The hype had been building for this show since the tour sold out shortly after release. Following a strong touring schedule with a headline tour early in the year and the high octane stage shared with Violent Soho a few months back, The Smith Street Band were back on the stage once more to celebrate the release of their latest album Throw Me In The River.
Saturday night the inaugural MoveMe Improvisation Festival officially kicked off in front of an attentive and appreciative audience with a double bill of Beast #3 and No-One Will Tell Us at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA).
Brisbane rockers Violent Soho played to a sold out show at Metropolis Fremantle, putting on a impressive performance. They were joined by Ceres and Flowermouth.
Over the course of his burgeoning career, Finegan Krukemeyer, still only 33, has been commissioned and written 70 works, across 5 continents and multiple languages. With many of those works designed to be watched and enjoyed by children. His latest production (this time for adults), the wonderfully and loquaciously titled Those Who Fall in Love Like Anchors Dropped Upon the Ocean Floor, last week celebrated it’s world premiere at Perth’s Blue Room Theatre.
Thelma Plum reminds me a lot of Emma Louise, that same gentle shy awkwardness on stage, but utterly entrancing when she lets those vocals loose, with songs that foster adoration. Thelma played the Amplifier Bar last Saturday night as part of her Monsters tour and totally wooed the Perth crowd.
Last week the line-up for the 63rd Perth International Arts Festival was released to the world. It will be the final year in charge for Artistic Director Jonathan Holloway and he certainly seems to determined to leave on a high; with a staggeringly diverse and exciting cultural feast of theatre, music, visual arts, literature and movies.
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.
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.
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
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.
On Wednesday night, four bands playing this weekend’s Blues at Bridgetown were enlisted to play a mid-week gig at Mojos Bar in Fremantle. Part warm-up gig and part chance to show those who didn’t have festival tickets what they were going to be missing out on. Unfortunately I had to leave before the final band of the night, but I saw enough to know that I’m just a little bit jealous of all those heading down to Bridgetown this weekend.
Thursday night saw the legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez play the first of three sold-out shows in Perth’s picturesque Kings Park, and his first show in Perth since 1981. Joining Rodriguez on the bill was a host of Australian talent, including Archie Roach, Little May and Perth’s own Fox Cat Rabbit.
The premier celebration of local music, this year’s WA Music Awards will be dishing out the WAMis and good times for industry and music lovers alike at Capitol, this Friday night. Fresh off a sold-out run of shows at Edinburgh Fringe, the party will be hosted by Tomás Ford and special industry guests from across the country, plus featuring performances from rising superstars and the multi-WAM Award nominated Sable and Timothy Nelson & The Infidels. Whether you’re there as a nominee or just to enjoy, this year everyone’s a winner.
Last week four of Australia’s best female singers, performers and songwriters, Katie Noonan, Melody Pool, Sam Buckingham and Angie Hart, helped close this years ARTBAR season with their show, Songs That Made Me, a celebration of the songs that helped to inspire them as musicians and people.
With almost twenty years since their last Perth show, and 7 months since the postponement of their Australian tour in the wake of the sudden death of L’Wren Scott, The Rolling Stones showed on Wednesday night that not only do good things come to those who wait, and that they were more than worth the wait.