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All Ages

With Declan Burgess

The city smoulders in the wake of Melbourne Music Week and the late November sun and there’s a slight breeze that carries with it words of excitement for the two FReeZA Push Start regional finals this weekend. Since March, a host of young talent have been battling it out for a spot in the grand final at the annual Melbourne Moomba Festival. The northern regional final will be held at Coburg Town Hall on Friday November 25 with Folkie & the Punk, Hardly Parker, Ernie Loves Bert, Our Hip Hop Squad, Unlucky and Watercolour. The western regional final will be held on Saturday Novmber 26 at the Mechanics Hall in Newport with Annaliese Rose, Honey Bucket, Levias and SKYE and featuring headlining acts The Hard Aches and High Tension.
 
This weekend Lido Cinemas are playing host to a film festival with a sinister twist; Monster Fest 2016. Monster Fest is a celebration of films that are truly horrific and horrible and runs in conjunction with the Swinbourne University Media and Communication Summit. There are a slew of screenings and events that run over the weekend including an interactive VHS boardgame party of the ‘90s classic Nightmare and an all night movie marathon. If you haven’t been scared since the US election results then this is the best cure out and you can find day passes and a full program guide at monsterfest.com.au/2016/.  
 
On Tuesday November 29, Music Victoria and Arts Moreland are running a free workshop about health in the music industry. The workshop/seminar is ideal for anyone in or aspiring to be involved in the bizz and addresses issues not usually associated with the industry. Featuring panellists Susan Cooper (Entertainment Assist), Catherine Haridy, Creg Kleynjans (Boxing For Musicians) and Cash Savage (Cash Savage and the Last Drinks) discussing and giving advice on how to minimise and cope with things like self-doubt, hearing loss and rejection. The seminar occupies Wick Studios in Brunswick and while it’s free to attend, you’ve got to RSVP at eventbrite.com.au/e/your-health-in-the-music-industry.