The Very West Showcase

St Jerome's Laneway Festival  and Footscray Community Arts Centre present


The St Jerome's Laneway Festival and Footscray Community Arts Centre are pleased to announce six finalists in The Very West, a brand new joint initiative designed to support emerging musicians from Melbourne's western suburbs. The Very West will offer the local unsigned artists the opportunity to prove their stuff at this showcase on 14th December

@ The Toff In Town on Monday 14 December
Tickets are available from Moshtix.

A panel of music industry representatives will judge the showcase, giving feedback to all of the performers and ultimately awarding the winning group with the opportunity to perform at the Laneway Festival in Sydney in January 2010. The lucky group will be flown to Sydney, provided with accommodation, given a dedicated stage slot, and the chance to give it all they've got in front of music industry representatives and thousands of music loving fans.

With a packed night of entertainment from The Very (best of the) West, MC'ing duties by 'Fear Of A Brown Planet' and the odd exciting door prize thrown in for good measure, this is definitely shaping up to be an event not to miss.

Congratulations to the bands who will be performing at this showcase event, and go in the running to win a spot at St Jerome's Laneway Festival Sydney in 2010. They are:

 Humidity Entertainment
Lyrical hip hop specialist Emerald Sun recently made the move to the big city of Melbourne after realising his beloved hometown (Darwin) didn't present the opportunities to expand his career. There he joined forces with THA BROTHERZ - a hidden diamond in the rough set to blow out of the surface of the Australian music scene - and together they're representing 'Humidity Entertainment' for The Very West.

 The Merchants
Forming in 2008, The Merchants are a trio based in the Williamstown/Werribee area playing a genre of garage, rock and post punk.  Spawning musical influences through a hybrid sense of trends and fashions, the three piece are influenced by a vast array of music from many genres.
The Merchants comprise of Dion Tartaglione (lead vocals/guitar), Sean Brown (bass/vocals), and David Barnaby (drums/vocals).

 The Moxie
TheMOXIE formed in Alice Springs in 2005. From the outset, the original band had ambitions to take their love of music beyond the realms of Central Australia.

TheMOXIE has played alongside national acts as a part of several festivals, supported touring groups John Butler Trio and Hilltop Hoods, and has toured intra and interstate. Following the launch of their debut EP, 'Behave Yourself', in 2008 the band decided to it was time to leave its desert home.

The band's recent immersion in Melbourne's music scene, teamed with a slight lineup adjustment has made for an exciting new chapter. Continuous gigging throughout the band's new home city, including a spot in MLG Presents' battle of the bands December Grand Final, and experimentation in drummer Jack's Brunswick bedroom has produced several demo recordings, exhibiting the outfit's fresh slant on the alternative scene.

 The Nubian Knights
The Nubian Knights are; Ezeldin Deng, Francis Dbuia, Abraham Adet,Tong Bol and Ajak Chol
Afro-Hip Hop crew Nubian Knights proudly hail from Melbourne's western suburbs.  Born out of Footscray Community Arts Centre's ID Check project in 2005, the Nubian Knights have produced a self titled album; a collection of nine tracks that evolved over two years of local jams, backyard recording sessions and living through the daily grind of trying to fit in to this strange place the artists now call home.  Since their arrival to Australia only four years ago the Nubian Knights crew, have honed their skills as MC's, Producers, DJ's, Actors and Filmmakers - crafting a Hip Hop flavour that reflects their East African roots, and their lovable charm and honesty.
MC/Producer Ezo was born in South Sudan. In 2004 he arrived in Australia with the word 'no' being the extent of his English vocabulary. Since then he has refined his natural ability to tell stories through rhymes and theatre and has been involved in dozens of theatre projects, community events and festivals. With his ultimate goal to be a film maker Ezo's infectious flows that weave in and out of English and Arabic dissolve language barriers through a hybrid form of communication.
MC Dbuia was born in North Sudan. He was forced to leave his homeland as a young boy who was cursed by local magic - which almost took his life - and lived in Egypt before arriving in Australia as a refugee in 2003. His love for music and theatre soon saw his paths cross with Ezo, and the Nubian Knights seed was planted.

 The White Goods
The White Goods are four friends who make noise together in carpet walled rooms and lucky bars in Melbourne. Their catchy tracks have made it on to Triple J national radio and should do again. In fact they've got a whole album of their stuff. It's called 'Servants', and is a raw and rollicking audio tour of Melbourne, taking in the sights and sounds, highs and lows blow by blow. It's the good the bad and the very ugly of the city all in 12 songs. Not really caring about impressing the industry by waiting for years to catch a break, The Goods made the album independently and funded it with the sold out album launch Trades Hall last month. They enjoy making people dance or smile while hitting their guitars and drums.

YOHOSIE is a Melbourne-based quintet put together by electric violinist and vocalist Xani Kolac. She is joined by Ed Harcourt on vocals, Meg Kolac on bass, Matt Kenneally on guitar and Lachy O'Kane on drums.  YOHOSIE has been performing around Melbourne for the past two years and has also toured to the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Geelong. They have supported bands such as Little Birdy, Dukes of Windsor, Oh Mercy, Trial Kennedy, Red Ink and Midnight Youth, to name a few, and have also headlined their own shows at venues such as The Evelyn Hotel, Bar Open, The Arthouse and The Espy. YOHOSLE has also performed a Friday night residency at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2008.


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