Free concert, movies on offer for National Youth Week 2015

Published: 30 May 2018 11:22am

Free concert, movies on offer for National Youth Week 2015 - 8 April 2015

Eclectic pop direct from Melbourne to Wagga Wagga, or a night under the stars with a Hollywood heartthrob?

Whether you’re aged 12 to 25 or somewhere in between, this year’s National Youth Week (NYW) has something for everyone.

Kicking off celebrations is the Press Play free all-ages concert on Friday 10 April, while NYW come to an end with the Ryan Gosling Film Festival on Friday 17 April.

Regenerate Youth Festival in partnership with headspace Wagga Wagga and Youth Week have joined forces to present the two very different signature events.

Wagga Wagga City Council’s Director Environmental and Community Services Janice Summerhayes said approximately 21 per cent of Wagga’s population is aged between 12 and 25 years, making NYW an important time on the City’s calendar.

“Council is delighted to support and celebrate the enormous contribution that young people make to our city in so many ways.” Ms Summerhayes said.

“Through education, sport, music, art and other forms of performance, volunteering, community and politics, young people are making their mark on the City of Wagga Wagga.”

“It’s no coincidence that the theme for National Youth Week 2015 is ‘It starts with us’.”

NYW runs from 10 to 19 April. Both Press Play and the Ryan Gosling Film Festival are all ages, drug and alcohol free events.

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NYW 2015 is for youth, by youth and curating Press Play is ex-resident Sarah Mott, who has been living and studying in Melbourne for the past five years and put together the gig’s line up.

The promotional artwork for Press Play also has a local flavour, with Wagga-based graphic designer and CSU alumni Adele Packer commissioned by Wagga Wagga City Council to create the unique designs.

Melbourne outfits Kalacoma and Dear Plastic will be showcasing their mix of experimental rock and avant-garde pop at Press Play, with support from local musician Cameron Graham and duo Jarryn Phegan and Zach Biggin.

What: Press Play – National Youth Week 2015 all ages concert

Where: Wollundry Amphitheatre

When: Friday 10 April from 5pm

Cost: Free

Artist profiles

Kalacoma: Four-piece experimental outfit Kalacoma’s sound is wonderfully difficult to categorise. The band appear to delight in taking the unsuspecting listener on a sonic journey that encompasses everything from beautiful and fragile melodies to explosive surges of sound and tripped-out excursions into otherworldly vibes and textures.

Kalacoma are a four-piece experimental/trip-rock band hailing from the depths of the Melbourne underground, writing music which draws on their love of vintage tone and the avant-garde.

Dear Plastic: “... exquisitely beautiful.” – Faster Louder.

Dear Plastic are regularly compared to Bjork, owing to Baccini’s celestial vocals, but stylistically it’s somewhere between Massive Attack and Siouxsie and The Banshees, the latter being a good fit because they’re blacker.

Dear Plastic is a five-piece Melbourne band – part avant-pop, part trip hop – creating homemade textured beats and lush, dark soundscapes, with 'baroque' vocals that are world-wary and velvet one moment, shimmering and playful the next.


The Ryan Gosling Film Festival will give fans of all ages the chance to watch the actor’s best-known films The Notebook and Crazy Stupid Love under the stars at the Wollundry Amphitheatre on 17 April.

Bring a picnic rug and some friends and head to the film festival, and use #gosfestwagga to share your love for “the Gos”.

The double feature is a free all-ages event.

What: Ryan Gosling Film Festival

Where: Wollundry Amphitheatre

When: Friday 17 April. The Notebook from 6pm and Crazy Stupid Love from 8.45pm

Cost: Free.