The bad news though is it means no live music this month but the good news is many of those artists will make their way back next year when life returns to normal. In the meantime you can still support these artists and revel in their music via my Spotify playlist.
16 Jan 21 | Metro City | More information
The dreamy Charlie should be required listening on any iso-playlist. The song took out the impressive #3 spot on this year’s Hottest 100 with songwriter and producer Grace Shaw’s star continuing to rise. I really vibe with her intimate songwriting underpinned by fetching rhythms in tracks like Groceries and Drive Me Round. She was meant to undertake a national theatre tour and rather than cancelling she’ll be heading back to Metro’s next January.
Birds Of Tokyo with WASO
14-16 Jan 21 | Perth Concert Hall | More information
Perth’s Birds Of Tokyo, not only have a swag of APRA awards but is also one of Australia’s most successful rock bands. I’ve seen them kill it several times and the energy of the band along with Ian Kenny’s unique style of performance is top-notch. Following on from the release of their new single Two of Us, Birds Of Tokyo were to perform with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra to showcase their new work plus some exciting reinterpretations of old favourites. Not to let down fans, they have instead rescheduled this event for next January 2021.
We may have to wait until January to see them but their new album Human Design drops on the 24th April. Head on over to their website to score some great record and merch packs, including a signed print from the band.
Faith No More
They may have postponed their mammoth tour but Faith No More will still be delivering an epic show next March which is great news for fans and those of us who were keen to finally see one of the 90s biggest alt-rock bands. Considering their last headline tour was way back in 1997, waiting another 10 months to see these legends is a small ask. If you have a ticket hang onto it if you don’t grab yourself one before they sell out and experience the power of a real arena concert.
Apia Good Times Tour
May 21 | Perth Concert Hall | More information
Traditionally the Good Times Tour draws in an older crowd and whilst I wondered if the lineup would deliver, it turned out to be a concert highlight. Every year Apia curates a lineup of powerhouse artists from the 70s and 80s. This time around there’s the iconic singers Kate Cebrano, Deborah Conway and Wendy Matthews. The brilliant Vika & Linda Bull and Joe Camilleri (The Black Sorrows), and your mum’s heartthrobs John Paul Young and Leo Sayer. Nostalgic? Yes. Impressive? Absolutely. Don’t miss out on seeing the rich history of Aussie music in action.
Example: Sun Hits Your Eyes
TBA | Jack Rabbit Slim’s | More information
I have a soft spot for old school London liquid house (think of Ministry of Sound with a swirl of EDM) and Example is an artist that always has me bouncing around in my lounge room. Elliot Gleave, producer and musician has been making bangers for years under his moniker Example. Having parted ways with Sony, the Englishman now releases his work under his label AWAL/Kobalt and was scheduled to promote new single Sun Hits Your Eyes with an intimate gig at Slim’s. That show has now unfortunately been cancelled but hopefully the now Brisbane resident may make it back westside in the new year.
Some venues around the CBD are keeping the fires burning by bringing the party into your lounge room. Hosting live streams each week featuring DJ and live acts, keep in the know for timings by clicking on the below links and loose with an iso-dance party.
Jack Rabbit Slim’s
Stay safe and wash your hands!
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 Apr '20