Lo and behold, live music is well and truly alive again in Western Australia – of course, with the exception of some of our favourite festivals. However, that’s not to say there isn’t plenty of local talent to go around in our golden state! For all you music lovers out there, we’ve rounded up a list of live music venues to keep your eye on in the coming months:
Fremantle Arts Centre Fremantle
Having seen Australian-renowned headliners like Tash Sultana and RÜFÜS DU SOL here, I can say for a fact it’s one of the most ethereal music venues in the Perth region. Predominantly home to gallery exhibitions and art courses, the outdoor area of the venue comes alive every time a concert is on. Get up and close to your favourite act in the mosh – or bring a picnic and chill up on the hill under the starry night sky.
Badlands Bar Perth
Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of catching the Platform showcase at Badlands Bar – which only reminded me of how many great local bands I’ve yet to uncover. Though intimate, the venue’s vibe, food truck offerings and $10 cocktails make it all worthwhile. With that said, it’s not hard to see why Badlands Bar is often crowded on a Friday or Saturday night!
Indian Ocean Hotel Scarborough
Having hosted revered WA acts like Spacey Jane and Sly Withers, there’s no shortage of up-and-coming live musicians to discover at Indian Ocean Hotel. In what can only be described as a huge house party, the venue is packed with heaps of comfy seating indoors and out by the poolside.
WHAT’S ON: Cloning + Spacey Jane, and more
Set on the site of the historic Artillery Drill Hall, Freo.Social is a small venue that packs a punch. With its Otherside Brewshed residence, they’re always pouring up craft brews alongside burgers and sides – meaning you can get an incredible feed in before dancing your heart out to the night’s tunes.
WHAT’S ON: Dan Howls + Great Gable + Pond, and more
The Bird Northbridge
Unpretentious and effortlessly cool, The Bird is always reliable for a great night out in Northbridge. While small, its size only adds to its charm. As one of the most affordable places to enjoy live music, entry is often no more than $10-15 on any given night. Gather your friends round, grab some of their food, get loose and even try your hand at the pool table.
The Aardvark Fremantle
The underground hideout of the Norfolk Hotel, The Aardvark is here to show you live and local acts you would’ve never heard of but you’d be glad to find out about! Even in its sweatiest of occasions – think their Tame Impala listening party in February – you know you’re strapped in for a heck of a good time.
Rosemount Hotel North Perth
The old faithful, Rosemount Hotel never fails to disappoint. Its sheer reputation as one of Perth’s most cemented music venues is enough to draw anyone in. If there’s anything we love more than a gig, it’s having a proper evening catchup with your mates in their stunning beer garden.
(All photos sourced from each venue’s Facebook page.)