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Queen’s Birthday Street Party – St Kilda

Queen's Birthday in Fitzroy Street

THIS SUNDAY 11 June 2017 all eyes will be on Fitzroy Street, St Kilda …. and this time, for all the right reasons!

The Gatwick is now vacant and preparations for The Block 2018 are well underway, and no better time to celebrate than this weekend’s QUEEN’s BIRTHDAY.

The Fitzroy Street Business Association will be hosting their first ever QUEEN’s BIRTHDAY STREET PARTY from 3pm till 6pm.

Under the meticulous eye of the Association’s Vice President & well known celebrity photographer, Murray Schoorman, the street is set to “come alive” with a bevvy of live entertainment throughout the afternoon.

Commencing seaside, at the St Kilda Seabaths, a decadent horse-drawn carriage will transport the birthday girl (Queen Elizabeth Impersonator) over the Esplanade and into Fitzroy Street. This convoy will be flanked by the official Royal British Guards and will be played in by the traditional bagpipes.

Roving up and down the street, members of the general public will be able to stop and take photographs with Her Majesty and her entourage.

Outside the Metropol complex will be a highly skilled fire twirler spinning his flames like no other guy can do.

All the while, sexy models in “Queen of Hearts” costumes and a magician will be entertaining the crowds till sunset.

You wont miss the amazing stilt walkers, adding to the exciting “street party” vibe!

It would not be a Queen’s Birthday without St Kilda’s famous resident Queen’s – DRAG QUEEN’s of course!

Look out for iconic gender illusionists, Paris, Krystal Ring, Pashion and Rita LC who will be camping it up like they do best.

Venues along Fitzroy Street will be decorated in British flair and many will be hosting after parties into the wee hours of the Monday morning. Which we may add, is a public holiday so no need to rush off to work, guests may like to splash out at the boutique TOLARNO HOTEL where they are offering their rooms for a heavily discounted rate of only $110 for the night.

The Association has enlisted the services of Melbourne’s PR queen, Helen Reizer from HRPR to ensure the street is buzzing with VIP’s and Celebrities to welcome Her Majesty and show off the streetscape from it’s best angle.

This event is a key milestone for the community as they are now on the up & up following an extremely tough and challenging trading season.

All public are invited to come along from 3pm and show their support & enjoy a right-royal party!.

For more information, please visit their Facebook event page;


Fitzroy Street

Melbourne International Singers Festival is proud to present Fantastic Festival Concerts on Sunday June 11th

GALA Festival Concert #1

5.00pm – 6.30pm

Featuring the spectacular Divine Divas of Sunbury conducted by Adam Przewlocki, Musica (Queensland) conducted by Melissa Gill and Men Aloud! Conducted by Dr Jonathon Welch AM

GALA Festival Concert #2

8.00pm – 9.30pm

Featuring Co-cheol, award winning a cappella quartet with spine tingling harmonies taking you on a journey to the Celts and beyond, and THECHO!R one of Melbourne’s most exciting non-auditioned choirs, created and conducted by Dr Jonathon Welch AM

Tickets at http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/calendar/2017/06

1 ticket: Standard $24.90 / Concession $21.90 / student or child $16.90
2 concert package: Standard $44.90
NB Transaction and booking fees may apply

Proceeds from the Festival support the School of Hard Knocks providing arts and cultural programs to the vulnerable and marginalised in our community. Please check our website for information about the Festival and the work of the School. www.schoolofhardknocks.org.au

Enquiries Call 0419 337 283 or email misf@schoolofhardknocks.org.au

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Field, See & Mason along with Dino Jag at The Ding Dong Lounge

 Coming up on Friday 30th June at the Ding Dong Lounge in Melbourne.

Field, See and Mason celebrate the release of their “Down Under The Covers” CD. Joining joining them on the night will be Dino Jag celebrating the release of his “Breakthrough” CD.

The night also features special guests Bloom featuring James Morley.

This is gonna be a great night. However only limited tix are available.. so grab them now!”


WED, May 24, at Phamish TWO STELLAR GUESTS, Jazz Diva EMMA GILMARTIN + Veteran Sax BOB BERTLES (Sydney) with JMQ ! Not to be missed :-)


May, 2017

Dear Jazz-Lovers,

Yes this week Jazz is on WEDNESDAY, May 24  at Phamish and we have TWO exciting Jazz artists guesting with the JMQ.

Sought after jazz singer EMMA GILMARTIN, who appears in all the top Jazz Clubs and Festivals and will be featuring at Melbourne
International Jazz Festival
in June, is gracing St Kilda jazz-lovers with her wonderful talent this week.(See att article published this week)

And joining JMQ also is legendary veteran Jazz Saxophonist , BOB BERTLES (in Melbourne while his wife, Nancye Hayes appears in  MTC Production). Bob has been part of Australian Music since the 1950s.

He worked as a Jazz musician, as a sideman and leading his own quintet. Like most musicians in this country he diversifed for some time, playing sax with Johnny O Keefe, touring the world with The Deejays then Max Merritt & The Meteors, performing with Cliff Richards & Cilla Black, appearing on television and on many recordings, collaborating with Toni Lamond on one album too. In orchestras, he has toured Europe and USA extensively and is regarded as one of the 'Names' in the Halls of Australian Jazz.

We are also celebrating Paula's Birthday, so if you have enjoyed her efforts to provide an outstanding Jazz program across the years, it would be lovely to see you. Book your table NOW for a fantastic evening of Quality Jazz. You'll be glad you did.
Phamish Wine & Food Bar (opposite Luna Park)
30 The Esplanade, St Kilda 3182
Table Bookings 9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au

See you there,

🎺John & the Team🎶

And coming up at JAZZ THURSDAYS* at PHAMISH, 7pm

June 1 Nichaud Fitzgibbon,
June 8 Fred Cheah
June 15 Yvette Johansson
June 22 Alinta Chidzey
June 29 Wilbur Wilde
July 6   Tamara Kuldin
July 13  Juliarna Clark
& many more….




International best selling recording artist and concert performer Richard Clayderman is performing two concerts at Palais Theatre, Melbourne on Friday 2 and Saturday 3 June. Richard Clayderman’s distinctive piano style has earned him superstar status all over the world. Today he has recorded over 1,200 melodies and, in the words of a German journalist, “he has arguably done more to popularise the piano around the world than anyone since Beethoven”.

Competition details: To win a double pass to see Richard Clayderman at Palais Theatre, Melbourne on Friday 2 June, 7:30pm please email info@tagg.com.au

International best selling recording artist and concert performer Richard Clayderman has confirmed, that for the first time in many years, he will be touring Australia during May and June 2017. This 5-concert Australian tour will include two concerts on Friday 2 & Saturday 3 June at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne.

Richard Clayderman was born Philippe Pagès in 1953 and discovered the piano early in his life as his father was a piano teacher. At the age of six, Clayderman could read music more adeptly than his native French. When he was twelve he was accepted at the Conservatoire of Music where, at sixteen, he won first prize. He was predicted a promising career as a classical pianist. However, shortly after this, he cast aside his classical training and turned to contemporary music. At that time his father was ill and unable to support his son financially.

So, in order to earn a living, Clayderman found work as an accompanist and session musician. His talent did not go unnoticed and he soon became much in demand as an accompanist to such major French stars as Michel Sardou, Thierry LeLuron and Johnny Halliday. His life changed dramatically in 1976 when he received a telephone call from Olivier Toussaint, a well-known French record producer who was looking for a pianist to record a piano ballad. The 23-year-old Philippe Pagès auditioned along with 20 other hopefuls and, to his amazement, got the job. The single took off, selling 22 million copies in 38 countries. It was called “Ballade pour Adeline”.

This was the start of an outstanding success story, and since that time, Richard Clayderman’s distinctive piano style has earned him superstar status all over the world. Today he has recorded over 1, 200 melodies and, in the words of a German journalist, “he has arguably done more to popularise the piano around the world than anyone since Beethoven”.

Richard Clayderman has created a “New Romantic” style through a repertoire that combines his ‘trademark’ originals with classics and pop standards. He has clocked up massive worldwide record sales of approximately 90 million including 267 Gold and 70 Platinum discs.


VENUE: Palais Theatre, Melbourne

DATE: Friday 2 & Saturday 3 June

TIME: 7.30pm

BOOKINGS: www.ticketmaster.com.au

TICKETS: Premium: $258 A Reserve: $208 B Reserve: $158 C Reserve: $108 

JMQ JAZZ THURSDAY – This week MAY 18, MEL SEARLE 7.30PM. Next Week Only ***WEDNESDAY May 24***, EMMA GILMARTIN 7pm [also Paula’s birthday celebration]


May 2017

🎶Dear Jazz Lovers,

We had a wonderful show last week with Charlotte Jane,(see image) keeping up the JMQ tradition of presenting the best

in town…and the beat goes on…

This THURSDAY, May 18, the show will start at 7.30pm, due to the opening night of the Palais Theatre (across road) – so

diners attending the Film Festival could get in our way for the stage set-up before 7pm.  Our featured artist is Mel Searle.
MEL SEARLE is a gifted and distinctive Jazz vocalist. With an innate talent for vocal improvisation and a exquisite vocal
warmth and depth of tone, Mel's vocals are luminescent and empathetic.This evening she will honour the great
Women of Jazz, with the John Montesante Quintet at Phamish. Join Mel and the band as they journey through the
wonderful standards that helped shape the Jazz Songbook, along with the great musicianship of: Michael Harding,
Sam Anning, Carlo Alberto Canevali, Mirko Guerrini

Doors 7pm. Live Jazz, 7.30pm. All Welcome!
Table Bookings : 9534 3800 or . www.phamish.com.au

***Next week, for ONE WEEK ONLY, JMQ Jazz will be on WEDNESDAY, May 24 at Phamish at 7pm, instead of
and the week after all reverts back to Thursdays. We are also celebrating Paula's birthday….🌸

On MAY 24, JMQ is delighted to feature fine Jazzer, EMMA GILMARTIN. For some of you it may be the first time

you have experienced this terrific singer. One of the icons of Australian Jazz (Tony Gould) described her thus:

"Now and then, one hears a voice which instantly suggests uncommon beauty and musicality. Add to this a sensitivity
 to lyrics, impeccable sense of pitch, a rare control of vibrato, and you have wonderful artistry. This is what I hear in
the singing of Emma Gilmartin. It all comes from her approach to both her art and her fellow human beings.

Emma will be supported by a stellar line up: Michael Harding, Sam Anning, Carlo Alberto Canevali, John Montesante

Doors 6.30pm. Live Jazz WEDNESDAY 7pm.
Delicious Meals and Drinks throughout the evening.
Bookings: 9534 3800 or www.phamish.com.au

Everyone is welcome🌟

Preview: Other great artists coming upNew Flyer out next week
June 1 –   Nichaud Fitzgibbon
June 8 –   Fred Cheah
June 15 – Yvette Johansson
June 22 – Alinta Chidzey
June 29 – Wilbur Wilde
July  6   – Tamara Kuldin
July 13  – Juliarna Clark
& more...

WAMPLIFIER ► #WAMSOTY Awards playlist; scenestr interview; AGWA Sneaker Saturday; SOTA; Hidden Treasures; SOTGS tix running fast & more…

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NEWS: #WAMSOTY Awards playlist; scenestr interview; Sneaker Saturday; SOTA x Pilerats; Hidden Treasures fire; SOTGS tix running fast; Eye On The Stranger WA act  & more…

Featured News


Listen to #WAMSOTY nominated songs ahead of Awards Party on Wednesday

The 2016-17 nominees for WAM Song Of The Year feature an inspiring mix of songs from both established acts and new discoveries, with the winners to be revealed at an epic public WAM Song Of The Year Awards Party this coming Wednesday 17 May.

This year’s party will be another harbourside sunset soiree, debuting at the WA Maritime Museum with MC Magnus Danger Magnus, DJ Charlie Bucket, The Money War, Ben Matthews Presents LIVEWYRE and Fremantle local Dan Howls, all guaranteed to keep the good times rolling. Limited presale tickets remaining are $20+BF (WAM members) $25+BF (non members) available via Moshtix.


To get you in the mood, we’ve put together a playlist featuring a number of #WAMSOTY nominated songs. It’s an aurally impressive celebration of incredible songwriting coming out of WA, including a number of radio faves but also a tantalising taste of future stars…




WA’s most comprehensive guide to local launches


There’s constantly a heap of sweet new tunes coming out of WA, and LaunchPad is here to fill you in on the latest single, video, EP and album launches from local acts of all genres over the next fortnight, and beyond…


 Indie rockers The Spring Peak are launching their new single ‘No Curfew’ on Friday 12 May at Babushka, with help from Airline Food, Peppermint Showers & Segue Safari.

►Punk rockers and WAM Song Of The Year winners Nerve Quakes launch their new album ‘A New State’ at The Bird on Saturday 13 May, supported by Kitchen People and Zerodent.

► Alternative rockers Scarlet Drive are launching their single ‘Sad Robot’ on Sunday 14 May at Rosemount Hotel, with Hearts Apart, True Neutral, Just Numbers and Windswell.

► Roots, pop and gypsy circus artist Steve Hensby is releasing a double album (!) on Wednesday 17 May at The Ellington Jazz Club and features Josh Dyson and Elliot Smith.

► Alternative-indie psych shoegazers and WAMAwards nominees Dream Rimmy head down south to launch their Heavy EP on Thursday 18 May at Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, and Friday 19 at Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, with support from Bells Rapids.

Progressive metal masters Voyager announce their ‘Ghost Mile’ album launching on Friday 19 May 2017 at Amplifier, with French electronic producer The Algorithm in support plus more TBA. 

Rock indie-rap band Mt. Cleverest are launching their new single ‘That Girl’ on Friday 19 May at Jack Rabbit Slim’s, with support from Death by Denim and Boykie.

Alt-metal and heavy rockers Jupiter Zeus are launching their EP ‘Eyes On The Prize’  on Saturday 20 May at Bar 459, with King Zog, Servus Sum and Peasant. 


Launching a release and want some free promo?
Send your info / presser / Facebook event to aarom@wam.org.au
Priority space/photos given to WAM Members.



Wheatbelt Touring Circuit next weekend feat. Rag N’ Bone, Carla Geneve…

WTC Tour 9 is a WAM-acclaimed all-star team of Perth and Wheatbelt artists showcasing just why they’ve won WAM awards or been selected for WAM projects. And as usual, they’re all playing free shows, yet this tour’s line-ups are one of the best in the series…

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Limited tix remaining for Sounds Of The Great Southern CD launch

Ten new, original songs will soon be released to showcase the inspiring, diverse breath of musical talent brewing in the Great Southern region of WA, the WAM Sounds Of The Great Southern compilation CD launching on Saturday 27 May at Albany Town Hall

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Kick(s) it with AGWA this weekend for FREE Sneaker Saturday!

Art Gallery of Western Australia is kicksing off their The Rise of Sneaker Culture exhibition in fine style with an open house celebration THIS Saturday 10am – 4pm for FREE. It’s all part of their SNEAKERHEADS festivities, proudly supported by WAM. A damn fine music line-up sneaks in this Sat…

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WA artist Vanessa Hopes selected by Kram for One Eye on the Stranger

Over 150 applications from across Australia were received for this year’s One Eye on the Stranger (OEOTS) mentorship and residency program.  The winners were selected by the 2017 mentor, Kram from Spiderbait, including Vanessa Hopes from WA. She’ll head to Tassie for Festival Of Voices

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WAM INTERVIEWS: The publisher behind WA’s new street press; scenestr

scenestr (WA) hit the street for the first time last Wednesday 3 May, providing a whole new mag chock full of WA goodies. It complements the existing street press titles in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia, and will be available online as well…

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Hidden Treasures Winter Music Series set to heat up Freo with A+ line-up

Fremantle’s Hidden Treasures Winter Music Series returns this July with a mix of ripe new bands, well-seasoned cult heroes, perfectly-cured venues and… a musical tram. The line-up includes a heap of WAM Song Of The Year nominees, including Rag N’ Bone…

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WA nominee for AMIN Love Live Music film comp

Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) together with WAM is very excited to announce (and sneak peek) the shortlist from the LOVE LIVE MUSIC 60-second film competition, and are pleased to see a West Australian has made the cut…

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Applications for Safer Venues WA closing soon

Safer Venues WA is a group of music industry professionals and like-minded individuals working together to create safer and more inclusive spaces to enjoy live music. They are currently taking board member…

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Live sessions at Pilerats with Ziggy Ramo ahead of SOTA festival

Pilerats has recently linked up with SOTA to bring their Live Sessions series in to 2017, filming stripped-back live versions from a few acts on the lineup, and ZIGGY RAMO was the first act to be shared, an Indigenous hip hop artist who is making some big, big noises

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Opportunities: More jobs, band comps & funding for artists & industry reps

More music related jobs, funding deadlines and competitions for acts and music industry peeps to get ahead, including from the likes of Country Arts, Bryte MC, Audiofly, The Hen House Live, scenestr, Around The Sound, Mysteria Maxima Media

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Upcoming Events

Groovin The Moo

Saturday 13 May 10:30AM-10PM |
Hay Park, Bunbury

Get ready to strap your boots on as the countdown to Moo-time kicks off! The annual GTM party is once again being held at the usual spot, Hay Park Bunbury, with two local acts part of the mouth watering line-up

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Song Of The Year Awards

Wednesday 17 May 6-11pm | WA Maritime Museum

The 2016-17 nominees for WAM Song Of The Year feature an inspiring mix of songs from both established acts and new discoveries, with the winners to be revealed at an epic public WAM Song Of The Year Awards Party
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Hot Freaks


Perth indie rock festival Hot Freaks returns for its second year with a new venue and a gnarly line-up, with 12 acts taking over two stages. Perth punk legends Grim Fandango headline the bill, playing a one off reunion, plus…

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Sounds of the Great Southern CD Launch

Saturday 27 May | Albany Town Hall

Ten new, original songs have been recorded and will soon be released to showcase the inspiringly diverse breadth of musical talent brewing in the Great Southern region of WA…

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SOTA Festival

Monday 5 June 12-9pm | Elizabeth Quay

SOTA returns with a fully Western Australian line-up designed for music lovers of all ages, with both under 18 and licensed areas. Best of all, it’s free!

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Around The Sound pres Richard Gerver: Minding Your Own Business

Saturday 6 June 6-11:30pm | Gate One Theatre, Claremont Showgrounds

Supported by WAM, new online music media Around The Sound invites you to a very special event …

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Donate to the WA Music Fund to help champion WA music

The Australian Taxation Office has granted us deductible gift recipient status. This change of status now allows WAM to accept donations to the WA Music Fund, allowing WAM to deliver its current projects and activities, as well as create new ones to help better champion WA music. Any donation you make to is tax deductible and…

WAM member benefit: discounts with Ktown productions

Ktown Productions is a professional music studio that also includes a music video production business, based in Medina WA, and we’re happy to announce WAM Members now receive discounts.Providing extremely high quality facilities, equipment and expertise, Ktown Productions have irresistible packages that take you from demo to…


Author Interview – James Watts


I am delighted to welcome author James Watts, whose debut horror novel Them was released by Fear Front publishing on 15 May 2017.

Tell me a little about yourself James. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?

I grew up in the small town of West Jefferson, Alabama. Born in Birmingham, Alabama on March 17, 1976.  A few years after high school I moved to Panama City, Fl for around 10 years. I moved back to Alabama 5 years ago and currently live in my old home town of West Jefferson.

At what age did you realise your fascination with horror?

It was pretty early on, around the age of 6 or 7. My older sisters and brother were always watching horror films. Especially my sister Tammy. She introduced me to Nightmare on Elm Street. And my sister Eugenia and her boyfriend, now husband, took me to a drive-in to see Friday the 13th.

When did you start writing?

Around the age of 11. I was using the library more and more around the 4th grade and discovered the Hardy Boys. Loved those books. And not long after I picked up a copy of Stephen King’s “The Stand”, and knew after that I wanted to write. Between my love of comics and novels, I eventually tried my own hand at it. And it was terrible, but I kept going.

Who are your favourite authors to read? Who inspires you in your writing?

My son Bailey is my inspiration to keep pushing on. My favourite authors include Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, John Saul, Anne Rice, Peter Straub, Edgar Allan Poe, and Richard Matheson.

Tell me a little about your latest book?

Them is a horror narrative set in the small Alabama town of Maple Grove and took a little over a year to finish, mainly because I was working in security at the time and was constantly working.

The fictional town of Maple Grove is actually located around five miles from my hometown of West Jefferson. By knowing the area so well, it was easier to tell my story. It doesn’t end with familiar surroundings either. There is a lot of me in this book, different smaller parts of me in every character. For instance, the protagonist Ray Sanders moved to Florida to escape the pain of betrayal. I did the same thing. Although, our reasons for returning are different. Now as for Ray’s childhood, it was pulled from my own to a certain extent.

The story itself focuses on Ray overcoming his insecurities and to be the man he must be in order to destroy the evil that has hovered over Maple Grove for over a hundred years, and to break the hold it has over his bloodline. Mind control, creepy animals, and vividly eerie dreams make this task almost insurmountable.


“In the small town of Maple Grove, Alabama, an ancient evil resurfaces to claim its right to life and the human race be damned. When Ray Sanders returned to Maple Grove to attend his mother’s funeral, he never planned to have to overcome all of his insecurities in order to save the town from an evil as old as time itself. For over a hundred years, the town of Maple Grove has suffered from the deranged minds and unquenchable hunger of parasitic creatures not of our Earth. Once before in a sacrifice of blood, the forces from beyond were locked away presumably forever. Now they have returned, hungering for their chance to evolve. It will be up to Ray Sanders, his cousin Roy, and a woman either them recall to stop this evolution and prevent the reign of these ageless creatures before their evil can spread.”

Thanks for the interview James, and all the very best with your book, Them, which very very creepy.

You can buy a copy of James Watt’s book on Amazon

You can find James on Facebook at


Twitter @james2go34