The sounds of Shepparton’s young musicians will fill Shepparton Showgrounds next Friday night.
Word and Mouth’s (WaM) FReeZA Push Heat, formerly known as Battle of the Bands, will showcase the region’s budding musicians with the winner progressing to a regional final.
Ultimately winners could play at the Push Over 2018 all-ages music festival, held on the long weekend in March in Melbourne.
‘‘This event is fantastic for the people of Shepparton due to the high interest they have with music,’’ WaM project manager Jim Gow said.
The show is open to the public and will begin at 6pm in the McIntosh Centre at the Shepparton Showgrounds.
Mr Gow said WaM was expecting more than 200 young people to attend this year, with the event changing to incorporate and include a wider range of musicians, and not just bands.
‘‘Soloists, duos and trios are all welcome to compete,’’ he said.
‘‘The winners will also have a range of opportunities open up for them, including other local live performance opportunities in the next six to 12 months.’’
The event is organised by the WaM army, a committee of 22 young people aged between 12 and 25 who are dedicated to providing activities for regional youth.
‘‘Each activity is driven by that committee,’’ Mr Gow said, ‘‘and they meet weekly to work out what the young people of Greater Shepparton need and want, giving all of their time voluntarily.’’
The event is a FReeZA-assisted event presented by WaM, which is now a proud part of the Greater Shepparton City Council.
Entry to the event, which is fully supervised as well as being drug, smoke and alcohol free, is $5 per person at the door.
No pass outs are available on the night. Search Facebook for more details or contact Jim with any inquiries on 0437771114.