How good are summer concerts? It’s warm. There’s no threat of rain. You can have pre’s somewhere sunny. And you don’t have to pack a cardi. So many reasons to get your gig on.
So here are 10 of the best gigs to catch this summer.
Nouvelle Vague At The Rosemount Hotel
North Perth, Sunday 22 January
This French new-wave band are best known for their melodic, chic covers of well-known tunes such as Depeche Mode’s Just Can’t Get Enough and Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart. Join them at The Rosemount for a night of Frenchy chicness. Get your tickets quick here.
Slave 2 Da Rave 4Eva With Alex Dyson At Amplifier
Perth, Friday 27 January
Things just aren't the same without Alex and Matt driving to your work every day, are they? Lucky for you one-half of the duo is back in Perth one last time for Slave 2 Da Rave 4Eva at Amps. If you missed Triple J's 5 Raves In 5 Days last year, this is your chance to make up for it. Get your tix here.
Icehouse At Crown Theatre
Burswood, Wednesday 1 & Thursday 2 February
“I just freeze every time you see through me, and it’s all over you—electric blue!” That’s the only Icehouse song we know, but the thought of being able to belt out those lyrics while the band sings it live is enough to make us want to buy tickets.
Electric Gardens At Red Hill Auditorium
Red Hill, Saturday 4 February
The first ever Electric Gardens event in Perth is something to put on your list. Headliner Eric Prydz will be performing a marathon three-hour set—and considering this guy has become synonymous with masterful, unique electronic music, that is worth seeing in itself. However! He will also be joined by Basement Jaxx and Guy Mantzur. Oh golly, what a night! Find info and tix here.
Passenger At Fremantle Arts Centre
Fremantle, Saturday 4 February
We all know that Let Her Go song, don’t we? The soothing sound of the male vocalist’s voice, and the heart-tugging lyrics. If you’re not familiar, it’s by a bloke who goes by the name of Passenger. He used to be a busker on the streets of London, and now he is performing in some of the biggest venues in the world. Well-played, sir. He is making the trip to Perth to serenade us all in the tranquil surrounds of the Freo Arts Centre. Don't miss out, grab your tickets now.
St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival At Esplanade Park
Fremantle, Sunday 5 February
Because Tame Impala. And Nick Murphy (a.k.a Chet Faker). Glass Animals. And Jagwar Ma. And Tash Sultana. Seriously, the people behind Laneway should be awarded some sort of prize for organising one of the most sensational line-ups we’ve ever seen. Check out more of the lineup and get your tickets here.
B*Witched, Atomic Kitten, S-Club, East 17 & Liberty X At Metro City
Northbridge, Tuesday 7 February
OH MY GOD IS THIS REAL LIFE? If you’re pretending that the prospect of seeing all these 90’s superstars together at once doesn’t excite you, then you’re either a) lying; or b) dead inside. Get a giant dose of nostalgia by seeing these superstars smash out all your favourite 90’s hits. The only bad news—four members of S-Club 7 did not want to get on board with this magical journey back in time, so S-Club 7 is now S-Club 3. The good news, however, is that S-Club 3 can be hired out for weddings! Anyone planning on getting hitched in 2017? Roll up and get your tickets here.
Warpaint At Chevron Festival Gardens
Perth, Sunday 19 February
LA-based quartet Warpaint is paying us a visit as part of PIAF. You’ve probably heard their song ‘Whiteout’ before—it has been on high rotation on Triple J. These four talented ladies (one of which is Australian, Stella Mozgawa, on the drums) provide a mixture of artsy rock, and they have a shiny new album that they’re ready to share with us all. Read all about it and get your tickets here.
Big Thief And Katy Steele At Chevron Festival Gardens
Perth, Wednesday 22 February
Remember Katy Steele from that Perth band, Little Birdy? Small chick, big voice? She is a pretty sensational performer, and she’s got a brand-spanking new album that she will be performing tracks from—think folk pop bliss with lots of hand-claps and finger-snaps. Brooklyn rockers Big Thief will be getting on board as well, joining Katy on stage with their indie folk-rock sounds. It sounds like a match made in heaven to us. Get amongst it and grab your tickets here.
James Vincent McMorrow At Chevron Festival Gardens
Perth, Wednesday 1 March
We know March is technically not summer, but we’re only one day out so we think this counts. And also, it's James Vincent McMorrow! He is a worthy person to scrape into our list. This Irishman with the voice of an angel is coming all the way from his hometown of Dublin to perform as part of the Perth International Arts Festival. If you’re familiar with his work, you’ll know to prepare yourself to be blown away by his soulful, funk-infused music and masterfully layered vocals. If you’re not familiar, go Google ‘what does magic sound like’ and get yourself educated on Mr McMorrow. Buy your tickets here.
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Laneway Festival | Image credit: Laneway Festival