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A montage of promotional photographs of King Ibis and Adrian Dzvuke. King Ibis is standing together with red and green light shone on them. Adrian Dzvuke is reclining on a stool in a side profile.

2 local bands win golden opportunity to support Coldplay

Oct 13, 2023
2 Western Australian artists have been handed a rare career-boosting opportunity to support Coldplay at their upcoming sell-out Perth concerts.
A group photo of the members of Coldplay

Emerging WA music act to rise to the top with Coldplay at Optus Stadium

Aug 21, 2023
A local WA band will win the chance to support Coldplay’s ‘Music of The Spheres’ Perth performance later this year through the Coldplay Rising Artist Competition.
A crowd at a live event with the words, 'New website to make WA music venues safer and more inclusive'

Safer Venues WA website launch music to community’s ears

Aug 3, 2023
A new website with an industry toolkit, created thanks to State Government funding, is aiming to make live music venues in Western Australia safer and more inclusive, especially for women and the LGBTQI+ community.
Illustration of a band on the back of a truck with many speakers

High Voltage ready to rock Fremantle in the spirit of Bon Scott

Mar 13, 2023
Western Australia's new free homegrown High Voltage rock n' roll festival inspired by local legend Bon Scott will take to the streets of Fremantle in a huge celebration of local talent and creativity.
Members of Voyager holding out heir hands with confetti falling down

Perth band takes WA to world stage at Eurovision 2023

Feb 23, 2023
Western Australia is taking to the world stage yet again, with Perth synth metal band Voyager showcasing WA's musical talent and spectacular natural scenery at the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.
Yagan Square is lit up at night

Music, markets and mini-museums to bring Yagan Square to life

May 10, 2022
Yagan Square will come alive with activity across autumn and winter, with the launch of an exciting free events program at the precinct in the heart of the city.
Empty seats at Perth Concert Hall, Western Australia

Architect named for Perth Concert Hall redevelopment

Mar 10, 2022
WITH Architecture Studio and OMA have been appointed as lead architects for the redevelopment of Western Australia's iconic Perth Concert Hall.
2020 Awesome Festival: International Arts Festival for bright young things

2020 AWESOME Festival to delight young and old

Aug 12, 2020
The AWESOME Arts Festival will once again delight audiences young and old, when it is presented at the Perth Cultural Centre during the next school holidays in spring.
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

Major sport and entertainment events bring economic boost for WA

Jul 21, 2020
Western Australians were treated to a choice of sport and entertainment events last week helping to stimulate the local economy.
WA Unlocked Perth at HBF Stadium 18 July 2020

Western Australia to host nation’s first post COVID-19 live music event

Jun 30, 2020
Live music in Western Australia is officially back with the announcement that up to 4000 fans will be able to support popular local bands on Saturday July 18, the day WA celebrates the lifting of all COVID-19 crowd restrictions.
Highway to Hell concert

High-voltage Highway to Hell finale closes epic Perth Festival season

Feb 29, 2020
The finale of the 2020 Perth Festival will be held tomorrow (Sunday, March 1), on the 40th anniversary since original AC/DC front man Bon Scott was laid to rest at Fremantle Cemetery, and event goers are invited to rock out to the once-in-a-generation event.
Highway to Hell: Minister David Templeman and Minister Rita Saffioti with organisers of the Highway to Hell in front of a Transperth Bus

Hell’s Bell ready to ring in the world’s largest homage to AC/DC at Perth Festival’s closing event

Feb 21, 2020
The stages are set and a Hell's Bell is set to ring in the world's largest homage to AC/DC's Bon Scott and his Western Australian links at Perth Festival's 2020 free public finale.
A crowd cheering a band on stage with the Raffles Hotel in the background

Highway councils band together to stage AC/DC tribute

Oct 31, 2019
Three metropolitan councils are banding together to help create a family event that promises to be one of the highlights of the 2020 Festival of Perth.
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