Blonde girl
Calendar, Music, Performing arts, Pop, September 18

Music: Mel Kay & Liberté – 1940 Single Launch

18 Sep @ Ellington Jazz Club ·
Presented by Mel Kay & Liberté ·

LIFE just gets better and better for Mel Kay & Liberté – with three singles, sellout gigs, a collaboration with a UK producer and an east coast tour on the horizon, there’s plenty to smile about.

But there’s no rest for the wicked with Kay and the 10-piece launching their latest single at the Ellington Jazz Club on September 18 in a show focused on the topic of growing up, delivered with their inimitable mix of funk, pop and indie music.

“It’s about the trials we face that make and break us, as well as music aimed to motivate people to reach their full potential,” Kay said.“The focus is on the transformation we take from childhood to adulthood with a lot of songs on introspection and healing through growing pains that every person must go through.”

The band’s latest single, 1940, is about female empowerment in a patriarchal society. “I went through a lot as a young teenager and songwriting was always my outlet to process what I was facing,” Kay said.

“It turned from my own therapy and healing tool into something more when I was accepted into the WA Academy of Performing Arts at age 17 for vocal studies. I had always really wanted to be a singer but had been unsure as to my ability. Through training, I was able to get my voice to the place it is today so I could be a professional singer and working musician.”

In the past two years, Mel Kay & Liberté have released the singles Feel Alright, Upside Down Town and Let It Burn, scoring international airplay and a signing to Sydney label The A&R Department. Kay also performed for the heads of Google, Facebook and Instagram at the World Wide Web Conference at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in 2017.
In 2018, the band were taken on by Big Sky Entertainment and have since flown to regional parts of WA to perform.

Let It Burn also caught the attention of UK producer Ben Cloney, known as Backfall, leading to Kay working with him on the track You.

“I wrote the lyrics and vocal melody for the backing music he sent and released it with him this year,” she said. “It’s been a great experience working with someone online while both being in different countries and it’s really shown me what the internet makes possible these days.”

Following the single launch, Mel Kay & Liberté are taking on the east coast with a tour.  “We’re ready to share our music with the rest of Australia, which is a very exciting step for us,” she said.

Mel Kay & Liberté play from 7pm, September 18. Tickets are $15 seated, $10 standing – book at  The Ellington Jazz Club is at 191 Beaufort Street, Perth (just north of Newcastle Street).

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Pictured: Mel Kay & Liberté are launching their latest single 1940 at the Ellington Jazz Club on September 18.

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You Can't Stop the Music
Calendar, Music, October 18, Performing arts, Pop

Music: You Can’t Stop the Music

13 October @ The Astor Theatre, Mt Lawley ·
Presented by Platinum Entertainment ·

The stars align for one night only in this 2 hour live music event!

You Can’t Stop The Music is a brand new Tribute Show from the Producers, Cast & Band of the highly successful and critically acclaimed production of We Will Rock You Perth.

Join your hosts Jake and Elwood Blues in the soulful first set featuring songs from


Things then get crazy when the stars come out to play 14 different acts in a set that will get jumpin’ and a jivin’, a singin’ and a stayin’ alivin’ featuring music from . . .



10 of Perth’s Top Musicians, 15 pairs of sunnies, 23 Jackets, 37 Wigs and way too many awkwardly fitting Jumpsuits! You won’t be able to stop the music.

Starring . . .
Courtney Murphy * Chris Murphy * Paula Parore * Clay Darius

As you’ve NEVER seen them before!

Featuring Murphy’s Lore + Guests Musicians

Special Guests
Holly Denton * Dean Misdale * Stuart Bailey

Another production from the Powerhouse that is Platinum Entertainment WA Pty Ltd proudly supporting HeartKids

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The Piano Guys
Calendar, Music, Performing arts, Pop, September 18

Music: The Piano Guys

29 September 2018 @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by: TEG DAINTY & Nice Events ·

Global YouTube sensation The Piano Guys will tour Australia for the first time in September/October 2018, performing their trademark classical renditions of today’s pop hits.

The Piano Guys became an online sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos, which have far surpassed 1 billion views and garnered 6 million subscribers on YouTube.

They’ve made over 50 music videos since 2011, including their breakout hit, an innovative multi-handed version of One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful and a gorgeous reinvention of the hit song Let It Go from Disney’s Frozen. Since their formation, they have performed everywhere from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to The Today Show as well having been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, Buzzfeed, People Magazine and Mashable.

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Dean Bourne: Roy Orbison
Calendar, Music, Performing arts, Pop, September 18

Music:Roy Orbison Orchestrated II

8 September @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by: Ben Maiorana Entertainment ·

After last year’s hugely successful sold-out national tour and by huge popular demand, we will be showcasing and celebrating all the classic hits of music legend Roy Orbison Live In Concert 30 years on since his unfortunate passing in 1988.

Come and relive the sound, the voice and all the magical hits of Roy Orbison in an international authentic live production starring the world’s no 1 Roy Orbison Tribute Star Dean Bourne performing with the Australian Symphony Orchestra under the baton of internationally acclaimed conductor George Ellis.

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Dire Straits
Calendar, Music, Pop, September 18

Music: The Dire Straits Experience

30 September @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by Live On Stage ·

Following its hugely successful concert tour of UK & Europe, the world’s greatest Dire Straits show returns to Australia to perform the incredible catalogue of Dire Straits, with their Perth show at Perth Concert Hall.

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Michael Bolton
Calendar, June 18, Music, Performing arts, Pop

Music: Michael Bolton

24 June @ Perth Concert Hall ·
Presented by Tim Woods & Dale Harrison and Zaccaria ·

Multiple Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and social activist, Michael Bolton has announced he will be touring Australia in June 2018.

Michael Bolton Symphony Tour will feature Michael performing with a full orchestra as he takes fans on a musical journey of the Greatest Hits – those he has released himself and those he has written for others.

Known for his soulful voice and touching lyrics, Michael will deliver his catalogue of hits accompanied by the Perth Symphony Orchestra and joined by special guest singer Silvie Paladino. Led by Conductor Jessica Gethin, the orchestra will deliver the soulful classics with rich grandeur as Michael brings his own energy and passion to make for a truly extraordinary evening.

Don’t miss the chance to see one of music’s most successful and loved performers in this spectacular production.

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kate Ceberano
Calendar, Jazz, May 18, Music, Performing arts, Pop

Music: WAYJO presents Kate Ceberano

19 May, 7.30pm @ Astor Theatre, Mt Lawley ·
Presented by WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO)·

WAYJO presents Kate Ceberano at The Astor Theatre for a night of energetic jazz.

Australia’s High Priestess of Pop and Jazz.

A beloved icon of Australian music, Kate Ceberano returns to WAYJO for one night only.

The Astor Theatre concert has become a fixture of WAYJO’s annual program, and we are delighted to perform with Kate as part of our 35th anniversary celebrations.

Kate’s ability to work a room and deliver unparalleled performances of jazz standards and reimagined songs will make this a night to remember.

The Wednesday and Tuesday Night Orchestras take the stage in an evening showcasing one of the greatest talents in Australian music.

“(The) first thing you notice about Ceberano is her energy, which actually sends the atoms crackling as she walks in the room.” – Time Out Melbourne

Presented with the support of the City of Stirling Cultural Development Fund.

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Denmark Festival of Voice
Choral, Contemporary music, DJs, Features, hip hop, Music, News, Performance poetry, Performing arts, Pop, Rap, Slam poetry

Raise your voices

Denmark will be awash with harmonies over the WA Day long weekend, when hundreds of people descend on the town for its annual Festival of Voice. Nina Levy caught up with the Festival’s artistic director, Vivienne Robertson, to find out more.

Vivienne Robertson
Vivienne Robertson

Nina Levy: Tell me about the history of the Denmark Festival of Voice (DFoV)…
Vivienne Robertson: This is the fifteenth year of the Festival – it started as a grassroots, small-scale festival about the joy of community singing, and for many years its focus stayed on choirs and community song. That’s still the heart of the festival – how magical it is when people come together to sing – but over the past few years DFoV has also morphed into an all-encompassing celebration of the power and beauty of the human voice. Song, story, spoken word… and this year, we introduce the beauty of visual voice with WA Deaf Arts.

NL: How did you come to the role of artistic director?
VR: This is my fourth year as artistic director of the Festival. I have been the artistic director of Denmark Arts (the organisation that presents DFoV) for seven years, and in that time, intimately involved with DFoV. Four years ago we didn’t have a Festival AD, so I stepped into taking that role as well. I love voice – Sufi chant is my personal thing – and I’ve steered the Festival into incorporating a strong focus on “voices from the edges” – First Nations, refugee, inclusion, experimental… as well as more focus on the varying ways of voice, including story-telling and spoken word.

Ensemble Aznash Laaman Photo: Hazel Blake
“The Festival is a mix of Denmark’s own amazing performers and presenters alongside national and international acts.” Ensemble Aznash Laaman Photo: Hazel Blake.

NL: So DFoV encompasses more than just singing… tell me more, tell me more!
VR: It’s about “voice”. As well as song, story and spoken word, that means exploring ideas about voice. It’s all in there – and, because it’s an intimate festival, you get a small amount of everything – the cream of “voice”, if you like!

In addition to performances, there are also 28 workshops – from Gregorian chant to beatbox, Indian vocal percussion to slam poetry, Auslan to the voice of mime… and we have a special one day workshop on the Monday on breath with shakuhachi master Dr Riley Lee.

So we’re big on participation – letting people experience the wonder of their own vocal adventure, finding new sounds in their mouth. The story-telling is in a beautiful hand-made yurt running a program of skilled tellers, mainly, this year, from Noongar and immigrant backgrounds. Denmark is an intensely musical town and the Festival is a mix of our own amazing performers and presenters alongside national and international acts.

NL: What are some of the highlights of this year’s festival program?
VR: We are featuring some fabulous acts: Perch Creek, the Yabu Band, Riley Lee, Ziggy Ramo, Carla Geneve, Men of the West, Elena B Williams…. but perhaps this year our spoken word program is a real highlight.

We’re honoured to be presenting Bilya Kep Waagnkiny from Northam, and three local elders as speakers/story-tellers in our “Voices of First Peoples” thread; we have a poetry slam run by TedX speaker and Australian Slam Champ Jesse Oliver; the Centre for Stories is attending with four guest story-tellers and we have a wonderful panel on “Voice and Identity” featuring Kim Scott, Pakistani poet Zainab Zahra Syed, Rae Gibson from WA Deaf Arts, Matthew and Daniel Bacon on gay/transgender issues and Yabu Band’s Noongar/Wongi lead Delson Stokes.

Also special are the “Thonglines” and “5 Days not 5 Years on Manus Island”  projects – film/exhibition/song/talks about and from asylum seekers, and our two guest migrant/refugee background story-tellers Hossein Bouazar and Esther Amito Onek.

Denmark Festival of Voice
“The story-telling is in a beautiful hand-made yurt running a program of skilled tellers, mainly, this year, from Noongar and immigrant backgrounds.” Photo: Hazel Blake.

NL: The festival looks HUGE… how do you fit so many acts into a small town like Denmark?
VR: What we love about the Festival is actually its intimacy. Performers hang out with audiences, we finish each night around the fire down at the Festival Club together, and most of the venues are cosy and magical! We have 18 venues – that includes coffee shops, studios, churches, wine bars, bookstores, the Artshouse, Blue Lounge…as well as our three main concert venues. And of course we’re on the streets – this year we launch the Denmark Town Crier competition in Fig Tree Square – doing town crying Denmark way…

NL: What are your tips for festival-attenders in terms of how to get the most out of the weekend?
VR: It’s always interesting at festivals – some people study the program, circle who they want to see, some people go with the flow, others fall in love with a particular venue… I think it can be powerful to embrace what you know you want to experience, as well as going to something you wouldn’t normally go to.

The Denmark Festival of the Voice takes place in Denmark, 1-4 June.

Pictured top: Apakatcha at the Denmark Festival of Voice in 2017. Photo: Hazel Blake.

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Golden Features 2018 Australian Tour
August 18, Calendar, Music, Performing arts, Pop

Golden Features 2018 Australian Tour

17 August @ HBF Stadium ·
Presented by Secret Sounds, Fuzzy & triple j ·

Following the release of latest single Falling Out, Australia’s favourite masked producer Golden Features (aka Tom Stell) will be lighting up stages this August, headlining his largest shows to date, with a local show in Perth at HBF Stadium on Friday 17th of August. Tickets on sale now via, and if the last sold-out tour is anything to go by you better get in quick!

Bursting on to the scene with 2014’s debut self-titled EP, featuring hit single ‘Tell Me (feat. Nicole Millar)’, Stell grabbed the attention of genre-busting international artist Porter Robinson who enlisted Golden Features for an official remix of his track Years of War, which clocked up over 1 million plays in just a fortnight.

The magic kept coming as Golden Features released his XXIV EP in 2015, led by the haunting single No One featuring Thelma Plum on vocals, which was quickly put on high rotation at triple j and later placed in the station’s coveted Hottest 100. While over on the iTunes charts, the EP went all the way to #1.

Following on from the success of 2015, Golden Features’ released 2016’s phenomenal double a-side via ODESZA’S label Foreign Family Collective, which featured the ethereal lullaby Wolfie with Julia Stone and set him up to once again place in triple j’s Hottest 100 for a consecutive year.

Rising to the top of Australia’s electronic scene, with a sold out Australian headline tour in 2015, Stell has also made his mark globally, playing at leading US festivals like HARD Summer and Holy Ship, alongside joining Alison Wonderland on her US tour. Making ground breaking festival appearances on home soil at Splendour in the Grass in 2017 and Field Day, he debuted a brand new live show early this year, delivering a magnified audio-visual experience of his all encompassing productions and fast cementing his reputation as an innovative producer.

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mama Kin Spender
Features, Music, News, Performing arts, Pop

Golden harmonies

If you were lucky enough to see Mama Kin Spender at this year’s Perth Festival, you’ll know that this band is spinning some musical magic, with its charismatic blend of alt-rock rhythms and rich harmonies. As the name suggests, the ensemble brings together Fremantle’s Mama Kin with Melbourne musician/producer Tommy Spender, plus a special extra ingredient… a choir, directed and arranged by Virginia Bott, also from Melbourne.

For those who didn’t catch the band at the Festival, or who just want more, Mama Kin Spender will be at Fairbridge Festival this April. Nina Levy caught up with Tommy Spender ahead of the gig.

Nina Levy: I believe you and Danielle go way back… how did you originally meet?
Tommy Spender: Great question! Danielle and I met on a flight to Los Angeles from Melbourne. She was sitting a few seats in front of me and we were trying to work out how we knew each other, when suddenly it dawned on us that I’d just joined her brother’s band! Which was weird because we had not really heard of each other before..

NL: What made the two of you decide to come together as Mama Kin Spender?
TS: We really just wanted to have a project that would give us an excuse to hang out more as we live on opposite sides of Australia.

NL: And the choir… where did that concept come from?
TS: The choir concept came out of a teary phone call between Dan and myself. She had sent me a clip of a one thousand piece choir singing Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” and it caught me at a moment I was feeling pretty disheartened about releasing my own work and touring it. It just popped out of our mouths, “Let’s work with choirs all around the world and keep it just a duet.”

Early on we realised we needed someone to help us with the choir admin, logistics and conducting. We didn’t have to look far as a very dear mutual friend called Virginia Bott runs an amazing choir in Melbourne called First Chorus Band of Singers.

NL: Tell me about the creative process for making Mama Kin Spender’s debut album, Golden Magnetic. Did incorporating a choral element change/influence the song-writing and recording process?
TS: We had decided to make songs that stood up on their own two feet so we could either snap in a choir or still put on a show as a two-piece. The songs were mostly written over a 10 week period remotely, in an hour per week. We came together in a studio with 10 brand new songs each and set to work chipping away at all the unfinished bits while maintaining the strong ideas.

NL: You source your choirs locally when you tour – how does that work?
TS: We approached Virginia early on so that she could get in the studio with us and have time to help arrange and score all the charts, so we have material to send the choirs before we meet up with them. We normally leave a six-week period for the choir to work away on the songs, then fly in one or two days before our show to rehearse and finesse all the parts with them and Virginia. This is one of our favourite parts of the project as choirs all have different feels and sounds. It’s a real meeting of the worlds!

NL: At the Perth Festival gig you worked with the WAAPA Gospel Choir… do you have a type of choir you prefer/seek?
TS: We love working with community choirs for a number of reasons. They bring so much heart and excitement to rehearsals and shows. The WAAPA choir were the most incredible sounding choir and were ALSO legends. They set the bench mark so high! We’ve also worked with a gospel choir in Adelaide called Gospo. Such an incredible tone!

NL: What is it about working with choirs that is so special?
TS: It just brings such a truly rare and unique sound to our songs. Most people when they think “choir” think religious music with boring parts that sound “chorale”. Our songs and arrangements all come from the same blue print which is a kind of raw, bluesy, folky sound and feeling. There is a lot of groove and complex phrasing and harmony in the parts but when it all comes together it sounds like an an amazing colourful tidal wave of golden voices!

You can catch Mama Kin Spender at Fairbridge Festival, which is taking place 20-22 April.  Head to for the Festival program.

For more info about Mama Kin Spender and the debut album Golden Magnetic, head to

Pictured top are Tommy Spender and Mama Kin. Photo: WILK

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