The ultimate Perth tour

First year students studying the Diploma of Music Business were recently treated to a different type of classroom experience.

As part of their music events training, thirty students visited 9 popular sites and venues around Perth and Fremantle, and received first hand information and advice from booking agents, production managers, venue managers and site managers.

Student Site visit 2015-2

The locations covered small music venues such as Mojo’s Bar (Fremantle), HQ (Leederville) and 459 Bar (North Perth), mid-size venues Amplifier/ Capitol (Perth), Astor Theatre (Mt Lawley), Rosemount Hotel (North Perth) and the largest of them all, Perth Arena. They were also taken to festival sites Laneway Festival (Fremantle Esplanade) and Perth Fringe sites The Urban Orchard and Central’s very own Noodle Palace.

Co-ordinator Scott Adam said it was a great success.

“It was an excellent way to engage students right from the outset,” he said.

“And to hear what they needed to hear directly from the people they will one day deal with in industry was a real bonus!”

Students went right through each venue looking at all resource, staffing, production and logistical requirements of running a live music event from 200 capacity to 15000.

Student Site visit 2015-5

Scott also mentioned the spin-off benefits of the initiative.

“Aside from the training aspect, students were able to network with employers, with some of them getting to work at backstage at the Laneway Festival,” Scott said.

“Students even took to Facebook to brag to their friends and say how much they loved the course. It’s a big win for the students and the course all round.”


Central’s Rockin’ Daddies Blast Northbridge Venue

At Central, the talent doesn’t stop with the students. Northbridge’s best band room and bar, The Bird, recently showcased Central staff talent with former punk purveyor and now Managing Director, Neil Fernandes, playing support to Predrag (Pex) Delibascih’s new power pop outfit Night Signals.

Predrag Delibascih with Night Signals
Predrag Delibascih with Night Signals

Neil, best known for his work with 80’s group Manikins, started the night with an original set, which someone in the audience described as Ryan Adams meets Lou Reed.

Neil’s guitar playing is raw, jagged, and loud, even in slower ‘country’ ballads. His songs are somewhat experimental and definitely push the boundaries – quite surprising considering his role as a senior bureaucrat managing one of Perth’s largest public sector organisations.

Neil Fernandes
Neil Fernandes

Night Signals on the other hand played more standard rock pop set but did it sure handily and the band has already garnered a strong following.

Central Art Gallery staffer Predrag has been playing in several bands of diverse style – from punkish Soviet Valves, to noisy Bamodi, to downright experimental Abe Sada.

This writer feels his new gig with Night Signals will signal more commercial success as they have the perfect blend of great pop/rock hooks and melodies with a strong rock sound.