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To help get yours beach-ready, we road test a handful
of the city’s best – and quirkiest – workouts (p38).
We also enlist the help of local Instagram sensation
Amanda Bisk for tips on nailing back bends as
gorgeous and effortless (for her, anyway!) as the one
on our cover. Little wonder the former pole-vaulter’s
got 390,000 followers, right?
Now on to more important things: post-workout
sustenance. As Perth’s bar and restaurant scene
continues to expand, so too have our pages feting
it (p18). Alfresco drinking season is back, so we’ve
toasted the city’s best rooftop bars. We also serve
up the lowdown on the hottest new venues,
including Chophouse, Dutch Trading Co, Hermosa
Cantina and Door 49.
Music lovers will adore this edition. We talk with
local muso goddess Abbe May about the life-
saving power of music (p24), review the city’s latest
indie concert venue (massive high five to you, Jack
Rabbit Slim’s), and offer a handy list of spring’s most
unmissable music festivals (p42).
Perth people have a brilliant ability to have
a laugh at themselves; the popularity of The Worst
of Perth and The Bell Tower Times attest to that.
So this edition, we thought we’d join in on the fun.
Our main feature, The Anatomy of Perth (p32), is
essentially five guides to Perth (where to eat, drink,
shop, groom, and so on) organised by personality
type: Free Spirits, Fashionistas, Indie Kids, Fitness
Fanatics and Corporati. Whether you fit into
a category or not, we hope you have as much fun
reading the story as we did putting it together.
So, after nearly three years at the helm of this
gorgeous little magazine, it’s with a heavy heart (and
belly) that I tell you this is my last edition of Perth
Guide – I’m off to have a baby!
For the last 10 editions, I’ve loved helping mould
the mag into one that I’m extremely proud of:
an indispensible city guide and proof that Perth
has a helluva lot going for it. Working alongside
such a truly genius team of wordsmiths and creatives
has made coming to work each day a joy.
I leave you, dear readers, in very good hands.
Perth Guide’s lovely new editor, Louise Baxter, will do
an excellent job as its custodian. But rest assured that
I’ll miss the job that allowed me to shout from the
rooftops all of what makes this city so great.
If winter is when summer bodies are
made, then spring is when they’re beaten
This inaugural festival,
which runs over three
days in late October in Mt
Lawley’s leafy Birdwood
Square, promises to
deliver four of life’s
essential pleasures: food,
wine, music and art. It’s
organised by the folks
behind the wildly popular
Beaufort Street Festival, so
you know it’s bound to be
brilliant. Page 42
It was about time this
musical came to Perth.
I don’t care if it’s for kids or
if the whole theatre hears
me sing along to every
word of every song. If the
costumes, stage sets and
talent live up to reputation,
this is going to be an epic
show. Page 71
Anna Christensen, writer
You chat with local rock goddess Abbe May
in Ten Minutes With. Did you have a massive
God, yes! I’m seriously intimidated by rock-
babe types, and Abbe – with her sexy low voice
and intelligent insights – made me feel like
a blithering Valley Girl in comparison. I finished
the interview an even bigger fan than when
I started. ILY ABZ (ahem).
Aarom Wilson, writer
What excites you most about WA’s music
industry right now?
I’m not a fighter but I’m excited by a music
featherweight throwing big punches at global
heavyweights. Whilst Tame Impala are ruling
internationally, we have so many up-and-comers
that I’d lay down a spare mil on WA for the win.
Megan Hoeneveld, artist
What was it like illustrating this edition’s
main feature, The Anatomy of Perth?
Creating the characters was so fun but
involved an awkward amount of Instagram-
stalking and people-watching – all for the
sake of research, I swear!
Which type are you? My creative genes,
plus a borderline hoarder obsession with
makeup, would land me somewhere
between Indie Kid and Fashionista.
The world’s LGBTIQ
community has had
a very good year: same-sex
marriage became legalised
in the US and Ireland,
and Caitlyn Jenner made
serious in-roads for the
transgender cause. What
better way to celebrate
the wins than at this year’s
PrideFEST in November,
which marks the festival’s
25th anniversary? Page 53
The Lion King.
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