Warmer days are just around the corner, which can only mean one thing.
Okay, actually a few things: beach days, balmy nights, iced coffees and music festivals. And fortunately for live music lovers, this year’s festival calendar does not disappoint. Ranging from blues to EDM, here are all the major festivals to look forward to this spring and summer in Perth and the Southwest.
Listen Out is back with another impressive lineup of global rap and EDM artists including Lil Uzi Vert, Skrillex, Metro Boomin and Four Tet. The highly-anticipated festival will take over Western Parklands at Joondalup’s HBF Arena this September.
Date: September 24, 2023
Out of the Woods
If homegrown indie music is more your style, be sure to snap up tickets to two-day festival Out of the Woods. Aussie acts Chet Faker, Meg Mac, The Temper Trap and Boy & Bear will be blessing your ears at Esplanade Park in Freo this October.
Dates: October 7 and 8, 2023
Groove amongst the vineyards to big indie acts like Spacey Jane, The Wombats and King Stingray at this year’s edition of Grapevine Gathering. Hosted at Sandalford Wines in the Swan Valley, expect sunshine, good music and good times.
Date: October 14, 2023
Perth International Jazz Festival
Showcasing Australian and international talent, Perth Jazz International Jazz Festival will bring the excitement of jazz to WA clubs, bars and event spaces – including the superstar talent of Dame Lisa Simone, daughter of Nina Simone. The festival is coming to Perth and the Southwest this November with the full line-up of events yet to be announced.
(Head to Brookfield Place on Saturday 7 October for a free sneak peek of the festival, with “A Night in New York” taking over six venues with some of Perth’s best jazz musos!)
Dates: November 3-5 (Perth) and 11-12 (Southwest), 2023
Celebrating WA’s vibrant music scene, WAMFest features an impressive lineup of more than 160 local musicians. Held across venues in Northbridge and Scarborough, the festival is part of WA Music Month and is certainly not to be missed. You can get the latest info here.
Dates: November 17-18, 2023
Euphoria in the Fields
Euphoria in the Fields is Perth’s newest addition to the festival calendar and is set to transform Swan Valley’s Mulberry Estate into a mystical wonderland. Along with EDM heavyweights like Yolanda Be Cool and Annix, the festival will boast fire performers, dancers, goblin golf (whatever that may entail) and plenty of whimsical vibes.
Date: November 18, 2023
Introducing itself as an intimate and immersive experience designed for the free-spirited, Pollen Festival is bringing Aussie acts like Teen Jesus & The Jean Teasers, Late 90s and Pretty Uglys to the gardens of Port Beach Brewery. You can grab tickets here.
Date: November 11, 2023
Blues at Bridgetown
Blues and roots lovers rejoice! The annual Blues at Bridgetown festival is back with a lineup that is worth doing the drive down for. This year, the three-day festival brings artists Kim Churchill, Sweet Talk, Roshani, C.W. Stoneking and plenty more for a weekend of good music in the beautiful Southwest.
Dates: November 10-12, 2023
Headlined by Post Malone, Dom Dolla, Aitch, Chris Lake and Ocean Alley, Spilt Milk is set to be a big one this year. The summer festival will bring its stellar lineup of international and homegrown acts to Claremont Showgrounds this December.
Date: December 3, 2023
Want to see out 2023 with a bang? Snack NYE might be the ticket (that is if there are any tickets left). This year, we can expect numerous bars and beer gardens, a giant silent disco, a foam-filled Snow Park and Snack’s iconic boombox stage.
Date: December 31, 2023
Keep the good times rolling into the new year starting at Wildlands. The summer festival will see big names like Rüfüs Du Sol, Peggy Gou and Central Cee take to Claremont Showgrounds in January.
Date: January 6, 2024
St Jerome’s Laneway Festival
Tote-bag wielding Doc Martens-wearers won’t want to miss this one; Laneway Festival is back with a killer lineup featuring Stormzy, Steve Lacy, Dominic Fike, Dope Lemon and AJ Tracey. You can find out more here.
Date: February 11, 2024
Cover image credit: Out of the Woods