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Archive for November, 2008

It’s time to start making plans for New Years Eve 2008! Well, it is if you want to do something you’ll need to book tickets or make reservations for, things fill up quickly!

See What’s on New Years Day 2009(incl Perth Cup) below!

Also check out what’s happening at your local or favourite venue, as many clubs, pubs and restaurants have things organised.

I’ll add to this list as more is announced.

Ambar Niteclub New Years Eve – from 10pm

Amplifier Bar – Back to the Future NYE 08 – with 3 rooms indie, dance, robot, rock, electro, excess, from 8pm

Bakery/ARTRAGEFunk Clubs Countdown to NYE 2008 feat Giles Peterson from 6pm

Burswood TheatreFunky Town: NYE Concert with Mental as Anything, Daryl Braithwaite, Pseudo Echo and hosted by Wilbur Wilde from 8pm

Funk Clubs Countdown to NYE 2008 feat Giles Peterson from 6pm at The Bakery ARTRAGE Complex

Gloucester ParkFire Up NYE ‘08 with Slim Jim & the Phatts, Dr Bogus, Flyte, Undercover, OTT Chicago Swing, DJ Munch, kids entertainment and fireworks

Hyde Park HotelLove Like Violence 2008 – Schvendes and Eleventh He Reaches London, The Devil Rides Out, Project Mayhem, The Scotch of Saint James (formerly The Slim Pickins), Hooper’s Store, Pond, Genghis and These Shipwrecks from 7pm

Mandurah Foreshore – free family entertainment from 6.30pm, fireworks at 9pm and midnight

Northbridge – James St – free entertainment, music

Origin NYE at Steel Blue (Bassendean) Oval with Pendulum, Public Enemy, Mos Def and many more from 5pm

Paddle Steamer Decoy (on the Swan River) – New Years Eve Cruise 2008 from 8pm

Perth Concert Hall – Vienna Pops Concert 2008 from 9.20pm

Perth Zoo – Happy Zoo Year – family entertainment from 5pm – Book early sells out!

Quarry Amphitheatre – NYE on the Rocks 2008 – The Howie Morgan Project and Funk Club House Band from 7.30pm

Rockingham Beach Family New Year’s Eve Celebration 08 – from 6pm – lots of family entertainment, music and fireworks.

Rosemount HotelNew Years Eve Fiesta 2008 with End of Fasion, Sugar Army, Red Jezebel, The Silents, Harlequin League and Boys Boys Boys from 6pm

Please contact me if there’s any big events I’ve missed!

Separate post for what’s on in Perth for New Years Day 2009 coming up soon!

The biggest event in Perth on New Years Day is the Perth Cup at Ascot Racecourse. But there are a few alternatives if you want to head out amongst the people.

Perth Cup 2008 – Ascot Racecourse – from 11am

General admission ticket – $30

Daren Reid and the Soul City Groove in the Flame Tree Garden with bars, a food court and a large screen. Trackside Racing, see the race from the grandstand or the front lawn. And the Champagne Unworry Garden has a catwalk, funky bar with entertainment, fashion, and Dirty Laundry playing after the last race.

Tentland – The Loungeroom, Smirnhoff Experience, MRQ, The Rockin Horse and EatingWA.

Tickets from around $260, which usually includes about 5 hrs of drinks, food and entertainment.

Club Paradiso at the Oyster Bar in North Fremantle with DJ Fedde La Grand and many others, from 3pm. Tickets from Moshtix from $125.

Tokyo in the Sky at The C Restaurant from 3.30pm with 6.5hr beverage package, food, complimentary massage, djs, live music and pampering Geisha girls. Tickets are $265 from the Known Associates website.

Fat Freddy’s Drop at Fremantle Arts Centre from 5.30pm, with support from DJ Vadim, Sunshine Brothers and more. Tickets from Heatseeker for $55 + booking fee.

Pseudo Echo at The Ruby Room from 7pm. Tickets from Ticketek for $25 + booking fee.

Fremantle Collectors Fair at the Masonic Hall in Fremantle from 9am to 3.30pm.

I will probably add to this list in the coming weeks, and please feel free to leave a comment below or submit an event if you know of other good events!

The Pussycat Dolls come to Perth, and perform at Burswood Dome on Saturday 30 May 2009!

Hot on the heels of their second album release Doll Domination, Pussycat Dolls kick off
their 2009 world tour in the UK before heading down under to play all-ages arena shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth featuring the same spectacular production that Europe will see in February.
This scorching band of singer/dancers have quickly become without doubt one of the most popular and globally successful girl groups ever.
There has been no escape from the super catchy Platinum hit When I Grow Up, the first single lifted from Doll Domination, quickly followed by the top 10 hit I Hate This Part.
Showing their brand of hot, confident attitude, Pussycat Dolls shot to fame in 2005 with the release of their massive debut single Don’t Cha featuring Busta Rhymes, hitting number 1 in charts around the world.

Supported by raunchy electro-pop New Yorker, Lady GaGa.

Tickets on sale 12 December from Ticketek. (Ticketek pre sale 10 December)

Pussycat Dolls official website

Lady GaGa official website

Future Music Festival is happening again, on Sunday 1 March 2009 at Wellington Square in the city.
The next day is the Labour Day public holiday.

First line-up announcement:
N*E*R*D (live) – BASEMENT JAXX (live)

Another line-up announcement:
Richie Hawtin – Grandmaster Flash
Sander Kleinenberg – Ian Carey
Wolfgang Gartner and the return of the Silent Disco!

Pharrell Williams has the midas touch! While he might sing ‘you can’t be me, i’m a rockstar’, seeing N*E*R*D live may just be as close as we can get to fulfilling rockstar fantasies… Known for groundbreaking music, they consistently create the freshest sounds in hip hop. Bring out your best kicks for these guys, there will be some serious dancing had… “all the girls standing in the line for the bathroom” – with me?
All the Basement Jaxx ask is for you to do your thing to their bumpin’ beat, make your body sing – that is, when they’re not asking you to take them back to your house… those flirts! These UK legends frequently ride the charts and the airwaves and have worked with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Lily Allen, Method Man and even remixed co-headliners N*E*R*D! Their brand of electro/house is sugar and spice and all things nice.

Tickets on sale for $118.50 +booking fee through Ticketmaster.

Seriously Sound System returns to Hyde Park in North Perth on Saturday 20 December 2008 from midday to 10pm.

For the fifth time, we takeover the beautiful Hyde Park in North Perth for Seriously Sound System. This year the festival will again showcase a stack of great local DJs and live acts for your dancing pleasure. Seriously Sound System is a great way to finish off the year and is indeed an RTRFM styled vibe on a December’s day.

The line up for SSS ’08…
Mc Able
Squidink featuring Dan The Man
and Odette Mercy And Her Soul Atomics

Plus DJs
Micah Vs Ben Mac
Ben Taaffe Vs Ben Elliott
Simone Tempone
and The Milk Crate Two (Scorchio Vs Rok Riley)

Presale general admission tickets are available from Mills Records, 78 Records, Planet Video, and rtrfm.com.au for $20 +bf. Presale subscriber tickets will be available from rtrfm.com.au for $15. Tickets will be more on the door if available. Gold Subscribers will be able to get free entry on the day of the gig.
Please note this is an 18+ event and ID will be required upon entry.

The festival season has begun, though the summer festival weather hasn’t!

But it didn’t stop the fun last Sunday, 23 November, with Vroom Festival on the Oak Lawn at UWA, and Global Gathering on the Esplanade.

Vroom 2008! was the end of year Student Summer break party, but students and non students of all ages were welcome. Bands that played were John and the Inverarities, Harlequin League, Red Jezebel, The Panda Band, Bluejuice, Dukes of Windsor and British India. It was promoted as ‘good food, good times, good toons’. It was a good time, good music, but I definitely didn’t consider pies, sausage rolls, hot dogs and simple sandwiches worth a mention as ‘good food’(wasn’t bad though)!

See photos of Vroom Festival by John MacFadyen!

A review of the music elsewhere online by Fasterlouder and PerthMusic.


Global Gathering hit Perth for the first time this year, and featured acts like Kraftwerk, Mark Ronson, Gorillaz Sound System, Sasha, The Orb, Felix Da Housecat and many more.

See photos of Global Gathering by Ben Eenhoorn!
Reviews elsewhere online by Mooiness, Fasterlouder and The West

Coldplay return to Perth, and perform at Burswood Dome on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 February 2009, as part of their Viva La Vida Tour.

In time for the anticipated tour announcement, EMI has just yesterday released Coldplay’s Viva La Vida – Prospekt’s March edition. The two-disc deluxe package includes Viva La Vida, the band’s fourth full-length album, plus a brand new EP entitled Prospekt’s March. The EP, which will also be for sale separately, includes six recently-completed songs that the band had begun recording during the Viva La Vida sessions and brand new versions of two album tracks – ‘Lost +’ (featuring Jay-Z) and ‘Lovers in Japan’ (Osaka Sun mix).

Tickets on sale from Ticketek.

All ages show.

Coldplay official website

David Byrne, former Talking Heads frontman, returns to Australia with a full band and dancers to “Burn Down The House” at Perth Zoo on Wednesday 4 February 2009.

His extraordinary new show, “Songs Of David Byrne And Brian Eno” has gained stellar reviews from his six month world tour in the US. Fans can expect Byrne to perform songs from the Byrne/Eno numerous collaborations including the new album, the three Talking Heads albums and ‘My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts’.

Since the beginning with his band Talking Heads, Byrne has always pushed the envelope, taking popular music into new directions, both in terms of sound, lyrics and visual presentation. Outside of music, he remains a prolific artist, photographer and film-maker.

Tickets on sale soon from Ticketmaster.

David Byrne official website

The highlights of what’s on in Perth, Western Australia, from Monday 24 to Sunday 30 November 2008.

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


Sonic Sessions at Freo Arts Centre with Hank Marvin on Thursday 26 November

Xavier Rudd at Belvoir Amphitheatre on 27 November 2008

The Panics ‘Get Us Home’ Tour at Metropolis Fremantle on 27 November

British India at Players Bar in Mandurah on 27 November

Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter and Friends at The Chocolate Martini at the Bakery on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 November

Bjorn Again (ABBA Tribute) at King’s Park on 28 November

Children Collide at Mojos Bar on 28 November and Amplifier on 29 November

Boomtick pres. 16 Bit Lolitas at Ambar Niteclub on 28 November

Red Descending Album Launch at Amplifier Bar on Friday 28 November

Children Collide at Mojos on Friday 28 November and at Amplifier on Saturday 29 November

Jeff Martin & The Armada at Fly By Night Club on 28 and 29 November and the Indi Bar on 30 November

Escape to the Park Festival with the Cruel Sea, Ben Lee, Bob Evans, Kate Miller-Heidke at King’s Park on 29 November

Lagwagon at the Rosemount Hotel on 29 November

Stereosonic Festival at Claremont Showgrounds on 30 November

Bloc Party at Belvoir Amphitheatre on 30 November

Mundaring Weir Summer Festival begins and runs till 28 February

Free courtyard music at Fremantle Arts Centre on Sunday 23 November from 2 to 4pm

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


 Perths Biggest Office Party at QV1 Plaza on Friday 28 November from 5pm

Multicultural Festival at City Farm on Saturday 29 November from 9 to 2.30.

Jacaranda Festival in Applecross from 10am to 3.30pm

Paspaley Polo In Langley Park (polo demonstration, musical entertainment, fashion parades) from 11am to 6pm.

Vincent Cappuccino Festival on Angove St, North Perth on Sunday 30 November with markets, entertainment, etc, etc

YUM IN MY TUM – Food Festival for kids at Whiteman Park on Sunday 30 November

Dirty Sanchez and The Dudesons at Metro City on 30 November

Joondalup Sunset Marketsevery Friday from 7pm


Candy Man at Regal Theatre from 19 to 30 November

Ying Tong by Black Swan State Theatre Company from 27 November to 6 December

bare – Presented by Playlovers Inc at Hackett Hall in Floreat from 14 November to 6 December

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

The Who perform in Perth for the first time ever, on Saturday 4 April 2009 at Members Equity Stadium!

Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Simon Townshend (guitars), Zak Starkey (drums), Pino Palladino (bass) and John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick (keys) have just finished a US and Japanese tour, performing to rave reviews and are keen to continue on the road next year.
In spite of the loss of original members Keith Moon (in 1978) and John Entwistle (in 2002), the Who remains the standard-bearer for great live rock and roll and are still one of the most in demand live acts in the business. Recent U.S set lists include ‘Can’t Explain’, ‘Who Are You’, ‘Behind Blue Eyes’, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, ‘My Generation’, ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘Tea And Theatre’ and ‘Baba O’Reilly’ to name a few!
They have sold over 100 million albums and been an inspiration to everyone from The Clash to the Ramones to Pearl Jam. It is impossible to underestimate their importance in the annals of rock history. They have been honoured with every prestigious award going. And in an honour many bands would crave, The Who also is recognized in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s loudest band!

Support acts are Counting Crows and Dallas Crane.

Counting Crows have been a huge presence in the music world; from initial hit single ‘Mr. Jones’ to the 2005 Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated ‘Accidentally In Love’. Their latest album ‘Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings’ sees the band split their musical personality with the rock ‘Saturday Nights’ produced by Gil Norton (of Pixies and Foo Fighters fame) whilst the more acoustic ‘Sunday Mornings’ portion had Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron and Wine) at the desk.

Tickets on sale Wednesday 3 December from Ticketmaster.

The Who official website

Counting Crows official website

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