Felize Navidad! Wahey, Christmas is finally here. If you haven’t lobotomised yourself from the endless Maria Carey repeats from your retail job, then you’ll probably still have the ability to buy tickets to some pretty crisp gigs. Like most months during festival season, there are plenty of interesting gigs to head up to before things get messy and fun in January and February. Whether its Jack Johnson in Kings Park or the allure of Nai Palm at the Rosemount, GROK has some pretty interesting gigs of note for you to check out.
Sleepmakeswaves + Rosetta + Georgia Reed – Badlands Perth – Tuesday December 5
Post-rock trailblazers sleepmakeswaves will be hitting up Badlands Bar as a part of their national headlining tour after wrapping up a 60+ date international tour after releasing album Made of Breath Only. Supported by American post-metal band Rosetta and local songstress Georgia Reed, if you’re looking for an entertaining rock gig to head to tonight, then Badlands is the place to hit up.
Jack Johnson + Bahamas – King Park and Botanic Garden – Wedesday December 6
Playing outdoors in probably one of the most interesting spots to host a concert, Johnson will likely be playing a two-hour set with a live band. Playing chilled out folk songs both old and new, pleasing your inner bohemian with a sweeping view of the Perth skyline. It is advised to bring a tartan rug in order to get cosy.
Gordi – Mojos Bar, North Fremantle – Wednesday December 6
Bringing her electronic soundscapes to Mojo’s bar, the Perth stop on her Reservoir tour that kicked off in Melbourne at the end of November. Touring with the Gang of Youths and Icelandic musician Asgeir, Gordi has certainly had a busy late 2017. Catch her play her debut album live in the initimate enclosed space of Mojo’s bar.
The Waifs – Quarry Amphitheatre, City Beach – Wednesday December 6
Celebrating 25 years of playing as a band, The Waifs will be coming home to WA to play at the Quarry Amphitheatre in City Beach. Be prepared to watch live renditions of their latest album Ironbark, an LP that took number one position in the ARIA charts earlier in the year.
Tash Sultana + Pierce Brothers + Willow Beats – Fremantle Arts Centre – Thursday December 7
After a gruelling 18 month world tour Tash Sultana is set to play nationally across Australia, stopping to play at Fremantle Arts Centre along the way. Supported by Willow Beats and the Pierce Brothers, expect a night of crazed drumbeat, DIY music and classic Sultana-esque guitar solos and looping. This live show should quench your thirst for her debut album for the time being.
Alison Wonderland + ASAP Ferg + Danger + DJ Taco (Odd Future) + Lido + Lunice + Party Favor + Quix – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Upper Swan – Sunday December 10
Coming to Perth with a meaty line-up of electronic music producers, tech-heads can be assured to appreciate this gig set up by Alison Wonderland. Be prepared to be amazed by the visuals on top of the sounds. Theatrics and music shall be combined.
Nai Palm – Rosemount Hotel – Friday 15 December
Nominated for a Grammy award twice and receiving praise from artists such as Erykah Badu, Anderson Paak and Prince, Nai Palm will be supported by Demon Days, Spencer Arbuckle and DJ Ben Taffe. Touring under her solo album Needle Paw, be sure to be enticed by lingering silences and evocative sounds.
Polish Club + West Thebarton + Stella Donnelly – Rosemount Hotel, North Perth – Saturday December 16
Expect an early Christmas present from Polish Club at the Rosemount Hotel on December 16. Supported by rising local muso Stella Donnelly, expect loud, brash and cheeky rock and soul all wrapped up and ready to pop like a Christmas cracker. Try to keep up with their beat!
DR NOGGIN-FLOGGIN & THE COSMIC TOOTHBRUSH FT. Psychedelic Porn Crumpets + The Southern River Band + Foam + Kitchen People + Great Gable + Demon Days + Soukouss Internationale + Moana + Ruby May + Candy Guts + Marmalade Mama + DIY Rainclouds – Rosemount Hotel, North Perth – Saturday December 23
This is an exciting gig to head out to before the onslaught of the Christmas festivities on 24th and 25th of December. Boasting a huge local line-up and kicking off at 5.00pm, it’ll be a sure fire way to kick off your Christmas weekend with a few meaty local tunes. With the name alone making your head spin (who the f**k is Dr Noggin Floggin?), there is nothing better than a Christmas season Psychedelic Porn Crumpet Mosh.
BADLANDS BAR NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH The Love Junkies + Hideous Sun Demon + GUM + Nicholas Allbrook + Stella Donnelly + Rag n Bone + Boat Show + Pat Chow + Shiny Joe Ryan + Flossy + Moistoyster – Badlands Bar Perth – Sunday December 31
There are two must-see end-of-year gigs to attend at the close of 2017, it’s just a matter of how you want to celebrate 2017’s inevitable close. Badlands is the way to go if you want to finish up the year with some stellar local acts, packed to the hilt with all kinds of rock bands under the sun, be sure to crack open that bottle of Champagne, pour it on your head and mosh.
ORIGIN NYE 2017 FEAT Big Shaq + DJ Snake + Mura Masa + ScHoolboy Q + Stormzy + Andy C + A-Trak + Baauer + Camo & Krooked + Eptic + Trampa + Gentlemens Club + Goldie + My Nu Leng + High Contrast + Killbox + Moonbase + Pomo + Rezz + Sub Focus + $uicideBoy$ + Tourist + Danny Brown + Alix Perez + Skeptical + Swindail + 6lack + Kucka + more – Sunday December 31
Origin is always the way to go if you want to hit up some big international acts wiling to play in Perth for NYE. Featuring appearances from Big Shaq, DJ Snake, Mura Masa, Schoolboy Q and even Stormzy and many more it’s bound to get filthy. In the wise words of Big Shaq, a man is not hot.