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6 BELVOIR AMPHITHEATRE
Located in the wondrously grapevine-entangled Upper
Swan area, Belvoir has been voted the best outdoor venue
in Australia many times: it’s simply one of the most magical
music venues you could dream of. The 4500 capacity natural
amphitheatre has hosted countless incredible acts including
Portishead, Erykah Badu, Massive Attack, MGMT, Sigur
Rós, The National, Ben Harper, Tame Impala, Mumford &
Sons, The Arctic Monkeys, John Butler Trio, Cold Chisel and
Pendulum. It has to be seen (and heard) to be believed.
UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS | Jan 17 The Kooks.
7 THE BAKERY
A multidisciplinary institution since 2002, The Bakery
has been home to everything from Indigenous music
residencies, touring jazz artists, the WAM Festival Music
Conference and local launches, to raging dance parties and
even a Red Parrot reunion. With a rare 2am licence allowing
650 live music fans to be satiated till late, it will be a great
loss if the wrong person buys the land it leases. If it does
close in March 2015, at least it will go out with a bang by
hosting the Fringe World Budgie Smuggler Artist Club.
UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS | Jan 29 Ariel Pink;
Feb 28 Megan Washington; Mar 1 Deltron 3030.
8 DEVILLES PAD
Where else do go-go dancers, a volcano-lit dancefloor and
absinthe seem completely normal? The quirky Devilles,
of course, Perth’s own Las Vegas-style hell-themed bar.
Since 2008, this fiendishly fine venue has kept the food and
cocktails flowing for up to 400 punters at a time. All set in
a cave with cages, it’s home to vigorous dance moves and
classic selections ranging from Northern Soul sass to retro
Rock Lobsters – the DJs and live acts are always committed
to crazy. Be sure to work out your vocals at the Rock’n’Roll
UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS | Fridays Live local
and touring acts; Saturdays Black Magic Disco.
9 PERTH ARENA
Some might say Perth’s newest stadium is shaped like
a mangled Rubik’s Cube, but one has to admit it’s a heck
of a lot more interesting than most arenas in the world. Even
if you can’t get past its appearance, the venue’s acoustics
OTHER VENUES WE LOVE
There are so many other superb regular live music venues that didn’t quite make this cut... PS Art Space, The
Laneway Lounge, Villa, The Odd Fellow, The Ellington, Connections, The Rosemount Hotel, The Jazz Cellar,
Ya-Ya’s, The Quarry, even Beyond The Thunderdome-style Metro City. There are just too many to name, so
you’ll just have to get amongst it and find your own faves!
make the ol’ Burswood Dome and Entertainment Centre
seem like massive sardine tins. It was also recently ranked
number 34 in the world’s Top 100 Arenas by respected
industry music mag, Pollstar. A round of applause, please!
UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS | Feb 18-19 The Eagles;
Mar 14 Kylie Minogue; Apr 4-5 Ed Sheeran.
10 AMPLIFIER CAPITOL
No matter your age, there’s a good chance you’ve spent
at least some time in one of these venues (even if it was
in a previous life). A solid entry point for fresh-faced teens
for about 15 years, these two venues have had several
makeovers, but the essence stays the same: it’s all about
having a damn good time. The affectionately named
Tramplifier has a specialist penchant for rock and heavy
genres, and fits around 500. Capitol’s 900-plus space hosts
many big tours, and is home to Perth’s longest-running club
night, Death Disco. Those who like it hard and loud naturally
gravitate to these venues, and their popularity almost
singlehandedly sustains the nearby kebab industry.
UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS | Feb 6 Kim
Churchill (Amplifier); Mar 5 From The Jam;
Mar 13 65daysofstatic (Amplifier).
Fremantle Arts Centre
(photography Isabelle Kruger).
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