Push Over 2011 Music Festival Is Victoria’s Largest Live Youth Music Festival

Push Over 2011 Music Festival Is Victoria’s Largest Live Youth Music Festival

Victoria Minister for Youth Ryan Smith

Minister Hails Push Over Event A Success

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Youth Ryan Smith congratulated The Amber Lamps for winning the FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands grand final at the Push Over 2011 Music Festival.

The Amber Lamps, from Patterson Lakes, went through regional heats and finals throughout 2010 to represent the East Metropolitan Region in the grand final of the Battle of the Bands held at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne over the weekend.

Mr. Smith thanked The Push for staging the annual drug, alcohol and smoke-free event where more than 100 young people volunteered and 50 upcoming and established artists throughout the state performed across four stages with acts including hip hop artists, alternative, rock and punk bands as well as break dancers.

Mr. Smith said Push Over provided a great opportunity for Victoria’s young people to perform on stage and showcase their skills in the highly competitive music industry.

“As Victoria’s largest live youth music festival, Push Over is a celebration of young people’s skills and shows how they can enjoy music in a safe environment.” Mr. Smith said.

“The Victorian Government is committed to young people having an opportunity to demonstrate their talents.”

More than $2 Million has been invested in the 2011 FReeZA program, which includes opportunities for more than 250 emerging young bands across Victoria to compete each year in the highly successful FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands competition.

Mr. Smith also acknowledged the hard work and dedication of all nine bands that made this year’s final.

Twenty-year-old Rian Kelly-Flanders from Frankston is a music student and co-lead singer of 2econds, who performed at Push Over. He said performing at the festival was a dream come true.

“I have been playing music for the past 12 years and Push Over is the biggest festival I have performed at. It was great to have the opportunity to play original music to an appreciative crowd.” Mr. Kelly-Flanders said.

“Preparing for the event as well as performing with professional technicians has also been really helpful. Career-wise I’ve learnt a lot from the Push Over experience.”