It’s that time of year when excitement for summer pleasures like outdoor cinemas, pop-up bars and open-air live music starts to hit, but with it comes an urgency to lock in all the tickets you’re going to need. The announcement of the full Chevron Gardens line-up is no exception—they’ve got your summer playlist sorted with a spate of incredible Australian and international acts that you won’t want to miss.
From jazzed-up jazz trios and indie-folk charmers to neo-soul pop and old-school hip hop, there’s a lot of musical ground being covered at the Perth Festival this year.
Shopping carts at the ready—here are all the Chevron Gardens gigs you can’t miss this summer.
Wanju Ba Boorlo: Welcome To Perth Ft. Archie Roach & Special Guests | 8 February
To declare the Gardens officially open for the season, soulful statesman of epic proportions Archie Roach will kick things off with Wanju Ba Boorlo, a night of song and story featuring special guests Radical Son, Emily Wurramara and John Bennett from Broome. Start your festival enjoyment right by celebrating the rich cultural diversity we are so lucky to enjoy here in WA while being captivated by the raw emotion and storytelling ability of this Aboriginal Australian legend.
Nothing But Thieves | 9 Feburary
Hot off the back of their latest EP release, Nothing But Thieves are bringing their blend of agitated but skilful guitar-rock back to Perth. Noted as being a next-level fusion of the likes of Muse, Radiohead, Snow Patrol and The Killers, this dynamic five-piece is one to watch—literally.
The Others | 10 February
There’s nothing quite like seeing live musicians cross-pollinate and improvise—especially in a genre as unpredictable and pleasantly surprising as jazz. The Others are set to do just that at Chevron Gardens, as three giants of Australian music (one of them is the ex-drummer from Spiderbait) come together to form an unbridled improv team. Expect things to get pretty wild.
Cat Power With Carla Geneve | 14 February
One of the biggest names on the line-up, Cat Power is celebrating 25 years on the music scene and we are celebrating the fact that we get to see her live again in Perth. Catch this incredible songwriter, musician, producer and all-round femme-force of nature on the back of her newly released album Wanderer, which features a rearrangement of Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ on piano and is flat-out epic.
Aloe Blacc | 15 February
This generation’s Marvin Gaye, Aloe Blacc is bringing that velvety tenor and smooth charisma to the Chevron Gardens stage for a night of funky moves and modern R&B classics. Whether you’re two-stepping along to ‘I Need A Dollar’ or busting out to ‘The Man’, you’ll be having a good time at this one.
Jungle Brothers With Downsyde & Odette Mercy And Her Soul Atomics | 16 February
This one’s for the old-school lovers. The Jungle Brothers pioneered jazz-rap with their critical album Straight Out The Jungle back in 1988, and they’re still holding it down with hits like ‘Doin’ Our Own Dang’ and ‘Brain’ which are sure to light up the Chevron Gardens crowd. They’ll be joined by local hip-hop and soul heavyweights Downsyde and Odette Mercy and Her Soul Atomics to add a bit of westside flair.
The Preatures Unplugged With Abbe May | 17 February
If you’ve never caught the basement-gig-meets-arena-rock-show that is The Preatures live, you absolutely can’t miss this one—it’s The Preatures Unplugged. Expect their sassy anthems and catchy hooks to be fully stripped back to the raw, emotional goodness within for a show like no other.
Julia Jacklin + Julien Baker | 21 February
Catch two indie-folk charmers for the price of one at this magical show featuring Julia Jacklin and Julien Baker. We can’t think of a better way to spend an evening than with two dreamy songstresses sharing their most vulnerable selves in the way of heartbreaking ballads and poetic lyricism.
Rhye | 24 February
Oh, Rhye. Where would we be without your intoxicating tunes? Catching Rhye’s melancholic soul pop in the gorgeous open-air set up at Chevron Gardens is already set to be a summer highlight. Fingers crossed for a balmy evening so we’re all as slinky and shimmery as his vocals are.
Beach House With Mosquito Coast | 28 February
They might’ve disappeared for a little bit, but Beach House is well and truly back with their seventh album and Perth—prepare yourself for one of the best live shows you’ll ever witness. At once cinematic and intimate, this dream pop duo from Baltimore put on a show that couldn’t be more suited to the Gardens in summer—so whatever you do, just don’t miss it.
The Internet | 1 March
The Grammy-nominated LA group who, it seems, simply can’t get enough of Australia (we’re not complaining), The Internet, is returning once again for a stellar show on the Gardens’ stage. This incredible five piece produce sounds that are somehow both funky and mellow, and we guarantee they’ll get you grooving.
Orbital With Feels | 2 March
Feel like getting lost in the cosmos? Get on board the electro-train with Orbital, Britain’s giants of beat-making. Known for their epic festival performances and for keeping old-school rave-friendly electronic music trendy, these guys are all about big, bouncy shows that make you want to move, complete with glitchy lights and those all-important melodic interludes. Equal parts ethereal noises and turbulent beats—you’ve kind of got to hear it (if you haven’t already) to believe it.
Christine And The Queens | 3 March
Coming to us full tilt (pardon the pun) straight out of the land of desire, Christine and the Queens (aka. Héloïse Letissier) delivers a bold and sensual show that could just be the perfect way to see out the festival. Think synth-pop, contagious tunes and enough talk of gender and sexuality to last a lifetime—that’s her show. Prepare to sweat.
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