Even if January 1 is just another day on the calendar to you, New Year’s Eve is still a fantastic excuse to eat, drink, be merry and catch some of the finest live music this city has to offer. But with just about every venue in town throwing some kind of party, the hardest part can be making up your mind about where to go. We’ve narrowed it down to a few that we shortlisted to send 2017 off with some good cheer and good riddance.
Venue: The Leederville Hotel (The Garden, The Blue Flamingo, Bill’s Bar and Bites and Babushka)
Where: 742 Newcastle Street, Leederville
What’s going down: New Orleans Leederville Mardi Gras
Featuring: DJ Wize, Late Night Organ Donors, DJ Morris, Aarin Fraser, DJ Matt D, Randa and the Soul Kingdom, Chameleon Brass Band and Coco Cabana Girls
For fans of: Helping yourself to street food all night, letting the good times roll, getting possessed by Voodoo party spirits
The New Orleans Mardi Gras is set to take over Leederville this New Year’s Eve with festivities across four of your favourite venues on Newcastle Street. The Garden, Bill’s Bar and Bites, Babushka and The Blue Flamingo are all serving up their unique flavour of good times from the deep south of the USA. Groove between the different venues to catch a taste of Perth’s finest party-starting DJs, live sets from Randa and the Soul Kingdom and Late Night Organ Donors. In fact you won’t even be able to hide from the fun! The Leederville Mardi Gras features roving entertainment courtesy of the Chameleon Brass Band and Coco Cabana Girls – sure to get everyone up and going and dancing into the night.
But there’s a whole lot more that you’ll get from your entry ticket than the festive entertainment. Leederville Mardi Gras are going all out with the southern hospitality, also offering you a complimentary drink to toast on arrival and a feast of delicious BBQ treats and street food to see you through to the new year! Prepare yourself to follow New Orleans’ unofficial motto of “laisser les bon temps rouler,” or “let the good times roll.”
Tickets $65: Get them here now
Venue: Rosemount Hotel
Where: 459 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth
What’s going down: NYE Fiesta
Featuring: HOLY HOLY, Felicity Groom, Childsaint, Demon Days, Spacey Jane, Riley Pearce, Crucial Rockers feat Grace Barbé, Carla Geneve, Wooly Mammoth, Segue Safari, Sao Nam, Young Robin & DJs Holly Doll, Aoife Daly and Claire Hodgson.
For fans of: Having all your ideas of a good night in one place.
It’s hard to add a great deal more to a line-up that speaks so strongly for itself. The Rosemount Hotel is one of the most popular NYE destinations in Perth for good reason. There are three stages offering a different experience depending on what your jam is. The main stage this year boasts Brisbane’s HOLY HOLY as the headlining act along with some other big local names like Felicity Groom and Childsaint.
There are also some other fantastic local acts to enjoy in the Four5Nine Bar while the Backyard offers DJs and that relaxed signature Rosemount vibe long into the night. The best part is you can choose the tickets you want depending on what you’re keen for on the night, with an AAA pass giving you access to the Main Stage, Four5Nine and The Backyard, while a lower-priced entry ticket still offers plenty of good times.
Tickets $29.50 – $49.99: Get them here now
Venue: Badlands Bar
Where: U1/3 Aberdeen Street, Perth
What’s going down: New Year’s Eve Covfefe
Featuring: The Love Junkies, Hideous Sun Demon, GUM, Nicholas Allbrook, Shiny Joe Ryan, Rag N’ Bone, BOAT SHOW, Pat Chow, FLOSSY, moist oyster and Tanaya Harper
For fans of: Guitars, bands that are ‘something’-punk but aren’t exactly punk bands, $5 Export cans
Down at Badlands Bar they’re set to bid farewell to the strange year that was 2017 with the only word that seems to sum it up with the succinct irreverence that it deserves. Covfefe is one for the kids who won’t stand for fake noise and like their live music as unfiltered as a 2am Trump tweet. Headlining the night will be local grunge rock heroes The Love Junkies, while Hideous Sun Demon are also on deck to make you come on and feel the Oz-punk noise.
This is a Presidential pedigree of WA rock here also featuring GUM (from Tame Impala’s Jay Watson), Pond frontman Nicholas Allbrook playing solo and his partner in crime Shiny Joe Ryan out front of his band as well. But there’s more! Polished post-punks RAG N’ BONE, femme-punks BOAT SHOW and garage punks Pat Chow lead the charge with FLOSSY and moistoyster making it a line-up deeper than an American millionaire’s Christmas tax-cut. There’s plenty of beer garden action too with a special performance from Tanaya Harper (Bells Rapids).
Tickets $39: Get them here now
Venue: Mojos Bar
Where: 237 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle
What’s going down: NYE State of Mind
Featuring: Pow! Negro, Old Blood, Southern River Band, Grievous Bodily Calm, Hyclass, Ruby May, Your Girl Pho and Western Kinsmen of the Sun
For fans of: Local love, making friends over a pool game that moves at the pace of test cricket, what dreams are made of
Mojos in North Fremantle might not be the biggest venue in Perth, but it has reputation of playing out of it’s skin when it comes to putting on the biggest and best line-ups throughout the year and this New Year’s it remains true to form. NYE State of Mind features the top-of-the-local-class of 2017 with an all-killer fixture of acts that are as sure to own the stage as they owned the year they’re leaving in their dust. Catch former Big Splash winners Pow! Negro, dirty blues maestros Old Blood, neo-soul breakout act Grievous Bodily Calm and more in a night that’s sure to hit the highest of heights while staying down to earth in the way only Mojos can.
Tickets $34.70: Get them here now
Venue: Roe Street Wilson Carpark, The Bird and Ezra Pound
Where: 18 Roe Street, Northbridge
What’s going down: Freedom Time
Featuring: Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers, Johnny Osborne, Miles Cleret, Sassy J, Bradley Zero, Ruby Savage, Silent Jay & Jace XL, Manchild, Rok Riley, Phil Stroud Band, Methods, Kuzich, K.B.I. Sound System, Earthlink Sound, Charlie Bucket, Guy Contact, Ginoli, John Safari, Nicole Filev and Jaxon.
For fans of: Free gelato, getting down, staying down, hanging with friends as down as you are
Freedom Time is back in its spiritual home this New Years with its biggest line-up yet. Featuring none other than Chicago House legend Larry Heard and a seismic list of other local, national and international acts – Freedom Time might still be the best party you’ve had all year! It’s time to throw on your dancing thongs, power up the bass cabs and let 2017 sizzle in your wake. Techno divas, tropical steppers, deep house divers, disco dorks, dead heads, and club rats far and wide will be mixing it up across the Roe Street Carpark, The Bird and Ezra Pound with tix that allow you to groove between some of the most happening spots in the heart of Northbridge.
Tickets $83.94 – $104.94: Get them here now
Venue: Claremont Showgrounds
Where: 1 Graylands Road, Claremont Showgrounds, Claremont
What’s going down: Origin NYE
Featuring: DJ Snake, Kaytranada, Mura Masa, Schoolboy Q, Stormzy, Andy C + Tonn Piper, A-Trak, Baauer, 6lack, Big Shaq, Camo & Krooked, Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies, Gentlemens Club, Goldie vs My Nu Leng, High Contrast, Kehlani, Sub Focus DJ Set + MC I.D, $UICIDEBOY$, Alix Perez & Skeptical, A.M.C & Turino, Eptic B2B Trampa, Killbox, Kucka, Moonbase, Phaseone, Pomo, Princess Nokia, Swindail, Tourist, Twerl, Special Guest Giggs
For fans of: Going big, staying big, going home, staying homeboy
Origin NYE returns to Claremont Showgrounds in 2017. Perth’s own music festival, independently owned and operated for over 10 years. On December 31, we invite thousands of festival goers alongside a world-class line-up to the Showgrounds with three stages and an exclusive VIP area for an epic New Year’s Eve. There are a staggering number of international acts on the bill including DJ Snake, Kaytranada, Schoolboy Q, Stormzy, Danny Brown, Kehlani and more. Set in the expansive Claremont Showgrounds, Origin NYE is going bigger and better than anyone else this Sunday night.
Tickets $185 – $499: Get them here now
Venue: The Norfolk Hotel
Where: 47 South Terrace, Fremantle
What’s going down: Showboat: Nauti New Years Eve
Featuring: Grace Barbe, The Tommyhawks, Salary, DJs Dr Sweets, Sparklehaus, Funk Stallion and more
For fans of: Parrrrrtyin, Getting on board, Going coastal
Get on board The Norfolk Hotel’s Show Boat New Years Eve celebration and set the right course for your 2018. Catch the goddess of groove herself Grace Barbé bringing a captain’s haul of Afro Creole goodness to the main deck upstairs at the Norfolk. Your hips will be shaking through until midnight with a very Freo blend of acts like The Tommyhawks bringing the deep blues vibes and crowd favourites Salary with their very danceable folk pop. There are a swag of DJs on the deck(s) as well with Dr Sweets, Funk Stallion and Sparklehaüs kicking you on til the wee hours. There will also be food and drink specials to keep you rolling on into the night.
Tickets $13.30: Get them here now
Venue: The Sewing Room
Where: Wolf Lane Basement, 317 Murray Street, Perth
What’s going down: Adam Hall’s Dance Party
Featuring: Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys
For fans of: Going the distance, old school boogie, getting hot in the city
Perth’s freshest live music venue The Sewing Room is celebrating its first ever New Years with a party to set the CBD into a dancing frenzy! The popular nightclub, bar and live music venue will be bringing in 2018 with the multi award winning Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys. If you’re looking for a fun-filled, silky-smooth, get-up-and-boogie New Years Eve then this is the place to be. Famous for his smooth sound and incredible range, Adam will present the works of his contemporaries such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble and Ray Charles as well as original compositions from the Velvet Playboys library. This follows a massive year of touring and playing international festivals as well as winning the BluesNews – Best Album of the Year in Germany, not to mention previously taking out Fringeworld’s Best Musical Performance prize here in Perth.
If you’re keen on some up-tempo, unique arrangements with a full horn section and backing vocalists then look no further. The Sewing Room will be open from 8pm until 5am on NYE will Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys playing from 10pm to 1am to bring the New Year in with style!
Tickets $36 – $48.43: Get them here now
Venue: Rodney’s Bait and Tackle
Where: 598 Stirling Highway, Mosman Park
What’s going down: Sandtrax – 2018 NYE Beach Jamboree
Featuring: Dom Mariani’s Majestic Kelp. The Floors, Shangara Jive, DJ Blind Tiger and DJ Tino Turner
For fans of: Going tropical, getting down for some limbo, getting beached as
To celebrate another year of full nets, long salty nights on the jetty and breezy vibes aboard the Maevon, Rodney is serving up his biggest New Years Eve Party yet, the 2018 NYE Beach Jamboree, Sandtrax. Rodney has hand-selected some of the this town’s biggest and most exotic fish: rock n roll rascals The Floors, Dom Mariani’s psychedelic surf rock outfit The Majestic Kelp and certified party starters and masters of rhythm Shangara Jive. Plus – as always – this balmy party cruise will be captained by the sure hands of DJ Blind Tiger and DJ Tino Turner. Dress code is tropical and they’ve got the limbo lined-up for those that are up for getting down.
Tickets $65: Get them here now
Venue: The Indi Bar
Where: 23 Hastings Street, Scarborough
What’s going down: Indi Bar New Years Eve
Featuring: Legs Electric, Great Gable, Death By Denim and Moonlighter
For fans of: Keeping it live, loud and local
Celebrate the end of 2017 and enter the new year in great fashion, dancing along to some of the greatest bands that Indi Bar has to offer. Catch local live sounds from Moonlighter, a young trio showing all their wares of sweet, keening vocals and soaring guitar lines. Death By Denim are another indie rock band clearly on the rise having played at the Southbound Music Festival in 2016.
Great Gable hail from the South West but fortunately for Indi Bar locals, now call Perth home. Their last two appearances at Indi have seen them draw a crowd and making them move and dance like there’s no (work) tomorrow. Headliners Legs Electric are an all-female band that mean business and will end the night, and kick off 2018 in pure rock and roll fashion.
Tickets $30: Get them here now