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BLUES ‘N’ ROOTS
Don’t miss this chilled-
out Fremantle festival
featuring a stellar lineup
of folk, rock, and indie
stars. Pack your picnic
rug and stretch out
under the trees for
a day of music, food,
and good Freo vibes.
Fremantle Park, Apr 13.
An evening with an
icon of rock, as former
Yardbirds guitarist Jeff
It’s the names at the top of the musical festival posters
– you know, the ones in oversized typeface that you’ve
actually heard of – that tend to make up your mind on
whether you’ll go or not. With Pinjarra’s Fairbridge
Festival, well, it’s a little different.
“Chances are your favourite act will be one you’ve
never heard of before,” says Fairbridge artistic director
Steve Barnes. “This type of musical journey/discovery
programming is what Fairbridge Festival is renowned for.”
You just have to hear him reel off his top picks of the
acts to get the message that this is not your average music
festival. “Equus are an extraordinary mix of gorgeous
Middle Eastern strings and woodwind with amazing
Mongolian throat singing – it sounds bizarre, but it will
bring the house down,” he says. Danish band Himmerland,
with its “spectacular percussion” is also on the hit list, as
is cellist Rushad Eggelston and Irish songstress Eleanor
McEvoy. Steve also raves about Ami Williamson (daughter
of John), a “phenomenal one-woman stage show that will
have you alternately in tears and fits of laughter”.
Beyond the acts, the venue itself is key to the laidback
vibe. “Because most of the 10,000 strong audience stay
on the rambling bushland site, the party never ends for
some, and peace and solace can easily be found for
others,” he says. A little tip for when you’re chasing some
of that calm? “Check out the Community Labyrinth tucked
away between Ruby’s and the Chapel – it’s a gorgeous
little oasis of peace and calm among all the frenzy of
activity, and there will be some sweet spontaneous musical
highlights there, too.” Fairbridge Village, Apr 25-27.
MUST-SEE MUSIC FESTIVALS
Yes, we’ve officially bid farewell to summer. But to music festivals? Not
a chance. This autumn, the stellar roll of events filled with homegrown talent
won’t be dampened by cooler nights. West Australian Music’s Aarom Wilson
gives us the lowdown on the acts you need to see this festival season.
THE BEST OF
With a line-up of locals so long we don’t have enough space
to list them all, the State Of The Art Festival will be a truly
epic celebration of WA talent. Held by Celebrate WA as part
of the May long-weekend festivities, the event moves on
from its old venue of the Perth Concert Hall to revolutionise
the spaces within the Perth Cultural Centre, with bespoke
venues showcasing a winter wonderland of WA talent. Along
with ticketed and free shows, a range of entertainment and
gourmet food and beverages will be available, so all ages
can feel damn lucky to be a West Australian.
CHECK THEM OUT State Of The Art (with all-WA talent).
Perth Cultural Centre, May 31.
Lords of heavy Karnivool lead the local contingency
stomping into Groovin The Moo’s tenth anniversary
paddock. Taking home the ARIA for Best Hard Rock/
Heavy Metal Album, selling out a national tour and
many dates on a huge tour of the UK and Europe,
and also securing their third gold record, the
mighty ‘vool have had highlights aplenty in
2013. Also vocalist for Birds of Tokyo, Ian Kenny
collected a Male Vocalist of the Year WAMi too,
so expect them to hold their heads up higher
than ever amongst the international herd.
CHECK THEM OUT Groovin The Moo
(with Dizzee Rascal, Vance Joy, The Jezabels,
Disclosure and more). Hay Park, Bunbury, May 10.
Beck shows why he’s
one of Rolling Stone
greats. Haunting and
lyrical, his melodies
will have you dusting
off your six-string and
rethinking your 9-5. ..
there’s a little rock
star in all of us. Perth
Concert Hall, Apr 24.
You know you’re
going to have a good
time at a gig when
the band’s name
Timothy Nelson & The Infidels
The line-up for one of WA’s biggest all-ages festivals has
been announced, and HyperFest will be led by one of Perth’s
finest examples of exceptional hair, past WAM Song of the
Year Grand Prize winner Timothy Nelson. Having impressed
crowds at the Nannup Music Festival, the Infidels also earned
WAM awards last year, including Folk Act of the Year, with
Luke Dux taking out Guitarist of the Year. Raising over $10,000
via Pozible and teaming up with Eskimo Joe producer Joel
Quartermain, Timothy and co are gearing up for a mid-year
album release, but not before giving the kids a hell of a show!
CHECK THEM OUT HyperFest (with Spit Syndicate, Glass
Towers & more). Midland Oval, Apr 6.
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