March gig guide
My picks for this month include rock acts that are worth a look, a few legends you shouldn’t miss, and a couple of dance events that will keep that summer vibe going into Autumn.
Dancing In Space: Long Weekend Courtyard Party
Long weekends are a perfect time to catch up with mates and if you are looking for a chilled, relaxed gig your friends, then I’d be heading down to The Bird for Dancing in Space. The lineup includes some of hardest working and crowd-pleasing DJs Perth including the illustrious Charlie Bucket (whom I’ve had the pleasure of seeing many times before). Expect deep disco, boogie, house and tropical sounds amongst the leafy courtyard, you can’t really ask for more for a perfect night.
More info HERE
It’s been two years since I saw Dune Rats giving a ripper of a set at Falls Festival on a blazing afternoon. The lads from Brisbane, who are well known for tearing it up on stage, always put 100% into their shows. Since that time they’ve been working on their new album Hurry Up and Wai’ which they are now taking out on the road. The new work touches on not only on the experience of the band after blowing up on the indie rock and surf rock scene with their last record The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit, but also the fitful nature of tour life. Dune Rats will also be making sure it’s a party by stacking the bill with some other cracking Aussie talent including Ruby Fields, Dear Seattle and Totty.
More info HERE
Ben Folds with WASO
Perth Concert Hall
Ben Folds is one of those consummate musicians who could sit at a piano and literally play something incredible. Not only that, but he is also one of his generation’s most interesting songwriters. Recently he released a memoir titled “A Dream About Lightning Bugs: A Life Of Music and Cheap Lessons” which I’d highly recommend for anyone who has a passion for music whether you are a muso or enthralled fan. Moreover, if you haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Folds with WASO then organise yourself a ticket soon as this will no doubt sell out.
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This six-man group from Sydney are a bit of a worst kept secret. For the last few years, they’ve been gigging at venues and festivals slowly amassing a reputation for being huge showmen by putting on the dance biggest party. Described as “humanity’s most exhilarating dance party”, the group are all about getting straight into it with a party set that will feature some classics and dance-floor anthems performed in their unique style in front of onscreen music footage. Having seen these guys come through for not only their own tours but for Fringe World they’ve always delivered a cracking time. Awesome thing is that the more engaged the crowd is the better the gig becomes, so come keen.
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His Majesty’s Theatre
“True Blue, is it me and you? Is it Mum and Dad, is it a cockatoo?” With that simple opener, John Williamson cemented his place in Australian music. The legendary musician has been performing close to half a century and with 75th birthday approaching this year he’s pulling up touring stumps but not without one final hoorah. It’s so important to see another side of Australian music and appreciate how an artist like Williamson has influenced so many others after him. With songs including, Home Among the Gumtrees, Old Man Emu and Rip Rip Woodchip it’s one that will likely have you misty-eyed but concert’s end.
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Melanie Griffiths is a music writer, reviewer and an ardent supporter of the West Australian music scene. With a career spanning several years, Mel is one of Perth’s most active reviewers contributing to several local and national publications. Concert highlights have included covering Paul McCartney and Prince as well as some ripper local bands including Methyl Ethel, Stella Donnelly and SUPEREGO.