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WAM Festival Names More Speakers, Expands Music Program

14 October 2015 | 3:40 pm | Staff Writer

The WA industry event doubles in size.

There’s no shortage of talent in WA, and this year’s WAM Festival continues to illustrate that point, adding more than 50 local names to the Saturday Spectacular and a wealth of industry talent to the two-day conference.

After announcing the festival’s expansion to a four-date event that includes more showcases and a Fremantle element, as well as naming Tired Lion, Methyl Ethyl and more for the Block Party, more band have been confirmed for the Saturday Spectacular, bringing to total to more than 80.

The following bands will take over Northbridge venues The Bird, The Boston, Ezra Pound, Flyrite, Jimmy's Den, The Moon, Mustang Bar, Universal Bar and Wilson Roe St Car Park (Block Party) on Saturday 7 November from midday to 2am.

Ah Trees, Alex Brittan, Amy Sugars, Belle Harvey, Benny Mayhem, Black Stone From The Sun, Blackwall Reach, Bri Clark, Bryte MC, Catzilla, Chainsaw Hookers, Childsaint, China Doll, Command Q, Cubs, Dan Cribb & The Isolated, Davey Craddock & The Spectacles, DJ John Safari, Fait, Flooded Palace, Flowermouth, Flying Embers, Foam, Girl York, Good Company DJs, Graphic Characters, GRRL PAL, Hamjam, Helen Shanahan, High Horse, Hip Priest, Hope Street, Husband, Hyla, Jeff's Dead, Joel Barker, John Bennett, Jordan McRobbie, Lanark, Leaf & Crown, Leoh, Lilt, Little Death, Little Skye, Lower Spectrum, M.O.V.E. Crew, Methods Of Movement DJs, Methyl Ethel, Minky G, Nerve Quakes, Our Man In Berlin, Patient Little Sister, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, Rag N Bone, Railway Bell, Randa & The Soul Kingdom, Rok Riley, Sail On! Sail On!, Scalphunter, Segue Safari, Sidewalk Diamonds, Silver Hills, Simone & Girlfunkle, Skullcave, Spilt Cities, Syllabollix, Tashi, Teij, The Bob Gordons, The Brow, The China Blue Experiment, The Coalminers Sect, The Decline, The Drools, Thee Loose Hounds, The Floors, The Little Lord Street Band, The Merindas, The Pissedcolas, The Regular Hunters, The Shakeys, The Tommyhawks, The Worst, Tired Lion, Verge Collection, Will Stoker & The Embers and Yokohomos.

Pre-sale demand saw the conference expand, inviting more industry speakers from around the country to join the already named Fred Pessaro (NOISEY/Vice), Blake Rayner (Dew Process), Nick Findlay (triple j) and heaps more at State Theatre Centre Of WA on Friday 6 November and Saturday 7 November.

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The third round of speakers includes:

Adam Montgomery (Booker/123 Agency; Vic)

Andy Vincent (Manager Of Label Relations, Spotify; NSW)

Andy Jarvis (Lecturer, CIT/Performer, Artist)

Bourby Webster (Director, North Street Music)

Christina Ballico (Research Consultant, WAM/Academic & Lecturer)

Claire Hodgson (Industry Development Officer, WAM)

Damian Cunningham (Director of Audience and Sector Development, Live Music Office; NSW)

Dan Cribb (Editor,

Dave Chitty (Director, Sunset Events)

Dave Ruby Howe (Director, triple j Unearthed; NSW)

Jacinta Parsons (Assistant Music Director, Local Radio/Double J; NSW)

Jacob Snell (Head of Business Development, Monster Management)

Jamie Burnett (Drive Presenter, 720 ABC Perth)

Janelle Morse (Director, Morse Code PR)

Joe Algeri (Director, Altus Planning & Appeals/Performer, The JAC)

Justin Sweeting (Artist Voice Asia/Clockenflap/Proper Job Ltd/Magnetic Asia Ltd – Hong Kong)

Kyle Gleadell (Founder, Helta Skelta Records)

Larry Heath (Editor-in-Chief, The AU Review/Founder, Heath Media; NSW)

Maggie Collins (triple j/BIGSOUND/Fans Creative Management; NSW)

Marcus Thaine (Manager of Label Relations, Spotify; NSW)

Mike Harris (CEO, WAM)

Michael Tucak (Founder, creative | legal)

Noah Shilkin (Owner, Sonic Lolly)

Pat McLaughlin (WA Concert And Event Representative, APRA AMCOS/Sugar Army)

Pete Guazzelli (Project Officer, Contemporary Music, Department of Culture and the Arts)

Phaedra Watts (Artistic Director, Nannup Music Festival)

Predrag Delibasic (Performer, SMRTS/Zerodent)

Rosco Stewart (ex-Chief Administration Officer, Big Day Out and Soundwave via Altered State)

Sammy Shirra-Moore (Festival Director, Music Matters Live/Regional Talent Manager, YouTube FanFest Branded; Singapore)

Sarah Tout (Head of Training, RTRFM)

Scott Adam (Principal Lecturer Events and Hospitality/Lecturer Music Business, CIT)

Susan Cotchin (Director, International Royalties Rescue; Vic)

Tim Kelly (Managing Director, Inertia; NSW)

Troy Mutton (Editor, Pilerats)

Yvette Myhill (Executive Director, Association of Artist Managers/AAM; NSW)

Aarom Wilson (Marketing & Communications Officer, WAM / Director, Aaromedia)

Pessaro have also been confirmed for a keynote address on the future of music media and journalism.

Second release tickets are on sale until Thursday 5 November. For more info on WAM Festival 2015, head to the WAM website.