At B Shed in Fremantle, local star Stella Donnelly kicks off two weeks at the revitalised Victoria Quay venue on 18 February. Joining the portside line-up over the following nights are the queerlectro pop perfection of Alter Boy. Also at B Shed is Warranma! featuring remote and regional first nations artists singer-songwriter Theona Councillor and Warriyangga Warralgurniya with WAM.
Much hyped First Nations MC, crowed as the new matriarch of Australian rap BARKAA, flies in to perform her first show on Noongar Boodjar with special local guests.
RTRFM’sWA Mixtape returns in 2022 to celebrate the much-loved community radio station’s 45th birthday with fresh takes on three classic WA albums by Grace Barbé (Jebediah’s Slightly Odway), Dan Howls (The Scientists’ Weird Love) and Noah Dillon (The Triffids’ Born Sandy Devotional).
Also in the program at B Shed is I Liked it, BUT… – a Pub Trivia Night style show hosted by performance artist extraordinaire Joel Bray and local musicians.
Local-turned-global psych-rock legends Pond kick off their world tour at Fremantle Arts Centre on 11 February to celebrate the Festival’s opening night and their latest chart-topping album, 9. Take to the lawns of this iconic venue to experience a night of expansive jams, exhilarating experimentation and frenetic showmanship. Closing out the opening weekend is Melbourne’s King Gizzard & the LizardWizard with their genre defying sounds.
Art and music will collide inside the old Karakatta Club, a women’s club in the historic Lawson Apartments. WA-based international beatmaker Ta-ku’s Songs to Experience will be a room-by-room immersive journey of light, art and the sonic grooves of his debut album. Each room brings to life a different song in this surreal, immersive world created by Ta-ku in collaboration with artists, designers and creators from around the globe.
Tom on putting this line up together:
‘It’s been a great experience inviting iconic Perth club nights and music collectives to collaborate with Perth Festival to celebrate an inclusive community focused program that platforms the city’s cutting-edge talent late into the hot summer nights.'
Stay tuned ... more details and a final suite of shows will be announced in January.