Just when you thought WAMFest couldn’t get any bigger, along comes the biggest ever Live Friday Showcases program, hitting venues right around Perth on Friday, November 3. Introducing another 90+ acts, showcasing at 17 events, hitting a variety of different niches, audiences and themes. These artists join the 130+ artists across 20 venues already announced for WAMFest Live Saturday, as well as the massive Regional Showcases, Opening Night, Awards nights and more.
Running from 5pm to late, the Live Friday Showcases will cover every taste. As usual, entry to all events is FREE with a WAMCon pass.
COURTYARD CLUB @ STATE THEATRE CENTRE COURTYARD
Presented by Perth Theatre Trust & RTRFM
WA’s fave community radio station launches their Courtyard Club series with a bang at WAMFest, feat. an outside broadcast of Drivetime presented by local music program Homegrown, interviews galore plus six hours of live music.
Featuring: Verge Collection, Simone & Girlfunkle, Nerve Quakes, Airline Food, Spring Peaks plus a DJ set from a WAM Hall of Famer.
5pm-11pm | FREE
QUAYNOTE BOAT PARTY @ THE SWAN RIVER
Presented by MOSHTIX
It’s theorised there’s Something In The Water in WA, so where better to celebrate WA music than on it! Every year sells out, and there’s only one chance remaining to board the nautical networking paradise; buying a WAMCon pass by 10am Monday 23 October to register for the QuayNote Ballot. Winners will be randomly selected, and can expect tunes, eats and complimentary beverages at the music industry dream cruise.
Late Afternoon–Early evening | FREE with WAMCon Earlybird/Successful Ballot Pass (subject to capacity)
THE SEWING ROOM PRESENTS @ THE SEWING ROOM
Perth’s newest basement music venue nightclub, The Sewing Room unleashes itself onto the WAMFest weekend with a hot lineup of WA live noisemakers, celebrating both the new space and some of the greatest acts this side of the Nullarbor.
Featuring: Hideous Sun Demon, Jacob Diamond, Reef Prince, Grievous Bodily Calm, Carla Geneve, HeebieJeebies, and Kris Nelson.
6pm-11.30pm | $20+bf presale, $25 on the door, or FREE with WAMCon Pass
WOMPP WAMFest EDITION @ THE BIRD
Presented by WOMPP
WOMPP is a monthly community platform for female, transgender and non-binary music makers to share and discuss music production. Joining forces with WAMFest, WOMPP present a night showcasing amazingly talented Perth female electronic artists from all over the spectrum.
Featuring: Kopano, Your Girl Pho, JAMILLA and Jane Jaya Ayres (DJ set).
8pm-Midnight | $5 on the door or FREE with WAMCon Pass
WA HC SHOWCASE 2017 @ THE BOSTON
Presented by WASTED YOUTH and MATCHLESS MUSIC
Making serious waves at the Boston, the WA HC Showcase promises a night of no-holds-barred hardcore from six ferocious Perth bands, followed by guest DJ sets from Matchless Music, No Surrender Records and Bad Noose legends.
Featuring: Apollo Zen, Vacant Home, Facile, Crossjoint, No Brainer and Bitter Taste. Plus guest DJ sets from Lee Reader, Alex Taylor, Layton Webber & NHPW Wrestling Champion ‘King Shahil’
8pm-Midnight | $12 door or FREE with WAMCon Pass
WAMFEST SCARBOROUGH @ INDI BAR and EL GROTTO
Presented by INDI BAR and EL GROTTO
Scarborough has long played a pivotal role in the WA music scene so it only seems right that on WA’s weekend of celebrating their homegrown talent that two of Scarborough’s best live music venues put together a show to knock your socks off.
Featuring: Old Blood, Grace Barbe, Marmalade Mama, The Durongs, Elli Schoen, Death By Denim, Salary, Valentine, Duncan Saige & Grace Sanders.
7pm-Midnight | $15+BF presale, $20 on the door or FREE with WAMCon Pass
CATZILLA ALBUM LAUNCH @ BADLANDS
Presented by CATZILLA
Inspired by the B-movies and garage sounds of the ‘60s, Catzilla’s upbeat fuzzorama will get you grooving to the max, with their debut album launch set to be a raucous night you best be pouncing on.
Featuring: Catzilla, Boom! Bap! Pow!, The Caballeros and The Surf Mist, plus DJs Aoife, Mr Kavebeat & Dr Zaius.
8pm-Midnight | $10+BF presale, $15 on the door or FREE with WAMCon Pass
PINKY SWEAR + FRIENDS SHOWCASE x GIRL YORK SINGLE LAUNCH @ TETSUO
Presented by PINKY SWEAR
Artist management agency Pinky Swear teams up with mates Lock It Records and NEMESIS Arts Management to present a tasty smorgasbord of garage rock/brit pop, blended rock psych/ jazz/indie and more from their stables. Happening at one of Perth’s newest venues, the night also plays host to Girl York’s new single launch.
Featuring: J.F.K. Raksha, Girl York & Hibiscus
8pm-11.30pm | $10 door or FREE with WAMCon Pass
SWEET OBLIVION WAMFEST EDITION @ HQ LEEDERVILLE (All-Ages)
Presented by HQ LEEDERVILLE and COOL PERTH NIGHTS
Now one of WA’s strongest all-ages brands, the Sweet Oblivion series presents a special hip hop edition, showcasing some ultra sharp beats and lyrical treats from a number of young hip hop and rap artists currently blowing up.
Featuring: Modern Day Crisis, HASMATT, Uru,Greesy, Burkeye & Distrackt
6pm-10pm | $5 door or FREE with WAMCon Pass
EXPERIMENTAL SHOWCASE @ PAPER MOUNTAIN
Presented by EDUARDO COSSIO
Whilst Perth might be well known for our pop, electronic, psych and other sounds, we’re also lucky to have an incredibly vibrant experimental scene that’s making international waves. If your ears (and mind!) are craving something a little different, then this is the place to be.
Featuring: Catherine Ashley / Matthew Lyall Cole, Shannae Campbell, Annika Moses, Beth Gosper, Dane Yates / Talitha Maslin, Sage Pbbbt / Eduardo Cossio, Dan O’Connor / Stuart James & Nathan Thompson.
7pm-9.30pm | $10 door or FREE with WAMCon Pass
BASSO FRIDAYS @ BASSENDEAN HOTEL
Presented by SWEET MATE MUSIC
The Basso Fridays series has been a hugely popular addition to the local music calendar over the last twelve months, breathing life into the beautiful old pub, proving original music is alive and well in the Eastern suburbs! Fridays ignites with an explosive night of rock’n’roll, garage and pure adrenalin.
Featuring: The Volcanics, The Kuillotines & Squeeze The Pig
7.30pm | $15 door or FREE with WAMCon Pass
HEN HOUSE LIVE WAMFEST SPECIAL @ HEN HOUSE LIVE
Presented by HEN HOUSE
The rehearsal studio mavericks at The Hen House have done it again and cooked up a HH Live feast for the ‘Fest with a blend of electric alternative, Oz rock, chaotic hardcore and alternative punk metal, with four killer Perth bands heating up this iconic Perth institution.
Featuring: Foxton Kings, Hercules Morse, Furball & Lake James.
8pm-Midnight | $10 door or FREE with WAMCon Pass
DOGHOUSE RECORDS CAFE SERIES @ HOLMES & CO CAFE
Presented by DOGHOUSE RECORDS
Join Doghouse Records for the premiere of a free café series situated across some of Perth’s most intimate venues. Kicking it off in pure laneway style at Holmes & Co for WAMFest. A mix of pedigree rockers, synth-pop genius and dark neo-folk, get set for a spectacular evening.
Featuring: Shimmergloom, SHYGUY & Selkie Black plus more TBA
7.30pm | FREE ENTRY
TREEHOUSES & FRIENDS @ FOUR5NINE
Presented by TREEHOUSES
Starting out as a two-piece poetry performance outfit, Treehouses rose from an underground bedroom project to an internationally recognised staple of the emo/spoken word scene. Now with a full-length album, cassette single, collaborative EP and two national tours to their name, Treehouses have realised a full contemporary sound, coming into their own as a truly unique Australian band.
Featuring: Treehouses, Last Quokka, JOYS & Sully.
8pm-Midnight | $5 door or FREE with WAMCon Pass
HECTOR PROTECTOR SINGLE LAUNCH @ THE ODD FELLOW
Presented by HECTOR PROTECTOR
A brand new band, Hector Protector features members from previous Perth band The Gypsie Howls, and boast a rock/pop vibe with flawless vocal paradoxes and exceptional songwriting. Help them launch their brand new single I’m Not Here.
Featuring: Hector Protector, Dirty Howler, Kissel & Hutch
8pm-Midnight | $10 door or FREE with WAMCon Pass
THE FAIM @ AMPLIFIER BAR
Presented by THE FAIM (previously Small Town Heroes)
After recently securing recording and co-writing sessions with the likes of Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker, Twenty One Pilots’ Josh Dun, 5 Seconds Of Summer’s Aston Irwin and producer John Feldmann, Perth rockers Small Town Heroes have unveiled a new name for what looks set to be a MASSIVE new career trajectory. Introducing…The Faim!
Featuring: The Faim, The Faux, Young Robin & The Limbs.
8pm-11.30PM | $15 door or FREE with WAMCon Pass
SONGS OF FAITH @ THE WESLEY CHURCH
Presented by WAMFest
A unique WAMFest debut, Songs of Faith celebrates a diverse line up of faith-based musicians as they unite under one roof to perform original music inspired by their individual faiths. Witness the healing, calming and inspiring powers of music connected to a diverse range of religious backgrounds represented by these acts.
Featuring: The Brownley Gospel Singers, Shameem Taheri-Lee, Rose Parker, Praashekh & Kol Nafshi.
5.30pm-10pm | FREE ENTRY
All WAMFest Live Friday Showcases take place on Friday, November 3.