Efforts to not only flatten the curve but also reduce community transmission of COVID-19 now means that we're in Phase 4. This means live venues are back and putting on events so what are you and I doing in July? Heading out to what will end up being a run of the hottest return parties in Perth featuring some of the best local talent around. 

Monday Milk - Sofa, Éloïse Gougoux, Club Sentimental

The Bird | Monday 6 July | More information

Kick off the month by heading down to everyone’s favourite watering hole The Bird and welcome back their first live music gig, Monday Milk. Featuring a lineup of Perth’s exciting young and up and coming artists including Club Sentimental and Sofa. These guys have been previously gigging at your local haunts serving up indie pop goodness. What better way to welcome back live music than to go support newcomers? And if you need more convincing, it's free entry... I’m sold.

Enliven Online Music & Arts Festival Week 4

Badlands Bar, Saturday 11 July | Buy tickets

Having run through June as a live streamed event, Enliven Online Music & Arts Festival takes up residency at Badlands Bar. Meant as a way to get great WA artists together to reinvigorate the arts and performing scene, best of all we can now check out the festival in person. If you do you’ll see live performances from Tangled Thoughts of Leaving, New Talk, Didion’s Bible and Lana Rothnie. I’ve mentioned a few times that Badlands is one of my favourite places to hear live music and these bands are great for those who love indie rock with a hard twist so this is one that will absolutely pop off.

Universal Bar

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Universal Bar is a legendary spot that has hosted thousands of artists, especially local musos throughout its illustrious history, including several very good friends of mine. In July it’s full steam ahead as the party returns showcasing some of Perth’s best blues, cover and original bands. So if you are stuck for choice and you are looking to kick the night off make your way to Universal to check out bands like Kaskayde and Felix on Fridays or Little Belle and Soul Corporation on Saturdays. Always a blast, be warned you’ll likely end up making new friends.

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.