WAM's World West Australian Music News January 2022

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Warralgurniya join Theona Councillor at Perth Festival. Warralgurniya join Theona Councillor at Perth Festival.

A brief glimpse at the goings-on in the WA music industry, rounded up by WAM aka West Australian Music.


Welcome to the new year. We hope everyone enjoyed a well-deserved break with their loved ones over the festive break. The WAM crew are back in the office and ready to kick off work on what is going to be a huge year for the WA music community.

March welcomes the second instalment of our WA Music Week and we can't wait to reveal what we have in store for you – it's going to be a week to remember.

You can also expect the well-loved Song Of The Year competition to come right back as well as a jam-packed line-up of workshops, seminars and performance events. Make sure to sign up to our e-news so you don't miss a thing.


Girls Rock! WA enrolments are closed and campers will be gearing up to take part in a week-long day camp of band rehearsals, workshops, and fun activities designed to empower and inspire aspiring young females, trans and non-binary musicians.

Bands are formed and then paired with mentors plucked straight from the most talented musicians in Perth and together they work towards the Camp Showcase.

This year the showcase will find its home at iconic live music venue The Bird (Saturday 29 January) and is open for all to come and enjoy.


Get those demos ready because the annual WAM Song Of The Year competition is set to open any second now. This is your chance to get your songs in front of key industry players, no matter who you are or what corner of the state you're from.

With previous winners including Stella Donnelly, Beni Bjah, Kučka, Little Birdy, Abbe May and Luke Steele, we're excited to once again share this career-propelling opportunity with the WA music community.

With 17 categories to enter and heaps of prizes on offer including studio recording time, there's so many reasons to enter. Keep an eye on our social platforms for an announcement of the competition launch.


Following the success of the Remote Artist Access (RAA) initiative's pilot last February, which saw The Rocky Ridge Band and Main River Band perform at both Perth Festival and Nannup Music Festival, RAA is back for 2022.

A joint project between the two festivals and WAM, RAA aims to support and enhance career opportunities for remote community First Nations artists by providing major festival performance opportunities and funding for travel and accommodation.

Perth Festival 2022 will host Warranma! Sing in Language with Theona Councillor and Warralgurniya, a family-friendly afternoon celebration of First Nations language.

LAUNCHPAD Upcoming local gigs
Tresba - Milk Bar, 14 Jan
Nectar - Indian Ocean Hotel, 14 Jan
Last Quokka - Mojos, 21 Jan
Toby Beard - The Aardvark, 22 Jan
The Lost Followers and The Vagabond State - Clancy's Fish Pub Fremantle, 23 Jan
Girls Rock! WA Camp Showcase - The Bird, 29 Jan



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