-by Tobyn Fitch-Rabbitt
The annual Western Australian Music (WAM) Festival is coming up this weekend. This time around providing more music and events than it is physically possible to attend, much to my distress. A conglomeration comprising of two awards shows, various genre showcases, a musical conference, free shows around Perth, and a block party.
Kicking things off this Thursday is an Opening Party at the Bakery that’s sure to get you dancing til you drop. With acts like Hideous Sun Demon, Scalphunter, Usurper of Modern Medicine, and more, featuring a range of styles from punk to blues to grunge to psych, this show covers all bases.
Even before the Opening Party there is the Singapore Showcase starting at 4pm at Universal Bar in Northbridge. Featuring the three Singaporean acts brought over as part of the Singapore WA Music Exchange (SWAM) the showcase is sure to get the WAM Festival off to a great start. The Pinholes, iNCH, and Villes will show off a broad range of styles in what is an extremely encouraging relationship with Singapore.
Friday night is keeping classy with the awards shows. Starting in the afternoon with the Music Craft Awards at 4pm in the State Theatre Courtyard which segues RTRFM’s drivetime, live and on-location, followed by Lower Spectrum performing at the weekly Courtyard sessions. Over at Capitol the Music Awards are on at 7pm, including People’s Choice Awards, voted for by the public. Sable and Timothy Nelson & the Infidels will be performing in between the awards.
Also on Friday, over at the Civic Hotel things are getting kvlt with Stormrider, showcasing local metal talent by taking things to the extreme with Claim the Throne, Silent Knight, Cold Fate and more. As if that’s not enough for your Friday night, as part of SWAM, rock’n’roll act The Pinholes are on at Deville’s Pad, whilst indie rockers iNCH are supporting Our Man In Berlin with their CD launch at the Astor Lounge.
Saturday is packing too much to handle. Too much in a good way, you’re literally spoilt for choice as the kind people over at WAM have crammed as much as they could in to this one day that it’s making me delirious. I’ll just try and make it all easy to comprehend, to start there is the Saturday Spectacular, going from midday through til midnight it is taking over the Bird, Mustang Bar, the Cultural Centre, Wilson St Car Park, Connections Nightclub, Universal Bar, and Flyrite. With over 50 acts I seriously don’t know where to begin telling you where to go, thankfully this is available to do just that. Acts such as The Love Junkies, Kučka, Gunns, Hamjam, The Floors, Mudlark, Puck, Methyl Ethel, Flower Drums, Grace Barbé and more (including a fine selection of Singaporean bands) are playing throughout the day, and the best bit: every stage is free to the public. Good news for kidlets wanting to get in on the action, the Cultural Centre stage is all ages, now’s your chance! Seize it! Oh yeah and Wilson St Car Park is hosting a block party as part of the Saturday Spectacular, is that not the coolest thing ever?
If you said no because you’re too punk, then how about the punk and hardcore showcase Blood Rock Fest at the Rosemount starting at 4pm and going until 1am? Acts such as Chainsaw Hookers, Leeches, Emu Experts (best named band of 2014), Them Sharks, The Bob Gordons, and Singaporean act, Villes, are gearing up to assault your eardrums.
Need some smooth jazz to soothe your soul? Sarah McKenzie is returning to home soil after a stint in the US, supported by some of the finest jazz musicians Perth has to offer. Over at the Bakery hip-hop beats run wild in the Coast2Coast hip-hop showcase including Optamus, Complete, Seasta Chani and more as well as a song competition open to anyone wishing to perform, details are up on the facebook page.
Running across the Friday and Saturday is the WA Music Conference, which is holding a series of talks from industry professionals about their experience within the music industry, advice, and more. Over 54 speakers from labels, publishers, bands, media outlets, and government departments this is your chance to gain some inside knowledge on how everything works. Tickets to the conference also grant free entry to all other WAM events this weekend.
TICKETS // Associated Info
Universal Bar, 4pm-7pm Thursday 6th November
The Bakery, 7pm-1am Thursday 6th November
$15 online, $20 on the door
CIT Perth Campus, 9am-4pm Friday 7th – Saturday 8th November
$160 for WAM Members, $200 for General Public
Includes free entry to all WAM Festival Events
State Theatre Courtyard, 4pm-8.30pm Friday 7th November
Capitol, 7pm-12am Friday 7th November
$15 online, $20 on the door
Civic Hotel, 7.30pm-12.30am Friday 7th November
$10 on the door
FREE!!! Saturday 8th November
Wilson Street Carpark, 4pm-12am 18+
Perth Cultural Centre, 4pm-10pm, All Ages
The Bird, 4pm-12am, 18+
Flyrite, 12pm-8pm, 18+
Connections Nightclub, 8pm-12am, 18+
Mustang Bar, 2pm-10pm, 18+
Universal Bar, 4pm-8pm, 18+
Rosemount Hotel, 4pm-1am Saturday 8th November
The Ellington Jazz Club, 7pm-3am Saturday 8th November
Tickets from $20 ($15 for students) online or at the door
The Bakery, 8pm-1am Saturday 8th November
$20 on the door