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The Music Scene in Perth & WA

While some capital cities are struggling, WA’s live music and musician scene is booming, as evidenced by the hundreds of thriving live-music venues running across the state. National and international tours plus week-end long festivals in Perth and the Southwest attract big crowds from the east coast as well as locals and expats musicians from South East Asia. WASO leads myriad classical music companies and jazz continues to thrive.

Also, check out our Gig Guide

Latest News

Fremantle photographer Tashi Hall a music award finalist

Fremantle photographer Tashi Hall a music award finalist

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Indie favourites announced for Ice Cream Factory Summer Festival

Indie favourites announced for Ice Cream Factory Summer Festival

A highlight of Perth’s holidays calendar, the Ice Cream Factory Summer Festival has announced an additional line-up of indie-pop heavyweights...
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Reimagining classic tunes with WAAPA’s music artists

Reimagining classic tunes with WAAPA’s music artists

WAAPA’s Music Artists present original works alongside reimagined classics from the popular music cannon in an annual showcase called Songbook...
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Piano Battle is heading to Perth Concert Hall

Piano Battle is heading to Perth Concert Hall

Piano Battle started more or less by accident – with only one concert slot left at the Hong Kong City...
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Perth’s musical star Tim Minchin is BACK in 2020

Perth’s musical star Tim Minchin is BACK in 2020

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International artists performing in Perth this winter

International artists performing in Perth this winter

There will be no shortage of music entertainment in Perth this winter as a colossal lineup of international artists take...
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Gigs to attend this long weekend

Gigs to attend this long weekend

If you’re looking to check out local artists this Easter long weekend, you’re in luck! There are a bunch of...
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A guide to this weekend’s top gigs

A guide to this weekend’s top gigs

From album releases to hometown returns, there is no better time to catch some of WA’s most acclaimed and eclectic...
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The music scene in Perth & WA

The music scene in Perth & WA

While some capital cities are struggling, WA’s live music scene is booming, as evidenced by the hundreds of thriving live-music...
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Guides


Joanna's Candlelit Soirées

This winter, Kidogo Arthouse hosts a series of Candlelit Soirées featuring some of the best musicians Western Australia has to offer and a warm candlelit dinner in a beautiful gallery space.

  • Dates:Jul 24 - Sep 1
  • Time(s):5.30-7.30pm and 7.30-9.30pm sessions available
  • Venue:Kidogo Art House

Details

  • Hosted By:Kidogo Art House
  • Venue Address:Bathers Beach
  • Ticket Price FROM:$55
  • Ticket price TO:$75
  • Type:Classical Music,Food & drink,Performing Arts
  • Music:Jazz,Opera,Other Music,Busking,Classical,Country & Folk,Gig Guide,Music Festival,Rhythm & Blues,World

Description

The soirées are hosted at the Kidogo Arthouse Gallery in Fremantle and are set to run exclusively throughout winter, June through to August with limited seats for each dinner.

From jazz and blues to opera and everything in between, each night offers music by a different artist, making each soirée experience that much more unique. The intimate setting creates an immersive musical experience like no other that creates a genuine connection between performers and dinner guests.

The three course meal begins with Joanna’s freshly baked Irish soda bread, followed by a warm hearty soup, a vegetarian and meat main course and finishes off with something sweet.

Each soirée is a truly magical experience, being serenaded in the cozy gallery space surrounded by the warmth of candlelight, all while enjoying a scrumptious three course meal in great company.

Sounds Of Brazil

Experience Brazil with WAAPA'S very own Brazilian Ensemble.

  • Dates:Aug 5th, 2020
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:The Edith Spiegeltent, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley, WA
  • Ticket Price:$20
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Music:World

Description

<p> Performing music from the most influential Brazilian artists of the last 50 years, including Sergio Mendes, Milton Nascimento, Djavan, Elis Regina and 'The Master' Antonio Carlos Jobim. If your only experience of Brazilian music is The Girl from Ipanema, then it's time to broaden your horizons and experience the incredible variety of rhythms and sounds from this exciting, dynamic part of the world.</p>

Stapleton | Alone Together Ep Launch

STAPLETON's debut EP, Alone Together, is complete and it's time for a celebration.

  • Dates:Aug 5
  • Time(s):From 8.00pm
  • Venue:The Bird

Details

  • Venue Address:181 William St, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Ticket Price:$5 Entry Fee
  • Type:Music
  • Event Venue:The Bird
  • Music:Gig Guide

Description

With support from Siobhan Cotchin and Servo Flowers.

The Floors

Their first show since that long covid hiaitus and appearance on Perth Festival's Highway To Hell.

  • Dates:Aug 6
  • Time(s):From 8.00pm
  • Venue:The Bird

Details

  • Venue Address:181 William St, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Ticket Price:$5 Entry Fee
  • Event Venue:The Bird
  • Music:Gig Guide

Description

Joining The Floors are Big Orange and Will Stoker & The Embers

The 'Phone Co. With Strings Attached

Reeds, strings, imagination and groove!

  • Dates:Aug 6th, 2020
  • Time(s):7:30pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:WAAPA
  • Venue Address:Richard Gill Auditorium, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley, WA
  • Ticket Price:$30
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Performing Arts,Youth Art / Performance
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Orchestral

Description

<p> The extraordinary UK-based duo of Andy Scott and Lauren Scott have revolutionised the world of saxophone and harp performance. This concert brings these virtuoso musicians together with harpist Catherine Ashley and WAAPA’s most outstanding saxophone and harp students.</p>

New Talk

Following their recent set as part of the Enliven Festival (their first show in over a year) NEW TALK play The Bird

  • Dates:Aug 8
  • Time(s):8.00
  • Venue:The Bird

Details

  • Venue Address:181 William Street, Northbridge WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:$10 Entry Fee
  • Type:Music
  • Event Venue:The Bird
  • Music:Gig Guide

Description

Armed with new material from their second album which will be out later in the year, they'll be joined by super special guests Yomi Ship and Tether.

Three's Company...

Witness this spectacular performance of Mozart's Piano Trio in C Major and Beethoven's Archduke Trio by WAAPA's very own teaching staff!

  • Dates:Aug 8
  • Time(s):3.00pm
  • Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Perfoming Arts
  • Venue Address:Building 1, Room 110 (1.110), Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$23
  • Ticket price TO:$30
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:Richard Gill Auditorium
  • Music:Classical

Description

Mozart composed his Piano Trio in C major (KV 548) at the peak of his creative powers. In this concert, Mozart’s masterpiece keeps company with Beethoven’s first and last piano trios; three pinnacles from the piano trio repertoire, including Beethoven’s monumental Archduke Trio – the most beautiful of his ground- breaking piano trios – clothed in the luminous sonorities of Classical era instruments, including WAAPA’s new Graf (1819) fortepiano.

The Spunloves | LONDON Single Launch

London single launch with Didions Bible, The Plain Glass Windows & Sight of Sound Society DJ's

  • Dates:Aug 8
  • Time(s):Doors from 8pm
  • Venue:Barbes

Details

  • Hosted By:The Spunloves
  • Venue Address:237 Hay St, Perth
  • Ticket Price:$10
  • Type:Music
  • Music:Gig Guide

Description

On stage ~IRL launching new single "London" from their 2nd full length record Too Deep For The Desert.

With support from Didion's Bible, The Plain Glass Windows + Sight of Sound Society DJ's

Doors from 8pm / $10 entry

At Barbes, 237 Hay St Perth

Sartoria | I Wonder | Single & Band Launch

Sartoria launches his latest song ‘I Wonder’ with his newly formed Band.

  • Dates:Aug 9
  • Time(s):From 5.30pm
  • Venue:Indian Ocean Hotel

Details

  • Venue Address:23-27 Hastings Street Scarborough WA 6019
  • Ticket Price:$8.20
  • Type:Music
  • Music:Gig Guide

Description

With his first release ‘I Wonder’ clocking in at over 10,000 total streams, Sartoria has firmly planted his feet within the music realm and is an artist with big things on the horizon.

Electric Jazz

An exciting journey through 20th century electric jazz, with jazz fusion and electric instruments at the forefront.

  • Dates:Aug 13
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:The Edith

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts
  • Venue Address:Between Buildings 1 and 5, Edith Cowan University, 2 Bradford St, Mount Lawley WA 6050
  • Ticket Price FROM:$13
  • Ticket price TO:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Produced By:WAAPA: WA Academy of Performing Arts
  • Event Venue:The Edith Spiegeltent
  • Music:Jazz

Description

When jazz decided to plug in during the late 1960s, the fusion of jazz improvisation and strong drum grooves was pioneered by influential artists such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Tony Williams. Iconic fusion bands Return to Forever, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report have morphed into modern incarnations like Tribal Tech and Hiromi. Electric jazz also jumped genres into rock, with Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell and progressive metal groups enshrining their own versions in music history. WAAPA’s Jazz students take us on an experimental journey of jazz fusion’s most famous works, combined with rock, electric instruments, and plenty of grooves.

Donna Iverson Ep Launch

Perth indie-folk artist Donna Iverson’s long awaited first release, ‘Hidden Gem’, is launching at Mojo’s.

  • Dates:Aug 13
  • Time(s):8.00pm
  • Venue:Mojo's Bar

Details

  • Venue Address:237 Queen Victoria St , North Fremantle, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$14.30
  • Ticket price TO:$29.60
  • Type:Music
  • Music:Gig Guide

Description

Digitally released in July through Bandcamp, this acoustic, Beatles-esque tune charms and comforts in equal measure, the lyrics invoking the sweet sanctuary of intimacy when times are hard.

Donna slips seamlessly into the indie-folk, singer-songwriter tradition, joining likes of The Waifs and Sufjan Stevens.

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Motown and soul music hits the Freo.Social!

  • Dates:Aug 14
  • Time(s):7.00pm

Details

  • Hosted By:Freo.Social
  • Venue Address:Artillery Drill Hall on Parry Street, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:$13.75
  • Type:Music
  • Music:DJs,Popular Music,Soul & Gospel
  • Event Venue:Freo.Social

Description

Come along and enjoy the fantastic sounds of the sixties, Northern soul and the "sound of young America." Barry Simpson and the Time Tunnel Team bring this fantastic sound on original vinyl for you to enjoy.

Berry Gordy started one of the most successful labels in musical history and in the process created some of the world's biggest stars in Smokey Robinson, The Miracles, The Temptations, Diana Ross and The Supremes among them.

With over 40 years of DJ experience around the world, including the UWA, Germany, Spain and the UK and one of the world's top Motown collections, we can promise you a fantastic night, The fabulous new venue is unique and over the years we have created a great friendly atmosphere for both music fans and those just out for a great night.

If you have any anniversaries or requests please let the DJs know.

So come and experience the best in music for your pleasure and dance your cares away!

Steve Hensby Album Launch- Modern Music For Modern People

Steve Hensby Band are launching album #3, Modern Music For Modern People, into the wild on Saturday August 15 at Badlands.

  • Dates:Aug 15
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Badlands Bar

Details

  • Hosted By:Badlands Bar
  • Venue Address:1/3 Aberdeen Street, Perth
  • Ticket Price FROM:$20
  • Type:Music
  • Music:Gig Guide

Description

It's a two stage bonanza featuring a night of soul, grooves and some of Perth's best musical acts. Put on your dancing shoes and bring your party heads!

Support from....

Odette Mercy & Her Soul Atomics
Hyclass
Oompah
Tom Fisher and the Layabouts
Crucial Rockers
Violet Orange

‘Modern Music For Modern People’ is a concept album about Mista Twista and his interactions in the world in 2020. He is a quirky man who enjoys the quiet life working in his barbershop and has brilliant stories to tell of his adventures and travels. In Act 1 he is transformed from barber to celebrity when his band hits the big time only to fins himself surrounded by the perils of modern life – the internet, selfies and politicians. After a brief intermission...... Act 2 begins – he starts feeling the pressure of modern life but aside from that, the oceans start rising and Armageddon strikes the world. At the end of the album the only two people left on the earth is Mista Twista and his lover all alone serenading each other trying to survive to live to fight another day.

Steve Hensby Band are splitting at the seams with an assault to the musical senses with elements of funk, soul, ska, world, a sprinkle of psychedelia and a dash of folk. The 8-piece ensemble features a healthy sized horn section and is very danceable!
 

Pot Plant House Party

  • Dates:Aug 15
  • Time(s):8.00pm
  • Venue:Indian Ocean Hotel

Details

  • Venue Address:23 - 27 Hasting Street, Scarborough Beach WA 6019
  • Ticket Price:$10
  • Type:Music
  • Music:Gig Guide

Description

Coterie With Special Guests

Coterie will be performing their unique blend of homegrown indie rock meets pop.

  • Dates:16 Aug
  • Time(s):5.30pm
  • Venue:Indian Ocean Hotel

Details

  • Venue Address:23 - 27 Hasting Street, Scarborough Beach WA 6019
  • Ticket Price:$10.20
  • Type:Music
  • Music:Gig Guide

Description

Coterie, four brothers from Perth who grew up on their parents hand-me-down RNB mixtapes but fell in love with the electric sounds of Jimmy Hendrix guitars.

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