Perth has always pride itself on a unique, diverse and vibrant music community, one that’s given birth to some of the world’s biggest bands, all while being located an expensive flight from, well, anywhere. And while that isolation has played a role in making our music scene so rich with talent, the live venues in which those bands have cut their teeth has also been a major factor in Perth’s marvellous music menagerie.
Here’s 10 of the best:
Mojos Bar, North Fremantle
As far as WA music legacy venues go Mojos would just about be top of the wozza. One of the few WA venues rocking live original music every single night of the week, it’s played host to some of the world’s best bands, some of the most intense games of pool out the back, and some of Fremantle’s most historic hootenannies.
Photo via @thephotographypage0
Jack Rabbit Slim’s, Northbridge
Regularly bringing touring acts both national and international to the stage, since opening a few years ago Jack Rabbit Slim’s has become one of Northbridge’s best venues for live original music. Never shy a secret special guest or two, stick around after the bands for a boogie to the wee hours.
Photo via @6400__
New kid on the block Freo.Social recently moved into the storied halls of the old Fly By Night Club for a very welcome revamp. It’s already played host to huge artists like San Cisco and John Butler, and the food truck-fuelled beer garden is a perfect warm up before the main events.
Photo via @assemble_wa
The Bird, Northbridge
You’re not a local Perth band until you’ve squeezed a room full of your mates/fans into the cozy Bird band room on a Friday. Much like Mojos, The Bird has something going on every night on the week, traversing any number of genres and styles, with a focus on good vibes for all.
Photo via @deathbydenim
Rosemount Hotel, North Perth
The Rosemount Hotel is one of, if not Perth’s premiere mid-sized music venue playing hosts to bands from all over the globe over the past few decades. They underwent some serious renovations a couple of years ago and haven’t looked back since, making it an even better place to catch the likes of Meg Mac, Hiatus Kayote and Dinosaur Jr, to name but a few luminaries to have graced the stage.
Photo via @across.the.road.music
El Grotto, Scarborough
While many associate the Scarborough strip with fake tans and souped up commodores, it’s worked hard over the past couple of years to shake the Surfer’s Paradise 2.0 tag, with bars like El Grotto at the forefront. Committing to local live original music a couple of times during the week, Gumnut on Wednesday’s bloods some exciting acoustic talent, while rocking local live bands bring the house down on the weekends.
Photo via @lewisfrenchphoto
Badlands Bar, East Perth
Since taking over the old Deville’s Pad site a few years back, Badlands Bar in East Perth has played host to a diverse range of artists across a variety of genres. The interior has a rad prehistoric cave feel to go with the impeccable sound system, while their expansive beer garden offers the perfect breather between sets.
Photo via @badlands.bar
The Aardvark, Fremantle
This little bar underneath Freo’s historic Norfolk Hotel has undergone more reinventions than Madonna, but seems to have settled onto a winner as The Aardvark. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays see the stage welcome bands from far and wide for some intimate affairs. They celebrate Birthday #1 with some huge shows across July – get amongst it.
Photo via @arqphotograph
Amplifier Bar, Perth
Another WA stalwart, Amplifier (and it’s club brother Capitol) have hosted some of the world’s biggest acts over the years. With something for absolutely everyone (even ten pin bowling!), it’s not hard to see why it’s been such a staple of the Perth music scene for so long.
Photo via @whycantidraw
Indian Ocean Hotel, Scarborough
El Grotto may have been keeping it cool the past few years, but the Indi Bar has been holding it down in Scarborough for years, packing in live music five nights a week. They’ve had some of Australia’s biggest bands roll through along with always showcasing some of its future stars. Plus their pool parties go alright once that sun comes back out…
Photo via Indian Ocean Hotel.
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Header photo by Aaron Webber.