success, 500 kids going crazy in a packed venue supporting and discovering new music and loving it, and it was all free! The success of the Melbourne BIG SWELL showcase lead to another event held at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney 3 months later that received over 1200 RSVP, giving the WVS artists a huge platform to exposure themselves and their music to new ears, and once again it was all free.
August 2017 saw Mathew Garthwaite & Antonio Celestino from WVS/Onelove curate the APRA AMCOS Hip Hop x Electronic SongHubs. Taking place at Melbourne’s famed Bakehouse, an eclectic mix of both established and under-the-radar artists came together for an intensive five-day songwriting workshop with a focus on hip-hop and electronic music.
With the focus on developing into more than just a record label, WVS opened up the doors to allow all artists Australia wide to apply for for the NEXT GEN 2018 team in October 2017. NEXT GEN 2018 is a nationwide talent search to discover new talent and give them a platform to be heard. The final team of 11 was announced in November 2017 with each member appearing on a compilation release in December and showcase event to be held in Melbourne in January 2018.