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February Gig Guide

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Meow Meow Pandemonium
No doubt I love February in Perth, it’s the best time of year when the whole city comes alive and we’re spoilt for choice. Not only do we have Fringe World descending its colour and irreverence on the city but the Perth Festival also brings some of the most provocative artists and shows to Perth. Additionally, our tantalising summer nights also attracts many artists, which means more concerts and opportunities to see some the groups I’ve been hoping would come westside. If you’re looking to organise a crew and hear some great music then following five will cover all bases.



Briggs Big Apples House Party

7 February | Chevron Lighthouse | More information

Kicking off the month and the festival Adam Briggs is bringing his crew to the opening party at the soon to be hotspot Chevron Lighthouse. Briggs who is one half of AB Original is one of Australia’s most influential and conscious hip hop artists. Last time I saw him he was performing to a packed tent at Falls Festival. Being a massive hip hop fan I’ve always vibed with Briggs’ talent at blending social commentary with compelling beats, plus he has a real knack of taking the energy of a concert up several notches. With support provided by several friends including Butchulla emcee Birdz and WA’s rising star Jamila, expect house party vibes with a big star sound which in my opinion ticks all the boxes for a gig.

 

Late Night Cartel - ATLiens

7 February | Amplifier | More information

A few blocks away on the same night Amplifier play host to the duo ATLiens. These guys serve up electrifying electronic dub that is industrial, dirty and very wubby. Donning chrome masks featuring red-lit eyes the mysterious producers will be playing a number of dub/trap mixes including their newest release Meltdown. Whilst there’s not much of this type of music in my Spotify lists, I really dig the way they produced very accessible, danceable music. Don’t make plans for Saturday morning because you’ll want to kick on after this.

 

Meow Meow Pandemonium

20 February | Perth Concert Hall | More information 

Even if it normally caters for an older crowd the Perth Concert Hall is actually one of my favourite venues to listen to musicians and vocalists with the exceptional acoustics it provides. In February, the truly unique artist, Meow Meow is someone I’d happily go see. With a distinctively enticing voice and hilarious comedic delivery, the comedienne and singer extraordinaire is known for putting the audience in stitches before beguiling you with her divine voice. It’s said to be cabaret that features traditional fare alongside more Radiohead songs which would be fascinating to hear. Featuring The Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and the promise of a Piazzolla tango, this true Diva should put on a spectacular night.

 

Rufus Wainwright, Down Solo Wainwright

21 February | Perth Concert Hall | More information

Then a few days later I’d be back again to see Rufus Wainwright. Always willing to take up a chance to appreciate a talented songwriter the American-Canadian is known to be immensely talented. Known as a real ‘original’, the jazz and folk composer and songwriter who comes from a family of acclaimed musicians has made a career out of melding folk with baroque and indie pop. On this occasion, Wainwright will be giving a truly intimate gig at the Concert Hall playing only on piano and guitar in front of a select number of cabaret tables as well as usual seating. It would be worth the ticket price just to hear him sing Hallelujah.


True Vibenation

22 February | Jack Rabbit Slim’s | More information

If you haven’t been to Jack Rabbit Slim’s you should rectify that soon. It’s a great live venue featuring some of the best lighting and graphics of any venue and is known for featuring artists coming up, plus they have boozy milkshakes and food which is always a driving force in my decision-making.  If like me, you like to have a dance grooving out to soul, afrobeat and hip hop then you should check out True Vibenation. The Sydney group who take their influences from Fela Kuti, Hugh Masekela and The Daptone Horns have been tearing up festivals across Europe returning to Australia to give a headline performance featuring live horns, beats and a lot of crowd interaction. Having supported Ozmatli, a band I’ve had the pleasure of seeing, True Vibenation looks like their in a similar vein.

Melanie Griffiths is a music writer, reviewer and an ardent supporter of the West Australian music scene. With a career spanning several years, Mel is one of Perth’s most active reviewers contributing to several local and national publications. Concert highlights have included covering Paul McCartney and Prince as well as some ripper local bands including Methyl Ethel, Stella Donnelly and SUPEREGO. 

 

  • 28 Jan '20