Future Music Festival, we meet again. Although this year, it is on different turf, as I headed over from Adelaide to Perth to spend a hot summer day at Joondalup Arena due to scheduling conflicts I have with the Adelaide Festival, and my determination not to miss seeing both Bloc Party and The Stone Roses.
It was a scorching hot day in Perth when the Future Music Festival rolled in to town, but that didn't stop a huge crowd from turning out. The AU review's photographer, Kerrie Geier, was there to capture it all.
I’ve been waiting to see The Tallest Man on Earth live for a while now. I missed out on tickets to his sold out show at the Rosemount Hotel on his last Australian tour, so on the news that he would be heading back down to Australia, and playing the Perth Festival I jumped at the chance to see him live. I’d heard and read much about his charismatic stage presence and was keen to finally see it in person.
Perched amongst the inner city skyscrapers of Perth’s CBD is the gem of a rooftop bar, ‘The Nest’. On the top floor of the Aviary bar lives this playful and modern space, perfect for after work drinks or a feed with some friends. The open and airy space has been set out to maximise its spectacular view of the city, and the furnishings defiantly cater for the swanky and hip inner city crowd, complete with fake grass floors.
Tuesday night saw Cat Power stop in at the Perth Festival Gardens for the first of two shows. It was her second show of the tour in Australia, following a run of two shows in New Zealand. I can’t say it was the best performance I have seen from Chan Marshall, but was by no means her worst performance, and her admission that she’d “done a terrible show and was embarrassed” seemed like a tough self-assessment.
Why Make Sense is a boutique music festival that doesn't want to make sense of it all, screw the so called "important" questions, putting music and artists in boxes, who needs all that. So to celebrate un-categorization Why Make Sense are bringing the party to Grand Lane in Perth, with eclectic UK artists Julio Bashmore, T.Williams, Gold Panda and Maribou State over two nights.
For a little while now I’ve found myself falling under the spell of the music coming out of New Orleans. So I jumped at the chance of seeing one of the cities renowned brass bands, The Soul Rebels, when they stopped off in Perth for the arts festival. Expectations were high and exceeded in a night that that was brimming with energy and featured some of the best positive peer pressure I’ve seen at a gig.
Every now and then I like to step outside of my comfort zone when it comes to gigs. The Raah Project’s show at the Perth Festival on Friday proved to me that this can only lead to good things. Theirs was a performance that was entertaining and at times nothing short of exquisite, a captivating and deft mix of jazz, soul and hip-hop.
Pictured: DJ Yoda.
A packed Villa Nightclub came to dance and witness the audiovisual experience of DJ Yoda. Supporting him were DJ Tom Drummond and DJ Tonic.
Friday night saw former Fleet Foxes drummer J Tillman take to the stage of the Perth International Arts Festival, for the first show of his latest Australian tour as Father John Misty.
Well that’s it. The last Laneway Festival of the year has come and gone. The festivals run of shows came to a sweltering sold-out climax at Perth’s Cultural precinct. Looking at the line-up (Of Monsters and Men & The Reubens in particular) it’s hardly surprising that Perth along with a number of the other dates sold out. Though despite it’s sold out status, it felt fairly quiet until the majority of the punters arrived a couple of hours into the day.