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1. Mr Scruff
Mr Scruff has stamina – he’s famed for keeping his
DJ sets going all night long with a mix of African,
Latin, 60s R&B, hip-hop and breakbeat jams. “For
anyone who loves a four-hour super-cool DJ set –
yes, please!” says Sarah. Feb 14.
2. Daniel Rossen
You’ll recognise his work as the singer/songwriter and
lead guitarist for Grizzly Bear and Department
Aussie line-up –
and Wendy Matthews
– will have your inner
patriot dancing by
a barbecue with
an Emu Export in
hand. And right before
no less. Barnard Park,
Busselton, Jan 24.
We try to avoid use of the word ‘icon’ here at Perth Guide, but in the case of Kenny
Rogers we think it’s appropriate. The multi-Grammy-winner will perform along with
Kasey Chambers, Adam Harvey and Beccy Cole. Sandalford Estate, Swan Valley, Feb 8.
BOYUP BROOK COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL
A-hey and a-hoe and away we go! This camping festival has both beloved and
up-and-coming country music acts, as well as a street carnival, and bush poets.
City slickers, stay home. Boyup Brook, Feb 11-15.
NANNUP MUSIC FESTIVAL
It takes place in a small town, but the Nannup Music Festival has earned a rep
as a major player on the festival scene. This year, check out The Floors, Dan Sultan,
Jay Hoad and Daniel Champagne. Nannup, Feb 27-Mar 2.
of Eagles. According to Sarah, this seated acoustic
solo is “simply beautiful.” Feb 17.
3. Ti nashe
Industry insiders have suggested the 21-year-old
R&B singer is the next Beyoncé – yep, it’s a big
claim, but we think it might be deserved. “It’s sexy
alternative R&B with the right mix of hip-hop attitude
and pop diva. And those dance moves – oh boy!”
says Sarah. Feb 19.
Chevron Festival Gardens
We imagine Sarah Dennehy, the contemporary culture program manager at PIAF, was faced with a Sophie’s Choice-style dilemma when asked to give Perth Guide her top Chevron
Festival Gardens acts. Still, she managed to choose a selection that spans different genres, styles and energies – whichever way your music tastes skew, she’s got you covered.
4. Parquet Courts
“These guys remind me of The Clash and the post-
punk London scene,” says Sarah. The Brooklyn band
has an instantly addictive garage rock sound. Feb 27.
5. Neneh Cherry & RocketNumberNine
Sarah can barely contain herself while describing
Neneh Cherry. “She’s so hip it hurts,” she says.
“Spanning electronica and pop with an alternative
twist, this is so goddamn cool.” Feb 28 and Mar 1.
Dan Sultan will
play the Nannup
Full details and online bookings at scoop.com.au/music
The Brit-pop revivalists
have returned, backed
by Sydney indie rock
band The Griswolds.
fourth album has received
both rave and puzzled
reviews – they take that
as a sign they’re doing
something right. Belvoir
Amphitheatre, Jan 17.
FAT FREDDY’S DROP
The Kiwi genre-busting
band can always be relied
upon to play an impressive
show. We dare you not to
boogie around the South
Lawn. Fremantle Arts
Centre, Jan 24.
This Australia Day long
weekend, leave Matilda
Bay to the throngs of
goon-fuelled teens, and
escape down south to see
Bernard Fanning. It’s
a fitting choice – who could
forget when his song Wish
You Well won Triple J’s
Hottest 100 on Australia
Day back in ’05? Leeuwin
Estate, Jan 24.
Australia Day? Psssh. For
those who buck the trend,
we recommend seeing
British pop-rock singer
Jamie T, who has some of
the smartest, most original
tunes out. No yobbos in
sight. The Astor Theatre,
BELLE & SEBASTIAN
We’ve loved the Glaswegian
indie-popsters since the
90s. This retrogressive
catalogue of tunes will span
everything from the comic
to the melancholic. The
Astor Theatre, Feb 3.
rockers Spoon were labelled
‘ Artist of the Decade’
by Metacritic – no small
praise! Their latest album is
pure, unadulterated rock.
Chevron Festival Gardens,
The Hotel California rock
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