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2015

AmpFest 2015 was another huge success. Held on the 26th of April at Llama Subiaco, 2015's Ampfest saw another celebration of some massively talented bands!

Line up:
Alex Brittan www.facebook.com/alexbrittanmusic
Iceage Sugar www.facebook.com/iceagesugarmusic
King's Justice www.kingsjustice.net
Mister Wolf www.facebook.com/misterwolfmusic
Riley Pearce www.rileypearce.com.au

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2014

AmpFest 2014 winner: Indigo
AmpFest 2014 runner up: Silver Hills

Congratulations to the five AmpFest 2014 finalists:

Anna O: http://www.annao.co/
Fox Cat Rabbit: http://www.foxcatrabbit.com/
Indigo: http://www.triplejunearthed.com.au/INDIGO
North Shore Shoals: www.facebook.com/northshoreshoals
Silver Hills: http://soundcloud.com/silverhills

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2013

AmpFest had a little break in 2013 to fully recharge its batteries.

2012

AmpFest 2012 results:
1st DEAD OWLS
2nd LUCAS JONES
3rd NEW ANIMALS
4th BEARS & DOLLS
5th FROM THE DUNES

After a record-breaking 79 entries in 2012, the AmpFest panel selected 15 acts to perform across 3 heats in August. The 3 heat winners and 2 wildcards performed in the FINAL SHOWCASE on Friday September 7 at the beautiful Regal Theatre in Subiaco.

Over 450 people cheered on the talented young bands, as they performed their own music with confidence and absolute enthusiasm.
Local party-starters, The Brow Horn Orchestra guest headlined the event, closing the most exciting AmpFest season in its 9-year history.

AmpFest is more than just a band comp; it's a community development project and opportunity for young WA musicians to get a leg up in the industry. We don't just offer a gig, we offer advice, industry experience and volunteer opportunities in events management.

Thanks to everyone who supported the event in 2012.

 

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2011

2011
Winner - Sisters Doll
Runner Up - Sugarpuss

 

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2010

Winner - Goodnight Tiger
Runner Up - Minute 36

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2009

AmpFest took a chill and did not run in 2009. We'll be back in 2010!
Check all past years' archives below.

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2008

Winner - Panama
Runner Up - Myles Vincent

 

AmpFest Clash of the Bands 2008 CD/DVD

AmpFest has become a prominent fixture in Perth's all ages entertainment scene. AmpFest enables young, original bands to perform in front of a pumping live audience, liaise with music industry professionals and complete to win fantastic prizes including music vouchers, promotional opportunities and recording time.

The ethos of AmpFest is to provide a launching pad for young talented bands and provide professional development opportunities for young musicians and potential event coordinators.

Best and Pressed CD
Each band in the 2008 heats received 12 hours free recording and mixing time with
Soundbaker Recordings Studio.

Final 2008 DVD
The DVD of the AmpFest 2008 Final showcases the bands Panama, Brave New World (previously Myles Vincent), My Mad Flow and The Red Hill Bakers who made it through to the Final by displaying an awesome performance of original West Australian music.

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2007

Winner - Captains of King
Runner Up - The Killer Grapes

 

Best & Pressed 2007

Once more the 5 Councils provide a collection of 12 great local bands that competed in AmpFest 2007. the bands include Captains of King, The Cartridges, The Killer Grapes, The Watts, The Violet Flames, Retrospect, The Vans, The Bigness, Shiftwork, LoveChild, Overunity and This Time of Night.

2007 CD Review by Mike Wafer, Xpress Magazine.

Showcasing the best of last year's AmpFest competitors, Captains of King open the disc... and rightly so. Not only are they the best band on the compilation, they are also one of the most exciting up-and-coming bands in the Perth music scene - especially considering their youth.

The Cartridges, too, belie their age with their musical maturity, which balances pop adn rock elements almost flawlessly. Bands such as The Violet Flames and The Vans take a gentler approach, but with no less success.
The Killer Grapes and The Watts seem a little too young or under developed not to stick out like a sore thumb - which also afflicts The Bigness, though only due to being generically very different from the rest of the pack. Retrospect, Over Unity and
Shiftwork come across as a little too earnest, though considering their age still show tremendous promise, as do the super-positive Lovechild and the almost Commodores-like This Time Of Night.

Basically, if you want a prediction of what bands will make a foray into the local scene this year, this compilation might be a good place to start.

 

AmpFest Clash of the Bands 2007 Finals DVD.

Filmed and Edited by local young people we give the 2007 AmpFest final on DVD featuring The Cartridges, The Watts, The Killer Grapes and Captains of King.

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2006

Winner - The Bullet Holes
Runner Up - Offbeat Antics

Click on the MORE section of each band and download their AmpFest Best and Pressed CD 2006 track.

 

Best & Pressed 2006

An anthology of AmpFest 2006

Each band in the heats received 12 hours studio time. The result is a credit to the fantastic talent of these up and coming Perth bands: Chelsea Lights, Spectrum, Crysis, Nix, Comatose, Crimson, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, Offbeat Antics, The Bullet Holes, Hector, Trees Without Knees & Fools Rush In.

 

AmpFest Clash of the Bands 2006 DVD

Held at the UWA guild Refectory on Saturday 10 June 2006, the AmpFest Final featured a strong line up of young, local bands such as Spectrum, The Bullet holes, Offbeat Antics and Crimson. There was also a special guest appearance from the 2005 AmpFest winners Mink Mussel Creek.

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2005

Winner - Mink Mussel Creek
Runner up - The Dee Dee Dums (AKA Tame Impala)

Click on the MORE section of each band and download their AmpFest Best and Pressed CD 2005 track.

 

Best & Pressed 2005 CD

In 2005 AmpFest released its first Best & Pressed CD, with 12 band recording their tracks. 2005 bands include: The Dee Dee Dums, Id.Ology, Calerway, Thrash Romeo, Mink Mussel Creek, Seasons, Chaos Theory, Ghost of Andrea, The Voxes, Dualesque and Pathaway.

2005 CD Review by Donna Broder.

First ever AmpFest compilation CD, woohoo! AmpFest, clash or the bands was born in 2003 and it gives local young original bands the opportunity to perform in from of a live audience and hopefully catch the eye of music industry professionals. in 2005 there were 11 talented entrants and this CD is the result. the dominant sound shining through is mainstream contemporary rock with the exception of winners Mink Mussel Creek who are doing something completely their own, combining elements of psychaedelia, folk, glam, blues and rock n roll. I also thought ID.ology deserve a mention for their song "Inside My Dream" with awesome guitar riffs and engaging vocals. this band is already getting airtime and interviews with Nova 93.7 and rightly so!

 

AmpFest clash of the bands 2005 DVD

AmpFest enables young, original bands to perform in front of a live audience, liaise with music industry pprofessionals and compete to win fantastic prizes includeing music vouchers, promotional opportunities and recording time. the ethos of AmpFest is to provide a launching pad and professional development opportunities for young talented bands, musicians and event coordinators. Finalists battled together at an all ages gig held at the Claremont Showgrounds on Saturday 11 June 2005.

AmpFest: Clash of the Bands Final 2005 is a showcase of bands: Pathway, Seasons, The Dee Dee Dums and Mink Mussel Creek.

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2004

Winner - BulletChild
Runner Up - 8 Items or Less

 

AmpFest Clash of the Bands Finals 2004 DVD

AmpFest: Clash of the Bands 2004 provides young West Australian's with an opportunity to present their talent on stage with a prize pool of $6,500 on offer. all bands have to be Western Australian, play original music, be unsigned to have the majority of members of each band aged between 13 adn 25 years.

Finalists from the heats at HQ in Leederville, The Palms in Subiaco and Memorial Hall Mosman Park, battled together at an all ages gig held at Claremont Showgrounds on Saturday 12 June 2004. AmpFest: Clash of the Bands Finals 2004 is a showcase of young band members displaying an awesome performance of original west Australian music.

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2003

First ever AmpFest!

Winner - Tantrum
Runner Up - The Belts

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