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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.

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Sara Macliver: Australia’s beloved Soprano on the joys of live music, Perth’s own music scene and working with Musica Viva

Sara Macliver: Australia’s beloved Soprano on the joys of live music, Perth’s own music scene and working with Musica Viva

Sara Macliver, a Perth born and based Soprano, is an instantly recognisable voice in the Australian classical music scene, of...
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Fremantle photographer Tashi Hall a music award finalist

Fremantle photographer Tashi Hall a music award finalist

The finalists have been announced for the Australian Women in Music Awards (AWMA), and Fremantle-based photographer and filmmaker Tashi Hall...
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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

Perth-raised musical star Tim Minchin returns to his hometown next March as part of an Australia-wide tour. Performing at Crown...
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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


Unit 20 Regurgitator Play Unit And More…At The Movies

Celebrate through cinema with Aussie techno marvel Regurgitator as they relive the birth of of their big hit, Unit

  • Dates:Mar 3
  • Time(s):7.45pm
  • Venue:Luna Outdoor

Details

  • Hosted By:Luna Outdoor
  • Ticket Price:$16 - $22
  • Music:Electronic
  • Other:Outdoor Movies
  • Event Venue:Luna Outdoor

Description

UNIT20 celebrated 20 years of UNIT. OCT 2017. The only performance Regurgitator did to deconstruct this concept. Co-produced with Trent Weekes, and performed at the Gold Coast Convention Centre for the EB GAMES 20th anniversary games conference. 

Screening for 1 night only at the Luna Outdoor on Wed 3rd March : Doors 6:45pm for a 7:45pm film start.

Unit is but a pixel in time. A speck in the Australian music cultural cosmos. In itself a chimerical reaction to a love of music past. Forged in a self-created Dirty Room studio in the Fortitude Valley over a few weeks in August 1997 after returning from an extensive US tour with Helmet & The Melvins… then set adrift in the molecular world by Warner Music on NOV 3 1997. First conveyed into the live stratosphere at a ski club in the northern climes of Darwin on a balmy Halloween eve… this self-effacing monster of a retrotech platter stirred the self-styled opening jeer of I like your old stuff better than your new stuff, tumbling all that chose to follow into the rapidly embraced new stuff of beeps, blips and all out pop-rockin' fun. Unit resolutely found its link in the musical DNA of the day and 20 years down the track this yellow dot still glows with all the intensity it rose that day to greet us with. The UNIT20 collaboration with EB Games strived for a unique multi-dimensional ocular moment, the only live revisitation that was emitted across the double decade point in time… and even more the gratification to have been joined in that celebration by musical compatriots Art vs Science along with 7 Bit Hero to help transmit the light and sound. Pong on indeed!

Romance and Mystery (SOLD OUT)

One of the greatest of all English orchestral works, Elgar’s captivating Enigma Variations is a tender and nostalgic musical depiction of friends and family.

  • Dates:Mar 5 & 6
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Western Australia Symphony Orchestra
  • Ticket Price:From $30
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral,Concerto
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

The breathtaking pianist Konstantin Shamray joins the talented WASO and Asher Fisch to take on possibly the greatest of all piano concertos, Rachmaninov’s stormy and romantic Second. The concert is opened with the shimmering atmospherics of Olivia Davies’ new work Stratus.

Ashley Smith, Paul Wright, Sophie Curtis & Gladys Chua

Musica Viva has drawn together the compelling artistic forces of Ashley Smith, Gladys Chua, Sophie Curtis and Paul Wright for a program to inspire and delight.

  • Dates:Mar 10,Mar 10
  • Time(s):7:30pm,7:30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall,Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:Musica Viva,Musica Viva
  • Ticket Price:$40 - $106,$40 - $106
  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:Musica Viva
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Described by The Age as ‘incandescent…a masterly display of skill and insight’, Ashley has presented major public recitals throughout Australia and the east coast of the USA. Sophie Curtis most recently performed to critical acclaim with WA’s Cygnus Arioso ensemble and Paul Wright has performed with ensembles including ACO, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and WASO.

Gladys has performed in projects with the West Australian, Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Perth International Arts Festival, and Synaesthesia at the Music of Old and New Art (Hobart).

The repertoire includes Smetana’s enthralling G minor Piano Trio alongside Debussy’s Première rhapsodie for clarinet and piano – one movement of vitality and real beauty.

Concluding the program is the Trio in E-flat major for clarinet, cello and piano, composed by Louise Farrenc, a French musician who was a significant and influential teacher at the Paris conservatoire during its most glorious era. Her style is of Beethoven’s classicism melting into more lyrical, Romanticism of late Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms.

An American in Paris

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra presents An American in Paris, conducted by Asher Fisch and featuring WASO's own trumpet superstar Brent Grapes

  • Dates:Mar 12 - 13
  • Time(s):7.30pm - 9.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:WASO
  • Ticket Price:$30 - $95
  • Music:Jazz,Orchestral,Classical
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Description

Helicopters cut through the mist in Platoon and Gene Kelly steams up your glasses in An American in Paris – we begin and end with music that defined two iconic Hollywood blockbusters. Kurt Weill’s Symphony No.2 is an absolute gem, embracing both wry satire of relentless energy and the sound of his popular Broadway works. WASO’s own trumpet superstar Brent Grapes will dazzle you with Henri Tomasi’s virtuosic Trumpet Concerto, which traverses an enthralling musical landscape from Hollywood noir, to French impressionism and jazz.

The Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein (SOLD OUT)

When Broadway was the pulse of mainstream culture and musicals provided the popular music of the day, Rodgers and Hammerstein would win multiple prestigious awards, and the hearts of millions.

  • Dates:Mar 19
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra
  • Ticket Price:From $30
  • Music:Classical,Orchestral
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Performing Arts:Musicals

Description

One of the world’s most successful Broadway writing teams with two of the brightest shining stars in music theatre today will be performing at Perth Concert Hall, backed by WASO. The crowd will find themselves sing along to all the hits including ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’ from The Sound of Music and ‘Shall We Dance?’ from The King and I, plus ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ from South Pacific, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ from Carousel, and much more!

In Visible Ink 2021

Unique stories, transformational art, safe conversations and immersive theatre are just some of the enlightening performances included on the In Visible Ink festival program presented by The Museum of Freedom and Tolerance (MFT) from 4-7 March 2021.

  • Dates:Mar 4 - 7
  • Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip

Details

  • Hosted By:Museum of Freedom and Tolerance
  • Type:Aboriginal Art & Events,Community,Youth Art / Performance,Workshops
  • Festivals:All Festivals
  • Music:Other Music
  • Performing Arts:Theatre,Dance
  • Art Exhibitions:Other Visual Arts
  • Event Venue:WA Museum Boola Bardip

Description

In Visible Ink, in its second iteration, is a festival dedicated to making the invisible, the little known or erased narratives of people and communities marginalised by race and religion visible through a carefully curated four-day program of performances, readings, tours, panel session, talks, film and song. Held at the WA Museum Boola Bardip, In Visible Ink is presented by MFTWA. Australia’s first and only human rights museum, MFT is committed to changing the world through art and the creation of spaces and conversations that connect across differences. The 2021 In Visible Ink program includes an impressive line-up of social justice luminaries, artists, authors, conversationalists, poets, and musicians participating in a range of conversations, performances, panel sessions, workshops and tours. Participants include indigenous artist and leader Shaun Nannup; Professor Len Collard; Community Arts Network's CEO, Monica Kane; Yindjibarndi woman and cultural planner Michelle Broun; artists Lilly Blue, Jo Pollitt and Marziya Mohammedali; and theatre-maker, director and community advocate, Jay Emmanuel. The full program for In Visible Ink is available here: www.invisibleink.ink/full-program-2021 Tickets are available now and can be purchased here: www.invisibleink.ink/2021

Brightsider Live!

Introducing Brightsider, a new independent project from songwriter and producer Dan White!

  • Dates:Mar 5
  • Time(s):6.30PM
  • Venue:Quarry Amphitheatre

Details

  • Hosted By:Bluechild Collective
  • Ticket Price:$56.00
  • Music:Blues,Jazz,Pop,Rock,Soul & Gospel,R&B,Gig Guide
  • Event Venue:Quarry Amphitheatre

Description

Dense keys and dry drums, funky bass lines and soulful vocals; Brightsider slides into the pocket where Winston Surfshirt, Matt Corby and Free Nationals meet. Produced in his Margaret River home studio and finished off at Real2Reel Studios, the first batch of tunes to drop push the envelope while keeping it tight, light and vibey, featuring the four-piece band Chris Musitano (keys, horns), Wayan Biliondana (bass & vocals) & Ziggy Atwell (drums & vocals) who will start lighting up stages around WA with appearances at Denmark Sundowners (Feb 21), The Quarry, Perth (March 5) and The River, Margaret River (April 3). With a fresh track set for release the first Friday of every month through 2021 plus a string of shows later in the year, there will be plenty of opportunity to get familiar with the bright side.

Let it go - Single Launch

After the Drive EP release at Indi bar the Dirty boys are back with another snippet from the fault. Hard, fast and gritty is all you need when listening to this song.

  • Venue:Lucy's Love Shack
  • Dates:Mar 5

Details

  • Music:Gig Guide,Rock
  • Hosted By:Big Tommo Presents
  • Ticket Price:$15

Description

Missy Higgins at Fremantle Prison

Missy Higgins will play these very special concert events under the stars at Fremantle Prison with Ben Lee.

  • Dates:Mar 5
  • Time(s):Starts 6pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Prison

Details

  • Ticket Price:$101.73 - $173.10
  • Music:Pop,Indie & Alternative

Description

In 2019, Missy embarked on the Coming Home Tour, a national co-headlining tour of Australia with John Butler Trio. She also wrote a number of original songs for the acclaimed ABC TV show 'Total Control'. The show became the highest rated new Australian TV drama of the year. Missy began 2020 by releasing new single 'Carry You' written by Tim Minchin for his TV show 'Upright', which peaked at #5 in iTunes. Presented by Zaccaria

The Best of the Bee Gees with Colin Petersen - Bunbury

The Best of the Bee Gees takes original Bee Gees drummer, Colin "Smiley" Petersen on the road to Bunbury, Mandurah and Perth in March 2021

  • Dates:Mar 5
  • Time(s):8PM
  • Venue:BREC

Details

  • Hosted By:BREC Bunbury
  • Ticket Price:$61
  • Music:Tribute Band,Concert Tours,Rock
  • Event Venue:Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre

Description

A world-exclusive telling of the first-hand stories behind a massive catalogue of mega-hits.

The earliest non-Gibb band member, Colin was essential to the Bee Gees sound, driving the evolution of the Super Group on stage and in the studio over five albums and #1 singles - Massachusetts, To Love Somebody, New York Mining Disaster, I Started A Joke and so many more. The Best of the Bee Gees Show features Evan Webster (Barry Gibb), Russell Davey (Robin Gibb) and Greg Wain (Maurice Gibb), and has brought global audiences hustling to their feet for more than two decades. Colin says: "It's wonderful that these incredible songs live on through this great show and I am thrilled to add another dimension by sharing my memories." It would be a Tragedy to miss this ultimate tribute celebrating an iconic set list of soaring three-part harmonies and timeless classics - Saturday Night Fever, How Deep Is Your Love, Stayin' Alive, Grease, Jive Talkin', Spicks & Specks, Words, To Love Somebody, Massachusetts, I Started a Joke, I've Got to Get a Message to You, Too Much Heaven, You Should Be Dancing and others.

The Dirty Stop Outs & Stuart Orchid - Live at Lyric Underground

A night of great original songs with The Dirty Stop Outs, and The Stuart Orchid Band - funky, soulful and jazzy. Pleasure your earholes, and entertain your dancing feet!!

  • Dates:Mar 5
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Lyric Underground

Details

  • Hosted By:The Dirty Stop Outs, Stuart Orchid Band & Lyric Underground
  • Type:Adults Only
  • Music:Blues,Gig Guide,Indie & Alternative,Jazz,Latin,R&B,Pop,Soul & Gospel,Rock

Description

These two great local bands bring their funky, soulful, jazz fused music. Get up and have a dance, or sit back and sip on your beverage while you get treated to this double bill. The Dirty Stop Outs are one of the newest, freshest bands around town, while Stuart Orchid has been delivering his `good vibes on` for many moons. This gig is not to be missed!!

American Country Music Show

Experience the stage set that will transport you all the way ‘hand clapping and toe tapping’ to Nashville and back.

  • Dates:Mar 6
  • Time(s):7:30 pm
  • Venue:Regal Theatre

Details

  • Ticket Price:$57.85
  • Music:Country & Folk,Tribute Band
  • Event Venue:Regal Theatre

Description

The American Country Music Show pays homage to the genre's icons with songs from Brooks & Dunn, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Shania Twain, Alan Jackson, and Johnny Cash. Featuring International vocalists Barry Gee, Tracie Redding and Rosie O’Brien, the singers will be backed by a superb seven-piece live band that will get you moving in your seat.

 

Banksia Grove Local Vocals

Live music, food trucks and family fun equals good times, guaranteed. The concert will provide local artists a platform to perform, while children’s entertainment will keep the kids amused.

  • Dates:Mar 6
  • Time(s):5.00pm to 8.00pm
  • Venue:Peridot Park, Banksia Grove

Details

  • Hosted By:City of Wanneroo
  • Type:Community,For Kids,Free
  • Music:Free,Other Music
  • Produced By:City of Wanneroo
  • Ticket Price:Free

Description

Young up and coming Perth duo Faraday's Cage will open the stage with an impressive mix of Indie neo-soul vocals and skilful instrumentation. 

Then, headline act Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Band Western Australia will entertain with a diverse repertoire of Australian and international hits – from Guy Sebastian, Tones and I, Paul Kelly, INXS, Hunters & Collectors, to Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Pink, Aston Merrygold and Taylor Swift. Plus some timeless favourites from Van Morrison, Dusty Springfield, Wilson Picket, Tina Turner and Queen.

Brazilian Summer Fest 2021

In this 2021's edition, the Brazilian Summer Fest celebrates its 4th Anniversary, and you are invited to join us in this unparalleled experience.

  • Dates:Mar 6
  • Time(s):4.00pm - 2.00am
  • Venue:The Court

Details

  • Hosted By:Remix Entertainment & Arts
  • Ticket Price:From $27.46
  • Type:Adults Only
  • Music:DJs,Electronic,Latin,World

Description

After 3 sold-out editions and unseen joyous feedback party after party, BSF comes back bigger, bolder and better! Our next gathering will take place at The Court for another EPIC 10-hour party.

Make no mistake. BSF goes way beyond the stereotypes and features the most prominent WA's based Brazilian DJs and producers (from the finest Brazilian Grooves to House Music), accompanied by other local guests, blending music, art and gastronomy - not to mention the happiest crowd you will ever see and that unique atmosphere which can only be understood when experienced.

Before the sunset, our music selectors will take you on a journey throughout groovy tunes immortalised in waxed records and new edits of vintage Brazilian songs played by master turntablists from all corners of this planet not for being pop but for its quality, soul, and contagious beats, rhythms and baselines.

Expect amazingly curated sets and the purest expression of each artist featured by BSF, ranging from Samba and Samba Rock, Rap and Hip-hop, vintage classics edits, roots bass, old school funk, soul and a pinch of Future Beats, Daytime Disco, and other remixes of boogie Brazilian songs throughout the afternoon...

When the sun goes down, it's time to bring our resident artists to the main stage and immerse ourselves in house music brought to you by the very best WA's based Brazilian acts and legendary local guests until the early hours of the next day!

Come down before 4 PM to redeem a free complimentary cold gift.

As usual, we will have all sorts of refreshments, including the very best of the Brazilian gastromy, drink specials and more.

Coogee Live

Creativity, connection, culture, curiosity, kids activities and more feel good activities will feature at the free Coogee Live community festival on 6 and 7 March along Coogee Beach.

  • Dates:March 6 - 7
  • Time(s):Sat 7 March times 10am to 9pm. Sun 8 March times 11am to 6pm
  • Venue:Coogee Beach

Details

  • Hosted By:City of Cockburn
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Type:Community,Free
  • Festivals:All Festivals
  • Music:Free,DJs
  • Food & Drink:Festival
  • Other:Arts & Crafts,Markets

Description

Coogee Live is a jam-packed family-friendly weekend that brings the community and visitors together creating a sense of belonging through joyful entertainment, interactive experiences and a chance to learn new things. There are over 130 events, performances, experiences, workshops, demonstrations and activations along a 1.5 kilometre stretch along Coogee Live, and all are free of charge. Some workshops have limited space and require a (free) booking to reserve a place. From cooking classes to bush tucker and bush medicine, teenage talks, kids craft, gardening, growing and composting, upcycling, wax wraps, camel rides, animal rehabilitation, singing, yoga, Auskick, forensic findings, stories, robotics, acrobatics, circus performers, concerts, pirates, fairies, mermaids, reptiles, bake-offs, mini masters cooking, mud kitchens, mojitos, markets, meditation and plenty of opportunity for movement. Also, big band music, DJs, dance lessons for kids and adults as well as dance performances of colourful samba, cultural showcases and belly dance. Joining Coogee Live this year is dumpling master Brendan Pang, chef Kenny McHardy of Manuka Woodfired Kitchen, gardening guru Josh Byrne, Ngungar artist Sharon Egan and a host of talented folk ready to inspire, entertain, and enrich.