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Archive for June, 2008

John Mellencamp

Update: 15 November sold out! Second and final show added: 16 November.

For the first time in fifteen years John Mellencamp will tour Australia, and he’ll perform for ‘An Evening on the Green’ with Sheryl Crow on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 November 2008, at Sandalford Wines in the Swan Valley.

John will perform his hits as well as debuting material from his brand new album ‘Life, Death, Love & Freedom’.
Mellencamp was inducted earlier this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He continues to headline the annual Farm Aid event in the USA that he co-founded with Willie Nelson.

Sheryl Crow Joining John on tour will be special guest Sheryl Crow. Returning to Australia for the first time since 1997, Sheryl will also perform her hits; All I Wanna Do, If It Makes You Happy plus feature material from her album ‘Detours’ released earlier this year.

Special guest for the Perth show is Toby.

Tickets on sale on Monday 7 July, from Ticketmaster. Ticket prices start at about $100 for general admission, and the highest price is $395 for VIP tickets!

John Mellencamp official website

Sheryl Crow official website

The highlights of what’s on in Perth, Western Australia, from Monday 30 June to Sunday 6 July 2008.

Please submit events you think should be listed. Have a good week!


Children of Bodom at Capitol on 30 June

Frankenbok, Dyscord, etc at Amplifier on Friday 4 July

Schvendes Album Launch with Sugar Army and The Slim Pickins at the Bakery on Saturday 5 July

The Exploders + others at Amplifier on Saturday and Mojo’s Bar on Sunday

Peter Combe at the Fly By Night on 5 July and Capitol on 6 July

Strung Out with No Use for a Name at Capitol on 5 July and the Newport on 6 July

Damien Leith at various venues

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


The Community Exhibits – opening night on Friday 4 July at the Bakery ARTRAGE Complex

The Herdsman Food Expo at The Herdsman in Churchlands on Saturday and Sunday
NAIDOC Perth Opening Ceremony at Wellington Square, Perth on Sunday 6 July

City of Perth Winter Arts Festival from 1 June to 31 AugustRevelation Film Festival from 3 to 13 July

The Leonardo da Vinci Machines Exhibition at Riverside Drive near the Esplanade Train Station from Friday 28 March


Edward Scissorhands (Mathew Bourne) at His Majesty’s Theatre from 1 to 6 July

The Female of the Species by Black Swan Theatre Company at Playhouse Theatre from 21 June to 6 July

The Ballets Russes – 80th Anniversary Gala at the Perth Concert Hall on 4 and 5 July

Honouring Theatre Festival 2008 at Yirra Yaakin Theatre from 1 to 7 July

For other (local) theatre productions, see the Taz Entertainment website

The Living End

The Living End is back with White Noise (out on 19 July) and will tour the country again in September.

They’ll perform in Perth at Metro City on Friday 12 September 2008.

The Living End’s amazing live shows have been a staple in every music fan’s calendar with a fierce reputation for putting on gigs of the highest standard.

They blew away the crowd at the recent Triple J ACDC Lane event in Melbourne. Despite a fire in ACDC Lane adjacent businesses almost aborting the entire gig, the show went on, moving 50m to Duckboard Place just hours before the scheduled event. Filmed by triple j tv, the massive event will become the basis of a limited edition bonus DVD exvlusively available with the first copies of the album..

Tickets on sale 10 July from Heatseeker and Ticketek for around $40 +booking fee.

Birds of TokyoBirds of Tokyo will be touring again in August, in support of their new album Universes which is out on 5 July.

The tour begins at Metropolis in Fremantle on Thursday 21 August 2008, and then moves on to regional WA and the rest of Australia.

Tickets on sale from Heatseeker from 10 July. Past gigs have sold out, so get your ticket quickly!

Birds of Tokyo website


Birds of Tokyp play a free gig at the Fly By Night in Fremantle on Sunday 3 August. Doors open at 2pm. Tickets can be won via triple j, listen to Dools and Linda daily from 3pm!

Metal band Carcass return to Australia for the first time in 15 years, and will perform in Perth at Capitol on Thursday 9 October 2008.

Along with originators Napalm Death, Carcass pioneered the heavy metal subgenre of grindcore, a style that in its purest form consisted of extremely short, chaotic blasts of guitar/bass/drums noise overlaid with guttural, bleeding-throat vocals. Carcass eventually shifted towards more traditional song structures, and then into a more accessible yet still highly intense thrash/grindcore hybrid. Where Napalm Death concerned itself with social protest in its often barely comprehensible lyrics, Carcass’ early vocabulary was taken straight from medical textbooks and glossaries, achieving a bizarrely humorous gore factor most metal bands could only dream of.

Tickets on sale through Moshtix for $55 + booking fee.

Carcass myspace

Beach House

Change of venue: now Mojo’s in North Fremantle.

Beach House come to Australia for there first ever tour here in August. The Baltimore duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally will perform at The Rosemount Hotel Mojo’s Bar in Fremantle on Sunday 24 August 2008.

A devoted cult has sprung up around Beach House following their two gorgeously dark dreampop albums, Beach House and Devotion. Beach House’s live performances create an intense and otherworldy space with organs, slide guitars, reverb, harmony, layers, echoes and melodies and Victoria’s extraordinary voice and presence.
As a special treat for Australian audiences, the Beach House duo will be accompanied by drummer and percussionist Dave Bergander of Baltimore art-rockers Celebration, with support from New Zealand’s space pop goddess, Bachelorette. Intimate and warm, sensual and hazy, the dreamlike magic and compelling beauty of Beach House provide the surefire antidote to the winter blues.

Support Acts: Fabulous Diamonds (Melbourne), The Tigers, Astral Travel

Tickets are on sale through Moshtix for $25 + booking fee.

Beach House website

Daniel O Donnell

Irish ‘easy listening’ entertainer, Daniel O’Donnell, returns to Australia and will perform at Burswood Theatre on Wednesday 10 September 2008.

He may be a superstar, but Daniel remains as excited and enthusiastic about his work and his fans as when he first launched his career. Daniel has never forgotten that it was the public who gave him his success in the first place, especially as he struggled long and hard to achieve his ambitions.

A native of Kincasslagh, Co. Donegal, he took his first tentative steps into the musical spotlight as a member of the church choir singing at social events in his local parish hall. Daniel’s concert appearances since have taken him from London’s Royal Albert Hall and Dublin’s Point Depot to New York’s Carnegie Hall and Sydney’s Opera House, but he still continues to set himself fresh ambitions and new worlds to conquer.

Support: Mary Duff.

Tickets are $86.90 from Ticketek.

Daniel O’Donnell website

The WigglesThe Wiggles return to Perth and will make you dance on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 December 2008.
Two shows a day (10am and 1.30pm) at Burswood Dome.

It’s time to get Australia dancing with the fab four of fun on their You Make Me Feel Like Dancing! Tour. Join Anthony, Jeff, Murray and Sam and all their Wiggly friends performing in Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Newcastle, Melbourne, Wollongong and Brisbane.
The Wiggles will perform songs from their latest release, ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’, plus all the favourites such as Rock A Bye Your Bear, Toot Toot Chugga Chugga Big Red Car, Monkey Dance, Can You (Point Your Fingers And Do The Twist?).

Tickets are $35 for ‘Hot Potatoe Seats’ (limited availability) and $30 for all other seats, through Ticketek.

The Wiggles official website

Unwritten LawUnwritten Law return to Perth and perform at Capitol on Sunday 24 August 2008.

Established in the mid-1990s, Unwritten Law has been crafting some of the most infectious and influential pop-punk of the last decade. After releasing a series of independent records that saw them relentlessly touring the country with everyone from 311 to opening for punk legends the Sex Pistols, Unwritten Law garnered the mainstream attention they so richly deserved with the release of their fourth album “Elva”. In 2003 the group stripped down for an acoustic live record “Music in High Places”, while the group’s 2005 release “Here’s to The Morning” debuted on the Billboard Charts Top 200 at #51.

Supported by Sprung Monkey and Elora Danan.
18+ gig

Tickets on sale through www.killrockstar.com.au, BOCS & Moshtix for around $60.

Unwritten Law website

British IndiaBritish India return to WA and perform on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 July at Amplifier Bar in Perth and Sunday 27 July at the Newport Hotel in Fremantle.

Already on high rotation at triple j, Melbourne indie pop band BRITISH INDIA return with a new single ‘I Said I’m Sorry’ from their upcoming second album ‘Thieves’, out Saturday 19 July. To celebrate their new album British India are pleased to announce their ‘Thieves’ National Album Launch Tour.

Tickets through BOCS, 78 records and Moshtix for around $25.

They’re all 18+ gigs.

British India myspace

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