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So, Kulcha might have closed its doors, and iconic venues Fly By Night
and The Bakery are under threat, but there’s still a wealth of joints around
town where you can lose yourself in live dance, pop, country, indie rock,
or whatever your musical heart desires. words Aarom Wilson
1 MOJOS BAR
With The Railway Hotel and The Swan Basement upping
their entertainment game over the years, and Mrs Brown and
Flipside further picking up the vibe, North Freo has become
one of the most underrated destinations on the metro music
map. With a past under the guidance of long-time Mojos
owner Phil Stevens – who is best known for managing John
Butler, The Waifs and San Cisco – the venue is now part-
owned and booked by local music royalty Andrew Ryan.
His Cool Perth Nights program ensures good times, quality
touring and impressive local talent, so a night doesn’t pass
without something fulfilling for the ears. In the early 70s
it was called The Stoned Crow, but Mojos better suits its
atmosphere now: a 200-capacity pleasure parlour high on
good vibes and musical healing, seven nights a week.
UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS | Jan 23 Husband album
launch; Feb 5 Tijuana Cartel; Mar 7 Little Bastard.
2 THE ASTOR THEATRE
Constructed in the mid-1910s to stage a mixture of
vaudeville and lantern slide shows (followed by dubious
flirtations with porn and bingo in the 60s), The Astor is
undeniably steeped in history with an art deco flair like
no other. Its superbly stylised frame took many forms
before morphing into a multi-purpose music venue in 2009.
With a main room accommodating shows for over 1000
punters, and the recent addition of quarter-sized room for
smaller touring acts and local shows, The Astor is now as
versatile as it is beautiful.
UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS | Jan 26 Jamie T;
Feb 3 Belle & Sebastian; Mar 19-20 Vance Joy.
3 THE BIRD
With an intimate capacity of 150 and an 1800s rustic-
meets-urban charm, The Bird shows off a majestic
blend of live music and electronica almost every day of the
week. A barometer of cool, its forward-thinking music policy
has been matched with seriously cheap and delicious nom
noms on select nights since 2010, as well as perhaps the best
espresso martinis in town. The door entry fee rarely exceeds
$15. Best get down there early.
UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS | Jan 25 Rich Medina;
Jan 31 FOAM launch.
4 FREMANTLE ARTS CENTRE
A venue positively brimming with natural charm, FAC is as
stunning as it is accommodating. Its three different zones –
South Lawn (3400 capacity), Inner Courtyard (400) and Front
Lawn (1100) – encourage a wonderful array of diverse events.
Since 1973, some of the world’s best acts have claimed it as
a tour favourite. Sure, stars might reel out those lines to a lot
of crowds, but we reckon, in this case, they actually meant it.
UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS | Jan 24 Fat Freddy’s Drop;
Feb 22 Chet Faker; Mar 26 Ben Howard.
A Northbridge beast rare for its ability to fit in 300 people,
Flyrite burst onto the scene with a 2am licence and general
taste for inventive partying. Its underground ethos attracts
as much talent as it does quality people-watching material.
Booked by the always trusty Boomtick crew, and featuring
a T-Rex graffiti piece by Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na on its alley wall,
it’s a guaranteed playground for the young and restless.
UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS | Jan 23-Feb 21 Fringe Festival
shows, including Too Much, Mike Goldstein in Transient Joke
Monkey and Extreme Ab Workout.
live music venues
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