May 11th, 2011 by John

WAMi Logo 2011We love the WAMis. So we’re pretty excited that the festival starts in just ten days. The WAMis are about locally made music being played to the people of Western Australia, and developing the music industry through workshops and events designed so that people can take their dreams and learn how to turn them into reality, then of course there’s the Awards themselves – which mean giant cakes.

Huge congratulations to everyone nominated for an award this year (and a little pat on the back for ourselves for getting nominated as well).

You can download a full WAMI Festival program from here.
Like WAM on Facebook, Follow them on Twitter and join the Festival noise at the hashtag #WAMi11

Here’s our guide to the highlights of the WAMi Festival 2011

WAMi Festival Opening Party

Where: The Bakery
When: Saturday 21 May, 8pm start
Tickets: $15 from nowbaking.com.au

Last year’s WAMi Song of the Year winner Geoergi Kay will playing along with Rabbit Island and WAM favourite Abbe May and more. What better way to slip into a week’s worth of musicgasmic festival hijinks than a Saturday night at the Bakery. This is one fo the events you really want to make sure you ahve a ticket for , so get clicking to the Bakery and make sure you’re there with people and get your festival started right. There’s that much good stuff on at the Bakery you’ll wish you could rent one of the sea containers and live there for a week!

Think Twice/Funk Club WAMi Festival Showcase

Where: The Bakery
When: Friday 27 May, 8pm start
Tickets: $20 WAM Members, $25 Non-Members

Kurtis Blow’s The Breaks was the first rap album to become a gold record. So to have the man himself in Perth is something to celebrate. Throw in the first birthday of hip hop night Mass Appeal and you are quickly running out of reasons to stay at home. Western Australian music isn’t just about guitars and rock riffs, W.A. claims the title for Australia’s Bboy Breakdance champion and champion crew, P-town is a hop hop town too.

The Bird Sundowner Series

Where: The Bird
When: Monday 23 May – Firday 27 May, 5-6pm
Tickets: Just turn up

We have long championed The Bird as the small bar with a big heart and during the WAMis anyone making their way home through the city has even more reasons to sink into one of their comfy lounges with a schooner as the Bird present ten acts over five evenings. Stuff daily cares firmly away and relax a moment with Sean Pollard, A Schvendes Duo, Ruby Boots Duo, and Jack Doepel. If you’re thirsty and near the Bird after work any night during WAMi week, drop in.

The Community Beat Canteen

Where: Northbridge Piazza
When: Monday 23 – Friday 27 May, Midday – 1:30pm
Tickets: Just turn up

The Community are calling all beat heads and bedroom producers to come into the Northbridge Piazza during daylight hours for some serious mind expansion with Mathas, Diger Rokwell, Maxy Bills, Boost Hero Man and a whole lot more community minded folks. Electro-futuristic-cnosciousness-exapanding-jamtastic sessions for you while you soak up some sun on the lawn.

City of Perth Northbridge Saturday Spectacular

Where: Northbridge Piazza, THe Bird, Universal Bar, Cultural Centre (wetlands stage), Ya Ya’s, The Court, Mustang Bar, Rocket Room
When: Saturday 29 May, Midday – 6pm
Tickets: Just turn up

Eight stages and fifty local bands, it’s the big day out without fences or a padduck full of people you don’t really want to hang out with. Each of the venues has their own sound for the day so if you like things a little country then The Mustang Bar with The Ghost Hotel and others. Last year’s WAMi Darlings The Brow Horn Orchestra and Simone and Girlfunkle. The Rocket Room has Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Hootenanny and Project Mayhem.

At Ya, Ya’s catch Tracksuit and The Sensitive Drunks. Minute 36 and The Justin Walshe Folk Machine are all over the Cultural Centre. Meanwhile its Sonpsilo Circus, The Panda Band and Emporers in the Piazza. The Bird Seams and Voltaire Twins. See The┬áDevil Rides Out at the Universal Bar.

That list barely covers this monster music showcase, so get the program and spend an afternoon in Northbridge.

Kiss My Camera

Where: The Old Goal, WA Museum, Perth
When: 21 May – 7 August
Tickets: Entry is free

See the year in review from onstage, side of stage, backstage and down an alleyway when the best in music photography goes on show for the Kiss My Camera exhibition. This year catch pics from Cut & Pasters Jordan Shields, Nicole Norelli and Brad Serls amongst the finalists.

The WAMI Award Ceremony and After Party

Where: The Bakery
When: Saturday 28 May. Awards at 7:30pm Party from 10:30
Tickets: nowbaking.com.au limited tickets for the awards ceremony $15 for the after party.

Hosted by Dylan Lewis and Dom Alessio and featuring performances from John Bennett and Grace Woodroofe the Awards are the moment when dreams are rewarded with cakes. Slightly better than a pie in the face and way better than a Grammy.

This year Cut & Paste is punching with the big boys in the Media Award – Organisation and The Cut & Paste Soundsystem have a chance in the Best DJ category.

Then its after party time. We’ll be there with a Coopers in hand and we hope we’ll see you there too.

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