The state’s peak music body WAM have deemed the Goldfields-Esperance Touring Circuit a success, saying the regional circuit paved the way for ongoing development in the area.
WAM’s new Goldfields-Esperance Touring Circuit saw more than 600 people attend four free entry shows headlined by Lenora-based act The Tapping Stickz and Esperance three-piece Grand Casual in Esperance, Norseman, Kalgoorlie, and Leonora last month.
Grand Casual member Kyron Smithson spoke highly of the experience and said WAM’s support allowed the band to step outside of their comfort zone.
“It threw us on a short, fast paced, eye opening tour that delivered such opportunity for immediate growth as a group and also as individuals,” he said.
“Our music found fresh new audiences and our horizons as a touring act where greatly expanded.
“It was an absolute pleasure to perform and tour alongside The Tapping Stickz, the tour developing a relationship between the two bands that will lead to future collaboration.”
The Tapping Stickz said the tour was a big opportunity for the band and helped get their name out there, playing their music for the first time in Esperance, Norseman and Kalgoorlie.
“We had fun with the Grand Casual fellas and had them join us on stage in Kalgoorlie and Leonora.”
Like many of the local support acts involved, Taryn Woods-Spurling from Missgenius said it was her first gig and the support from WAM had been awesome.
“I was nervous but everyone with WAM were excellent support, which gave me that confidence to get up,” she said.
“If I wasn’t given such a great opportunity I don’t think I’d be anywhere near close to being able to perform live.”
Esperance’s Cannery Arts Centre committee member Paul Ricciardo also appreciated the community-building benefits and said the event was a winner on many levels.
“There were young and old enjoying the event together with a number of community members present who had not previously engaged with the Arts Centre,” he said.
WAM first announced the new circuit in March, following the success of previous circuits in the Wheatbelt and Pilbara regions.
The initiative is a partnership with the Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission as part “Local Projects, Local Jobs”, with additional support from a number of local governments and organisations.