Scene News: AWME Announces 1st Round Line-up for 2015

Now in its eighth year, the annual Australasian Worldwide Music Expo will showcase Melbourne’s biggest line-up of the finest roots music across three days and nights thisNovember 12 to 14.

To kick off AWME 2015 early bird passes are now available.

This year, AWME will be jam-packed with music industry speakers, a broad conference program of national and international music industry professionals and an amazing array of live musical talent.

AWME 2015 is thrilled to announce the first round of artists for the live music program, representing an eclectic mix of acts including Melbourne’s soulful, jazz blues chanteuse Mojo Juju; renaissance man and enigmatic showman, Henry Wagons & the Only Children; tour de force of funk and soul Emma Donovan & the Putbacks (pictured above); revival analog-era Latin music greats Quarter Street; raconteur and troubadour Mick Thomas; R&B/neo-soul sensation Ngaiire; Australia’s stylish alt-country act Ruby Boots; the didgeridoo-infused electronic/dub group OKA; the bass-heavy roots-raisers Kingfisha; enigmatic troubadour Archer and internationally recognized multi-talented guitarist and songwriter Thomas Oliver kick off the first round of acts!

AWME not only presents a strong public festival event, but also creates a platform for showcasing musicians from around Australia and across the region to meet with music industry representatives from around the world. In the last few years, AWME showcases and networking sessions directly resulted in new opportunities for artists in the areas of touring, festival engagements, performances, media coverage, recording, publishing and other career-building activities.

As well as these measurable quantitative outcomes, AWME provides the environment and opportunity to bring together delegates to network formally and informally, resulting in discussions and business opportunities which develop over time and enable long-term sustainable career opportunities well into the future.

AWME 2015 will also be announcing in coming weeks, the inclusion of a diverse range of industry speakers as part of this year’s Conference Program.

EARLY BIRD PASSES NOW AVAILABLE at www.awme.com.au

AWME 2015 will take place from 12th – 14th November at Arts Centre Melbourne, Max Watts, Shebeen, The Toff, Ding Dong and Lounge.
Tickets for all concerts will be on sale soon!

Below is a select summary of opportunities that came about as a result of showcasing at AWME 2014:-

Ash Grunwald
– Canadian Music Week
– Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Canada
– Winnipeg Folk Festival, Canada

Benny Walker
– Planet IndigenUS/Harbourfront Centre, Canada

Bustamento
– Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, USA
– Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Canada

Chelsea Wilson
– Glastonbury Festival, UK
– St Kilda Festival, Australia

Declan Kelly presents Diesel n’ Dub
– Bluesfest
– NZ Distribution for the album (commenced in Dec 2014)
– Securing US College Radio campaign with Planetary Group

Estère (New Zealand)
– Next Stop Melbourne, Australia
– Agency representation with Akum Agency, Australia

Frank Yamma
– Planet IndigenUS/Harbourfront Centre, Canada

Marlon Williams
– Bluesfest, Australia
– Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Canada
– Winnipeg Folk Festival, Canada

Melbourne Ska Orchestra
– Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, USA
– Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Canada

MzRizk
– Glastonbury Festival, UK

Pierce Brothers
– Canadian Music Week

Radical Son
– Brunswick Music Festival

Rita Satch
– Glastonbury Festival, UK

LINKS TO AWME 2015 ACTS ANNOUNCED:-

Archer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmEKuPg_O5E
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bv7tJPFRc0
Kingfisha https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEIGQZ588Yc
Quarter Street https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLVSXij66zg

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, it’s arts funding and advisory body and the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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