FReeZA Push Start Comp

The FReeZA Push Start Comp (formerly known as 'Battle of the Bands')  showcases young musicians from around Victoria, giving them the opportunity to perform, gain local exposure, and win their way to a spot on the Grand Final line up.

The Mallee heat is hosted by the Mildura FReeZA Committee each year, with the winners going on to compete in Regional Finals from October to December. Winners from the nine regional finals then go onto compete in the grand final held as part of the annual St Kilda Music Festival in February each year.

The competition is open to any style of music, including bands, soloists, duos, hip hop artists, electronic acts, acoustic acts, etc. It is of most benefit to artists performing original material. 

2016 Competition (Results)

Mildura Band, Overwound (Sean Leerson, Tyler Rodi & James Herberte), have won the Wimmera/Mallee Regional Final of the FReeZA Push Start Comp and will now compete at the St Kilda Music Festival in February 2017.

As one of the nine finalists, Overwound will compete in Melbourne for more than $11,000 in prizes.

2017 Competition - Now Open

The push start competition will be held on Friday 24 March at Mildura Senior College.

Applications close on 5pm on Friday 17 March 2017

  • Half of the band members must be 21 years of age or under.
  • No members can exceed 25 years of age on the date of the first heat.
  • Performers are not to have a recording, publishing or distribution deal.
  • Applications and Photo Consent Forms must be received by Mildura Rural City Council Youth Services by 5pm on Friday 17 March 2017.