Rising music stars in graduate showcase

Music fans take note.You can catch Australia’s best young performers in action at the Queensland Conservatorium’s Popular Music graduate showcase this week.

The all-star line-up of graduating students includes Queensland Music Awards finalist Athena Joy, LIVVIA and Twelve PastMidnight, performing everything from pop, rock and blues to country and world music.

Queensland Conservatorium Deputy Director Dr Donna Weston, who heads up the Popular Music program, said it was a great opportunity to spot some of the country’s most talented young artists before they hit the big time.

“These amazing musicians are on the cusp of their professional careers,” she said.

Break-out stars

“Many of this year’s graduates have already proved themselves favourites on the local scene and are well on their way to becoming break-out stars on the national stage.

“The Queensland Conservatorium has a reputation for producing music professionals of the highest calibre, and our program combines the necessary skills with the business know-how required to make it in the industry.

“This year’s graduates are some of the best we have seen, and we are expecting big things from them in the years to come.”

The Queensland Conservatorium Bachelor of Popular Music has a roll call of prestigious alumni, including Kite String Tangle, Wolfmother and Bobby Alu and The John Steele Singers.

Previous graduates have secured record deals with major labels, taken out top awards overseas and worked with ARIA-winning artists in Australia.

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When: Thursday 24 November, 7pm

Where: The Basement, The Arts Centre Gold Coast

Tickets: Available online, $10 at the door