Recently I contributed to Visit Perth City and So Perth (Tweet Perth) for a piece on the top locations for live music in Perth. It’s no secret that the local industry has been on a bit of a downfall in the recent years, with iconic live music venues like The Bakery and Devilles shutting their doors last year. But 2016 has shot off to a great start and proves to stay promising with a host of new live music venues being introduced to the mix (not to mention, how perfectly they’ve all taken off too). Believe it or not, Perth city is home to some absolute gems of live music venues!
Or fast forward to a sneak-peak of my personal favourites below:
The Ellington Jazz Club
An elegant, New York inspired venue, The Ellington Jazz Club is home to some of the sexiest soul, roots, blues and jazz music. Renowned for its world-class caliber of bands and musicians, you can trust there’s never going to be any disappointment in what you’re going to hear. The venue itself is funky and stylish, with a contemporary selection of cocktails, spirits and wines to tempt your tastebuds and complement the music beautifully.
Nestled in an intimate setting that has a constant buzz to it, The Ellington has table seating (with service) at the front of the stage to get the full impact of the bands or a standing section that wraps around the bar and back area. It’s not a venue where you can get down and boogie (although the live music will make you want to groove) but it oozes a chic-charm that I’m still yet to discover anywhere else in Perth.
Complete with everything from the finest Australian jazz musicians to the friendly, accommodating staff and fantastic acoustics, The Ellington Jazz Club is the most up close and personal you’ll get with live music.
Open: Predominately Wednesday to Sunday with a 7pm early session and late night act starting at 11.30 on weekends. Open Monday and Tuesday nights for special shows, so it pays to check the timetable on their website for exact opening times.
Location: Beaufort Street, Northbridge.
The Laneway Lounge
A sophisticated ultra-cool lounge and jazz club, The Laneway Lounge is a vintage live music venue with a contemporary edge. Complete with a dining room and secluded booths, top shelf bar and lounge space which acts as an almost-private live music room, Laneway is an unexpected surprise tucked just off Murray Street.
Showcasing local and international jazz numbers to sweeten up your evenings, The Laneway Lounge boasts a great selection of classic jazz era-inspired cocktails to complement the tunes. Hosting an open mic night every Tuesday, Laneway has live music from the soul, class jazz and reggae eras Wednesday nights through to Saturdays.
Open: Tuesday – Thursday 4pm-12am, Friday 4pm-1am, Saturday 5pm-1am.
Location: Murray Street, Perth.
After the Las-Vegas inspired Devilles Pad shut its doors in 2015, the venue has had one hell of a facelift – transforming it into Perth’s newest and hottest live music venue, Badlands Bar. Read the full article (link above) for more information on this venue.
Read the full article (link above) for more information on live music at Elizabeth Quay and to view all the other venues that made it to the top list.
Jack Rabbit Slims
Celebrating its 1 year anniversary in mid-2016, Northbridge’s Pulp Fiction delight Jack Rabbit Slim’s is a live music venue with a little flavour. Read the full article (link above) for more information on this venue.
Some other key live music places to check out in Perth and surrounding suburbs include Alabama Song, Amplifier Capitol, Geisha Bar, Ambar, Perth Concert Hall, The Newport Hotel, Rosemount Hotel, Mojos Bar, Mustang Bar, The Astor Theatre, Fremantle Arts Centre, Belvoir Amphitheatre, The Jazz Cellar, The Odd Fellow, Metro City and so many more! Get amongst it and discover your own favourites…