunningham and Eskimo Joe’s Kav Temperley will share their stories and ideas, and perform with Lucky Oceans and friends. Lucky will also perform and share his own fascinating story in session 3 when Fremantle musician, Pete Stone, fills the interviewer’s chair.
Sonic Sessions offers rare, up-close insights into these huge stars of the WA music scene.
“It will be a real treat and an honour to be on stage with these guys. All good musicians love to talk music and jam. The audience will love it,” Lucky Oceans said.

Fremantle Arts Centre, General Manager, Jim Cathcart said, “We are knocked out by the calibre of the line-up. These great musicians jumped at the idea of having a chat and playing music with Lucky in such a friendly setting.”

Dave Hole 8pm Thurs 25 Oct
In 1991 Dave Hole’s international career took off when US Guitar Player magazine described his modestly self-produced album as “Magnificent, staggering …almost beyond belief.”
Josh Cunningham joined by Ben Franz, bass (The Waifs) 8pm Thurs 8 Nov
Josh Cunningham is songwriter and member of The Waifs, co-founder of their own label, Jarrah Records, and is recognised as a top acoustic guitarist.
Lucky Oceans hosted by Pete Stone 8pm Thurs 22 Nov 07
Lucky Oceans, a pivotal figure of the WA music scene, is master of the pedal steel guitar, host of ABC Radio’s “The Planet” and winner of two Grammy Awards. Since moving to WA in 1979 and removed from his deep US musical roots, Lucky’s evolution as a musician changed course.
Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe) 8pm Thurs 6 Dec 07
Eskimo Joe have sold hundreds of thousands of record world wide, won numerous ARIA’s and are growing in the US market. Kav Temperley cut his musical teeth in local Freo pubs to become one of Australia’s most successful songwriters with Eskimo Joe lauded the world over.
All tickets $20 – General Admission. Book on 9432 9555 or in person at Fremantle Arts Centre.
All shows starts 8pm – Gates open 7pm. Bar open – No BYO – Café open for light snacks.
Fremantle Arts Centre located at 1 Finnerty Street Fremantle. Visit
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For interviews, images and more information please contact:

Juliet John 0412 991 160,


News: Rollercoaster Festival Announced


The Third Annual
Saturday 29 December 2007: Mandurah : Western Australia

The 007 edition of ROLLERCOASTER is once again the hidden jewel of this year’s festival season.

It’s a diamond of an event that’s sparkles on the Mandurah Foreshore every year between Xmas and New Years and this year is

no exception.

ROLLERCOASTER is now in it’s third year and is becoming an iconic show in the WA calendar because of it’s simple an effective formula; an event with an awesome line up, a well priced ticket, a beautiful location, a generous grassy venue and all on offer at a time of year where people are relaxed, happy and ready to party.


Another defining feature of ROLLERCOASTER is that it isn’t afraid to rock! Most festivals have reverted to gentler line ups these days but ROLLERCOASTER bucks the trend by embracing music with attitude, energy and an edge to put some yay in your day, some zing in the thing and more power per hour than any other annual outdoor event.

The line up this year is a corker – a heady mix of Australian and international, new and established, great AND awesome bands. Without further ado, here it is!

Talk about ending the party with a bang! Australia’s undisputed kings of hip-hop play their first show in WA since the release of the restrung version of their platinum selling HARD ROAD album.

Here come the Hoods!! Bringing incendiary beats and rhymes with a string section in tow.

Direct from Akron, Ohio USA – this incredible 2 piece blues/rock band are four albums into their career and are one of the most smokin’ live bands in the world. Primal rhythms, tough and soulful vocals and a warm buzzsaw guitar with deep blues grooves served raw! They’ve completely sold out their trips to WA in the past and this is a chance to see them in full flight after the WA summer sun dips over the horizon.

Back on the buzz with a new record about to explode…SHIHAD never disappoint and are the living definition of rock and roll itself.

Driving guitars, pounding beats and the lean, mean rock and roll machine Johnny Toogood out front ignoring the risks associated with putting 1000% into a rock and roll show. Killer!!

WA’s legends and one of most successful bands of all time are back for a special festival appearance.

They’ve been deep in rehearsals and writing since front man Kevin Mitchell aka Bob Evans finished extensive touring for his gold selling solo effort of 2006 and will play all the hits and a guaranteed sing along with their trademark bouncy brand of zingy guitar pop.

Dominating the place where punk meets rock in Australia – ROLLERCOASTER’s old pals Kisschasy make a welcome return to the Mandurah Foreshore for the 2007 event off the back of their huge HYMNS FOR THE NONBELIEVER album.

The quiet achiever on the Australian live circuit at the moment – watch the pit go when they crank up!!!!!

One of WA’s most successful independent bands of the moment they’ve been congesting request lines on all respectful radio stations around the country and jamming rooms nationally all year off the back of their DAY ONE album .

Their powerhouse live delivery and the commanding presence and delivery of frontman Ian Kenny means that if anyone is going to reach out to the Rollercoaster faithful….the Birds will do it!

Host of JJJ’s popular Roots and All programme – this magnetic, down-to-earth and smokin’ blues maestro will bring us all together early as we laze around the grass and get a dose of killer blues.

Plus more great local WA acts still to be announced

So ROLLERCOASTER is back with an awesome line up in it’s majestic location with it’s greatest line up to date.

As usual, expect a day that feels like a killer outdoor rock show combined with a great party and a classic Aussie barbeque.

Thrills and spills all day long where music and magic meets the sea!!

Saturday 29th December 2007
3.00pm – 11.30pm
Hall Park, Western Mandurah Foreshore

All Ages with 18+ Areas.
No BYO. No Passouts

Of course there’ll be food, the rides at Kings Carnival and loads of great icy cold refreshments and a big crowd of people with a smile on their dial and their hands in the air.


Nice Price presales just $70+bf (more at door if available)
Ticket Outlets
Live Clothing Stores
Star Surf Shop (Perth and Mandurah)
Mills Records, Fremantle
Planet, Mt Lawley
Beat Records, Karrinyup
Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury
The Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough
Blue 62

Show information & online tickets from

News: Stagebound returns to Southbound

Stagebound – A Band Competition At Southbound

Ever fancy yourself playing alongside some of the world’s greatest at WA’s finest Music, Camping and Arts Festival? Well, here is your moment…as StageBound is back!

Sunset Events and Jim Beam are on the hunt for one very special band to open the fourth annual Southbound Festival, to be held on Saturday, January 5, at Sir Stewart Bovell Park, Busselton. Get out of the bedroom and onto the big stage and rock alongside the likes of Kings Of Leon, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Groove Armada, Spiderbait, The Waifs, Augie March, Regurgitator and so many more. And it doesn’t stop there. Not only will the winning band earn their place on the Southbound stage, but they will also get to choose between the following two state-of-the-art sound equipment prize packs, worth $5,000, thanks to Jim Beam and their partner in sound, Jands. All equipment will be individually personalised with Jim Beam insignia.

Pack 1 consists of one “JBLE-System 10” package containing:
• 2 x JBL EON 10G2 loudspeakers
• Soundcraft EPM8 mixing console
• 2 x Shure PG58 vocal microphones cables
Pack 2 consists of the “Lexicon Omega Studio” (home recording) package containing:
• Steinberg Cubase LE (48 Audio and 64 Midi Tracks)
• Soundcraft EPM Series 8-channel mixer
• 2 x Shure PG58 microphones (lead/backup vocals)
• 2 x Shure PG57 microphones (guitar amp, brass saxophone)
• 1 x Shure PG52 microphone (kick drum & base amp)
• 1 x Shure PGDMMK6 microphone (complete drum microphone package)

Staying loyal to the home of Southbound, Sunset Events is inviting groups from the southwest region of Western Australia to submit their demo tapes for a chance to be a part of the Southbound experience. StageBound is open to all original bands living in the south west area, covering the shires of Bunbury (City), Harvey, Collie, Dardanup, Capel, Busselton, Augusta-Margaret River, Nannup, Manjimup, Bridgetown- Greenbushes, Boyup Brook and Donnybrook-Balingup.

An expert panel of judges will select the finest 12 entries, who will then go on to battle it out live at three heats to be held in the south west, with the top three bands making it through to the grand final. Then one band will earn their place on the Southbound stage.

The live dates are as follows:
Heat 1: Thursday, November 29 – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River
Heat 2: Friday, November 30 – The Esplanade Hotel, Busselton
Heat 3: Saturday, December 1 – Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury
Grand Final: Friday, December 7 – The Esplanade Hotel, Busselton

And Southbound is not just about the bands! Sunset Evenst are also giving StageBound heat and final supporters the chance to win a double VIP + Happy Camper pass to Southbound, with a tent, blow up mattress, sleeping bags and more! So get down to the heats and finals and cheer on the local crew for your chance to win!

To download the StageBound Official Entry Form and Terms & Conditions head to

All entries must reach
Sunset Events
PO Box 111
Fremantle 6959

by 5.00pm on Monday, November 19, 2007.

Bands will be selected to play in the heats by independent judges and successful entrants will be notified on Monday, November 26, 2007.

News: WAMI Conference returns for 2008


The West Australian Music Industry Association, are pleased to announce the WAMi Music Business Conference will return in 2008 and will run from Friday 22 – Sunday 24 February at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge. The 2008 WAMi Conference will feature local, national and international speakers plus roundtable sessions for regional, indigenous and young musicians.

WAMi Music Business Conference Speakers confirmed so far include:

STEVEN SCHNUR, Worldwide Executive of Music and Marketing, Electronic Arts, USA
ALICEN SCHNEIDER, VP/ Head of Creative, NBC Universal Television Music, USA
SABIENE HEINDL, General Manager of Music Industry Piracy Investigations Pty Ltd

Alongside the guest speakers, the Live Music Pitch Sessions are set to be another highlight of the conference. The Live Music Pitch Session is where you, the WA artist, get to play your song to a panel of industry professionals who advise you on where you music might be best placed in TV, film, radio or else where. Last year this session was incredibly popular and resulted in two WA based artists getting work placed internationally. To register for the Live Music Pitch Session you need to enter a song in the selection process, visit for details.

Speed Dating also returns in 2008. Be the first to get your name on the Speed Dating list at the opening session of the conference. This is your chance to have 15 minutes of one on one time with local, national and international industry heavyweights….

WAMi Music Business Conference Registration rates:
Non WAM Member Registration $198.00
Early bird WAM Members special until Christmas $55.00
WAM Members after Christmas $110.00

All registrations entitle you to FREE entry to the Saturday Spectacular featuring over 70 of WA’s best bands in Northbridge on Saturday 23 February!!

The WAMi Music Business Conference provides the music industry locally, nationally and internationally with one of the best environments in which to connect, build networks, become friends, and do business.

To register for the WAMi Music Business Conference, contact Mhairi or Rebecca at WAM Admin on 08 9227 7962 or (.) Book now for 2008!

News: Funk Club in October

Funk Club Happenings in October.

The Funk Club is getting quite settled into it’s new home at the Rosemount Hotel. has been down to check it all out and there’s been some cranking original acts playing at the Funk Club’s Friday Night weekly spot at the Rosey. They are getting good crowds as well.

Here’s a list of what is happening in November.

For more details on the funkclub check out .

News: The Leap Year release Debut Album in November

The Leap Year to Release Debut Album In November

The Leap Year’s debut album “With a Little Push, a Pattern Appears” will be released on November 5th through Hobbledehoy Records. It will be available on CD and also through iTunes. The album was recorded at Bergerk Studios by Al Smith, mixed by Simon Struthers (Adam Said
Galore/Mukaizake/Umpire) and mastered by Bob Weston (Shellac/Mission of Burma) at Chicago Mastering Service.

Two tracks from the album, “Let it go, let it go” and “This is a setup”, have both received
substantial play on Australian community radio and the band’s Myspace page. The band will be launching the album with shows around Australia in the new year.