Travel restrictions have meant most interstate and international tours have rescheduled, leaving WA artists to fill the void - which is absolutely fine by me! This is an opportune time to go out and support our local venues whilst checking out WA artists whether new or old favourites. And seriously, we’ve got some of the most unique talent here in WA so why wouldn’t you?

Matty T Wall Band

The Ellington Jazz Club | 1 August | Buy tickets

Firstly a big welcome back to the iconic Ellington! It’s been far too long between drinks and they’re coming back stronger than ever with Matty T Wall. Wall is an exceptional blues-rock guitarist who has scored himself three Number One Blues albums in Australia along with a number of international award nominations. He’ll take to the stage with an equally accomplished band featuring Ric Whittle and Leigh Miller. This is one for people who not only love gritty blues but moreover who appreciate watching extraordinary musicians in their element.

Natalie Gillespie

The Ellington Jazz Club | 7 August | Buy tickets

If you’re looking for a soul gig that is going to stay with you, then my recommendation is Natalie Gillespie. The Perth singer/songwriter has a number of fans including Ian Moss and Paul Kelly and has toured the globe with Yothu Yindi. Her talent is delving deep into heartfelt matters that feel experiential for her audience and her voice is unforgettable. You’ll see Gillespie command the stage with her powerful presence and put on a brilliant show you’re going to absolutely enjoy. 

Scalphunter, Nankasi, Desert Dogs

Lucy’s Love Shack | 14 August | Find out more

Lucy’s continues to be the best place to head for killer hard core metal, pop-punk and everything in between. On Friday 14 August the basement will get hectic with local legends Scalphunter. Purveyors of punk rock, these guys have always blown away a crowd with their energetic and blistering live shows. After being stuck at home for months, I’m definitely in need of throwing off some excess energy. Along for the ride will be bands Nankasi and Desert Dogs who promise to tear it up.