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1. WELL COURTED
RTRFM are experts at pushing cutting-edge local
talent, from their presenters’ selections to their always-
impressive curated events. So you can trust their debut
Courtyard Club Series will turn into a regular Friday fave
for punters and sundowner seekers, with the afternoon
to early evening sessions promising to be both free and
fun. Headlining acts include Abbe May, Felicity Groom,
Red Jezebel, Lower Spectrum, Grace Barbe and Timothy
Nelson. State Theatre Centre Courtyard, Oct 31-Dec 19.
2. BAM, CRAM, THANK YOU WAM
How much local music can you pack into a few days?
A heck of a lot if you cheat and catch the WAM Festival,
which is crammed with ridiculous amounts of WA talent.
With an expanded Music Conference featuring nearly
50 industry leaders, a huge opening party, the addition
of a free Block Party headlined by The Love Junkies,
Slumberjack, Coin Banks and KUČKA, the infamous
WAM Awards, and a heap more showcases, we’re sure
you’ll agree the WAM Festival is a more essential calendar
entry than ever before. Various venues, Nov 6-8 .
3. SUPER SONIC
There’s something magical about live shows at the
Fremantle Arts Centre, particularly when the popular
Sonic Sessions fill its beautiful courtyard. The intimate
gigs are an opportunity for the audience to get up close
and personal with incredible artists, who are interviewed
by Grammy Award-winner Lucky Oceans before playing
live. The upcoming season presents sonic bliss in
the form of Katie Steele (Little Birdy), who’s recently
returned from NYC, and Albany-raised folk legends
Vikki Thorn and Donna Simpson (The Waifs and Stray
Sisters). Fremantle Arts Centre, Nov 7, Nov 20.
4. STOP, LISTEN, COLLABORATE
A festival is only as strong as its weakest link, and CoLAB
Festival is all about combining crews and creatives with
proven track records of makin’ good times happen. As
well as The Kite String Tangle, Hermitude and Gang Of
Youths headlining, CoLAB also sees locals playing an
important part, including triple j fave and Pilerats leader
Sable, a stage organised by the EMAS (UWA’s Electronic
Music Appreciation Society) and a number of soon-to-be-
announced locals. UWA Oak Lawn, Nov 29.
5. ‘BOUND 2(015)
The perfect mix of line-ups, food that makes you think
you’re not at a festival, and general good vibes mean
Southbound continually exceeds expectations. And
expectations are high, with a line-up that’s predicted to
include touring highlights Glass Animals, Tkay Maidza,
Royksopp & Robyn, Vance Joy and Jagwar Ma, plus local
acts led by John Butler Trio, a triple j Unearthed pick, and
a host of yet-to-be-announced WA talent. Or, you could
just get tropical at the Coconut Club. Sir Stewart Bovell
Park, Busselton, Jan 3-4 .
Though festival chops and changes aren’t unheard
of (here’s looking at you, Parklife), there’s one
festival that reliably keeps us on our toes. Last year
at Wonderland, Perth’s boutique music festival, we
danced in the salty air of the MYRE rooftop. The year
prior, we – plus hundreds more – raved in the Belvoir
Amphitheatre. And, before that, we grooved across
the grassy knolls of the Fremantle Arts Centre. This
year? Well, we’re still guessing. But these are the
facts we do know. Electronic dance legends RUFUS
will headline, along with Allday, Waver, Crooked
Colours and Kilter. As always, there will be an epic
crowd. And activities like facepainting, carnival rides
and monster bouncing balls will make the festival
seem surreal – and its name well deserved. You’ll
definitely feel as if you’ve fallen down a rabbit hole.
Now, if only we knew which one...
Location TBA, Dec 20.
This season, there are no excuses
not to... um, spring into a heap
of homegrown talent – all while
working on your summer tan.
In this issue’s High Five, Aarom
Wilson from West Australian Music
(WAM) points out some prime
opportunities for you to enjoy
music in the open air.
Whether she’s partying
in the USA or with molly
(naughty), we’ve come to
rely on Miley for bringing
the good times. We’ll be
twerking along unabashedly.
Perth Arena, Oct 23.
Because two indie-electro
trios are better than one.
Plus, it’s Halloween and the
Bakery is getting all haunted
– dress ups encouraged.
Killer doughnut, anyone?
The Bakery, Oct 31.
THE MADDEN BROTHERS
Were you as surprised as
we were to hear the folk-
pop hit of the year We Are
Done was penned by tatted
brothers Benji and Joel
Madden? It’s a far cry from
their Good Charlotte days...
and we must admit, we
approve of the departure.
Crown Theatre, Nov 7.
She’s equal parts candy-
sweet and fireworks-hot
– and all parts addictive. We
dare you not to sing along.
Perth Arena, Nov 7-8.
The Oscar-winning film
Searching for Sugarman
pulled the South African
into the spotlight, after
he was widely presumed
to be dead. Popular
in Australia in the 70s,
Rodriguez still strikes
a chord with nostalgic
Perthies: tickets sold out
in record time.
Kings Park, Nov 7,9.
AN EVENING ON
THE GREEN: MIX 94.5
Mix 94.5 is our guilty
pleasure: we love belting
out the golden oldies on
long car rides. Now, twelve
Australian artists who
helped define the 70s,
80s and 90s will help us
live out our road-trip
musicals in real life.
Kings Park, Nov 8.
The folk-pop singer – who
does the only part we like
on 360’s Boys Like You – will
perform her sweet husky
vocals at the Bakery.
The Bakery, Nov 9.
The progressive rock
band’s lush harmonies
arrangements have kept
them successful for over
forty years. Should you go
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au
WAM HIGH FIVE
The Love Junkies.
Gang of Youths.
John Butler Trio.
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