Gig Guide: Your Dose of Live Music in Perth, January 2017

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Happy New Year everyone! Hope all you music lovers are ready for a great start to 2017 🙂 If December wasn’t busy enough in the local live music scene, then January will definitely blow your ear drums. The summer festival season continues with Falls Downtown and Fringe Festival antics. Fringe is that special time of year which runs from mid January through to February. You can read all about the buzzing festival here and check the complete line up of live music, arts and comedy acts.

On the local front Vdelli are back on Aussie shores for their Out of the Sun tour, Caravãna Sun have some hot new tunes lined up and Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson has a solo show at the one and only Jack Rabbit Slims. There’s a Freo pub crawl on the cards with heaps of great local acts to seduce your ears and multiple EP launches from your favourite upcoming Perth bands.

International acts including UB40 and PJ Harvey are hitting Aussie shores in the New Year, with Dinosaur jr and Bruce Springsteen also making a much anticipated appearance.

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New Years Day | Indi Bar Reggae Session

When: Sunday 1st January, 6pm-12am.
Where: Indi Bar, Scarborough.
Cost: On door.
Info: Rasta Blasta events at the Indi Bar presents a New Year celebration with two great Perth bands, The U-Nites and Cross 2 Fade along with DJ Flex for a reggae infused extravaganza. Continue the party for the first night of the year at the Indi bar and join us for an evening of pure vibes. Reggae is also the perfect medicine for those who may have partied a little two hard on New Year’s Eve! Event details here.

NYD Poolside Recovery Session

When: Sunday 1st January, 12pm-7pm.
Where: The Poolside Bar, Fremantle.
Cost: $20 from here.
Info: Fremantle’s hottest new bar, The Poolside Bar is ready to drown those New Year’s Day hangover blues. If you’re planning a massive New Year’s Eve party, then you’ll need to plan an even bigger recovery session by the pool at the new Poolside Bar. DJ Al Black and friends will be playing a selection of acid jazz, nu-disco, jazz funk, and of course, lashings of top quality (no cheesy EDM) house music. With a strictly limited capacity, get your name on the guest list with a $20 pre-sale ticket, or pay $30 at the door (numbers permitting). Ticket includes a welcome drink.

Vdelli | Out of the Sun Tour

When: Wednesday 4th January, 8pm-12am.
Where: Mojos Bar, Fremantle.
Cost: On door.
Info: After touring overseas, Vdelli are back at the Indi Bar as part of their Out of the Sun tour. Event details here.

The Encounters | The 1975 Tribute

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When: Thursday 5th January, 8pm-11:45pm.
Where: Amplifier Capitol, Perth.
Cost: On door.
Info: The Encounters will be paying tribute to one of the all time favourite bands for Last Night at Amps. Expect the best songs from the first and second album, plus a few EPs too. Event details here.

Vdelli | Out of the Sun Tour

When: Friday 6th January, 7:30pm-12am.
Where: Indi Bar, Scarborough.
Cost: On door.
Info: After touring overseas, Vdelli are back at the Indi Bar as part of their Out of the Sun tour. Event details here.

Mat. Joe

When: Saturday 7th January, 7pm.
Where: Geisha Bar, Northbridge.
Cost: TBA from here.
Info: Based in Berlin, Mat.Joe live and breathe big city vibes, its influence is unmistakable in their productions. Despite a whirlwind tour schedule, the duo have found plenty of time to hit the studio. Recent works include their release Weego, which was featured on Claptone’s The Masquerade Compilation, their Brothers In Crime EP and a remix of Kydus’ Deliver Me. Their career has also seen them release hits on Off Recordings, Saura, Alive Recordings and Jamie Jones’ infamous house label Hot Creations.

The Mind Warp Pavilion | David Bowie Celebration


When: Saturday 7th January, 7pm.
Where: Claremont Showgrounds, Claremont.
Cost: $61.20 from here.
Info: A celebration of the life and times of David Bowie on the eve of what would have been the starman’s 70th birthday with a veritable galaxy of local musicians interpreting Bowie tunes. DJ spins too with some special covers. Dressing up is not mandatory but feel free to unleash your glam side and be liberal with the stardust! Part proceeds will go to Cancer research too. Event details here.

Kripke’s Illusion | Dreamland State Single Launch

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When: Saturday 7th January, 7pm – 11.55pm.
Where: Babushka Bar, Leederville.
Cost: $10 on door.
Info: Kripke’s Illusion the virtuosic 4-piece progressive rock band, are pleased to announce the official launch of their new single Dreamland State. hey will be roaring to the stage with local prog stalwarts Battle of the Planets, Agnesis and Bleak Threads to make this an all-out riot for your ears. Event details here.

Falls Downtown | Music and Arts Festival

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When: Saturday / Sunday 7th-8th January, 10am – 11pm.
Where: Kings Square, Fremantle.
Cost: $139-$269 from here.
Info: For the very first time the streets and forgotten spaces of Fremantle will awaken from their sleepy state to Falls Downtown. Taking over abandoned and repurposed buildings; old-world ballrooms; the closed off streets and town squares of the kings, you’ll lay witness to religious experiences (of a different kind). Line up includes the likes of Childish Gambino / London Grammar / The Avalanches / Violent Soho / Matt Corby / Ta-ku / The Jezabels / Ball Park Music / GROUPLOVE / Jamie T / BROODS / Grandmaster Flash / Illy / MØ and more. Full line up and event details here.

Twilight Trios Concert | Woodstock Rock Tribute

When: Sunday 8th January, 5:30pm-7:30pm.
Where: John MacMillan Park, Kent Street, Victoria Park.
Cost: FREE entry!
Info: Dust off your tie-dye and relive the magic of Woodstock. Featuring magical performances by tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix and Santana. Woodstock Costume Competition: Prize for best dressed Woodstock fan – dinner for two at The Precinct. BYO wine and picnic. Food and drink on site.

Guthrie Trio w/ Nate Lansdell

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When: Saturday 8th January, 7pm-10:30pm.
Where: Indi Bar, Scarborough.
Cost: On door.
Info: The Guthrie Trio are beyond stoked to announce that our first show of 2017 will be hosted at Indi Bar in Scarborough!  Come on down and get your groove on with the trio! Joining us on the night is Nate Lansdell who will be opening the show up with an acoustic roots and blues set, followed by the Guthrie Trio, performing two reggae, rock and roots sets! Event details here.

UB40 with Founding Members Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey Virtue


When: Tuesday 10th January, 6pm-10pm.
Where: Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle.
Cost: $99 from here.
Info: Cult reggae-pop outfit We Are UB40 return to Australia for a national tour with beloved original front-man Ali Campbell and founding members Astro and Mickey Virtue. Hear the band’s iconic global hits Red Red Wine, (I Can’t Help) Falling in Love With You, Here I Am and more, and see why Campbell’s legendary voice propelled the band to worldwide stardom. Event details here.

Club Acoustica | Meredith Whittle

When: Wednesday 11th January, 7pm.
Where: Indi Bar, Scarborough.
Cost: FREE entry!
Info: Club Acoustica is a chilled night of acoustic artists playing original music in a stripped back mode in a relaxed lounge room vibe. Join Meredith Whittle to hear her latest tunes. Event details here.

Barefeet Sojourns

When: Thursday 12th January, 7pm-11pm.
Where: The Ellington Jazz Club, Northbridge.
Cost: $7-$15 from here.
Info: BFS will bring their upbeat World Music twist to one of the most intimate and classiest music venues in Perth – The Ellington. Feet bare and faces painted, BFS – Barefeet Sojourns is an eclectic mix of musicians hailing from some very flung corners of the globe. The dynamic five piece tackles a range of instruments to offer a power world fusion of Roots, Reggae, Ska, Latin, Swing, Bluegrass and Funk. BFS offers something different: provocative yet inclusive, fast yet soul feeding, stimulating yet sensitive and certainly dance urging. Stay alert: anything is possible with these guys.

The Hunting Birds | Burn This House Down | Single Launch

When: Friday 13th January, 9pm-12am.
Where: Jack Rabbit Slims, Northbridge.
Cost: $10 from here.
Info: After successfully winning their way onto the Falls Festival lineup, playing shows with artists like Ball Park Music, British India, Little May, Sons of the East and Holy Holy, The Hunting Birds are back with their third single Burn This House Down. Showcasing a darker side to the diverse five piece. Supports by Wooly Mammoth and Hannah Smillie. Event details here.

Lazy Horse | The Polite Society | Conscious Dreamers

When: Friday 13th January, 7:30pm-11:30pm.
Where: The Bassendean Hote, Bassendean.
Cost: $10 on door.
Info: It’s a frighteningly good lineup for Friday the 13th at the Basso! Catch Lazy Horse for the first time in ages, along with The Polite SocietyConscious Dreamers, Squashwater and Wayward Johnson. Event details here.

Indigo | Kumiho EP Tour

When: Saturday 14th January, 8pm-12am.
Where: Jack Rabbit Slims, Northbridge.
Cost: $10 from here.
Info: For their third show in the tour Indigo boys are hitting Jack Rabbit Slims for their first Perth appearance to showcase their new material! Having recently supported The Jungle Giants, Mosquito Coast & Tired Lion, they’re poppin fresh out the kitchen with some tasty jams. Supported by absolute legends Dallas Royal & THE DROOLS,
With Ugly Dj co. providing you with some big time TUNAS between sets. You do not want to miss this one! Event details here

Fuzz Toads

When: Saturday 14th January, 8pm-12am.
Where: Indi Bar, Scarborough.
Cost: $10 on door.
Info: For their first headline show of the year FUZZ TOADS will be bringing some friends along to help them turn Indi Bar into an illustrious den of chromasthesia. Psychedelic/embryonic, purple/green audio to be provided by:
FUZZ TOADS, Marlinspike and Soulin Wild. Event details here.

Record Club Roadshow | Joy Division & The Smiths Tribute

When: Saturday 14th January, 7pm-11pm.
Where: Badlands Bar, Northbridge.
Cost: $25.70 from here.
Info: Record Club Roadshow returns to Badlands Bar with encore performances of BOTH Joy Division and The Smiths by two Perth indie supergroups fronted by Will Stoker and Laith Tierney. Although original Record Club performances were of Unknown Pleasures and The Queen Is Dead, both bands WILL be playing more from these two legendary Mancunian bands. Event details here.

Sunday Music | Kallidad

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When: Sunday 15th January, 2pm-4pm.
Where: Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle.
Cost: FREE entry!
Info: Witness the musical sorcery of Kallidad (NSW) as they combine flamenco virtuosity with thrash metal aggression, mariachi humour, tribal percussion and rock n’ roll attitude. Sunday Music is FAC’s annual summer concert series. Event details here.

Moorditj Brothers

When: Sunday 15th January, 7pm-11pm.
Where: Indi Bar, Scarborough.
Cost: $5 entry on door.
Info: The Moorditj Brothers bring you their unpretentious jam band goodness once again to the Indi bar. Didge, drum and dance, acoustic blues, roots, spanish and more from Aiden Varro on guitar and vocals, Jamie Gresham on Didgeridoos and Tim Watkins on standup drums. Event details here

PJ Harvey


When: Tuesday 17th January, 6pm-10pm.
Where: Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle.
Cost: $95.70 from here.
Info: Following the release of her critically acclaimed album The Hope Six Demolition Project, PJ Harvey is returning to Australia for the first time since 2012. Playing with a full 10-piece band, Harvey’s live show has been receiving rave reviews from audiences across the US and Europe. Event details here.

Little Simz (UK)

When: Wednesday 18th January, 8pm-1am.
Where: Jack Rabbit Slims, Northbridge.
Cost: $30 from here.
Info: Earlier this year, the 22 year old UK artist and label boss stormed through Australia with a string of sold out, intimate club shows, quickly cementing her stake as one of the most promising young rappers in hip hop. Today, Handsome Tours and Astral People are proud to announce Little Simz’s has announced her much anticipated return this January. Event details here

Dinosaur Jr. | Australian Tour

When: Wednesday 18th January, 7:30pm.
Where: Amplifier Capitol, Perth.
Cost: $67.35 from here.
Info: In support of their new album Give A Glimpse of What Yer Not, their first since 2012 and their fourth since 2005’s unlikely reformation, Dinosaur Jr will be returning to Australia this January. “If you ever begin to think your best days are behind you, buy one of Dinosaur Jr.’s last three records and get inspired.“ – Double J Original members J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph will bring the classics from a catalogue that now stands at eleven albums tall (and not a dud amongst them) and between them containing the classics Repulsion, Almost Ready, Little Fury Things, Watch The Corners, Freak Scene, Tiny, The Wagon, Out There, Feel The Pain; we could go on…

Ed Kuepper

When: Friday 20th January, 8pm.
Where: Mojos Bar, Fremantle.
Cost: $39.80 from here.
Info: Ed Kuepper continues his year of activity celebrating forty years in the music scene since the release of The Saints iconic (I’m) Stranded, with an all new set of Solo and By Request shows. Last performed in 2014, the By Request shows proved hugely popular, with Kuepper gladly accepting the invitation to tackle material from The Saints, The Aints and Laughing Clowns, alongside various covers versions and material from Ed’s 40 albums strong solo career.

Sanzu | The Savage Hunt Tour w/ Daemon Pyre

When: Friday 20th January, 8pm – 12:30pm.
Where: Jack Rabbit Slims, Northbridge.
Cost: $15 from here.
Info: Metal heavyweights SANZU will once again depart from the shores of Western Australia to perform their unforgiving unique brand of death metal to fans along the reaches of the east coast and Tasmania.
Joining SANZU on their Savage Hunt around Australia are Sydney’s groove-infused death dealers Daemon Pyre and a host of local and interstate talent. Prepare your bodies and minds for high energy heavy music delivered in the most extreme way. Through pits and valleys. Over land and sea – The Savage Hunt. Event details here.

Caravãna Sun

When: Saturday 21st January, 8pm-11:30pm.
Where: Indi Bar, Scarborough.
Cost: $23.50 from here.
Info: It has been quite the journey from conception to elevation for Caravãna Sun with the band playing over 500 shows all over the world in the last five years. In 2016 alone, not only did the band release a string of singles and two breathtaking film clips, the four piece laid their cards on the table with Guerrilla Club their 3rd studio album. The album was given 4 out of 5 stars by the Sydney Morning Herald and described as “a full bodied sonic feast with no low points“. Event details here

North Freo Music Pub Crawl


When: Saturday 21st January, 6pm-11:55pm.
Where: The Railway Hotel and The Swan Hotel, North Fremantle.
Cost: $18.40 early bird $23.50 general from here.
Info: The annual North Freo Pub Crawl returns 5-stage monster featuring over 20 acts across the Railway Hotel and Swan Hotel. One ticket gets you access to both sides of Tydeman Road. Line up features The Love Junkies, Hideous Sun Demon, Pat Chow, Rag N’ Bone, The Little Lord Street Band, Human Buoy, Bells Rapids and Big Orange just to name a few. Full line up and event details here.

Phil Jamieson

When: Saturday 21st January, 8pm-12am.
Where: Jack Rabbit Slims, Northbridge.
Cost: $30 from here.
Info: Jack Rabbit Slim’s is stoked to present Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon/solo) with special guest Sophie Hopes (Tired Lion/solo). As the voice and face of Grinspoon, Phil Jamieson fronted one of the most popular Australian bands of the last two decades. An accomplished singer, songwriter and guitarist, Jamieson’s generation-defining lyrics and vocal melodies first became etched into rock fans’ DNA in 1995, when the Lismore-born quartet rode a new wave of alternative music to become the first act Unearthed by national youth radio station triple j with its debut single Sickfest. With the release of seventh album Black Rabbits came the news in late 2013 that Grinspoon were entering hibernation indefinitely, yet Phil Jamieson remains as focused and passionate about music as ever. His writing and vocal talents are being put to good use in a fledgling solo career which has seen the singer sell out rooms throughout the country.

Summer Sunday Club


When: Sunday 22nd January, 3pm-12am.
Where: Matisse Club, Scarborough.
Cost: FREE entry!
Info: Sun-drenched Sunday’s are back. Kick back soulful grooves and disco edits that scream Summer. Event details here.

Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band

When: Wednesday 25th January, 7pm-10pm.
Where: Perth Arena, Perth.
Cost: $256-$307.35 from here.
Info: Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated return of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band to Australia. Last on our shores in 2014 for a sold out run of shows, the summer of 2017 will see Bruce and his legendary band undertake one of their biggest tours here to date. Event details here.

Fringe World Festival | A Boy Named Cash

When: Wednesday 25th January, 7pm-8pm.
Where: Northbridge Social, William Street Northbridge.
Cost: $21 from here.
Info: A few years ago Monty decided it was time for a sea change. Leaving a corporate accountant job in Sydney, Monty set sail to pursue the life of a musician in Western Australia. A few years later Monty now travels the globe performing his Johnny Cash Show A Boy Named Cash. Monty woke up one day in 2012 and realised he could imitate Johnny Cash. A Boy Named Cash was born – a greatest hits tribute to the legend Johnny Cash. From this point on Monty has performed as Johnny Cash all around Australia and the UK – pubs, clubs, shopping centres, arts festivals, mine sites, corporate functions, breakfast radio, morning television, and ‘The Voice’ Australia. See it to believe it!

Panic! At the Disco | Australian Tour

When: Wednesday 25th January, 8pm-12am.
Where: Metro City, Northbridge.
Info: Here’s some news to whip music lovers into a frenzy. Award-winning, internationally acclaimed colossal rockers Panic! At The Disco are set to return to Australian shores January 2017 to support their chart topping fifth studio album, Death Of A Bachelor. It has been over a decade since the then suburban teens released their first album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, which set the music world ablaze with unprecedented fan-fare, transforming them into worldwide superstars. Event details here

Hottest 100 in the Backyard at The Rosie

When: Thursday 26th January, 9am.
Where: Rosemount Hotel, North Perth.
Cost: FREE entry.
Info: Who’s ready for the hottest 100 in the backyard? Make the pilgrimage to the annual triple j Hottest 100. We welcome you from 9am once again for your annual dose of what Australia reckons. There’s drinks specials, food to sustain the party and the radio locked and blaring 100 songs voted by the nation. Event details here

Shake & Bake

When: Friday 27th January, 8pm-12am.
Where: Jack Rabbit Slims, Northbridge.
Cost: $15 from here.
Info: The second annual Shake ’N’ Bake is back, slightly bigger than last year, and the crew’s all present and accounted for, with Bootleg Rascal, Boo Seeka, Lyall Moloney and Gold Member all making appearances in both their native shapes and in a couple of different shapes. It’ll be a celebration of sorts to toast to the musically drunken year for the Sureshaker fam.

The Fringe Festival | Roaring 20’s Riot

When: Saturday 28th January, 7pm-8pm.
Where: The Ellington Jazz Club, Northbridge.
Cost: $16-$20 from here.
Info: Glitz, glamour and the roaring twenties, Nicola Milan the Stray Cat Club are bringing their riotous blend of 1920’s swing mixed with modern grooves and electronic elements to Perth Fringe over 3 high energy shows. Liked to Caro Emerald crossed with The Cat Empire, Miss Milan and her 7 piece, slammin’ band transport you back to a time back to a time when cabarets were dark, martinis were dirty and women were deadly. Their show ‘Roaring 20’s Riot!’ takes you on a toe tappin’ frenzy through the era of the 1920’s with songs about notorious characters throughout history, film noir, movies from the Golden Era and parties straight from the Roaring Twenties.

Rob Walker | Mike de Velta

When: Sunday 29th January, 6pm.
Where: Indi Bar, Scarborough.
Cost: TBA. On door.
Info: Join Rob Walker for a evening of 90’s rock, heartfelt vocals and bluesy numbers. Support is blues and roots artist Mike de Velta. Event details here.

Harbour Sundays | The Floors & The Durongs

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When: Sunday 29th January, 6pm-9pm.
Where: Fremantle Maritime Museum, Fremantle.
Cost: TBA.
Info: Western Australian Museum & RTRFM 92.1‘s super Sunday session kicks off with an electric blues explosion. Line up includes The FloorsThe Durongs and DJ Sarah Tout. Harbour Sundays is a free live music series running every Sunday at the WA Maritime Museum, from 29 January to 26 February. With local live music, DJs and panoramic views over the Indian Ocean, it’s the perfect way to finish your weekend. Event details here.

Fringe World Festival | Ru Cercle

When: Tuesday 31st January, 7:45pm-8:45pm.
Where: State Theatre Centre of WA, Perth.
Cost: $16 from here.
Info: The Flaming Locomotive, Best New Program Award Fringe World 2016, presents Ru Cercle, an in the round, rare, intimate musical performance. Ru is joined by singers Laura Strobech, Annika Moses and bassist Wayan Dana in the culmination of two years of songwriting to present “Rú Cercle” – a unique, reflective musical experience in-the-round with the audience at the State Theatre Centre of WA.

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