Know Your Product: Pop History in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand

On Monday night, we’re hosting a PechaKucha night dedicated to showcasing popular music in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. PechaKucha is a quick way of getting across an event or idea using a limited number of slides and talking points.

For this event, a select list of speakers will speak to a significant popular music moment or event in Australia or Aotearoa/New Zealand. This can be an artist, song, gig, concert, festival, radio or tv show, movie, studio, label, instrument, event, or scandal, as well as the relation of these issues to indigenous histories in either nation.

With researchers from across both regions, as well as across communities, contexts, scenes, genres, spaces, and practices, this night celebrates - and occasionally denigrates - the stories that are of lasting significance to Australian or Aotearoan/New Zealand popular music identity.

Monday June 24th | 7.30pm | University House

Book Launch: Made in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand: Studies in Popular Music (Routledge)

edited by Shelley Brunt (RMIT University) and Geoff Stahl (Victoria University of Wellington)

Monday 24 June | 7:30pm | Fellows Bar & Cafe, University House,


Bass Culture - The Movie

The film Bass Culture was commissioned by Mykaell Riley, as part of his AHRC research project mapping the impact of Jamaican music over the last half century. Central to this documentary is the voices of four generations of African-Caribbean and black British cultural producers - musicians and songwriters, DJs, sound system crews, and industry professionals. Through key voices central to five decades of new British genres such as: UK Roots reggae, UK Dub, Pop reggae, Brit Ska, Jungle, Drum And Bass, Trip-Hop, UK Garage, 2 Step, Dub Step Grime, and a host of other UK sub genres - we explore the impact of Jamaican music on popular British culture, that continues to influence global popular culture.

Fully Focused Community (FFC) is a youth led media organisation that uses the power of film to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and transform lives. FFC brings together film industry professionals with young people from some of the most disadvantaged backgrounds in London. The young people are trained, recruited and supported by a small group of industry professionals. Under the guidance of these 5 individuals, FFC’s young team of 19 have been delivering successful creative projects that tackle issues within society that they feel are relevant and important.

This screening is staged by Bass Culture Research, a three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project set up to explore the impact of Jamaican music in the UK. The project made headlines last year for the Bass culture Expo Exhibition and in 2017 for its work on The Grime Report, which led to the withdrawal of Form 696, a controversial risk assessment form criticised for being discriminatory and targeting genres such as grime.

Partners of the project include the AHRC, Black Cultural Archives, British Library, SOAS, Goldsmiths University, Urbanimage and Camera Press.

Mykaell Riley, Principal Investigator and Director of the Black Music Research Unit, at the University of Westminster, said “This is the story of the soundtrack to multiculturalism, a hidden history that is still impacting on new British music.”

Tuesday 25 June | 7:30pm | Cinema - Kambri Cultural Precinct, ANU

Free screening | Register via Eventbrite | Australian Premiere



Conference Party at Smiths Alternative

Join Scott Regan for a night of karaoke and DJing at one of Canberra’s most loved venues Smiths Alternative!

Friday June 28th | 7.30pm - late