By Mae Anthony
Photo by Kitty Turpin of Sly Withers
AmpFest is an all ages community music event that showcases local Perth talent, since 2003. As a band competition, it gives both solo, duos, and original artists, between the age of 12 to 25, the opportunity to play at an event, interact with other musicians, and receive a nice sum of money for their efforts.
In the arty space of The Little Wing Corner Gallery, just outside the heart of Subiaco, AmpFest kicked off in the early evening, and offered five hours of music at a great venue. Unpretentious and charming, the vibes were buzzing with a cool community atmosphere on a Sunday evening.
This years’ AmpFest featured various musical talents in the pop, rock, and indie genres from Perth’s biggest up and coming bands. The contemporary, indie-pop sounds of Red Moon, kick-started AmpFest, luring the crowd in for the opening of the festival. Bluesy, rock tunes from The Desert Sonnes served up refreshing and immediate contrast to keep things moving. Grunge rock band Sly Withers laid out some heavier sounds to mesh the introductory bands with the pop-punk tunes of Small Town Heroes, and acoustic folk of acclaimed local artist Sydnee Carter. A great line-up with a variety of sounds and humble musical personalities. If this is the standard of Perth local talent, then our city has much to boast and take pride in.
AmpFest is an annual event that not only promotes, but wholeheartedly supports, local music, young people and the community. Events like this are important for the Perth music scene to come together and develop solidarity for the maintenance of local music. Keep an eye out for AmpFest 2017!