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 Push Over festival 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 is held at the annual Push Over festival in March. 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 six months, young bands across Victoria have been battling it out with each other in the 2013 series of the FReeZA Push Start competition. August marks the end of the heat season, with the winning bands going through to play at the nine Regional Finals held across Victoria, kicking off in October.
Regional Final Dates
Barwon Regional Final
Warrnambool - Ignite Youth FReeZA
October 4 @ The Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool
Contact: Hannah Cranage / (03) 5559 4413 / email@example.com
Hume Regional Final
Bright - Apline Crew FReeZA
October 5 @ Bright Skate Park
Contact: Lili Korndorffer / (03) 5755 0592 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Gippsland Regional Final
Bairnsdale - Bairnsdale FReeZA
October 11 @ Bairnsdale Secondary College, Bairnsdale
Contact: Chris Taylor / (03) 5150 4803 / Taylor.Christopher.email@example.com
Northern Metro Regional Final
Moreland - Ampred Up Productions
October 12 @ Mechanics Institute, Brunswick
Contact: Sal Kimber / (03) 9389 8642 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Country Regional Final
Wedderburn - Loddon FReeZA
October 18 @ Wedderburn Town Hall
Contact: Tony Bellenger / (03) 5494 1232 / email@example.com
Mallee Wimmera Regional Final
Hosham - Horsham FReeZA
November 1 @ Nexus Youth Centre, Horsham
Contact: Alois Kniebiess / (03) 5362 1500 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Metro Regional Final
Melton - Ignite Productionz FReeZA
November 2 @ Melton Community Hall
Contact: Julian Zuliani / (03) 9743 9970 / email@example.com
Eastern Metro Regional Final
Manningham - Fusion FReeZA
November 8 @ Doncaster Secondary College
Contact: Lachlan Campbell / (03) 9848 5400 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Metro Regional Final
Mornington - Impakt FReeZA
December 13 @ Peninsula Community Theatre
Contact Karl Kasback / (03) 5950 1666 / email@example.com
What is the major prize for winning the Grand Final at Push Over 2014?
- 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
- Merchandise hosting from Fist2Face in physical and online stores
- $1000 package of "Hard Rocker" bean bags from King Kahuna;
- $1000 Plakkit poster campaign;
- Digital Distribution campaign by Valleyarm;
- Artist Feature on The Push website; and
- Artist interview / feature article in Beat Magazine.
Where can I find more information about the competition?
Are you in a young band and looking for the chance to perform, gain local exposure, and win your way to grabbing a spot on the Push Over line up along with winning a bunch of cool prizes? Then check out the Push Start information page to find out everything you need to know about entry guidelines and submitting an application form.
If you're a lover of loud and live music events, or perhaps just want to show your support for the local talent in your area, check out the list of Battle heats and regional final events happening around Victoria!
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