The WAMi Festival 2005 is a Smoke Free Event.
WAMi Festival 2005The metro components of the WAMi Festival, Conference and Awards ’05 wrapped up on Sunday night, making it the 11th festival tucked under the WAM belt. The hotly discussed WAMi Awards at the Beck’s Verandah and the inaugural WAMi Conference DIY Global Revolution featuring music industry masterminds from across Australia, were common highlights for attendees this year.

The WAMi Awards saw Eskimo Joe walk away as big winners with six cakes; Bon Scott, Dave Hole and Martin Clarke were inducted into the WAM Hall of Fame; and triple j’s Robbie Buck put in a stellar performance as host. The WA music industry’s night of nights is now one calendar event no one will want to miss. The WAMi DIY Global Revolution Conference was a huge success with the Conference Cast and punters alike all taking in the DIY knowledge, inspiration and advice that was on offer. With names such as Philip Stevens, Sebastian Chase and David Vodicka sharing their stories, it’s no wonder the conference attendees walked away from the DIY Conference informed and inspired.

Meanwhile on the showcase front, some of the hottest up and coming bands had cracker sets at the Saturday Spectacular in front of record label A&R, media and interstate industry guests.

And here's the highlights in our Executive Director, Paul Bodlovich's eyes:
"Highlights for me?  The enthusiasm with which our most high profile artists continue to embrace their local music scene.  As well as the obvious ones who performed, we had great behind the scenes support from many others.  Eskimo Joe obviously scooped the cake pool this year, and what a great result that really evidences the degree to which they've stayed rooted in Perth.  Big Saturday (the inaugural WAMi Conference rolling on into the biggest yet Saturday Spectacular) was amazing, with the Monkey Bar complex full for upwards of 20 hours.  I think this year's CD is the best yet.  The WAMi Awards was a landmark event for us, and I think finally got the point across that we're not the same WAM of the nineties.  The inauguration of Bon Scott into the WAM Hall of Fame seems to have settled some jitters that have been going on in some circles.  The influx of national industry types into Perth, and the feedback from them on not just the event but the people they met and the bands that they saw.  And a personal highlight for me was definitely "Abmusic Day", which brought people together who don't normally come together in a way that has generated some lasting outcomes. So, its been a big year, a lot of work, and next year is already just round the corner.”

Here's what media and industry had to say about the WAMi Festival, Conference and Awards for 2005...

“The WAMis had a real sense of fresh air about them. There seemed to be a greater pride in the wonderful music scene of WA and the WAMis really captured this feeling. The DIY Global Revolution was a real highlight for myself. I was extremely pleased with how many people choose to be involved both as punters and as delegates in this great day of shared experience. It was a tribute to the foresight of Carolyn Bailey and WAM to bring it together so well here in Perth. Congratulations to all involved, it was a privilege to be part of."
Philip Stevens, Jarrah Records & Manager John Butler Trio, The Waifs and Little Birdy

"Well 2005 was another freaking great WAMi's. Seriously freaking great music - red jezebel, snowman, the flairz and el horizonte that means you - freaking knowledgeable speakers on informative panels and the traditional Perth hospitality ramped up to new freaking level. Bring on 2006!" Kirileigh Lynch, Assistant Music Director - triple j

"WAMi 2005 was a great experience and professionally learnt a lot from watching others talk about their areas of expertise. I also enjoyed seeing heaps of brilliant music which was of a very high standard! Looking forward to it in 2006" Catherine Haridy, A&R Manager – Festival Mushroom Records

“This year the WAMi Festival came of age, thanks to the top notch talent this State has produced. The awards saw Eskimo Joe, one of Australia's best bands for some time, rightly earn six awards at a venue befitting WA music's night of nights." Simon Collins, Music Editor – The West Australian

“The Saturday Spectacular provided a unique opportunity to witness an amazing diversity of WA artists, performing under one roof". Anna Willems, Music Director - Nova 93.7

“I made it to the awards and thought it was pretty cool. I saw Red Jezebel who sounded great!" Elissa Macneall, Music Director - 92.9

"Moving from the grungey Hydey to the bling-bling festival club, the WAMi Awards shone bright like a teenager drunk on his parent's liquor cabinet. Fantastic." Annika Priest, Music Editor - Sunday Times Magazine (STM)

"Great WAMIs this year especially the booze fuelled awards in the magnificent verandah surrounds. Although the dark lord threatened to appear all we got was the  ramblings of some "nude monkey" and Snowman's constant references to their parentage. Big ups for giving RTRFM 92.1 another cake for the media award. Maybe next year the winners can get a wobble board in keeping with the work of the great Rolf. Respect!" Dave Cutbush, Events Manager, Announcer - RTRFM 92.1

"As a first time attendee of the WAMi Festival I was totally blown away with the energy and excitement that the conference generates for local WA music. There seems to be a lot of community spirit amongst the industry and musicians alike which is incredibly healthy and infectious. I saw some great acts while I was there like The Silents, Snowman, El Horizonte, The Avenues, Outfit Faux, and of course The Flairz." John Mullen, A& R Manager – Dew Process
February 17 - 27

WAM, the West Australian Music Industry Association Inc, is pleased to announce the WAMi Festival, Conference and Awards 2005. Formerly the Kiss My WAMi Festival, this monstrous event is now in its 11th year.

For 10 days in February, from the 17th till the 27th, all eyes will be on Perth for the latest cutting edge acts and noteworthy conference outcomes. Plus to ensure that WA appetites are catered to, further events under the WAMi umbrella will be held throughout February and beyond, including regional tours zig zagging across the state.

2005 will see an exciting new format for the WAMis, with a leaner showcase program, more free events, new partnerships and perhaps most notably, the inauguration of a new music business conference the 2005 WAMi Conference DIY Global Revolution.

Highlights of the WAMi Festival 2005 include free public events in partnership with the City of Fremantle, City of Perth and City of Joondalup; the WAMi Awards ceremony on Feb 22; the Saturday Spectacular, capping off the showcase concert series on Feb 26; plus an all ages concert series and regional tours during March and May!
Download a PDF print version of this overview
Click here to view the complete WAMi Festival 2005 Gig Guide. (You can download a PDF version here.)

Public Program - Free Outdoor Events
+ City of Fremantle, Thur 17 – Sat 19 @ High St, Fremantle
+ Joondalup, Sat 19 (Indigenous Showcase)
+ City of Perth, Mon 21 – Fri 25@ Forrest Place, Perth

WAMi Awards
Tuesday 22 @ The Beck’s Verandah, Perth Concert Hall

WAM Showcases
+ Sun 20– Sat 26 @ Various Venues (22 shows)
Includes partnered showcases with Perth Jazz Society, Kulcha, Deuce, SLAM, Funk Club, Rip It Up and Aesoteric
+ Saturday Spectacular

Saturday 26 @ The Monkey Bar

Indigenous Roundtable and Abmusic Industry Networking BBQ
Wed 23 - Key Australian representatives convene to discuss developing this sector, plus a BBQ lunch for industry @ Abmusic

WAM All Ages
+ Mon 21 Feb triple j Live At The Wireless @ Curtin University, Bentley.
+ Sat 26 Feb Boomshanka @ Bayswater Skate Park.
+ Sun 27 Feb YAC-A-TOA @ McCallum Park, Victoria Park. Feat. Little Birdy.

Regional Tours (March & May)
+ Wheatbelt & Great Southern, March 3 - 6
+ South West, March 3 - 6
+ Mid-West, March 4 - 6
+ Peel, March 12 & 13
+ Goldfields, March 18 & 19
+ Pilbara, May 26 – June 5

PIAF Late Night at the Beck’s Verandah
Wed 16, Thurs 24, Fri 25, Sun 27, Wed 2 March @ The Beck’s Verandah, Perth Concert Hall

Live at Movies by Burswood*
Sun Feb 13, 20 + 27 @ Burswood Parklands
*All profits go to charity, WAMi Season Passes do not apply

AIR Pocket Sessions
Wed 23 – Forums on Marketing from AIR, the Association of Independent Records

Music Managers Forum (MMF) Short Course
Thu 24 & Fri 25
Saturday February 26 @ the Monkey Bar & the Amplifier Bar

WAMi Conference 2005 DIY GLOBAL REVOLUTION will provide inspiration, resources and pathways to empower artists to seek sustainable income using the DIY ethic.

For details see the WAMi Conference page.

Tickets are only $45 and go on sale January 20. Book at BOCS via their website or phone (08) 9484 1133.
The Verandah, Perth Concert Hall
The Verandah, Perth Concert Hall
Our congratulations go out to all the WAMi Award winners and nominees. On Tuesday February 22 the WAMi Awards, hosted by triple j's Robbie Buck toasted the WA music industry and celebrated! The WAMi Awards were held in the beautiful outdoor setting of the Beck’s Verandah, at the Perth Concert Hall and the stars were shining as award winners were presented their WAMi cakes. Jebediah, Carus, the Kill Devil Hills, Red Jezebel, Dom Mariani and the Majestic Kelp and The Panda Band performed; plus Bon Scott, Martin Clarke and Dave Hole were inducted into the WAM Hall of Fame. 2004 was a significant year for WA Music and the WAMi Awards saw many success stories celebrated!

You can download the full list of WAMi Award winners here and the list of nominees here.
Winners are highlighted in red within the nominee lists below.

Most Popular Act

Presented by Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia
Sony BMG
Eskimo Joe
Little Birdy
The Panics

Most Popular Live Act

Presented by Clancy’s Fish Pub
Eskimo Joe
The Fuzz
Sleepy Jackson

Most Popular Music Website

Presented by triple j
Triple J

Most Popular Album

Presented by EMI Music Australia
A Song is a City – Eskimo Joe
Big Big Love – Little Birdy
Heathen Songs – Kill Devil Hills
Revelations - Red Jezebel

Favourite Newcomer

Presented by Nova 93.7 FM
Nova 93.7FM
The Flairz
Kill Devil Hills
The Panda Band

Most Popular Music Venue

Presented by Xpress Magazine
Xpress Mag
Hyde Park Hotel
Rosemount Hotel
Swan Basement

Most Popular Single / EP

Presented by Festival Mushroom Records & Festival Publishing
Festival Mushroom
From The Sea – Eskimo Joe
Good Looks To Camera – The Bank Holidays
Rough Diamonds – End of Fashion
Zombies on the Airwaves of Paris - Snowman

Most Popular Music Video

Presented by Network TEN
Network Ten
Arm Vs Fiery Antenna - Radarmaker
Beautiful To Me – Little Birdy
Rough Diamonds – End of Fashion
Underwhelmed - Antistatic

Most Popular Music Event
Presented by The West Australian
The West Australian
Big Day Out
In The Pines
Rock It
‘The WAMis’

There are also Industry Voted Awards, for which the nominees are…


Most Promising New Act:

Presented by Warner Music Australia
The Bank Holidays
Kill Devil Hills
The Panda Band

Media Award for outstanding contribution in 2004:

Presented by Healthway
Mark Genge (RTRFM)
Groove Magazine
Mike Wafer (X-Press Magazine)

Best Live Sound Engineer

Jason Brown
Darryl Carter
Michael Fletcher
Gavin Tempany

Best Record Producer / Engineer

Presented by Creation Pro Media
Creation Pro Media
Aiden Barton
Shaun O’Callaghan
Dave Parkin
Simon Struthers

Management Awards for outstanding achievements in 2004 by a Manager:

Presented by Media Arts Lawyers
Media Arts Lawyers
Scott Adam
Heath Bradby
Luke Rinaldi
Philip Stevens

Best WA Based Record Label

Jarrah Records
Prime Cuts
Redline Records
Sic Squared

Best Indigenous Act

Presented by Abmusic
Kerrianne Cox
Alice Haines
Pigram Brothers
Gina Williams

Golden WAMi for contribution to the WA Music industry in 2004:

Presented by Woodside Energy Ltd
Nigel Bird
Mark Genge
Luke Rinaldi
Philip Stevens


Best Blues / Roots Act

Presented by Blues At Bridgetown
B Movie Heroes
John Butler Trio
Kill Devil Hills
Nathan Gaunt & the Black Eyed Dogs

Best Hard Rock / Metal Act

Presented by The EXPO Group
Expo Group

Best Punk Act

Presented by Groove Magazine
Groove Magazine
Eleventh He Reaches London
The Homicides

Best Commercial Pop Act

Presented by MGM Distribution
The Bank Holidays
Eskimo Joe
Little Birdy

Best Indie / Pop Act

Presented by SmokeFree WA
SmokeFree WA
End of Fashion
Eskimo Joe
Little Birdy
The Panda Band

Best Rock Act

Presented by Maton Guitars
El Horizonte
End of Fashion
The Fuzz
The Volcanics

Best Country Music Act

Presented by WIN Television
Kill Devil Hills
New Rules for Boats
Pete Stone & The Assistance
Ronni Rae Rivers

Best Jazz Act

Presented by Community Newspaper Group
Community News
Hip Mo Toast
Michael Pigneguy Trio

Best Urban Music Act

Presented by the City of Perth
City of Perth
Flow Dynamics

Best Funk Act

Presented by APRA
Bobby Blackbird & the Bluejays
Dyslexic Fish
Funk Club House Band

Best Live Electronic Act

Presented by RTRFM 92.1
Chrism and Fenris
Lo-Key Fu

Best World Music Act

Presented by The Cake Box
B Movie Heroes
Dave Hyams and the Miles to Go Band
Shangara Jive
Steve Tallis


Best Male Vocalist

Justin Burford
Nathan Gaunt
Andrew Ryan
Kav Temperley

Best Drummer

Angus Diggs
Christian Frichot
Gabriel Nicotra
Brody Simpson

Best Instrumentalist

Alex Archer
Stephen Callan
Tristen Parr
Kathy Potter

Best Female Vocalist

Sascha Ion
Abby May
Katy Steele
Jodie Tes

Best Electronic Producer

Stephen Callan
Flow Dynamics
Lo-Key Fu

Best DJ

Dan the Man
Greg Packer

Best Guitarist

Nathan Gaunt
Simon Leach
Mark De Vattimo
Drew Wooton

Best Bassist

Dane Alderson
David Namour
Roy Martinez
Vanessa Thornton

Saturday February 26 @ Monkey Bar
$22 (free with a gold or platinum pass, or $10 with a silver pass)

Monkey Bar Mainstage
Outfit Faux
Kross Kulcha
Steve Parkin and the Foreign Films
Kill Devil Hills
Little Birdy
Dyslexic Fish
The Scratch Foundation feat. Nic Reid
The Resonance
8 Ball vs DXU vs 555
Monkey Mezz (Deuce)
Lo-Key Fu
Pauly fatlace
Amplifier Bar
El Horizonte
The Avenues
The Flairz
The Silents
Monkey Bar Courtyard
Lauren Brede
Kate Andrews
Darren Mason
The Jayco Brothers
Burton Cool Suit

Free Outdoor Events

A series of performances from some fine WA talent during lunch time and at the end of the working day. If you’re working or shopping in Perth city or Fremantle, stop by to enjoy one of the great acts from this diverse program of music offering styles ranging from alternative country to electro, folk rock to hip hop – there’s something for everyone. City of Fremantle shows are 5 - 7pm from Thursday Feb 17 to Saturday Feb 19 at Fremantle Town Square in High Street. See gig guide for acts.

City of Perth shows are at 12 noon and 4.30pm at Forrest Place from Monday Feb 21 to Friday Feb 25. See gig guide for acts.

There is also a special Indigenous Showcase on the evening of Saturday Feb 19 at Neil Hawkins Park, Joondalup, featuring Mary G & band, Lois Olney and Alice Haines & band.

City of Perth
City of Joondalup
City of Fremantle


Monday Feb 21, 5pm
triple j Live At The Wireless
@ Curtin University, Bentley
Featuring Little Birdy
All are welcome to this live broadcast – get there early. Little Birdy will be on at 5pm sharp!

Saturday Feb 26, 3 - 7pm
Be Active Boomshanka! 2
@ Bayswater Skate Park, Wotton Reserve, Embleton
Featuring Micadelic, dj Pauly Fatlace, dj Pawel and dj Rocky
Plus skate / bmx comps + demos, graf art comps + workshops, bouncy castle, breakdancing and more
Call 9272 0662 for more details
Presented by the City of Bayswater and Deuce
Download a PDF version of the Boomshanka Poster.

Sunday February 27
@ McCallum Park, Victoria Park
Little Birdy
Red Jezebel
The Remedials
In A Moment
+ workshops, stalls and festival rides. Free!
Presented with Rip It Up and Town of Victoria Park
Download a PDF version of the YAC-A-TOA Poster.

These WAMi 05 tickets are on sale from January 20 through BOCs Ticketing. Pricing is as follows, the BOCs booking fees also apply to all tickets.

WAMi Awards $33
WAMi Conference $45
Gold WAMi Season Pass (inc Kiss My WAMi CD set) $45
Platinum WAMi Season Pass (inc Kiss My WAMi CD set) $103

Please note that the near infamous 4 disc compilation CD set, Kiss My WAMi, is only available with season passes and cannot be purchased.

The Gold WAMi Season Pass entitles you to entry to all WAMi Festival 05 gigs, including the Saturday Spectacular; and comes with the Kiss My WAMi CD compilation set.

The Platinum WAMi Season Pass entitles you to entry to all WAMi 05 events, including the WAMi Conference, WAMi Awards and the Saturday Spectacular; and comes with the Kiss My WAMi CD compilation set.

Please Note:
There are no pre sale tickets to individual gigs, these have door sales only, including Saturday Spectacular. The Season Passes are the only pre sale option for gigs.

Entry to the Movies By Burswood WAMi nights is not covered by the Season Passes.

Book online at or via phone charge on 08 9484 1133 (1800 193 300 for those outside of the Perth metro area).

Or visit a BOCs outlet or agency:
BOORAGOON - Harmony Music
BURSWOOD - Burswood Dome
CITY BEACH - Quarry Amphitheatre
FREMANTLE - Mills Records
JOONDALUP - Leading Edge Music
KARRINYUP - Movies 4 U
MIDLAND - Swan Chamber of Commerce
NEDLANDS - The Octagon Theatre
PERTH - Perth Concert Hall
PERTH - His Majesty's Theatre
PERTH - The Playhouse Theatre
ROCKINGHAM - Rockingham Visitor Centre
SUBIACO - Subiaco Theatre CentreSUBIACO - Regal Theatre
The 4 disc compilation CD set that’s a must for any good CD collection is only available with season passes and cannot be purchased. The 2005 Kiss My WAMi CD track listing is as follows.

Friday Night - Disc 1
Martyrs of the Dawn - El Horizonte
Godspeed - Fourth Floor Collapse
Mohawk - The Panda Band
Viva la Fever - Snowman
From the Sea - Eskimo Joe
The Green Dream - Kilted Generation, The
See Through Dress - Red Jezebel
Tonight’s the Night - Little Birdy
Your New Life - Fighting For Alaska
Folded in Half - The Bank Holidays
Safe - Outfit Faux
The Seven Signs of Ageing - Jebediah
Take the Money - The Fuzz
Chipmunks - Melange
Car Yard in a Dusty Hole - One Horse Town
Nothin’ For You - The Volcanics
Kick Out Those Blues - M-16's

Sometime Saturday – Disc 2
Bay of Martyrs - The Meaning Of
Shutterspeed - Karnivool
Take Over - Youth Alive
Leave Without a Scar - Zeta Theory
Just One More - Loose Unit
Against the World - Head Filled Attraction
Respirator - Subtruck
Stomp - Oddlaw
Bigger Than This - Wood
Camomile - Break-ups, The
Fetish #10 - Cat Hope
Runes - Ele-mental
Letters of Complaint - Tomas Ford's Cabaret of Death
Shy Girls - Phil's Finest Hour
What a Woman Say - Paul Black
Groove - Randa Khamis & ARG
Breathe - Escher
Saturday Night – Disc 3
Wait a Minute - Tsunami & Pawel
Gettit - Rollerskates
Tech-Ressurection - Lo-Key Fu
Path - The Resonance
Straight from the Ground - Flow Dynamics
Rave New World - Lake Of Bass
Due Adulti (Per Theo) - Nikosono
Free - Roly Skender
We Gave Colour Away - Thread
Angel Klippings - Snowball
Stay (Halogen Remix) - Bela
Hangin- Funkola
Apeshit - Micadelic
Impacts Players - The Freak Radicals
Soul Reactor - Soltek
Your Hands - team9
Destination - The Scratch Foundation*
*Please note that the last track on this disc 'Destination' is incorrectly listed on the Kiss My WAMi compilation artwork as a Shine Eye Gal song, it is however by The Scratch Foundation.

Sunday Afternoon – Disc 4
Howling Dog - Blue Shaddy
Voodoo Brew - Gerard Maunick
Come Morning - Pink & White Bridge
Who You Are - Dave Mann Collective
Phoenix Hour - Doc Jones' Lechery Orchestra
Kill Devil Hills - The Kill Devil Hills
Tortured Soul - Electro Men
I’ll Get Back About That - Connie Kis Anderson
Domino - Pete Stone & The Assistance
Give You Up Tomorrow - Sugarwood
Single Mother - Mike de Velta
Pray - Saritah
Alive - The Honeyriders
Goodbye Goodmornings - Josivac
High - B-Movie Heroes
Dust and Sun - Heads We're Dancing
Woe Giddy - Speedball
New York Trilogy - Blake Wilner Quartet

Beck’s Verandah at the Perth Concert Hall is the Perth International Arts Festival’s village heart, where you can dance under the stars, recharge at the noodle bar, or sup at the bar; all whilst overlooking the Swan River. Every night after 10pm entry is free and you can catch some fabulous local acts, such as…

Wed Feb 16 - Schvendes
Thur Feb 24 - wood
Fri Feb 25 - Cathie Travers and Red-TAIL
Sun Feb 27- Dom Mariani and the Majestic Kelp
Wed March 2 - The Jazznicks feat. Ginger Blu

See the PIAF website for more info.
This summer WAM is bringing some sweet live music to Perth’s charity supporting outdoor cinema Movies by Burswood. By the river at Burswood Parklands you can catch 2 local acts from 7pm and then lie back and enjoy a movie from 9pm.

Sun Feb 13 – The Popular Front and Josivac perform, plus screening of Garden State
Sun Feb 20 - Dom Mariani & Majestic Kelp and B Movie Heroes perform, plus screening of Motorcycle Diaries
Sun Feb 27 - New Rules For Boats and Halogen perform, plus screening of Napoleon Dynamite
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for concessions and $7 for children (5-15 years).

Please note that WAMi Season Passes do not apply to these shows, but hey, 100% of the profits goes to charities.

See Movies By Burswood site for more info.
Driving tired can killTravel round the state with your WAMi Season Pass for some great gigs. Remember, the first weekend of March is a long weekend!

Thurs March 3 @ Kodja place Community Centre, Kojonup
Featuring Saritah, Deralikt, Chris Edmondson, Lauren Brede & Sophie Thompsom

Fri March 4 @ Vancouver Arts Centre, Albany
Featuring Saritah, Deralikt, Quadbox, Xavier Brown & Melissa Raser

Sat March 5 @ Denmark Tavern
Featuring Saritah, Deralikt, Sue Cunningham & Brewdy

Sun March 6 @ Bremer Bay Resort Hotel
Featuring Saritah, Deralikt, Jeff Waldeck, Xavier Brown & Sue Cunningham

Thurs March 3 @ Prince of Wales Hotel, Bunbury
Featuring Snowman, Pete Stone, Teresa Gray & Retardo Platoon

Fri March 4 @ Crown Hotel, Collie
Featuring Snowman, Pete Stone, Four Disorder & Maple

Sat March 5 @ Bootleg Brewery, Wilyabrup (afternoon)
Featuring Ishmael Konstantinidis, Pete Stone & The Wah Trees

Sat March 5 @ Albies Bar, Busselton
Featuring The Wah Trees, Pete Stone, Gene Pool & Cowtown Connection

Sun March 6 @ Nannup Music Festival, Nannup Recreation Hall, Nannup (all ages)
Featuring Four Disorder, The Wah Trees, Guyver, The Skybleeds, Pete Stone & Brian

Fri March 4 @ Gilgai Tavern, Kalbarri
Featuring Dave Mann Collective, Mike de Velta & Rob’s Band

Sat March 5 @ Geraldton PCYC Toxic Gig (all ages)
Featuring Dave Mann Collective, Mike De Velta, Indi system & Cunning Loki

Sat March 12 @ Crabfest Stage Mandurah Foreshore
All Ages Event. Featuring My Third July, Paradime & Red Jezebel

Sun March 13 @ Crabfest Stage Mandurah Foreshore
All Ages Event. Featuring The New Black, Jeff Haymen, Sarah Wise & The Wah Trees

Fri March 18 @ Hole in the Wall Bar, Esperance Hotel
Featuring Outfit Faux, Saritah (solo), Gator Love & Penny Drops

May 26 - June 5 ...locations to be announced
WAM, the West Australian Music Industry Association Inc, is proud to announce Rolf Harris as the patron of the WAMi Festival, Conference & Awards 2005. To celebrate Rolf has created an original artwork for the festival poster.

Paul Bodlovich, WAM Executive Director, said of Rolf’s appeal, “we were looking for someone who had a high profile, not just in music, but in general. Rolf Harris has a strong Western Australian identity.” Rolf’s successes are of relevance to the 2005 program, as Paul commented “as an entertainer and artist he’s always done things his own way, and that way of thinking ties in with the DIY (Do It Yourself) Global Revolution theme of the WAMi Conference”.

Rolf Harris, the boy from the dusty streets of Bassendean in Western Australia has become a household name in both Australia and the UK. Rolf has been performing and entertaining for over 50 years, working in music, visual arts and hosting a plethora of TV shows in the UK and Australia. His hit songs include ‘Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport’ and his widespread appeal has seen him voted the most popular act at Glastonbury Festival.

Regretful that he is unable to attend the WAMi Festival, Conference & Awards in 2005, Rolf commented on his new role as patron of the WAMis and the advantages of the isolation of growing up in WA:

"It was with a sense of honour and pride that I recently accepted an offer by the West Australian Music Industry Association to be the official patron of the 2005 WAMi Festival, Conference and Awards.

I grew up in Western Australia, not really knowing what I wanted to do in life. Art and music, the only two things I was interested in, seemed to be far away on the other side of the world. It was a very, very rare occurrence when anything world class ever came to Perth.

This isolation meant you had to develop on your own, picking up whatever pointers you could from the radio, the art books you could read, or the few and far between art exhibitions.

I'm sure that being so far away from everything, gave me the determination to succeed somehow, and gave me a unique perspective which I believe is an advantage.

When I went to London aged 22, there was no one to offer advice and support - no one hopping up and down saying, "Listen to this bloke from WA. Have a look at his painting. He's raw, he's different, but he could develop into something really good."

Now, WAM is that person doing the hopping.

I wish WAM all the best for the WAMis; enjoy this amazing event." - Rolf Harris
Wednesday February 23 @ Abmusic, Bentley

AIR, The Association of Independent Record Labels is bringing top level Australian music business players to Perth for two in-depth forums as part of their AIR Pocket initiative.

Designed to assist and educate artists, labels and distributors on the important facets of running an independent music business, AIR Pocket aims to develop the skills and strategies necessary to push business ahead in Australia's competitive music industry. In AIR Pocket, Australian label heads and music entrepreneurs across the country have the opportunity to hear from a wide range of experienced forum panelists eager to share some of their wisdom.

Real Time Music Marketing
Real-time Marketing, The rhythms and triggers of effective and responsive marketing takes a look at how and when you can seize marketing opportunities, effectively react to the changes and trends in the marketplace, and create innovative opportunities for your products.

Macro Marketing: Outside the Box
In session two, Macro Marketing we take a look at extending the life of your products including post-launch strategies to keep your product moving once the initial buzz dies down, as well as strategies for breathing new life into older products.

For more information please see
Thursday February 24 & Friday February 25

Featuring industry experts from around Australia discussion topics such as Grants and Funding, Media and Publicity, Touring and the legal side of the music industry, along with one on one sessions and the A&R demo feedback.

See for further info

Check out these media sources for some special WA music features and WAMi fest guides:

Music Today WAMi Feature
see The West Australian, Thursday 17 Feb

WAMi Festival Special Edition
see X-Press Magazine, Thursday 17 Feb
Featuring WAMi Festival program guide, interviews with WA artists, the lowdown on the WAMi Awards and DIY Global Revolution conference

Jebediah Radio
listen to triple j Saturday Feb 19, 5.00-6.00pm
Jebediah guest program triple j for one hour, playing their favourite WA music - new, old, rare and exclusive

RAGE - Eskimo Joe Guest Programming + WA Music Special
see ABC TV, Saturday Feb 19 from 11.10pm
Eskimo Joe will guest program RAGE which will be followed by a WA Music special featuring WA artist music videos.

live at the wireless
listen to triple j, Monday 21 Feb - 8.00pm
Little Birdy perform the WAMi Live at the Wireless at Curtin Uni from 5pm. If you can't be there, tune into triple j to hear their set broadcast at 8.00pm
FCM Travel Solutions can assist those traveling to The WAMis with their travel arrangements such as flights, accommodation and car hire etc. Mention the WAMi Festival / Conference to Simone Dowling at FCM Travel Solutions for access to their discounted rates, for payment via credit card.

Simone Dowling
Simone.Dowling @ (ignore spaces before and after the @ symbol)
1800 335 068 (08 9215 9040 for those in WA)
Members of the media can find our Media Release archives and reference articles here.

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Venues - Metro
Abmusic: Clontarf Campus, 295 Manning Road, Waterford
Amplifier Bar: (rear) 393 Murray Street, Perth
Bayswater Skate Park: Wotton Reserve
Beck’s Verandah: Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Central Tafe: Leederville Campus, Richmond Street, Leederville
Central Tafe: Perth Campus, 12,19 & 25 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge
Clancy's Fish Pub Fremantle: 51 Cantonment Street, Fremantle
Curtin University Bentley Campus: Kent Street, Bentley
Fly By Night Musicians Club: Cnr Queen & Parry St, Fremantle
Fremantle Town Square: High Street, Fremantle
Forrest Place: Murray Street, Perth
Hyde Park Hotel: 331 Bulwer Street, North Perth
Kulcha: 1st Floor, 13 South Terrace, Fremantle
Leederville Hotel: 742 Newcastle Street, Leederville
McCallum Park Canning Highway Victoria Park
Monkey Bar: 393 Murray Street, Perth
Movies by Burswood: off Great Eastern Highway Burswood
Neil Hawkins Park: Boas Avenue, Joondalup
Newport Hotel: South Terrace, Fremantle
Parkerville Tavern: Owen Road, Parkerville
Rosemount Hotel: cnr Angove & Fitzgerald St, North Perth
Swan Basement: 201 Queen Victoria, North Fremantle
The Foundry: 1382 Albany Highway, Cannington
Velvet Lounge: (rear)639 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
White Sands Tavern: 240 West Coast Highway, Scarborough

Venues - Regional
Albies Bar: 117 Queen Street, Busselton
Bootleg Brewery: Pusey Road, Wilyabrup
Bremer Bay Hotel Resort: Frantom Way, Bremer Bay
Courthouse Arts Centre (Courtyard): Queens Street, Busselton
Crown Hotel: 113 Throssell Street, Collie
Denmark Tavern: South Coast Highway, Denmark
Geraldton PCYC : 105 Pass Street, Geraldton
Geraldton Beach Hotel: 15 Fitzgerald Street, Geraldton
Gilgai Tavern: 2 Porter Street, Kalbarri
Hole in the Wall: 14-16 Andrew Street, Esperence
The Kodja Place : 143 Albany Highway, Kojonup
Mandurah Foreshore: Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah
Prince of Wales Hotel: 41 Stephen Street, Bunbury
Settlers Tavern: 114 Bussell Highway, Margaret River
White Star Hotel: 72 Stirling Highway, Albany
Vancouver Arts Centre: 85 Vancouver Street, Albany
The WAMi Festival Conference and Awards 2005 Team

Carolyn Bailey – Conference Producer
Nigel Bird – Regional Support Coordinator
Paul Bodlovich – WAM Executive Director
Lisa Schreiber - Business Administration Officer
Jason Brice – Sponsorship Officer
Bonnie Davies – Festival Assistant
Fred Gesha – Indigenous Music Officer
Emma Jack – Communications & Education Coordinator
Joel Louie – Web Guru
Prue Reynolds – Festival Assistant
Luke Rinaldi – Programming Assistant
Pete Stone – Awards Night Coordinator
Sarah Thomas – Festival Publicist

Enquiries can be emailed to admin @ (without the spaces before and after the @ symbol) or alternatively you can call 08 9227 7962 (1800 007 962 for regional WA).

Divinyls - Photo by Gary Peters
Chrissie Amphlett (Divinyls)
Photo by Gary Peters
The WAMi Conference will mark the opening of the large format photographic exhibition EXPO UP CLOSE AND LIVE featuring photographer Gary Peters’ photos of music legends from the 70’s & 80’s. The photos will be on display through out the Monkey Bar. A well known music photographer in the 70’s and 80’s, Gary Peters photographed most live music in Perth and you could be fairly certain the live photos in X-Press and Rolling Stone back then, were snapped by Gary. The Expo Up Close and Live exhibition celebrates the live performance of contemporary music and features large format live shots of national, international and local talent such as Michael Hutchence, Diesel, The Divinyls, the Eurogliders, Cold Chisel, Ian Dury, Goanna, Bowie, Roxy Music, Midnight Oil, Jimmy Barnes, Suzi Quatro, Rolf Harris, Bakery, Riffs, Rose Tattoo, Thin Lizzie and more.
Angry Anderson - Photo by Gary Peters
Angry Anderson
Photo by Gary Peters

Gary Peters tells tales such as photographing WAM Hall of Fame inductee Dave Hole at Albert Hall in London in 1994 and at the end of the night finding himself making a cup of tea for George Harrison, a guest of Gary Moore’s! Such is the life of a music photographer. The exhibition will extend throughout the venue and be on display for short period of time, after the WAMi Conference.

WAM would like to acknowledge the support of our partners and festival sponsors.

WAMi Festival '05 Partners Oz Co Woodside Cancer Council Government of WA SmokeFree WA Healthway ArtsWA

WAMi Festival '05 Sponsors



WAM calls for applications from acts interested in performing at the festival and / or having a track featured on the Kiss My WAMi cd. Industry panels are then convened to advise WAM on selection.

For WAMi 05 the Submission Advisory Panellists were:

Jeremy Anderson - NOVA 937
Michaela Mason - Scope Music
Dan Moore - RTR FM
Aarom Wilson - Metior
Paul Bridge - Deuce Promotions
Scott Adam - TAFE
Brett Ladhams - Xpress
Alan Corbet - JAZZWA
Luana Boothey - Next Big Thing
Andrea Grimshaw - Vinyl Promotions
Raelene Gill - Cartel Music Management
Nathan Robinson - Quay Sounds
Steve Pike - Perth Blues Club
Bruna Chiovitti - House of Roots

And our Event Partners are:
Deuce Promotions
Perth Jazz Society
Funk Club