“Perth, Adelaide and Melbourne were one of Bob’s favourite places to tour, England wasn’t really the place to put us on the map, it was right here in Australia. When we came out here, there were like thousands and thousands of people so we greatly appreciate you coming down then, and for supporting us still.” – Al Anderson
Pic: Steve Worner
“The best thing about writing and singing soul music is that it has heart, and sometimes these days people try to get caught up with being intelligent, clever and witty with their lyrics, and I don’t possess any of those skills, but what I do possess is to be honest and to be true.”
– Odette Mercy
BLUES AT BRIDGETOWN – November 10-12, 2017
Review & photography by Shane Pinnegar
We’re back in Bridgetown for our annual pilgrimage to The Blues. A scant three-hour drive South of Perth, this idyllic location this year hosts the TWENTY-FIFTH edition of their iconic festival: a uniquely not-for-profit, volunteer-run event attracting far too many cool musicians to spend a moment longer than necessary relaxing after driving through the glorious 33ºC spring heat.
April 24-27, 2017
Down in tree-lined Pinjarra the scene was set for yet another wonderful weekend at the Fairbridge Festival. This year being the 25th anniversary saw an extra day added to the already action-packed festival and from all accounts this was joyously received by the festival-goers.
With a massive amount of amazing music, stalls, children's entertainment, workshops, food and fantastic people this had to be one of the best Fairbridge Festivals of all time.
Photography: Cole Maguire
Hell can freeze over and pigs (although, ironically, not in the case – yet – of Pink Floyd) do fly. And so it is after years of consternation, feuding and nit-picking that we see an as-close-as-we’ll-get-to-classic line-up of US rock behemoth Guns N’ Roses.
That’s not to say it ain’t fun, though. The sight of vocalist Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist, Duff McKagan, rubbing shoulders on a Perth stage wasn’t something a good majority of the 35,000 assembled would have expected to witness.
Pic: Nikolitsa Boutieros
For a week prior to Nick Cave’s arrival at Perth Arena, it seemed that God was in the house. Bruce Springsteen had played capacity shows for three nights, but as the lights dimmed and The Bad Seeds took the stage with Cave walking on last and taking a seat at the front of the stage, the New Boss was not the same as the Old Boss.
A fundraiser for Lifeline WA, this evening was called Bramfest Vol.2, a gig-gathering for Brameld’s family, friends and musicians to remember him in music. By Bob Gordon