The Laneway line-up is in need of one more brilliant act and, if you’re from Melbourne's West, it could be you!

Once again Footscray Community Arts Centre and St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival are joining forces to present The Very West, a special initiative designed to support emerging musicians from Melbourne’s western suburbs. The Very West offers local, unsigned and unknown artists and bands the opportunity to be heard by industry professionals, to play a special showcase event in front of fans and ultimately, to perform on stage at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Melbourne in February 2014. Previous participants in The Very West have picked up management, labels, agents, publishing, national support tours and of course, all played on stage at St Jerome's Laneway festival, all just by being a part of The Very West.

Application forms and information are available to download from the Footscray Community Arts Centre’s website or you can email [email protected]

Applications open: Friday, 25 October
Application close: Monday, 25 November  

The four shortlisted bands will be notified on Friday, 29 November and must be available to perform at The Very West Showcase Event on Saturday, 7 December between 3-6pm at The Reverence Hotel, Footscray.

The Very West Showcase Event  

When: 3-6pm Saturday, 7 December
Where: The Reverence Hotel, 28 Napier St, Footscray
Entry: FREE

Pictured: Last year's winner Pataphysics