On The Road Again connects community radio with live Australian music

Amy Leiper, 23rd February 2022

The CBAA has partnered with Creative Victoria as part of the Victorian Government’s On The Road Again initiative to bring live music back to regional Victoria.

With community radio a vital cultural hub for so many regional areas across Australia, this exciting project sees five Victorian community radio stations curate and produce a live music event – each bringing their town together in the name of the Australian music they champion every day of the year.

Regional music development is key to the growth in dynamism and diversity within the Australian music industry. The breadth and expanse of community radio in Australia is key to this growth, especially at a time when musicians need committed infrastructure and support. Managed by CBAA’s Amrap, (Australian Music Radio Airplay Project) the CBAA’s role in On The Road Again will help stations to reinvigorate live music in regional Victoria, encouraging pathways for local musicians to connect, create and thrive together. 

CBAA Amrap Manager Andrew Khedoori said:

“We’re thrilled to be involved with the Victorian Government’s On The Road Again. Community radio reflects the lifeblood of local activities in regional areas of Australia, and On The Road Again allows community radio stations to develop skills in producing events that engage, unite and excite their community. Amrap has shared its music industry knowledge and experience with these stations, workshopping and nurturing the process of creating live music events, empowering them to help shape local live music culture for years to come.”

See the full list of events below!

3MDR at Sooki Lounge, Belgrave
Friday March 25, 2022:
Cable Ties
Porpoise Spit
Freud And The Family Solution
The Frees
DJ Francis with Wolves

Book tickets.  

3WAY at Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool
Friday April 8, 2022:
High Ace (Jeff Lang, Alison Ferrier & Amy Valent-Curtis)
Leah Senior & band
Broderick Smith and Richard Tankard
The Big 10 Trio
MC Aidan Nicolson

Book tickets.

3MGB at Mallacoota Golf and Country Club
Saturday April 9, 2022:
Mick Thomas duo
Nat Vazer duo
E Fishpool
Kristin Rule
Dirty Soles

Book tickets.

3HOT FM at Mildura Arts Centre
Friday April 22, 2022:
That Gold Street Sound
Ernie Mitchell
Iwan and Andrea
Brandon Pitt
Jack Emanuelle

Buy tickets.

MAIN FM at Lot 19, Castlemaine
Saturday April 30:
Cookin' on 3 Burners
The Merindas
Sugar Fed Leopards
Jess Ribeiro
Jen Moore

MAIN FM DJs: Beyond the Mirage, Mr Brown's Funksolution, Wildman, Mossy Rocks and Alter Ego

Buy tickets.

Photo - Nat Vazer Live at Howler (Photo Credit - Hannah Robinson)

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Creative Victoria and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA) are partnering to revive Melbourne’s live music scene with community radio set to produce the events. 


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The CBAA has made a submission to the consultation on a new National Cultural Policy. The CBAA emphasised the unique and transformative role played by community broadcasters in supporting creative and cultural industries to find an audience and build a platform for growth. We highlighted the incredible work that stations are doing to champion local arts and artists. We called for the new policy to recognise community broadcasting as an integral part of the arts and culture ecosystem in Australia.