The FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands competition showcases young musicians from around Victoria, giving them the opportunity to perform, gain local exposure, and win their way to a spot on the Grand Final line up. There’s also a bunch of cool prizes they can win from our generous sponsors (check out the prize list below).
Regional heats are hosted by FReeZA Committees each year from February to August, with the winners going on to compete in Regional Finals from October to December. The Grand Final will held at the annual Melbourne Moomba Festival in March 2015. Each FReeZA Committee that hosts a heat is supported to ensure that FReeZA Push Start is not only a platform for young performers, but a platform for young event organisers and promoters alike.
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For the past seven months, emerging artists across Victoria have been battling it out in the 2014 series of the FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands competition. Bands who have won their heats will compete at the nine Regional Final events held across Victoria. We’re pleased to announce that the nine regional winners will go through to play at the Grand Final at the City Of Melbourne’s Moomba Festival on March 7, 2015 (see below).
Show your support for local talent and get along to the Regional Final heats!
|Regional Final and host||Date||Venue||Competing bands||Winning Band|
|Hume Regional Final|
Word and Mouth FReeZA (Shepparton)
|Sep 20||The McIntosh Centre||AtMostFear, Realisations, Top Knot, Mud Puppy, Ordinary Kings, A Nice Afternoon Living, The Quick and The Dead||The Quick and the Dead (Wodonga)|
|Gippsland Regional Final |
|Oct 11||Sale Memorial Hall||Dy ing For Daylight, Dawn Patrol, The Flats, Everchanging||The Flats (Wellington)|
|Northern Country Regional Final |
|Oct 26||Karova Lounge||Horris Green, 10000 Hours, Jimmy & Paige, At Seas End, Paper Boat Armarda||Horris Green (Ballarat)|
|Barwon South West Regional Final |
|Nov 7||Courthouse Arts||School Refuge, Jye Cannon, Revolution, SNG, Say Please, Cooper Lower||Revolution|
|Eastern Metro Regional Final |
|Nov 21||EV's Youth Centre||Lanterns, Sunborne, Brunga's Band, Des Chio, Saint Henry, The Bean Project||The Bean Project|
|Northern Metro Regional Final |
|Nov 22||Broadmeadows Town Hall||Freak & The Fat Cats, The Plastered Bastards, The Beautiful Moment, A-Ron and J.Jay||A-Ron and J.Jay|
|Mallee Wimmera Regional Final |
|Nov 28||TBC||Requiem, Torque|
|Southern Metro Regional Final |
Spectrum Entertainment FReeZA (Casey)
|Dec 5||Cranbourne Public Hall||Beneath The Lies, Valleys Of Vermont, The Evercold, Manor, Melanie Grace, Stridor, The Moody Spooks, Bloomfield|
|Western Metro Regional Final |
|Dec 6||Bacchus Marsh Town Hall||Blue Couch, Head Of A Lion, Midnight Academy, Ember Rain, Malibu Barbee|
FREEZA PUSH START GRAND FINAL @ MOOMBA
The nine regional final winners will compete at the FReeZA Push Start Grand Final to be held at the City Of Melbourne’s Moomba Festival on Saturday March 7, 2015. Entry to Moomba is FREE!
What prizes can be won this year?
Thanks to our wonderful sponsors we have a rad prize pack for the overall competition winner! The winning band of the FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands 2014 Series will get:
- Day of engineering, producing, recording and mixing from Hothouse Studios;
- Jack The Bear Deluxe Mastering session;
- Pressing of 500 copies of your recording and a graphic design layout session by DEX Audio;
- $1000 poster/flyer printing campaign from Shout Out Loud Print;
- Kit of 'band supplies' including a Mapex snare drum, Vater drum sticks, Elixir guitar and bass strings, Samson vocal mic, DI and headphones and Hercules mic and guitar stands from Electric Factory;
- Tee Shirt run of 50x 1 colour print (valued at $500) from Love Police
- $1000 Plakkit poster campaign;
- Digital Distribution campaign by Valleyarm;
- Artist Feature on The Push website; and
- Artist interview / feature article in Beat Magazine
- Complete clothing outfit from Dangerfield (to the value of $1000)
Dangerfield are the official clothing sponsor of the FReeZA Push Start Band Competition.The winning band will receive a complete clothing outfit from Dangerfield (to the value of $1000) and all grand finalists will receive a complimentary Dangerfield styling consultation and one clothing/accessory item (to the value of $200)
The APRA Award for Songwriting Winner will receive a music industry prize pack of $150 worth of books from APRA. All Grand Finalists will recieve a summary of the judges notes from the Regional Final and the Grand Final for their professional development from The Push.
The FReeZA Push Start Regional Finals 2014 are funded through the FReeZA Program, a Victorian Government Initiative.