PERTH FESTIVAL Rockin’ the first announce

It’s unlikely to be the most exciting booking Perth Festival‘s contemporary music program announces for the Chevron Festival Gardens next year, but any news from the festival is welcome to us.

Ben Folds may be a regular visitor to WA but he does an admirable job of changing up his show for each visit, and his Paper Aeroplane Request Tour is no exception. A piano-pop maverick, Folds is the bespectacled musical wunderkind whose high energy shows are as entertaining as his witty banter.

Following a most memorable show alongside New York’s yMusic ensemble at the Perth Concert Hall last year, on Sunday, February 11 next year he’ll be mashing origami with the hits to present a two-part solo piano show. And for the second half of the concert, he’s handing the reins to you.

The singer-songwriter promises to roll out the hits from Brick to Rockin’ The Suburbs in the show’s first half. Then for part two, in an interactive innovation, you can write the name of your Ben Folds favourite on a piece of paper, turn it into a paper plane, and let it take flight towards the stage where the alt-rock icon will randomly select the paper planes to form the set list for part two.

Other key dates announced for the upcoming Perth Festival include:
November 9: Program launch
February 9–March 4: 2018 Perth Festival
November 27–April 15: Lotterywest Festival Films

Ben Folds plays Chevron Festival Gardens on Sunday 11 February. Tickets are on sale tomorrow, Friday, August 4.