It’s long been acknowledged that there’s something in the water here in Perth. We have bands and artists who create music so good it could make an angel cry. You only have to drop into any live music venue, anywhere across the length and breadth of Perth and Freo, to experience something very special.
And there’s a problem. We have an oversupply of goodness.
Check out the weekly gig guide and it’s hard to decide what to go and see. The choices are many, the days are few. And there’s always tomorrow, as in, we could see them somewhere else tomorrow night, so let’s stay home tonight and ...
So, the people who brought us Yardfest, a ramshackle series of backyard events that put the best bands in short supply and, therefore, high demand (economics, duh!), are now bringing us Beyond The Verge, a secret show at a yet-to-be-announced location, only available to those in the know, on the day of the show, this Saturday 27 April. Yes, it’s been done before, but what a great idea! And does Perth ever need great ideas in the live music scene right now.
Based on the interest being shown in the line-up for Beyond The Verge, we reckon that there will be around 10 times the audience numbers for this show compared to the same line up on the same night taking place at an established venue. Yah! So, get on this beautiful collision of DIY promotion and rock and roll rebellion, before it’s too late to get your exclusive pass to the show.
Did we say rebellion? Not quite. Around The Sound spoke to the organisers of the gig, Charlie Wilde and Ariane Beyer, to find out what they were up to.
AB: “It’s definitely not a registered event, but we also don’t want it to get shut down.”
CW: “It can be a very nicely run rebellion.”
AB: “An organised rebellion.”
CW: “We’re treading the line between under the radar and official.”
Turns out these up and coming promoters have done their homework and made sure that, while they may be flying just under the radar, they’re not so far off the map that they’re expecting the long arm of the law, or more boring still, the local council, to interfere in their business.
Wilde and Beyer are hooked up with the Arts Management Student Organisation, which represents the Arts Management students of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). These are the next generation of artists, managers and promoters, the next Cath Haridy and Michael Gudinski (Google them if you don’t know who they are, kids). So, Wilde and Beyer are applying their learning in a practical context, but they’re also exercising their passion.
AB: “At our core, were all creative people and doing events like this is really great because you have that opportunity to really flex those creative muscles and have a bit of fun and experiment.
“We’re putting on this event to contribute to the local music scene and to contribute our own stamp to it. If you’re doing it for the right reasons, you want to see it develop and grow. I guess that’s why you’d want to become a promoter, because you’re passionate about the scene and you want to support it and develop it.”
For Wilde, there’s also another motivation. He’s a muso who’s always looking for ways to take his band to the next level.
CW: “The way you put yourself forward as an artist is always changing and evolving. My band has been together for about five months now and we were growing at a certain rate, but now I want to get more ambitious, release a single, and I just wanted a way to vault myself a bit further along the food chain of the music scene. I wanted something that would make people sit up and take notice of Charlie Wilde. So, it all started as a way to put Charlie Wilde on the map.”
Beyond The Verge kicks off at 6.00 pm on Saturday 27 April and features:
Mal de Mer
Sara Salt (band)
Roobs and The Washing Line Economy
Charlie Wilde (band)
DJ FERRET & CRAB (Crab Claw DJ's)
Get on the ride at https://www.facebook.com/events/872461629812444/