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Yarra Edge Festival to Feature Multiple ARIA winner Ella Hooper

26 Aug 2013

The 2013 NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) Yarra Edge Music Festival will feature five days of great quality student performances, program showcases, a song-writing competition and performances by ARIA winner Ella Hooper.

As a member of Killing Heidi, Ella Hooper won four ARIA Awards in 2000: Album of the Year for Reflector, Best Group, Breakthrough Artist – Album and Best Rock Group. She was also was awarded APRA 2001 Songwriter of the Year with her brother Jesse.

Ella recently released her second single titled ‘Häxan’ from her new solo Album In Tougues, released in June.

The Yarra Edge Music Festival, provides NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) performing arts students with valuable opportunities to perform in public.  The event is free and gives the public a chance to watch some amazing new music.

NMIT’s integrated training approach is a feature of the Music Festival.  All students within the Performing Arts department are heavily involved in the Music Festival and its technical requirements.  Students from Live Production (theatre and events), Sound Production, Music Business and Screen and Media all play a key role in the production aspects of the festival.

Now in its sixth year, the festival will feature original music from students studying NMIT’s Bachelor Degrees, Advanced Diploma and Certificate programs in Music and Music Industry.

Individual Music Showcase matinees and evenings from Certificate III and IV and Advanced Diploma in Music Students plus NMIT’s Big Band, VET in Schools and Original Ensembles will feature throughout the week.

A special Bachelor of Music Industry showcase evening will feature many original songs written as part of the degree program while a Bachelor of Music showcase will feature an evening of ‘love songs’.

One regular highlight of the festival is the Song-writing Competition Final. Six finalists have been chosen from across all programs of the NMIT Performing Arts and Creative Arts (Higher Education) departments and will each perform their original material. The audience will participate in choosing the winner of The People's Choice Award at the end of the matinee show and judges from the music industry will announce the ultimate winner at the end of the evening performance. The winner will receive a cash prize and access to a recording studio for a day.

The matinee and evening performances of the Song\writing Competition will include a special guest performance by Aria Award winner Ella Hooper.

Students and the public can attend all the Festival events for free except for the evening performance of the Song-writing Competition final which is by invitation only.

This year’s Festival will run from Monday 16 to Friday 20 September at NMIT’s Fairfield campus.

For more information and bookings go to

What: NMIT Yarra Edge Music Festival 2013
When: Monday 16 September to Friday 20 September
Where: Yarra Edge Music Centre, NMIT Fairfield Campus, Building G.
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