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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

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


Amanda Palmer - There Will Be No Intermission

Direct from the USA, Amanda Palmer is bringing her sumptuous, personal and emotional music to the 2020 Perth Festival for one very special show.

  • Dates:Feb 22
  • Time(s):Opens 7:00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$39
  • Ticket price TO:$89
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Country & Folk,Gig Guide

Description

A night of piano, pain and laughter from an artist that defies defenition. Adored by fans of the inventive punk cabaret and darkly original song craft of her former band The Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer's unapologetic solo career has been aesthetically boundless and undeniably ambitious.

Now, she brings her critically acclaimed one-woman show down under. Experience her raw emotion, intensely personal lyrics, incredible musicality and intimate interplay with the audience as she performs solo on piano, sharing songs and stories in one epic concert experience. 

Pugsley Buzzard

Rich-voiced singer, songwriter and pianist.

  • Dates:Feb 23
  • Time(s):2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Venue:The Fremantle Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:The Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Venue Address:The Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly
  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Music:Free,Gig Guide,Soul & Gospel

Description

Pugsley Buzzard delivers an explosion of funky R&B, soul and blues. His set will feature moody and intriguing renditions of his own multi-dimensional songs and personalised interpretations of classics from the original masters. Having toured extensively throughout the US and Europe Pugsley now resides in Berlin and will be joined by some of Berlin’s Finest.

Sunday Music is FAC’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy the best local and touring bands every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s Front Garden. Bring a rug and picnic to this family friendly event, or enjoy wood fired pizzas and drinks from our bar. Some chairs provided.

Beethoven's Fidelio

Beethoven's only opera blazes with heroism.

  • Dates:Feb 28 & Mar 1
  • Time(s):28 Feb 7.00pm | 1 Mar 2.00pm
  • Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Perth Festival commission presented in association with West Australian Opera
  • Venue Address:Perth Concert Hall, 5 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$30
  • Ticket price TO:$175
  • Type:Classical Music,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Event Venue:Perth Concert Hall
  • Music:Classical
  • Produced By:WASO: WA Symphony Orchestra

Description

Chained in a secret dungeon, an innocent man awaits certain death. But in Beethoven’s ode to love, risk and triumph, there is one prison guard who holds the key to his fate. Fidelio is the uplifting tale of Leonore, a heroic woman who creates a daring plan to free her husband from wrongful imprisonment, and the tyranny that put him there.

Under the direction of Asher Fisch, Beethoven’s score blazes with soul-stirring emotion in this concert production of a work rarely performed in Perth. German soprano Christiane Libor delivers a mighty, no-holds-barred performance as Leonore, leading one of the finest casts ever assembled in Australia.

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, Fidelio is presented as a hallmark work of the 2020 Perth Festival. Featuring the full force of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian Opera Chorus and WASO Chorus with narrator Eryn Jean Norvill, this once in a generation retelling of one of the most inspiring stories ever set to music is completely unmissable.

Opera in concert sung in German with English subtitles

Blind Boys Of Alabama

Mischievous and entertaining, the multi Grammy award- winning Blind Boys are veterans of the ol’ razzle dazzle.

  • Dates:Feb 29
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Chevron Lighthouse
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Ticket Price:$59
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Soul & Gospel

Description

Embodying a gospel groove that has thrived throughout their vibrant 70-year history, the Blind Boys transcend race and genre, injecting an unparalleled spirit into their music. Experience their thrilling vocal harmonies and jubilant live show and you’ll be a fan for life.

Ocean Alley Australian Tour

Ocean Alley are stoked to reveal their first national tour of Australia since 2018

  • Dates:May 1st, 2020
  • Time(s):6:00pm
  • Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre

Details

  • Hosted By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Venue Address:Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty St, Fremantle WA 6160
  • Ticket Price:$79.00
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Produced By:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Event Venue:Fremantle Arts Centre
  • Music:Concert Tours,Gig Guide,Popular Music

Description

The six-piece will kick off the tour at Fremantle Art Centre in Perth on Friday 1 May, making their way through Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and wrapping up in Sydney. Perth’s wacky Psychedelic Porn Crumpets join the national run as main supports, bringing their sprawling and grungy psych-round sound to the stage, accompanied by fellow Perth outfit, indie-pop darlings Dulcie who have mesmerised listeners since bursting onto the scene in 2018.

Hella Mega Tour | Green Day | Fall Out Boy | Weezer

Green Day announce massive national tour, bringing Fall Out Boy and Weezers along for the rocky ride down under!

  • Dates:Nov 8
  • Time(s):7-11pm
  • Venue:HBF Park

Details

  • Hosted By:Live Nation Australia & New Zealand
  • Venue Address:310 Pier St, Perth WA 6000
  • Type:Music
  • Music:Concert Tours,Popular Music,Gig Guide
  • Audience:Adults

Description

Iconic Californion trio Green Day are bringing along good mates Fall Out Boy and Weezers to Australia to showcase an unforgettable rock show for the first time ever!

Absolute American rock legends Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezers are coming together for the unmissable Hella Mega Tour presented by Live Nation and Triple M. This will be the first time that all three bands will tour Australia together.

The tour kicks off in Perth on November 8, before hitting Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane. You won't wanna miss these legends perform a seriously electric show!

Presale tickets will be available from Tuesday 11th Feb, 10am and general release from Friday 14th Feb, 10am

More info here: http://bit.ly/HellaMegaTourAU

Agwa Live

Join us in celebration of the last month of Summer!

  • Dates:Feb, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th, 2020
  • Time(s):5-9pm
  • Venue:The Art Gallery of Western Australia

Details

  • Hosted By:The Art Gallery of Western Australia
  • Venue Address:Perth Cultural Centre Roe St, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Type:Art Exhibitions,Music
  • Audience:Adults,Family-Friendly,For teens 13-17,For seniors,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Art Gallery of WA
  • Music:Country & Folk,Free,Popular Music,Rhythm & Blues
  • Food & Drink:Beer,Wine

Description

AGWA has partnered with Otherside Brewing Co. to bring art, music, culture and brews together in a series of free Friday Night events.

Across the four Friday nights in February, enjoy live music from local WA Musician and pop-up bar where you can buy beers from Otherside Brewing Co. and wines from Juniper Estate whilst enjoying AGWA's extensive collection on display.

Single Origin

Light up the room and let Robin Fox take you on a journey into the world of mechanically-induced synaesthetia with his incredible concerto and laser show.

  • Dates:Feb 21 & 22
  • Time(s):Doors open 6:00pm
  • Venue:The Rechabite Hall
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:224 William Street, Northbridge WA 6003
  • Ticket Price FROM:$19
  • Ticket price TO:$29
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults,For teens 13-17
  • Performing Arts:Theatre
  • Music:DJs,Gig Guide

Description

Renowned for making unique, expansive and intense sound worlds, Robin Fox blends his split audio-visual personality to compose a concerto for a laser beam. Single Origin is the third in a series of works for laser and sound that explore the possibilities of mechanically-induced synesthesia - a joining of senses where light may be heard and sound may be seen. 

Opera In The Park

Supreme Court Gardens will be transformed into a fairy tale forest when one of the best-loved stories from the Brothers Grimm is brought to life.

  • Dates:Feb 22
  • Time(s):8.00pm
  • Venue:Supreme Court Gardens
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:Riverside Drive, Perth WA 6000
  • Ticket Price:FREE
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,Adults,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,For seniors
  • Music:Opera,Free
  • Type:Music

Description

Supreme Court Gardens will be transformed into a fairy tale forest when one of the best-loved stories from the Brothers Grimm is brought to life. West Australian Opera's Hansel and Gretel is a free music and multimedia experience for the whole family.

Taking over the forest in Supreme Court Gardens is media artist Sohan Ariel Hayes (Boorna Waanginy and HOME), who will transform the park using projection, light and image to make this a truly immersive experience. Add to that, the sumptuous, romantic music by 19th Century master Humperdinck, and you'll discover in this glorious opera why Hansel and Gretel is one of the Brothers Grimm's most beloved tales.

Performed by West Australian Symphony Orchestra and sung by an extraordinary WA cast, this free family event promises to be a delight for the ears and eyes! Bring a picnic and make a night of it as you join Hansel and Gretel on a wild ride!

G Flip | Perth Festival

G Flip is flipping on to the Perth Festival stage!

  • Dates:Feb 22
  • Time(s):9pm
  • Venue:Chevron Lighthouse
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
  • Ticket Price FROM:$29
  • Ticket price TO:$49
  • Type:Music,Performing Arts
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Gig Guide

Description

The G Flip explosion has been as colossal as it has been wondrous.

Bursting out of her bedroom and into the wide world with her shimmering pop hits, the Melbourne singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist has inspired a new wave of innovators: unfiltered, driven and refreshing in their passion.

Her self-produced debut single ‘About You’ was a cathartic anthem born from her “hectic, toxic, cinematic” on-off relationship, and was the first taste of her epic drumming prowess. Her debut album further showcased the new voice of a generation: loud, proud and vivacious. Come ride the G Flip train!


 

Weyes Blood

Dark, mystical and ferociously tender, Weyes Blood is an indie charmer.

  • Dates:Feb 23
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020
  • Venue:Chevron Lighthouse

Details

  • Ticket Price:$39
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Gig Guide
  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000

Description

Her lilting melodies and complex harmonies will have you drowning in sound as she meshes electronic burbles with the golden age of pop in a delicate but powerful fusion. With a voice of old-school beauty, at times conjuring Karen Carpenter or Carole King, this ‘millennial Joni Mitchell’ spins a web of blissful vintage pop to leave you breathless.

Hotel Rottnest Presents Eskimo Joe

Introducing Rotto Summer Vibes! Hotel Rottnest and Otherside Brewing Co. Bring Eskimo Joe to the summer beach concert series!

  • Dates:Feb 23
  • Time(s):3:00pm
  • Venue:Hotel Rottnest

Details

  • Hosted By:Hotel Rottnest and Otherside Brewing Co.
  • Venue Address:1 Bedford Ave, Rottnest Island 6161
  • Ticket Price FROM:$43.55
  • Ticket price TO:$114.10
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Popular Music,Gig Guide

Description

Eskimo Joe have enjoyed 35 ARIA nominations in their career thus far – a number only surpassed by Silverchair, Powderfinger, Kylie Minogue and John Farnham.

As their storied career continues to evolve, Eskimo Joe have certainly come a long way from their humble beginnings as much-loved indie rock kids in Fremantle, WA.

DOORS OPEN FROM 11:00AM
SHOW COMMENCE FROM 3:00PM

The Sound Of Picture Books

Our free family fun day is back spreading a love of reading, writing and drawing over the grounds at UWA in a huge range of events and activities.

  • Dates:Feb 23
  • Time(s):10.45am & 12pm | Duration 45mins
  • Venue:Octagon Theatre
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Venue Address:35 Stirling Hwy, Crawley WA 6009
  • Ticket Price:Free
  • Audience:Family-Friendly,For toddlers 0-3,For kids 4-12,For teens 13-17,Wheelchair Access
  • Event Venue:Octagon Theatre
  • Type:Literature,Music
  • Music:Classical,Free

Description

Not to be missed is The Sound of Picture Books, an interactive adventure that sees illustrator and composer Matt Ottley and author and musician Valanga Khoza join West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s string quintet and Yamaha’s Alf Demasi to bring to life Dumazi and the Big Yellow Lion with music and imagery.

Evelyn 'Champagne' King & Mondo Freaks

A disco diva with a giant voice, Evelyn King earned the nickname ‘Champagne’ for her trademark vocal bursts full of bubbles and froth on every dancefloor hit she dropped.

  • Dates:Feb 27
  • Time(s):7.30pm
  • Venue:Chevron Lighthouse
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Ticket Price:$49
  • Type:Music
  • Music:Other Music,Popular Music

Description

With a voice that oozes R’n’B sensuality, King was the dance star of the early MTV era and her unbridled performances have lost none of their spark. Back in full disco splendour, she is joined by live sensations Mondo Freaks for a party night of retro glory not to be missed.

Aldous Harding

The highly eccentric and blisteringly beautiful, Aldous Harding is coming to Perth Festival!

  • Dates:Feb 28
  • Venue:Chevron Lighthouse
  • Festivals:Perth Festival 2020

Details

  • Hosted By:Perth Festival
  • Ticket Price FROM:$29
  • Ticket price TO:$49
  • Type:Music
  • Audience:Adults
  • Music:Country & Folk,Gig Guide
  • Venue Address:5 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000

Description

Embodying the deeply idiosyncratic wonders of artists such as Kate Bush and PJ Harvey, Harding is luminously and uniquely her own.

Mysterious, complex and drenched in darkness, this stony-gazed wonder has broken through from cult status with her deft exploration of the alien that lurks in our loves and lives. Don’t miss this truly remarkable artist.

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