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WAMI FESTIVAL

the AU interview at WAM Festival: KUČKA (Perth)

Larry interviews Perth electro act KUČKA during the WAM Festival in Perth to talk about picking up three WA Music Awards, performing at WAM, being an 'experimental artist' and their experiences with the 'Unconditional' single and tour. KUČKA also talks about plans for their new EP.

the AU interview at WAM Festival: Our Man in Berlin (Perth)

Larry interviews Perth band Our Man in Berlin during the WAM Festival in Perth to talk about their performances at the festival, their EP is it right?, the eclectic Perth music scene, overseas interest and future plans...

Festival Review: WAM Festival Saturday Spectacular + Block Party - Perth (08.11.14)

Back in the first half of the year, I thought WAM did a pretty crazy thing with the State Of The Art Festival that hosted dozens of local singers and bands and scattered them around the Perth Cultural Centre. Last Saturday they outdid themselves once again, extending their reach beyond the Perth Cultural Centre and transforming Northbridge into a communal music fest. Centred around a carpark, the event lived up to its title of the Saturday Spectacular; gear up for the home-grown warm and fuzzies.

Photo Gallery: Highlights from the 2014 WAM Festival Saturday Spectacular (08.11.14)

The WAM Festival Saturday Spectacular showcased some of the best live music Western Australia has to offer. This year's event was held across seven venues around the Northbridge area of Perth and all were free of charge. Here are some highlights of the performances captured by our photographer Johnny Au.

Photo Gallery: The WA Music Awards - Capitol, Perth (07.11.14)

It was a massive night in Perth on Friday as the annual WA Music Awards (Formerly the WAMis) took over the Capitol for a night of awards, performances and the excellent hosting abilities of Tomás Ford. Timothy Nelson and the Infidels (pictured above), who were multiple winners on the night, gave a thrilling performance, and Sable closed out the night. Click HERE, for a full list of winners that also included the likes of KUCKA and The Love Junkies, and enjoy this photo gallery from the night from Johnny Au: Words by Larry Heath

Editor's Picks: The Five Best Performances of the 2014 WAM Festival in Perth


Pictured: Tired Lion

The WA music scene is without question among the finest in this country. I dare say it gives Melbourne a run for its money, winning out with its vast and eclectic nature. From experimental electronic to psychedelic rock, pop grooves and indie beats, there is something to be found for everyone here. It's what makes this list so difficult - no two bands were the same. But that said, there were a few favourites that stuck out from my weekend in Perth. Here are the WA bands you need to check out:

Live Review and Photo Gallery: WAM Festival Opening Night Party ft. Tired Lion + Pat Chow - The Bakery, Perth (06.11.14)

The annual WAM Festival kicked off in Perth on Thursday night with the Opening Night Party at The Bakery - one of Perth's finest bespoke venues, built with shipping containers and delivering great vibes and some excellent sound. Unfortunately, with the venue set to close, this may be the only time I get to experience its splendour. But not a bad way to do so, as we caught three WAM Award nominated bands showing off their excellent sounds to a packed room.

Timothy Nelson & The Infidels, Pond, The Love Junkies and more win at the 2014 WA Music Awards!

The Western Australian music industry celebrated last night with the 2014 WA Music Awards being held at Capitol in its 21st year. Big winners on the night were Timothy Nelson and The Infidels, KUČKA, Pond and The Love Junkies. Philip Stevens, the current manager of the John Butler Trio, The Waifs and San Cisco and founder of Mojo's and Martyn P. Casey, member of many bands including Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, were inducted into the Hall of Fame. The full list of winners is below!

Get to know Perth's Tired Lion ahead of WAM Festival 2014!

The WAM Festival kicks off in Perth today with a great Opening Night party schedule to go off at The Bakery! Ahead of the antics, get to know one of the band's set to perform, Tired Lion! We get the lowdown on what's been happening with band from the lovely Sophie Hopes since the AU last caught up with Tired Lion in Singapore!

Hello Asia! Interview: Reggie Ba-Pe (Shanghai) on his WAM Festival Appearance!

Coming to speak and play at WAM Festival in Perth this week, our own Erin Smith meets Reggie Ba-Pe III, a Burmese born Australian music producer who resides in Shanghai. He's a remixer, DJ, co-founder of the Chinese party revelation S.T.D., owner of vintage video game inspired cocktail bar Arcade and most recently the owner of Shanghai's newest underground club Arkham. Erin talks to him about collaborations, the live music scene in Shanghai, the festival and the year ahead.