Heading to Perth any time soon? You may be in luck if you’re hoping to attend a music festival! What are you into? Jazz? Blues? Country music? Check out this line-up of events and see if it coincides with your visit. If you’re considering Perth as a place to live, study or holiday, maybe it’s big events like these that will get you over the line.
Perth music festivals for festy besties
Grab your BFF, check the program and make your way to the mosh pit; things are about to get cray-cray! Perth’s music festivals are lit and you won’t to miss a minute of the action.
- HyperFest (Dec) – For one day only, HyperFest delivers a crazy-good line-up of homegrown heroes and sparkling international acts. DJs will man the decks and the air will be alive with tunes. But that’s not all you can expect at this epic event for ages 12 and over. There’s a foam dance pit, water slides, a dunk tank, photo booth, games, sideshow alley rides, live art battles and even a signing tent where you can meet your favourite artists. Parents will be happy to know that HyperFest is a drug, alcohol and smoke-free event.
- Electric Gardens (Jan) – This is a world-class dance music gig at the open-air Belvoir Parklands, 30 kilometres from Perth. Electric Gardens began when two Australian backpackers attended a backyard rave in London. That gig ended up becoming South West Four, London’s biggest electronic music festival. Today, with the guys back home in Australia, Electric Gardens showcases the best in electronic and house music acts and attracts crowds of 70,000-plus people.
- Toodyay Music Fest (Mar) – Get down to Duidgee Park and Stirling Park which each have stages to host the bands and artists who perform their little hearts out as part of the Toodyay Music Fest every March.
Get your fix of blues and jazz
You know you love the good stuff. When it comes to blues, jazz, bluegrass, roots and that kinda thing, Perth delivers!
- Falls Festival (Jan) – Skip over to Fremantle for Falls Festival, an annual music and arts festival that’s stuffed with things to do and see. Situated in the Fremantle Oval Precinct, the organisers allow daily passes out so attendees can take advantage of the city’s other offerings like shops, tourist sites and Bathers Beach. Meanwhile, on site you can sink a cold one at WA’s largest and fanciest outdoor beer garden, get into some seriously good jazz, swing, blues, bluegrass and other genres.
- Fairbridge Festival (Apr) – It’s one of the state’s most popular family-friendly camping festivals with its down-to-earth bill of folk, blues, a capella, roots, Celtic, acoustic and world music. The Fairbridge Festival, 100 kilometres south of Perth hosts some outstanding musical acts and also offers a program of talks, arts and crafts workshops, wellness activities, street performers and dance displays. Children will love it for the colourful sights and interesting sounds. With over 100 different acts to entertain you, this heart-warming celebration of folk music will create memories to last a lifetime.
- Blues at Bridgetown (Nov) – One of Australia’s premier blues festivals, Blues at Bridgetown is considered a cutting-edge event that’s still packing them in since the first of its kind in 1996. For three days, the town of Bridgetown, 3 hours to the south of Perth bursts through the Spring atmosphere, bringing goose bumps to the flesh of attendees. With breathtaking views and a roster that any musical town in the world would be proud to boast, this is one fine festival. Go along for top drawer Aussie acts, up-and-comers from here and overseas and some big names from overseas too.
- Perth International Jazz Festival (Nov) – Right in the heart of the city, the Perth International Jazz Festival lights up the atmosphere for three days. The organisers are keen to encourage the wider community to embrace jazz, its history, its many flavours and its fun. International and local acts perform at small, intimate venues and larger, louder venues.
Heavy metal music festival
When you need it loud and you need it full-on, this is where you need to be!
- Rust In Perth (Nov) – Perth’s heavy metal fans descend on the Civic Hotel for a 12-hour metal-fest that is Rust In Perth. Thirteen bands pump out the electricity from midday to midnight in what’s known as a ‘mini-metal’ festival.
Perth music festivals for those who are ‘a little bit country’
Put on your boots and hat and get ready to boot-scoot your way through some heady days of country music.
- Boyup Brook Country Music Festival (Feb) – Very much a local community event, the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival relies on dedicated volunteers to make it happen. With that much heart behind it, you know it has to be three days of awesomeness. You can camp onsite on the grassy river banks and among the mature gum trees, 270 kilometres from Perth. Thousands of caravans and campervans, trucks, utes and motorcyclist campers enjoy the festivities then go to sleep at night under the stars. The Saturday is the day for the Ute and Truck Muster Parade which is part of the Street Carnival. Every year, the Country Music Awards dole out gongs to the most outstanding talent, some of whom have gone on to participate in well-known TV shows, the broader country music scene and even Nashville.
- Nannup Music Festival (Mar) – More than 30 years of passionate organisation and community spirit have gone in to the Nannup Music Festival. Just under a three-hour drive from Perth, the location is an idyllic spot to enjoy a bushland setting and country music. As well as ticketed venues, there are loads of street performances, poetry readings, children’s zones, a busking competition, markets, panels, workshops and plenty of chill-out spots. Go along to discover some impressive acts before they hit the big time.
Music festivals you can’t slap a label on
Here are a couple of interesting gigs you should explore further.
- State of the Art Festival (Jun) – The State of the Art Festival makes up part of the state’s weekend festivities for WA Day. This one-day event is free to attend so you can pretty much expect big crowds of very happy people of all ages.
- Denmark Festival of Voice (Jun) – Held in the small coastal town of Denmark, 420 kilometres from Perth, the Denmark Festival of Voice is all about the human voice and its incredible capabilities. Local, national and international artists come together to perform a capella and with instrumental accompaniment, as groups and as individuals.