Gozzy Rock set to go off

Published on Friday 11 August, 2017

2016 Gozzy Rock winners Young Robin

The 30th anniversary of Gozzy Rock promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a record number of bands entering the long-standing music competition.

More than 50 bands entered Gozzy Rock this year, of which the top 12 bands will compete in the heats on 19 and 20 August. The top six bands chosen from the heats will then compete at the final on Sunday 27 August.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Gozzy Rock, past winners Young Robin (2016) and Raksha (2014) will also perform at the final.

Community members are encouraged to ‘rock up’ to the heats and finals to see emerging local talent ‘rock out’ – and entry is free.

Woodfired pizzas and refreshments will be available to purchase, and an exhibition of Gozzy Rock posters from the past 30 years will also be on display.

Through Gozzy Rock, the City of Gosnells has been proudly supporting and promoting unsigned bands for more than a generation.

Southern River resident Mal Osborne competed in 1990 with his band Beggars Opera, which won awards for Best Band, Best Original Song and Best Singer, with Mal himself awarded Best Guitarist. He competed again in 1995 with Intensely Mellow, when bandmate Rhys Watson won the Best Singer award.

Mr Osborne’s involvement with Gozzy Rock continued, running workshops for competing bands in the late 1990s.

He recently returned to the competition as supporter to his three sons Nick, Jarred and Ben, who competed in 2012 with their primary school band Splinta. Today, Nick and Jarred play in Perth rock and blues band Dirtwater Bloom, and Jarred also plays in 2016 winners band Young Robin.

“Music is the spice of life, and Gozzy Rock is a great way for young musicians to learn professionalism, respect, diplomacy and accepting responsibility,” Mr Osborne, a musician and youth worker, said.

“Programs like Gozzy Rock are all part of creating an active, creative and vibrant music industry for young people to be involved in.

“To be in music as a career, you need to not only be good, but you need to have a lot of business sense about you.”

Gozzy Rock is a drug, alcohol and smoke free event suitable for all ages. This City of Gosnells project is supported by the Gosnells Youth Advisory Council (GozYac), Band Aide, West Australian Music (WAM), RTRFM 92.1 community radio station and Heritage FM 107.3.

For more details on Gozzy Rock, visit