Perth Festival kicked off on Feb 7, opening the doors to a shiny new venue, Chevron Lighthouse, which has already hosted some major international artists.
The funky new outdoor venue features a bar made up of colourful milk crates, a smaller stage to the side for local entertainers and a brightly lit main stage facing the stairs up to Perth Concert Hall. This year’s music programme showcases the perfect mix of highly anticipated headliners and undiscovered indie gems. With tickets selling fast for top acts, we’ve chosen seven unique gigs that provide ample reason for you to check out the new venue.
Often called the “millennial Joni Mitchell”, it’s easy to see the resemblance between the late folk legend and American indie songwriter Weyes Blood. Progressive yet understated, Weyes Blood dishes up an intoxicating blend of past and present, with raw emotion and acoustic balladry blending seamlessly with the electric pop and synth of today – the result is an unmistakable sound that begs to be heard.
Date: Feb 23
Tickets: $25 – $39
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Few bands are able to capture the easygoing, joyful feeling of Australian summers like rising Melbourne indie band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. Formed by three guitarists in 2010, the Rolling Blackouts’ mastery of the six-string evokes images of long days on the beach and driving with the wind through your hair. With their 2018 debut album Hope Downs receiving critical acclaim, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever is sure to be nothing but a good time.
Date: Feb 14
Tickets: $25 – $39
San Francisco rock band Moon Duo are known for their psychedelic music and image, and their recent North American tour has proved that they can pull off a truly psychedelic live show a la Pink Floyd and Massive Attack. Bringing with them an arsenal of lights and spectacular effects, Moon Duo’s visuals are helmed by visual projection artist Emmanuel Biard, who manages to perfectly match the band’s hazy, dream-like vibe.
Date: Feb 15
Tickets: $25 – $29
One of the most anticipated acts of Perth Festival, session drummer Georgia Flipo turned breakout singer-songwriter G-Flip is taking the world by storm. Her debut single About You received radio airplay the day of its Triple J Unearthed release and landed her a spot at Texas’ SXSW Festival only a month later. Since then, G-Flip has brought her trademark indie pop sound to television performances and live shows around the country, as well as making her mark on Triple J’s annual Hottest 100 list.
Date: Feb 22
Tickets: $29 – $49
Craig David Presents TS5
A master of mixing, improvisation and freestyle rapping, Craig David stormed the charts with his debut album Born to Do It, and with over 15 million records sold as a solo artist, the Grammy-nominated rapper, singer and DJ has only gone from strength to strength. After almost spending almost two decades on and off the charts, David’s live shows mark a breakaway from his pop-centric repertoire, and a return to his love of DJing.
Date: Feb 22
Tickets: $49 – $69