The cold nights might be closing in on us but there’s no point going into hibernation peeps, because this month is piled high with all the music you could want. From festivals and concerts to more intimate gigs, we’ve sussed out where you’ll want to be.
Here are all the best gigs to catch in Perth this May.
Collab Festival At Curtin University
Bentley, Friday 5 May
The cool kids at Curtin are throwing what might be the biggest party the campus has ever seen. The Collab Festival is stacked with a fun line-up of local legends such as Twerl, Oriental Cravings, Cheek DJs, EMAS x Curtin Commerce Club DJs and Djinn x Night Safari—this is sure to be a belter! Find out more here.
Cookie Loco Launch Party At The Emerson Bar
Perth, Saturday 6 May
Who said winter was for hibernation? A brand spanking new club night—Cookie Loco is launching the first weekend of May at The Emerson and we can’t wait. The beatmakers on their rad menu include President Clinton, D A W S, Nate Whiskey, Elise Keddie, Jeremy Smith, Matt Granich, Darren Maz, BRVDO, Lumos, Genga and Buda. Would be rude not to. Find out more here.
Running Touch At The Aviary
Perth, Sunday 7 May
Melbourne-based legend, Running Touch is hitting Perth this weekend. After winning breakthrough artist of the year in 2016, it’s not surprising that his unique electronic sounds tend to captivate any audience. After selling out his east coast tour, you’ll want to grab tix to this one at The Aviary quick smart. Find out more here.
Sunday Social Club Ft DJ MASEO (De La Soul) At The Brisbane Hotel
Highgate, Sunday 7 May
After a successful summer season featuring some amazing headliners and the cream of the Perth DJ crop, the Sunday Social Club has stepped it up about 10 notches and enlisted some hip hop royalty to come and throw down in the sunny surrounds of The Brisbane Hotel’s beer garden. Producer, DJ and part-time MC Vincent Mason (aka Maseo or Plug 3) from iconic hip hop group De La Soul is coming to Perth to drop his mix of funk, soul, classic hiphop, 80s, old school and even some house. Local support is stacked with sets from Charlie Bucket, Fdel, Bezwun and the SSC residents, Genga, Philly Blunt and Zac Farrow. Entry is free and there will be drink and food specials galore—NYC style pizza for $4 anyone? Find out more here.
Milky Chance And Amy Shark At Metro City
Northbridge, Wednesday 10 May
Could you get a more perfect acoustic combo? We don’t think so! Milky Chance is touring Australia after an almost sold out global tour. Joining them is indie-pop angel Amy Shark, who we adore oh so much. Prepare yourself for an evening of sing-a-longs as these artists serenade you. Talk about a happy hump day! Find out more here.
Hans Zimmer At Perth Arena
Perth, Wednesday 10 May
The composer with Grammies, Golden Globes, Tony Awards and Academy Awards under his belt, Hans Zimmer is concluding the Australasian leg of his Hans Zimmer Revealed tour in Perth. Settle in for an evening listening to the legendary composer and his amazing orchestra. Find out more here.
The Wombats At Metro City
Northbridge, Thursday 11 May
Perth, get ready to dance to Joy Division as The Wombats rock you into the night! The alt-pop-rock band are celebrating 10 years since their first album—and what better way than with a tour? The lads will be playing bangers old and new. Hell yeah! Find out more here.
Tash Sultana At The Astor Theatre
Mount Lawley, Friday 12 May
Tash Sultana, the dreamy goddess with a voice to match, is back to grace us with her divine presence. Grabbing the number three spot in this year’s Hottest 100 with her track Jungle, you won’t want to miss this one! Find out more here.
Dillon Francis At Villa
Northbridge, Friday 12 May
Prepare to go von deepah as the comical DJ and Producer, Dillon Francis tears up Villa Nightclub. Collaborating with massive names such as Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Kygo and more, this deadset legend has been a character to watch with his hilarious approach to music. Expect a big one as he does his thing behind the decks. Find out more here.
Peking Duk At Metro City
Northbridge, Friday 19 May
For those who missed out on Southbound this year, we hear Peking Duk SMASHED IT! So if you've got major FOMO like us, the boys are back and they’re hotter than ever. Renowned for their epic, energy-lifting sets, this is one not miss. Find out more here.
Ministry Of Sound Reunion 05—08 At The Court
Northbridge, Sunday 28 May
Ahhh 2005 to 2008. The cringe-worthy times of skate shoes and massive surf brand logos on our clothes. Fortunately, there are also some great things to remember like the bangers that were created in those years! Ministry of Sound and Boomtick are throwing a reunion party and they've got Sneaky Sound System, Bang Gang DJs, Goodwill, John Course and Riot In Belgium on the lineup. Talk about a Sunday fun day! Find out more here.
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