The Gardens Stage
Away from The Mainstage headliners, The Gardens Stage offers yet more live music delights for Festival goers – this time of the homegrown variety. Drop in Thursday–Sunday, 5pm–late, kick back and soak up the sweet sounds of our lineup of local DJs and music acts. Set times will be released closer to Festival. Keep an eye out – more acts to be announced soon!
Friday 10 February
Oh Gosh DJs
Oh Gosh play a wide and diverse spectrum of music – from rum-soaked Dancehall through to brandy and coke flavoured UK Garage, Funky, Soca and Grime. Everything they turn their hand to is unique – each forward-thinking party distinctly different from the last – with an unrivalled understanding of what moves and shakes dancefloors the world over.
Playing on the Chevron Festival Gardens Mainstage: Lady Leshurr + NGAIIRE
Saturday 11 February
Akioka & Mei Saraswati
Self taught, room banished, floating songs along benches, over sinks, in the shower, in the front yard.
Generous listeners to crickets and magpies, Akioka & Mei Saraswati make lo-fi travel across wifi, and occasionally hi-five when things sound right.
They are general hands in the Natural Area of Music. Their tools are loop stations, synths, bells, drum machines, vocal experiments and the almighty harmony n melody combo. Having self released a plethora of solo work, the two artist team up for this special set for PIAF 2017.
Playing on the Chevron Festival Gardens Mainstage: Blackalicious
Sunday 12 February
With her exquisite melodies, thoughtful lyrics and powerhouse husky voice, Elli Schoen is one of the most promising acts to emerge from Fremantle’s rich music scene. Having performed with the likes of Gang of Youths, Abbe May and Katy Steele, Schoen’s beautifully-crafted songs delve deeply into love, friendship and heartbreak. This won’t be the last time you hear her name.
Playing on the Chevron Festival Gardens Mainstage: Skye & Ross
Thursday 16 February
Since forming in 2014, the short existence of Perth shoegazers Dream Rimmy has been eventful. Led by Ali Flintoff on vocals and guitar, the band’s lineup includes Vin Buchanan-Simpson on keys, Ben McDonald on bass, George Foster on drums and Jack Gaby and Lee Napper on guitar. They’ve been supports for the likes of The Preatures and shoegaze heroes Swervedriver, secured a slot at the State Of The Art Festival and were nominated for a WAM Award for Most Popular New Act. Quite simply, this band is an indie-pop-rock dream.
Playing on the Chevron Festival Gardens Mainstage: Explosions in the Sky
Friday 17 February
This multi-award winning folk-pop musician won WAM Best Folk Act 2014 and multiple WAM songwriting awards. After spending the entirety of his adult life playing in a collection of successful bands (The Lazy Railway, Big Old Bears, James Teague, Abbe May, Rabbit Island, Mike Swann), David Craft has taken the plunge with his solo record Smokey Lungs & Dirty Puns, which he launched to a sold-out home crowd in 2014.
Playing on the Chevron Festival Gardens Mainstage: Kishi Bashi + Teeth & Tongue
Saturday 18 February
After winning the WAM award for best hip-hop song in February with ‘Pause’, July’s single ‘Seven Laps’ was launched to a sell-out crowd, amassing further triple j and national radio support while surpassing 100,000 Spotify streams. If his success in 2016 is anything to go by, 2017 will see Marksman hitting even more stages and dominating the airwaves across the country with his unique flow.
Playing on the Chevron Festival Gardens Mainstage: El Guincho + Skinnyfish Sound System
Thursday 23 February
Verge Collection expertly balance classic pop sensibilities and working class poetry to channel the collective conscious of suburban Australia millennials. Songwriter and frontman Ben Arnold wears his influences on his sleeve like a badge of honour, taking cues from classic songwriters like Reed, Young, Dylan and Bowie – with a refreshingly Aussie spin. The result is charming, witty and effortlessly catchy.
This prolific group of psychedelic-rock songsters is all grown up – and their latest album is their best yet. Made up of Nick Allbrook, Jay Watson, Joseph Ryan, and Jamie Terry, with a bunch of other pals floating in and out over the years, Pond have recorded and released six albums since 2008. All while touring the world to unleash their raucous live sets.
Playing on the Chevron Festival Gardens Mainstage: Jambinai + Gold Class
Saturday 25 + Sunday 26 February
Daniel Susnjar Afro – Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group
Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group’s original compositions combine infectious grooves, emotive melodies, risk-taking improvisation and infectious energy. Daniel Susnjar, drumming extraordinaire, spearheads an ensemble featuring some of Australia's finest musical talent including Ricki Malet – trumpet, Luke Minness – saxophone, Harry Mitchell – piano, Jeremy Thomson – guitar, Zac Grafton – bass and Iain Robbie – percussion. To know this band’s music is to know complete joy.
Playing on the Chevron Festival Gardens Mainstage: Evan Sherman Big Band
Thursday 2 March
Over the past decade, Timothy Nelson has established himself as one of Perth’s premier songwriters. Though his career has twisted and turned, from fronting bands like Timothy Nelson & The Infidels and High Horse to moonlighting in The Kill Devils Hills – it is solo, where Nelson’s always been driven to go. With an unabashed love for alt country and power pop, Nelson’s debut solo album Words Like Young, ‘shines with consistent freedom-enriched clarity’ (Rolling Stone), and sees him at the top of his game.
Playing on the Chevron Festival Gardens Mainstage: Margaret Glaspy + Frankie Cosmos
Friday 3 March
Best WA Folk Act of 2016 winner Lucy Peach has a heart of gold, a steely wit and a glimmering all star band, Peach has recently released her long awaited second EP, ‘Silver Tongue’ and is enjoying national airplay while supporting the likes of Boy and Bear, Xavier Rudd and All Our Exes Live in Texas.
Playing on the Chevron Festival Gardens Mainstage: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
Saturday 4 March
This 28-year-old Perth singer-songwriter has supported artists such as Passenger and Matt Corby, and has sung with ARIA award-winner Clare Bowditch. This acoustic dream has performed her way from local music festival stages all the way to Nashville, where she recorded her debut album with producer Brad Jones (Missy Higgins, Bob Evans), which will be released in April 2017. You won’t be able to resist her lyrical tenderness and acoustic charms.
Playing on the Chevron Festival Gardens Mainstage: La Mambanegra
Sunday 5 March
At only 18 years-old, Teischa commands attention with her gripping songwriting, effortless instrumentation and powerfully rich vocal. The haunting voice behind Sydney producer St Albion’s emerging debut single ‘Hold On’, she’s already amassed an impressive list of fans and accomplishments – including a nomination for WAM Song of the Year. With a musical awareness well beyond her young years, Teischa’s innovative yet timeless modern pop music is guaranteed to make your heart swell.
Critically-acclaimed electronic producer and live performer Diger Rokwell is an artist that knows no boundary. This multi instrumentalist and DIY dabbler has sampled the cultures of Cambodia, Japan and Sri Lanka, and explored the realms of psych, hip-hop, tropical, Four on the Floor, soul, disco and ‘mind music’. This futuristic one man band won the WAM Award-winner for 2012, 2014 Electronic Producer of the Year and 2013 Electronic Live Act of the Year.
Playing on the Chevron Festival Gardens Mainstage: Toro Y Moi