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Supergrass have announced sideshows to their ‘The Great Escape’ show, and will be playing in Fremantle at Metropolis on Wednesday 8 October 2008.

During the 90’s Britpop era, this motley crew of cheeky youngsters typified the upbeat and positive mood of a nation who just wanted a damn good party. With their mad hair, massive sideburns and wild, crazy, running-along-the-beach-without-a-care-in-the-world type antics, Supergrass were the band of choice for the kids.

Diamond Hoo-Ha is their sixth studio album and is the band at their exhuberant best. It’s an album of raucous rock ‘n roll songs that are glitzy and glam as they are punchy and gritty. With simmering verses, taut rhythms and flirtatious bass lines, this is effortless cool and in the words of NME “definitely worth making a hoo-ha over”.

Special guests: The Panda Band.

18+ gig.

Tickets on sale 14 August from Heatseeker, Mills Fremantle, Planet Mt Lawley and Star Surf Perth.

Supergrass official website

The Avon Descent is a two day, 134km race down the Avon and Swan Rivers (Northam to Perth) in a variety of paddle and power craft.
There are numerous spectator viewing points, and some festivals in the towns along the way and start and finish spots!

An overview…. see the Avon Descent website for much more detail (such as access, parking, shuttle busses).

Northam’s Avon River Festival – 6pm till late

Toodyay International Food Festival – 10am to 4pm

Best Vantage Points Day One

Start Line – Northam – Ppower craft from 8.00am and paddlers from 8.50am.
Katrine Bridge
Extracts Weir – Power craft from about 8.30am, paddlers from 10.30am.
Duidgee Park, Toodyay – excellent viewing point, commentary, Food Festival from 10 to 4.
West Toodyay Bridge and Ti Trees checkpoint
Wetherall Reserve
Finish Day 1 – Cobblers Pool Campsite

City of Swan’s Family Fun Day – Sandalford Wines, Caversham – 11am to 3pm
City of Belmont’s Family Fun Day -Garvey Park, Fauntleroy Avenue, Ascot – 11.30am to 3.30pm
City of Bayswater’s Finish Line Event – Riverside Gardens, Bayswater – 11am to 6pm

Best Vantage Points Day Two
Start Day 2 – Cobbler Pool -7:00am for paddle craft – 12:00pm for power craft.
Emu Falls – Paddlers from 7.30am, power craft from 12.15 pm.
Walyunga National Park – Paddlers from 10am, power craft from 1pm.
Bells Rapid – most popular. Shuttle bus from Brigadoon Equestrian Centre. Entry is $10 per vehicle.
Sandalford Winery – City of Swan Picnic in the Park with lots of entertaiment – Paddlers from about 11.30am and Power Boats from about 1.10pm.
Finish Line – Riverside Gardens, Bayswater – from 11.30am – lots of entertainment, screens, ‘community day’. Presentations commence at 4.00pm in the main marquee arena!

Avon Descent website

The Wave Rock Weekender, a small camping and music festival held at Wave Rock (a few hundred km’s east of Perth) is on again in 2008, held from Saturday 27 September to Monday 29 September (Queens Birthday public holiday).

Wave Rock Weekender 2008Line-up:
The Audreys
jackson jackson
Magic Dirt
Kill Devil Hills
Day of the Dead
Abbe May & Rockin Pneumonia
Sunshine Brothers
Dave McCormack
Mink Mussel Creek
Abbe May solo
TinPan Orange
Sneaky Weasel Gang
Tame Impala
DJ Charlie Bucket

The event also features a 24 hour cinema program, 24 hour food, a 50m round & 6m deep therapeutic salt pond where you can float like a cork without moving a muscle, incredible rock walks, some of Australia’s best stargazing and of course the authentic Aussie bush.
Wave Rock Weekender is……
– an authentic all-weekend, long-weekend experience.
– an intimate capacity 800 show set in and around the Wave Rock Caravan Park that the town let us take over for the weekend.
– a place where toilets, showers, food and bar access are never a problem
– not an English country garden festival or sports oval event – it’s in beautiful salty, scrubby, bushy Australia on the edge of the desert featuring; prehistoric rock formations, eerie salt plains, shiny salmon gums, wildflowers and big, big sky. Let the music bring it alive.

Tickets go on sale Monday 11 August from www.soulhighway.com.au.

WestdaleWestdale Rock is being held again on Saturday 25 October 2008 in Westdale, which is located about an hour and a half east of Perth.

The line-up:
The Angels
No Way Out

There will also be the WA Burnout Comp, Westdale Sand Drags, WA Tattoo Show, Wet tshirt competitions, Dancing girls between acts, etc!

Gates open at 7:00am on Saturday, and the last band performs at dawn on Sunday 26 October. There is overnight camping available, and it’s an outside concert.

Food available to buy, byo alcohol (no glass), 18+.

Tickets on sale from BOCS for $85.00.

Westdale on Google Maps

The highlights of what’s on in Perth, Western Australia, from Monday 28 July to Sunday 3 August 2008.

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


The Presets at Metropolis Freo – 27/28 July

Maurice Fulton and Instistubes Paris Terror Club at Shape on Monday 28 July

The Breeders at Capitol on Wednesday 30 July

Rick Price at Friends Restaurant on 30 July

TZU in WA from 30 July to 3 August

The Fratellis at Capitol on Thursday 31 July

Chocolate Martini at The Bakery on 31 July

James Morrison and Friends at the Perth Concert Hall on Friday 1 August

MSTRKRFT at Ambar on 1 August (sold out)

The Wombats at Capitol on 2 August

Birds of Tokyo – Live at the Wireless for triple j at the Fly By Night from 2pm on 3 August

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


GO3 Electronic & Entertainment Expo at Perth Convention Exhibition Centre from Friday 1 July to Sunday 3 August

Avon Descent on 2 and 3 August (Starting in Northam on Saturday, finishing in Perth on Saturday) – lots of events along the way (Tooday Food Festival, Family Fun Day at Sandalford Wines, Family Fun Day at Garvey Park, Ascot, Community Day and Finish Line event at Riverside Gardens, Bayswater.

The Mundaring Truffle Festival on 2 and 3 August (in Mundaring, just outside Perth on Gt Eastern Hwy)

WA Craft Quilt & Stitch Show on 1, 2 and 3 August at Claremont Showgrounds

City of Perth Winter Arts Festival from 1 June to 31 August

The Leonardo da Vinci Machines Exhibition at Riverside Drive near the Esplanade Train Station from Friday 28 March to 12 October (extended!).


The Pitch by Black Swan Theatre Company and Critical Stages at Subiaco Arts Centre from 22 July to 2 August

Ballet at the Regal at the Regal Theatre from 31 July to 2 August

The Barber of Seville by West Australian Opera at His Majesty’s from 2 to 16 August

Speed-The-Plow by Perth Theatre Company from 19 July to 2 August

City of Perth Winter Arts Festival from 1 June to 31 August

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


DATE CHANGE: now 31 January!

Delta Goodrem has announced a 2009 ‘Believe Again’ Australian Tour. She’ll perform at King’s Park in Perth on Tuesday 3 February Saturday 31 January 2009.

Delta Goodrem has announced she will hit theatres for the first time in three years for her ‘Believe Again’ national tour!
The ‘Believe Again’ concert tour will see Goodrem up close and personal around the nation performing hits from her stellar career and current hit album ‘Delta’.

Tickets available via Ticketmaster from 21 August!

Support from Brian McFadden.

Ten TenorsThe Ten Tenors and L’orchestra di Femmine with special guest Glenn Shorrock, perform under the stars at Sandalford Wines in the Swan Valley on Saturday 8 November 2008.

The Ten Tenors will be performing their brand new show Nostalgica. Shaped by the Tenors’ childhoods, their parents, teachers, music idols and often requested fan favourites, this romantic musical journey showcases classics from pop, rock, jazz and, of course, opera. The Ten Tenors will be performing with the exquisite L’orchestra di Femmine, an all female ensemble of this state’s most talented musicians, drawn from the W.A. Symphony Orchestra.
Also performing will be singer songwriter Glenn Shorrock. As well as having a successful solo career, Glenn has been an integral member of many well known bands and is best known as a founding member and lead singer of rock group The Little River Band.

Tickets on sale Monday 4 August 2008 9am, from Ticketmaster.

5.30pm: Gates Open
6.45pm: Glenn Shorrock
9.00pm: Interval

SlipknotSlipknot return to Australia for their All Hope is Gone 2008 world tour, their first visit since they stormed the main stages at the 2005 Big Day Out.
It’s happening at Robinson Pavilion on Thursday 30 October 2008, and Machine Head are the support.

At the turn of the millennium, Slipknot erupted onto the heavy music scene and their first three albums reset the course of the Metal genre. Multi million selling, three albums have been released, all platinum. Their massive popularity was acknowledged when, after being nominated for the sixth time in The Grammys for Best Metal Performance, Slipknot won the coveted award in 2006 for the track “Before I Forget”.

Machine HeadAt their left hand will be the mighty Machine Head, pioneers of a brutal new sound Machine Head’s influential and ferocious debut Burn My Eyes was released in 1994. Several albums later Machine Head returned to the highest echelons of the metal world with the 2007 album The Blackening.

Tickets from BOCS Ticketing and 78 Records for around $90. On sale 9am 8 August.

Bliss N Eso – 1 November 2008

Bliss N Eso return to Perth and perform at Capitol on Saturday 1 November 2008.

Since Bliss N Eso were last on the road, they have released the biggest album of their career, Flying Colours which has propelled the group into unchartered territory. The album debuted in the top 10 on the ARIA chart and, shortly after, the group caused a riot at one of the most infamous MySpace Secret Shows in the country and were announced on this year’s Splendour in the Grass line-up. The anticipation for this tour has reached boiling point.

Supports: Phrase & Flagrant + Bentman & Sipn

Tickets on sale from 31 July from 78 Records, Ticketek and Moshtix for around $25 + booking fees.

Bliss N Eso myspace

Black FrancisBlack Francis, frontman for The Pixies, will perform solo at Metropolis Fremantle on Sunday 28 September 2008.

This tour will see Black Francis perform in support of his two most recent releases; 2007’s Bluefinger and 2008’s mini-album Svn Fngrs. Boisterous and meticulous, Bluefinger and Svn Fngrs have announced to the world that Black Francis’ songwriting and performance skills are as potent as ever. Bluefinger – speculated to be the material originally ear-marked for the Pixies’ new record – sees Black Francis at the top of his game. Dutch artist Herman Brood – the man widely considered to be the epitome of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll – is heavily referenced through the album, continuing Black Francis’ penchant for expressing his unique take on the world.

Tickets are on sale Wednesday 30 July from Moshtix. I expect them to sell out.

Pre-sale tickets will be available from noon AEST Monday 28 July from Frontier Touring.

Black Francis official website

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