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YOUR GUIDE TO WHAT’S ON THIS FESTIVE SEASON

Hannah Conda Photo: Angelo DiBenedetto
Hannah Conda
Photo: Angelo DiBenedetto

COURTING NYE

Are you ready to bring in the New Year with the biggest party on Beaufort Street? Rip off your bed sheet and tie it around your body. You guessed it,  it’s The Court’s NYE Toga Frat Party! Check out the four massive zones we have on offer…

Bust out some moves in the Front Bar with the Court Cheerleaders; get hot hot hot in the jock locker room Cocktail Bar, with DJ Angry Budu bringing you R&B all night long. If it’s all night, it’s alright!

Chill out in the Beer Garden whilst playing some old time favourite Frat Party games. In The Overflow, it’s the biggest dance party of the year, with DJs Timbee, Wasteland, Sir Clancelot and P Lilly smashing out the tunes, plus shows by Hannah Conda and the girls.

If Toga is not your thing come dressed as a burly footballer or sexy cheerleader. Better start hunting for that costume now so you can lock in that first kiss of 2015!

Tickets available through Eventbrite. $25 presale, $30 on the door if not sold out

 

CASTAWAY ANOTHER DAY

Due to unforseen circumstances, the Rotto-centric Castaway Festival is moving from Saturday, January 25, to Sunday, February 15. All the originally scheduled acts, including Peking duk, Carmada, Benson and Yeo, are making the jump, with the exception of Bag Raiders. For full info go to castawayfestival.com.

 

BITE HARD

Leederville favorites Bill’s Bar and Bites and The Garden are joining forces for a New Year’s Eve experience big on taste and bigger on soul. With everything from oyster and creviche stations to Cuban sandwiches and nacho pop-ups, there’ll be plenty to line your stomach with, while The Garden DJs and Randa and the Soul Kingdom set their phasers to chilled. It’ll all be going down Wednesday, December 31; head to ticketbooth.com.au for bookings.

 

RUNNING OF THE BULLS

Sanfermines is an eight-day festival of the Running Of The Bulls. Well Halcyon don’t have eight days, so they’re cramming all the festivities into a few hours on News Year’s Eve. Your $120 ticket includes both food and alcohol from 9pm to 12.30pm after which the venue will be open to the public, while DJs play the soundtrack to your final hours of 2014. Grab your ticket from either Oztix.com.au or at the venue whilst enjoying a glass of sangria.

 

The Preatures
The Preatures

VINTAGE STIRLING

The eighth edition of the City of Stirling’s annual Summerset Arts Festival is set to bet he biggest yet, with over fifty events to tempt revelers of all ages. The month-long party will kick off with a Seaside Carnival at Scarborough Beach on Saturday, January 17. The beach is also host to the Sunset Veranda, which will be a hub of Fringe World activity, with kids events and the closing party with The Preatures and Kim Churchill also highlights on the programme. Find information and tickets at summersetartsfestival.com.au.

 

Saskwatch
Saskwatch

P-FUNKED

The legendary Funk Club New Year’s Eve countdown brings the beats to the beach for the only NYE party where you can get your toes in the sand. This year, they’ll be toting three stages including a licensed beach bar, food trucks and a champagne bar. A huge crew of international and national stars will be getting your night going, including Charli 2na (Jurassic 5), the legendary 9-piece Melburnian partystarters Saskwatch and Rahsaan Ahmed. Tickets from funkclubtix.com.au and the venue.

 

Bjorn Again
Bjorn Again

AN ABBA YEAR’S EVE

ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again will be performing for one night only at the El Caballo Resort NYE Concert in Perth’s Eastern Hills on Wednesday, December 31, alongside Perth showband, LA Gold. Guests can enjoy a picnic under the stars alongside a buffet dinner before catching the show, or be wined and dined like a VIP star at an exclusive cocktail party. For ticket information visit elcaball.com.au.

 

Davey Craddock in St George’s College Dining Hall, Hush
Davey Craddock in St George’s College Dining Hall, Hush

SILENT HOUSE

The Fringe Award-winning Hush series of concerts will return to stir hearts and ruffle emotions, showcasing the best of WA songwriting in intimate, quiet and decidedly un-pub-like environs. This year, an all-star lineup will expose their souls and songs within the historic surrounds of the St George’s College Dining Hall at UWA. Hush will get low (volume) on Friday, January 30, (with Abbe May, Mathas, Odette Mercy and Davey Craddock & The Spectacles) and Friday, February 6, (with San Cisco’s Jordi Davieson & Josh Biondillo, Felicity Groom, Timothy Nelson and The Wilds). Tickets available from Thursday, December 11, from facebook.com/hushconcert.

 

Flava
Flava

STUDIO 54 WHERE ARE YOU?

Malt Supper Club goes Studio 54 on New Year’s Eve. From 8pm a $140 tickets will get you four hours of drinks and canapes. Plus there’s amazing entertainment from Flava and Inferno, plus DJs Maxwell, Oh Dear! and the Champagne Room calling to you until 3am. For ticketing and inquires contact 9227 7555 or events@maltsupperclub.com.au. Studio 54, it’s the only place to dance!

 

The Growlers
The Growlers

FOUNTAIN OF GOTH

Self-proclaimed Californian purveyors of all things ‘beach goth’, The Growlers will be tearing through WA in support of their latest and greatest album, Chinese Fountain. With a live show honed to the point of perfection by playing over a hundred and fifty shows every year, things will be getting sunburnt and sweaty over at the Dunsborough Tavern on Saturday, January 17, and on Sunday, January 18, at the Bakery. Tickets from oztix.com.au and nowbaking.com.au respectively.

 

Colonial Draught
Colonial Draught

WILD COLONIAL BEER

Last week after almost a year of waiting the team at Colonial Brewing Co. in Margaret River pressed the start button on their very own canning machine. The brewery team have been working really hard to perfect the process and there has been ‘plenty of geeking out, late nights and some loving tweaking’ to get it right.

The decision to put Colonial in a can was driven by a great number of things, not the least of which is that cans, for beer, are like ‘a protective suit of armour’ – shielding the precious contents from heat, oxygen and light. The highly recyclable nature of cans makes them great for the environment, and transport emissions are lower, too, as they weigh a lot less than beer in glass bottles.

They also hark back to simpler times and suit the Colonial Brewery Co. philosophy. Cans of Colonial Draught are available at their Margaret River Brewery and soon at your favourite good beer stockists. Read more about it on the Colonial Brewery Co. website.

 

Shonen Knife
Shonen Knife

KNIVES OUT

Beloved by everyone from Kurt Cobain to your weird aunt, Japanese twee-pop lifers Shonen Knife are finally making their long-awaited return to Perth. The trio will hit the Astor Lounge on Wednesday Jan 23 to show off their nineteenth studio album Overdrive, which filters their off-kilter songwriting through the bizarro excess of ZZ Top and heavy glam. Spanish two-piece noiseniks Za! and local heroes The Community Chest are set to support. Tickets from showticketing.com.au and from the Astor box office.

 

SCNDL
SCNDL

THE SAINT

Bring in the New Year at The Saint with a good ol’ Pirate Party featuring Melbourne Bounce DJs SCNDL plus local DJs Jon Ee and DJ Az-T. There’s $5 Captain Morgan Spiced Gold Rum all night, a fire show, confetti cannons, prizes and giveaways for best dressed. Entry is $15 with ye costume or $25 without ye costume.

 

Tomás Ford
Tomás Ford

TOMÁS FORD’S CRAP MUSIC RAVE PARTY

Ending out a year that’s seen it sell-out its whole season at Edinburgh Fringe, double its capacity at Adelaide Fringe, close-out nights for Rottofest and Beaufort Street Festival and two ridiculously ridiculous parties at The Bakery, Tomás Ford’s Crap Music Rave Party is back for it’s last dash for 2014.

This party has been expertly timed so you can stagger your hangovers between Christmas and NYE. It’s the day after boxing day. Which gives you a couple of days to knock your Christmas hangover on the head, and then a couple of days to recover before NYE.

Expect: party poppers, stupid dancing, early 2000’s R&B, fresh Tomás Ford cover singalongs, bah mitzvah music, peak-cocaine Billy Joel, 80’s sophisti-pop, BANG0RZ, internet controversies, glo-sticks, faux nu-metal circle pits, The Breakfast Club soundtrack, songs by bands that sound like Cut Copy but who were actually alive in the 80s, hands in the air, Warren G, the lesser hits of S Club 7, the lesser hits of Aqua, the lesser hits of Dannii Minogue… seriously, just whatever you want so long as it sucks.

 

Finders
Finders

NYE 2014/15 MINIFEST

Amplifier and The Academy present their NYE 2014/15 Minifest featuring

Finders, Pridelands, Cupidfalls, Ratking, This Other Eden, Sanctions, Havoc and Genga, Benny P, KLa, Jamie Mac and Eddie Electric.

This line up has everything one needs to celebrate live music in the last hours of 2014 and into the big ONE FIVE. It’s all yours from 8pm on Wednesday, December 31. Free entry from 8-9pm; $15 on a host list; $20 general entry.

 

Brooke Evers
Brooke Evers

NYE WHITE PARTY

White Parties have been held around the world on NYE for centuries, going back to ancient Greece…

Not really, but they’re pretty much a tradition and who better to host a White Party than Metropolis Fremantle favourite, Brooke Evers? The club is only just recovering from the last time she came and tore the place up, but what babe would look better in white than the blonde bombshell herself? Tickets available now from Oztix.com.au.  Dtuck,  DJ Sunich and Sam Spencer provide quality support. Wednesday, December 31, doors open at 10pm.

Lee Kernaghan
Lee Kernaghan

SOUNDS IN THE VALLEY

Lee Kernaghan returns to Perth for Sounds In The Valley, happening at Elmar’s In The Valley, on Australia Day, Sunday, January 25. Joining him will be Adam Brand, The Wolfe Brothers and Perth’s own Magnificent 7 for a top country day out from, 4.30pm. Tickets available from the venue or Ticketmaster.com.au.

 

 

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