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Freeza Push Start Finalists Announced + Program Times

Victoria’s longest-running all ages live music festival Push Over is excited to announce the nine finalists in the FReeZA Push Start Band Competition Grand Final, to go head to head at this years Push Over Festival on Monday 12th March at The Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne.

The nine finalists from across the state include: The Brass Monkeys (Bentleigh, Eastern Metropolitan), Captain Custard (Bairnsdale, Gippsland Region), Pete Jones (Rutherglen, Goulburn North East/Hume), Altitude (St Albans Park, Barwon South West), Animaux (Albert Park, Southern Metropolitan), Hally (Mildura, Malle Wimmera), Paper Arcade (Castlemaine, Northern Country/Grampians), Daydream Arcade (Reservoir, Northern Metropolitan), Granston Display (Werribee, Western Metropolitan).

Each band will be competing for the major prize announced on the day including: a day of engineering, producing, recording and mixing from Hothouse Studios, a mastering session of three of your songs from Jack the Bear's Deluxe Mastering, a pressing of 500 copies of your recording and a graphic design layout session by DEX Audio, a 4-hour graphic design workshop session with Apollo Collective, an artist or band photo shoot by Corey E Sleap Photography, a kit of 'band supplies' including a Mapex snare drum, Vater drum sticks, Elixir guitar and bass strings, Samson vocal mic, DI & headphones, Hercules mic and guitar stands from Electric Factory, a $200 Allans + Billy Hydes voucher, a year of digital aggregation to iTunes (and many others) of a song and video clip from Valleyarm, and an artist interview / feature article in Beat Magazine.

The Push Over Artistic Director Shane Wickens says: “Each year Victorian bands under 21 years of age, have the opportunity to showcase their music through FReeZA Push Start to thousands of music lovers from across the state, and receive valuable advice and support from music industry professionals.?

Established in 1995, the FReeZA Push Start Band Comp is funded by the Victorian Government’s FReeZA Program and is managed by non-profit Victorian youth music organization, The Push. This year 280 bands competed at 59 FReeZA Push Start events across the state.

Minister for Youth Affairs, Ryan Smith, said that the Victorian Coalition Government strongly supports the FReeZA program which provides opportunities for young people aged 12 -25 to develop skills and career pathways in the music industry. This year has seen unprecedented participation with hundreds of bands competing across the state in the lead-up to the grand final.

“I wish the nine Regional Final winners all the best as they battle it out and I hope that this experience and exposure provides the band members with important skills development and career opportunities," Mr Smith said.

Check out the Push Over website for the official playing and signing festival times just announced. 


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