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A State-Wide Battle of the Bands Competition

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.

2011-12 Winners; Altitude

» More Push Start information (external link)

Current Series:

» FReeZA Push Start 2014-15

Previous Years:

» FReeZA Push Start 2013-14
» FReeZA Push Start 2012-13
» FReeZA Push Start 2011-12
» FReeZA Push Start 2010-11
» FReeZA Push Start 2009-10

Freeza Push Start Battle of the Bands 2014: Regional Finals announced

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        VenueCompeting bandsWinning Band
Hume Regional Final
Word and Mouth FReeZA (Shepparton)
Sep 20The McIntosh CentreAtMostFear, Realisations, Top Knot, Mud Puppy, Ordinary Kings, A Nice Afternoon Living, The Quick and The DeadThe Quick and the Dead (Wodonga)
Gippsland Regional Final   
Wellington FReeZA
Oct 11Sale Memorial HallDy ing For Daylight, Dawn Patrol, The Flats, EverchangingThe Flats (Wellington)
Northern Country Regional Final
Sonika FReeZA
Oct 26Karova LoungeHorris Green, 10000 Hours, Jimmy & Paige, At Seas End, Paper Boat Armarda
Horris Green (Ballarat)
Barwon South West Regional Final
Geelong FReeZA 
Nov 7Courthouse Arts
School Refuge, Jye Cannon, Revolution, SNG, Say Please, Cooper Lower
(Golden Plains)
Eastern Metro Regional Final
Maroondah FreeZA
Nov 21EV's Youth CentreLanterns, Sunborne, Brunga's Band, Des Chio, Saint Henry, The Bean ProjectThe Bean Project
(Yarra Ranges)
Northern Metro Regional Final
Hume FReeZA
Nov 22Broadmeadows Town HallFreak & The Fat Cats, The Plastered Bastards, The Beautiful Moment, A-Ron and J.Jay
A-Ron and J.Jay (Hume)
Mallee Wimmera Regional Final
Mildura FReeZA
Nov 28TBCRequiem, TorqueRequiem
Southern Metro Regional Final
Spectrum Entertainment FReeZA (Casey)  
Dec 5Cranbourne Public HallBeneath The Lies, Valleys Of Vermont, The Evercold, Manor, Melanie Grace, Stridor, The Moody Spooks, BloomfieldThe Evercold
Western Metro Regional Final
Dec 6Bacchus Marsh Town HallBlue Couch, Head Of A Lion, Midnight Academy, Ember Rain, Malibu Barbee Ember Rain


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.


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