Sunday evening saw Joshua Radin kick off his Australian tour with an intimate gig at Perth’s Rosemount Hotel. It might have been a Sunday night and it might have been father’s day but that didn’t stop a sizeable crowd come out for Radin’s first ever gig in Perth; “the chillest place on earth” apparently.
Touring for the release of their latest album Speakerzoid, we caught The Jungle Giants on the first leg in Fremantle and had one heck of a party. With a night full of energy and oozing sincerity from both acts The Jungle Giants brought their long list of popular tracks with them and proved why they are one of the indie darlings of the year.
Latitudes is the new play from emerging Perth theatre group The Lost Boys, and marks the debut theatrical work from acclaimed screenwriter, film maker and musician Mark Walsh. Directed by Mikala Westall it is a work suffused with ideas of memory and of forgetting. An at times clever, meditative and mesmerising piece Latitudes has ensured that the new season at the Blue Room is off to a strong start.
Refugees, asylum seekers and broader immigration have long dominated headlines and political slogans from all parties within Australia, and more recently abroad in Europe and the UK. For many people it is a polarising issue, for Perth theatre group The Last Great Hunt it provided the starting point for new work All That Glitters. A work initially devised as a theatrical response to Australia’s (both its government and its citizens) reaction to asylum seekers, refugees or “boat people” heading for Australia. Director and co-devisor Gita Bezard mentioned in her programme notes that she hoped the play would “provoke a conversation” amongst other things, and I feel it certainly does that; and thanks to the fact sheets placed in the bar and in the foyer, it should at least be an informed conversation too.
Of all of Shakespeare’s works, Hamlet is perhaps his most oft-performed and perhaps most recognised (of the tragedies at least). Indeed as I write this review; a version of the play with Benedict Cumberbatch playing the titular anti-hero is in previews and dominating news headlines back in the UK and beyond.
Photo Credit: Stuart Sevastos.
Thursday evening saw Death Cab for Cutie play the final show of their Australian tour, their first since 2012, at Perth’s Metro City. An event that saw certain OC memes flood social media in the days and weeks running up to the gig.
Kitty Daisy & Lewis captured by Carl Dziunka.
Perth, being the most isolated capital city tends to find itself playing host to a lot touring bands playing their final shows of any given tour; especially if they’re in the country for Splendour. This can generally lead to some pretty interesting shows, in some cases the bands are tired and ready to get off the road, in others they’re in full party mood – which inevitably leads to some loose and very fun and entertaining shows.
The last stop for indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie was at Metro City in Perth where they put on an awesome show. They were supported by Say Hi. Our photographer Stuart Sevastos was there to bring the action from the night.
Photo Credit: Stuart Sevastos
It had been 18 years between visits for Blur when they played Perth Arena on Thursday night, or as frontman Damon Albarn aptly put it, "It’s been a while… A generation".
Next stop for Britpop legends Blur was at Perth Arena where they put on a awesome show with support coming from Jamie T. Our photographer Stuart Sevastos was there to bring you the highlights of the night!
Perth grunge rockers The Love Junkies, excited the punters at the Rosemount Hotel with an energy packed performance. Joining them were Gunns, Skullcave and The Drools. Our photographer Stuart Sevastos brings us the highlights of the night.
The Wombats stopped by Perth with some Splendour sideshow love on Thursday night, bringing with them a crazy amount of energy, some cake and a curly straw. Starting straight into some big favourites the set was non-stop covering a myriad of tracks from across all albums, with the audience desperate to soak in every minute of it and the hour and a half show over way too soon.
Songbird, presented as part of NAIDOC week, is the sophomore production from local theatre group Imprint Productions, and the final production in the current season at Perth’s Blue Room Theatre. Written by Shakara Walley, directed by Ian Wilkes and featuring live music, Songbird tells the story, of three young indigenous people and their fracturing relationships.
Thursday night, with the weather outside bleak and wintery and with drizzle pattering on the tin roof, Perth singer-songwriter Riley Pearce played an intimate show at the Blinco Street Café, the first of a series of shows across Perth with visiting Sydney muso Dylan Wright.
Jebediah returned home to where it all started with a sold out show at the Astor Theatre as part of their massive 20th anniversary tour. Our photographer Stuart Sevastos captured the highlights of the night - grabbing a few of their fans along the way.