Perth

Live Review: The Rubens own the stage as they bring 0202 to the Margaret River

May 11, 2021

Aussie alt-rockers The Rubens are yet another band who’ve been denied the opportunity to tour their latest album due to COVID restrictions, but they are making up for it right now. In fact, The Rubens have been making hay while the sun shines, travelling the length of the country in support of their latest studio […]

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Live Review: Illy at Factory – Metro City, Perth (05.04.21)

April 8, 2021

The Monday night concluding a four-day weekend is a ghastly time to play and Illy knew it at this week’s Factory Summer Festival show at Perth’s Metro City. The gig had been rescheduled numerous times due to the changing goalposts around COVID-19 restrictions meaning Illy and his faithful fans settled for what they could get. […]

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Live Review: The Presets at Factory – Metro City, Perth (01.04.21)

April 5, 2021

Summer may be long gone but Perth’s Factory Summer Festival has been rolling the past few weeks, delayed due to the WA government’s restrictions, with The Presets the latest to grace the stage at Metro City. Factory has traditionally attracted a younger crowd with its inviting outdoor set-up and trendy image, so this year’s forced […]

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Fringe World Review: The Kaye Hole nails loose late night debauchery & variety

February 5, 2021

Mix Reuben Kaye with a 10:15pm timeslot and you’re bound to get scandalous late night debauchery, filthy fun and plenty of laughs. The Kaye Hole at the Rechabite, as part of Perth’s Fringe World Festival, didn’t disappoint. The Kaye Hole is Reuben’s variety show (separate to his earlier solo show), supported by his band, featuring […]

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Live Review: Ukiyo – Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Perth (12.12.20)

December 14, 2020

Fledging Perth producer Ukiyo, aka Timothy Arnott, may have garnered money-can’t-buy endorsements from Will Smith and Pharrell Williams but that wasn’t enough to genuinely draw a crowd for his maiden album launch at Jack Rabbit Slim’s in his hometown on Saturday night. It may have been a thin turn-out for the self-titled album launch, but […]

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‘Looking Past the Pandemic’ with Grace Sanders from Perth, Western Australia

September 2, 2020

Keeping travel dreams alive and setting goals has never felt more important. We can all agree that 2020 has been an unfortunate year so far, and almost every facet of daily life has been wrought by this ongoing global pandemic, the start of which now feels like forever ago. The arts has been one of […]

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Exclusive Album Premiere: Sowdy – Shine! (2020)

July 15, 2020

Perth emcee Sowdy is steadily building a reputation as one of the most versatile and exciting hip hop artists in the country. Just one listen to his latest single, “Love”, would tell you all you needed to know about the wildly creative rapper, drummer and vocalist, whose love for the art is endearingly obvious. His […]

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Emirates to bring back flights between Dubai and four Australian cities

June 8, 2020

Following the resumption of numerous Emirates services last month, the UAE carrier is planning to restart even more routes from the 15th June. This includes Brisbane and Perth, adding to the Sydney and Melbourne services currently in operation. The returning services will fly on Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft between Dubai and 16 cities, adding Singapore, […]

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Famed New York cocktail bar Death & Co. is coming to Australia

January 27, 2020

Influential New York cocktail bar Death & Co. is the latest institution from the states to plan an Aussie visit, announcing a pop-up tour that will leap across late January and early February at some of the country’s best bars. Brought down in partnership with Australian Venue Co. and Aviation Gin, the pioneering speakeasy-style bar […]

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Live Review: Ziggy Alberts and Kim Churchill at Fremantle Arts Centre, Perth (01.12.19)

December 8, 2019

There couldn’t have been a more fitting venue than the back lawn at the Fremantle Arts Centre for the two bare-footed boys from Byron, Ziggy Alberts and Kim Churchill. It’s a venue that Alberts had always had on his bucket list to play, and he finally did it – to a capacity crowd – on […]

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L.A’s renowned Hyde Kitchen makes its debut in Perth

November 7, 2019

Perth’s newest hotspot brings the famous HYDE brand from buzzing locations in L.A and Miami down to the world’s most isolated city. A collaboration between Accor and sbe Entertainment Group, Hyde Perth Kitchen & Cocktails, located in the shiny new Art Series Hotel The Adnate, aligns with the brand’s playful, party-minded “casual by day, classy […]

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One of Italy’s most acclaimed restaurants in coming to Perth for one night only

October 1, 2019

The Chef behind Three Michelin starred Italian restaurant Reale is coming all the way from the mountains of Abruzzo, Central Italy to pop-up in Perth. Announced exclusively for the middle of October, award-winning Perth restaurant Wildflower will be hosting a very special event when they welcome Chef Niko Romito to the kitchen, from which the […]

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Interview: Chef Xerxes Bodhanwala on authentic Peruvian food in Perth

September 2, 2019

Perth’s dining scene is full of surprises, especially when it comes to the city’s forever-booming scene of premium hotels popping up between all that increasingly present street art, old school nightclubs and refined cocktail bars. One such surprise is UMA Restaurant at Pan Pacific Perth. It’s Peruvian food making use of local produce and sustainably […]

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Hotel Review: Mantra on Hay keeps things simple in East Perth

March 28, 2019

In a relatively quiet area of East Perth is where you’ll find Mantra on Hay, not as central as some of Mantra’s – well, now Accor’s – other properties in the “most isolated city in the world”, but close enough that you don’t feel like you’re missing any of Perth’s increasingly energetic social scene. It’s […]

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Hotel Review: Peppers King Square beats fast in the heart of Perth

March 26, 2019

On the Western edge of Perth’s densely packed CBD, opposite the vibrant piazza of Kings Square, and a short walk from the nightclub lined streets of Northbridge and Perth’s busy RAC Arena, stands the modest Peppers Kings Square. It’s a hotel that boasts an enviable, dynamic location and has a lot to offer guests and […]

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Hotel Review: QT Perth translates the wild west with swagger and theatre

January 8, 2019

The QT Hotels & Resorts brand has now firmly established its own distinctive language, without coming across as formulaic. The quirky, off-kilter designs and high-concept luxury boutique approach has given the brand a unique way of interpreting and translating location, whether it’s bringing in just enough of Surfers Paradise to brighten the grand QT Gold […]

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Hotel Review: Fraser Suites provides plenty of value in East Perth

December 19, 2018

Perth’s high density of hotels has dramatically pushed up competition within the city’s hospitality scene over the past few years. Quality accommodations aren’t hard to come by in the most isolated city in the world, one that is incredibly becoming one of Australia’s most exciting and creative destinations, and that sizable bank of worthy digs […]

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The AU Turns 10 in Perth: Meet the Bands playing our stages at WAMFest

October 21, 2018

On November 2nd and 3rd, more than one hundred local Western Australian bands will play at multiple venues across the city for FREE as part of the annual WAMFest. And this year, as part of the AU review’s national run of 10th birthday celebrations, we’re taking over no less than four stages at the Amplifier Capitol on […]

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Flight Review: Does Economy X make a difference on Virgin Australia’s Sydney to Perth service?

October 19, 2018

If any domestic service calls for a slight upgrade, it’s the coast-to-coast flight from Sydney to Perth. While not exactly a gruelling long-haul, the five hour service is testing enough that a little bit of extra comfort goes a long way. We tested Virgin Australia’s Economy X product on the service to see if the […]

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Travel Deals: Mantra properties Art Series, Peppers, BreakFree and more cut prices across Australia, NZ and Hawaii

October 9, 2018

One of Australia’s most ubiquitous hotel groups, Mantra, have come around to their popular annual “Global Sale” to make holidaying for Aussies a bit more accessible over the next few months. And it’s the most substantial sale from the group yet, with a serious number of the country’s best properties – from budget to luxe […]

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Photo Gallery: Hideous Sun Demon + Kaitlin Keegan + Cosy + Post Depression Makeout Session – Mojos, Fremantle (29.09.18)

September 30, 2018

The next stop on Hideous Sun Demon‘s Fame Erotic Dream tour was Mojo’s Bar in Fremantle, where they delivered a full on psych-punk experience. Joining them in the fun were Kaitlin Keegan, Cosy and Post Depression Makeout Session. Our photographer Stuart Sevastos brings us the highlights of the night.

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Music Matters Interview: Ben Catley (Perth) talks UK tour and his new EP Hectic Heart

September 19, 2018

Fresh off the back of a UK tour, Ben Catley found himself in Singapore for Music Matters 2018. Hailing from England but living in Perth for the last seven years, Ben is quickly becoming renowned for his high-energy, feel good style. In the midst of his tour of the UK, he released his latest single […]

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Music Matters Interview: Almond Soy (WA) talk the Perth music scene and the direction of their sound

September 18, 2018

From humbling beginnings in Brandon’s bedroom in Perth to playing the main-stage marquee at Music Matters 2018 in Singapore, Almond Soy have come a long way in just two short years. Following the release of their debut EP Social Misfit early this year, Almond Soy have been busy making a name for themselves touring Australia with […]

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116 live acts added to WAMFest in Perth: Here’s 6 to get excited about

September 13, 2018

Being the most isolated city in the world, Perth has always fostered its own local music scene, recently sharing successes Slumberjack, Ruby Fields and San Cisco with the rest of the country and world. WAMFest is an annual celebration of emerging homegrown artists, bands and producers spread across multiple venues and on November 2nd and […]

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Virgin Australia to begin flying direct services between Hobart and Perth this month

September 3, 2018

In just a few weeks time, Virgin Australia will become the first airline to introduce direct services between Hobart and Perth, opening up a necessary connection between two of Australia’s fastest growing cities. The airline will fly the thrice-weekly return service on a Boeing 737, providing travellers with better and easier access to the two […]

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Cardi B and Migos lead NYE lineup for Perth’s Origin Fields

August 20, 2018

Formerly known as Origin NYE, 2018 is the 12th year of the Western Australian festival and a score of changes are planned. As well as a new name, the festival now has a new location and is expanding to a two day music and culture festival with the announcement of their largest lineup to date. […]

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Photo Gallery: Spacey Jane + Your Girl Pho + Butter + Playground – Badlands Bar, Perth (17.08.18)

August 19, 2018

The mosh pit was rocking and a packed Badlands Bar was on hand to witness Spacey Jane put on an awesome as they launched their latest single ‘Cold Feet’. Joining them were Your Girl Pho, Butter and Playground. Check out the highlights from the night here:

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Theatre Review: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a technical marvel (Adelaide & Perth Performances Remain)

July 29, 2018

The acclaimed touring West End production of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time wrapped up its Sydney last night, before it heads off to Adelaide and Perth. Based on the celebrated book of the same name by Mark Haddon, the play tells the story of Christopher Boone (Joshua Jenkins in a masterful performance), […]

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Flight Review: Is Virgin Australia’s award winning coast-to-coast “The Business” Service worthy of its hype?

June 23, 2018

A lot has been made about Virgin Australia‘s upgraded A330’s, operating from East to West Coast, in particular their “The Business” product, which offers a flat bed on Australia’s longest domestic route. The acclaim has sat on the quality of the seats, the fact that every seat has aisle access, and on the high quality […]

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A pop-up bar made from over one million pieces of lego will tour Australia this year

January 17, 2018

Australia is getting the world’s very first adults-only pop-up bar made of over one million blocks of Lego. Come Autumn 2018, The Bricks Bar will be built and deconstructed numerous times, travelling around to four major cities including Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. The organisers are a bit hush-hush on details at the moment, including […]

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