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Archive for February, 2008

WA on Show logo WA is on Show this weekend at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, celebrating what WA has to offer, including the new train line to Mandurah.

WA on Show is for everyone. It’s packed with hundreds of fascinating displays and activities that showcase our great state from corner to corner. Explore the cities, the regions and the plans that are making our future bright. There’s also a Kid’s Carnival where all the rides are free so make it a fun family day out.

Entry is free, and it’s open from 10am to 8pm on Friday 29 February and 10am to 6pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

On Sunday 2 March, all metro travel in and around Perth on trains, buses and ferries is absolutely free!

Ideal Home Show Also at the Perth Convention Centre this weekend: the Ideal Home Show

Same opening times, but there is an entry fee (half price ($5) on Friday though).

This year’s Ideal Home Show will fire up your imagination with a huge range of exciting products to bring out the best in your home. Plus all the experts are on hand to answer your questions and show you just how easy it is to live the good life in your home.

Fringe Festival fremantle As written previously, the West Coast Blues n Roots Festival is held on 15 and 16 March 2008 at the Esplanade Reserve in Fremantle.

But on the same weekend, a fringe festival will be held in Fremantle, with free live music all around the city.

There will be local musicians performing at Pioneer Park near the train station, on the trams, Essex Street Carpark, Norfolk Hotel, X-Wray Cafe, Clancy’s Fish Pub, Little Creatures Loft and Bar Orient!

Fremantle Trainstation Some of the artists playing include Zarm, Matt Gresham, Toby, Carus. Jeff Strong, Xave Brown, Felicity Groom, Mink Mussel Creek, Robbie Jalapeno , The Zydecats and the Kill Devil Hills.

See the playing times for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and a map of the locations on the Blues n Roots website.


Shows added: Metro City on 20 April. And a dj set afterparty at Gilkinsons on 19 April after the Robinson Pavilion show. Tickets at Heatseeker.

Pendulum will be touring Australia for their ‘In Silico’ tour, and will be bringing their live set of drum&bass to Perth at Robinson Pavilion on Saturday 19 April 2008 and Metro City on Sunday 20 April.

Pendulum formed in their home-town of Perth (Werstern Australia) in 2002, when producers Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen teamed up with acclaimed local DJ Paul ‘Elhornet’ Harding. After selling more than 100,000 units of their debut artist album “Hold Your Colour”, remixing for such respected artists as The Prodigy, being play-listed and featuring regularly on BBC Radio 1, all whilst continuing to tour the world over as DJs…Pendulum decided that was finally time to take things to the next level – performing live.

Tickets on sale now through Heatseeker for $78 + bf. – Robinson Pavilion SOLD OUT!

The Metro City show is 18+.

Pendulum official website

Heny RollinsComedian Henry Rollins will perform in Perth at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco on Monday 14 April 2008.

Henry Rollins; provocateur, renaissance man and, let’s face it… really funny guy, returns to Australia this April for his umpteenth Spoken Word tour.
Henry was last here in January 2006 as part of the travelling Big Day Out circus – the first performer to appear on the BDO in such a capacity – enthralling thousands as only Henry and his sense of truth, justice and the humorous can.

Tickets on sale Monday 25 February, from Ticketek for $48.

The highlights of what’s on in Perth, Western Australia, from Monday 25 February to Monday 3 March 2008 (which is a public holiday for Labour Day, so long weekend!).

Perth International Arts Festival is in it’s last week, and there’s two big music festivals happening on the weekend: Future Music Festival (Chemical Brothers etc) on Sunday and Soundwave Festival (The Offspring, Incubus, etc) on Monday.

WA is on Show at PCEC over the weekend, and all public transport is free in the metropolitan area on Sunday!

Please submit events that you think I’m missing. Have a good week!


Brodsky Quartet at Beck’s Music Box on Monday 25 February

The Bad Plus at Beck’s Music Box on Tuesday 26 February

Feist at Beck’s Music Box on Wednesday 27 February

Andy C / Nightlife 4 at Metro City on Wednesday

John Williams and John Etheridge at Perth Concert Hall on Wednesday

Nouvelle Vague at Beck’s Music Box on Thursday 28 February

Ill Bill at Hyde Park Hotel on Thursday

Abbe May at Clancy’s Fish Pub on Thursday

Okkervil River for Perth Festival at Beck’s Music Box on Friday 29 February

Ralph Lawson at Shape on Friday

Gimme Shelter fundraiser gig at Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday

Mo Horizons for the Funk Club at the Rosemount on Friday

Ben Lee with WASO at King’s Park on Friday 29 February and Saturday 1 March

Nannup Music Festival (3.5 hrs drive south) from 29 February to 3 March

Kelly Clarkson at Challenge Stadium on Saturday 1 March

The Dirtbombs (USA) at Amplifier Bar on Saturday

Kate Ceberano at Mundaring Weir Festival on Saturday

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at Becks Music Box on Sunday 2 March

Future Music Festival at Wellington Square – Sunday

WASO In The Park With Jay Laga’aia (from Play School) in King’s Park on Sunday

Soundwave Festival on Monday 3 March (public holiday) – The Offspring, Incubus, etc etc!

Browse the Perth Concerts List occasionally for gigs further into the future, I don’t write specific articles for all of them!


Russell Peters & Friends – An Evening of Comedy at Perth Concert Hall on 24 and 25 February

Luke & Wyatt’s Live Recording (comedy) at the Hyde Park Hotel on Friday 29 February

Borrowed Light at His Majesty’s Theatre from 27 February to 1 March

Oh What A Lovely War by Whiplash Theatre Inc. at Subiaco Arts Centre from 27 February to 8 March

Ballet at the Quarry from 13 February to 1 March

Miss Saigon at Burswood Theatre from 16 February to 16 March

The Turning at Playhouse Theatre from 20 February to 8 March

Going Postal at Old Mill Theatre from 21 Feb to 1 March

Gordon Booth (Deceased) at Stirling Theatre from 22 Feb to 8 March

For more local theatre productions, see the Taz Entertainment website


Ideal Home Show at PCEC – 29 February to 3 March

WA on Show at PCEC – 29 February to 3 March

Paws For A Cause (RSPCA) on 29 February throughout Perth

City of Perth Food and Wine Month (MARCH)

A Toast to the Coast – Food, Wine & Beer Festival! at Mindarie Marina on Sunday 2 March

Perth International Arts Festival from 8 February to 2 March

Outdoor cinema at various venues

Andre Rieu Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra will perform in Perth at Subiaco Oval on Saturday 22 November 2008.

One of the world’s best violinists, Dutch classical musician Andre Rieu, is set to thrill Australian audiences with his world stadium tour.

Tickets on sale from 25 March through Ticketmaster!

Ticket prices range from $90 to $270!

Andre Rieu official website

Nannup Music FestNannup Music Festival is an annual happening, held from 29 February to 2 March in 2008, which is the Labour Day long weekend, next week! Nannup is about 4 hrs drive south of Perth, see map.

Once a year the beautiful town of Nannup comes alive with performers from across the world and around Australia.
Set in the heart of the beautiful South West’s jarrah forest, beside the Blackwood River, you will enjoy a variety of folk and world music, poetry, dance and street theatre throughout the village.

Ben LeeThere’s a street party on Friday night, special events like the WAMI concert for youth featuring up and coming acts Red Jezebel and Felicity Groom.

Headlining performers include Ben Lee (Sunday night), Peter Brandy, Ted Egan, Joe Dolce, comedian Andrew Horabin, Old Man River, Eleanor McEvoy, Kerrianne Cox and A2Z Reggae.

Tickets: whole weekend is $110, a day ticket is $60 and headliner concerts are $50.

See the Nannup Music Festival website for more information

Good Vibes!Good Vibrations 2008 was held on Sunday, and the vibes were mostly good!

Heirisson Island was used as a venue for the first time, but I’m not sure it was such a good idea. It was dust bowl, and there were long walks to get in and out. It is a nice central location though, and I thought the organisation of things like toilets, food and layout was ok, considering it’s a big festival.

To read more about the music and see a heap of photos, see the following links.

Inthemix.com.au – review and photos

PerthNow – review, photos and plenty of comments

PerthNorg.com.au – photos by Noodlez

The West – review with photo gallery

PerthMusic – review

Photos on Flickr

The highlights of what’s on in Perth, Western Australia, from Monday 18 to Sunday 24 February 2008. It’s Perth International Arts Festival time!

Also check out the Perth Event Calendar and What’s on in February and please submit events that I’m missing. Have a good week!


Yasmin Levy at Beck’s Music Box on Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 February

A Hawk and a Hacksaw at Beck’s Music Box on on Wednesday 20 February

Carlos Santana at Burswood Dome on Thursday 21 February

WAMi Awards Night at Beck’s Music Box on Thursday

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Metro City on Friday 22 February

Cyndi Lauper at King’s Park with Katie Noonan and Kate Miller-Heidke on Friday

PJ Harvey at the Perth Concert Hall on Friday

Opera in the Park – Madama Butterfly – Free Perth Festival event at Supreme Court Gardens on Friday 22 February

WAMi Friday Fremantle, gigs all around Freo – 22 February

Northbeat Youth Concert – Free all ages gig, with Youth Group, Bob Evans, etc at Carine Open Space from 4pm.

Sonic Youth at Beck’s Music Box on Saturday 23 February

Budgie at Capitol on Saturday

The City Muster at Claremont Showgrounds on Saturday

WAMi Saturday Spectacular in Northbridge on Saturday

James Reyne, Daryl Braithwaite, Bobby Flynn at Elmar’s In The Valley on Saturday 23 February

Murundak – The Black Arm Band at Fremantle Arts Centre on Saturday

Leo Kottke at Perth Concert Hall on Saturday

Bon Scott Statue Concert with The Angels, Rose Tattoo, The Screaming Jets, The Party Boys at Claremont on Sunday 24 February

Kate Miller-Heidke at Fly By Night on Saturday 23 February and The Bakery on Sunday 24 February (2pm – all ages. 8pm – 18+)

Youth Group at Mojos Bar on Sunday 24 February

Live at the Quarry – Old Man River on Sunday

Gozzy Rock 2008 Final at Pioneer Park in Gosnells – Sunday

For other gigs check out the calendar and this comprehensive gig guide. Also, browse the Perth Concerts List occasionally for future gigs, I don’t write separate posts for many of them!


Opera in the Park – Madama Butterfly – Free Perth Festival event at Supreme Court Gardens on 22 February

Russell Peters & Friends – An Evening of Comedy at Perth Concert Hall on 24 and 25 February

Jandamarra by Black Swan Theatre Company at PCEC from 9 to 23 February

Ballet at the Quarry from 13 February to 1 March

Miss Saigon at Burswood Theatre from 16 February to 16 March

A Midsummer Night’s Dream at His Majesty’s Theatre from 14 to 24 February

The Turning at Playhouse Theatre from 20 February to 8 March

Outdoor cinema at various venues


An Evening with Naomi Wolf (writer) for Perth International Arts Festival on 24 February (Perth Writers Festival opens Thursday 21 Feb)

Perth International Arts Festival from 8 February to 2 March

Outdoor cinema at various venues

AirAir will perform their first ever Australian concert in Perth, at an open air show in King’s Park, on Thursday 27 March 2008 (after that they join the V Festival line-up in the other cities).

AIR come to Australia on the back of their critically acclaimed “Pocket Symphony”, co-produced by Nigel Godrich.
Masters of all things ‘French’, atmospheric, and electronic, Jean-BenoĂ®t Dunckel and Nicolas Godin are modernists. AIR embrace the new. Each album is a move away from the last and a journey towards something else. Since their breakthrough single, ‘Sexy Boy’ they have charmed and challenged in equal parts with a sound that points towards Moog and synthesizer of the 70s while reaching out towards the future.

Special guests: Resort and New Buffalo. Future Dog DJing between sets.

Gates open 5pm.

Tickets are on sale 22 February from Ticketmaster for $100.

Air official Pocket Symphony website

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