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Chevron Festival Gardens Countdown

Monday 13 February 2017

Over 21 spectacular nights Chevron Festival Gardens will explode with the hottest contemporary music from around the world.

Get ready for world-renowned headliners and locally-crowned heroes to take you on an unforgettable journey – from power-femme hip hop and barn-stomping blues to South Korean post-rock and downtempo soul. It is, quite simply, the perfect opportunity to celebrate your favourite artists and discover your next Spotify obsession.

To get us through to kick-off this Friday, Contemporary Music Program Associate Clara Iaccarino is going to count you down through the 35 acts that will keep your summer nights sizzling.

LADY LESHURR

Fri 10 Feb

First cab off the rank is the inimitable Lady Leshurr. Pint-sized but ever so powerful, this UK rapper caught my attention with her boldness and sense of humour. Given she's now been working with producers such as Timbaland, there is no denying we'll be hearing A LOT more from this lady. Can't wait for her Australian premiere. PIAF is first stop!

 

NGAIIRE

Fri 10 Feb

She's sharing the billing with Lady Leshurr, but this neo-soul vocal goddess is on her very own rise. NGAIIRE is not only one of Australia's most exceptional voices, her live show overflows with beats and backing vocals galore. Part of a double bill of AMAZE for the Chevron Festival Gardens opening night – February 10 – NGAIIRE will get you dancing. Hard. Fall in love here ...

 

BLACKALICIOUS

Sat 11 Feb

I know I'm not meant to pick favourites – I love the Chevron Festival Gardens babies equally! – but the Blackalicious boys do make my heart explode. And there ain't no party like an old school PAR-TY!

There is a lot to love about these hip hop delights. From lyrical dexterity to soulfulness, they bring US west coast swagger to our #westcoastbestcoast. Don't miss the opportunity to get your bounce on with these downright legends.

 

 

POW! NEGRO

Sat 11 Feb

Local heroes POW! Negro have been gathering momentum throughout 2016. They just took home two WAM Awards and their live show is touted as one of the best in the west for its sheer explosive energy. R&B, hip hop and jazz fusion Freo style – this is all killer! Inspired by Blackalicious, the POW are pretty excited to warm the stage for their hip hop compadres. Be there on Saturday 11 February to get this party started right.

 

SKYE & ROSS

Sun 12 Feb

Morcheeba, the band who solidified 90s downtempo soul via the lilting bliss of Skye Edwards, have re-emerged as Skye & Ross. For lovers of honeyed vocals and warm nights punctuated by fuzzed-out guitars and soulful charm ... look no further. Come on down on Sunday 12 February and let them entertain you.

 

LILT

Sun 12 Feb

Perth is alive with the sound of GREAT music. Newcomers Lilt are as evocative as they are fresh, delivering a new and vibrant brand of electro-soul. Join these local heroes as they warm the stage for downtempo trip hop fantastics Skye & Ross. This is a good time, fine people. Join us.

 

ARCHIE ROACH

Tue 14 Feb

This gentleman needs no introduction. Who better to lead the celebrations for a day of love than national treasure Archie Roach. This man is an icon of culture, sound and emotion. He is as pure as he is passionate, as essential as he is touching. There's no escaping the depth of this human. Come and immerse yourself in the magic and prowess of this storyteller and dream-weaver. This will be a special one. NB: This is a seated show.

 

OMAR SOSA QUARTETO AFROCUBANO

Wed 15 Feb

In 2017, we wanted to bring you as many eclectic sounds as possible. And we are thrilled that Omar Sosa could be part of our program. A man who sweats and pulses as he dances across the ivories of his grand piano, Sosa is a compelling artist. Drawing on global sounds with a deeply entrenched Afro-Cuban foundation, he is the real deal. We were simply entranced when we discovered his breadth of musicality and we hope you too will enjoy this sonic adventure.

 

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY

Thur 16 Feb

The countdown continues ... and I am pleased to say it's the exquisite Explosions in the Sky up next. On Thursday 16 February, Perth will tremble and quake to these masters of textured, cinematic, instrumental rock awesome. This band is a powerhouse of sound and fury – in a good way. I have spent many moments drifting away to their epic masterpieces and am constantly inspired by their capacity to conjure rich, kaleidoscopic dreamscapes. Buckle in #westcoastbestcoast – this is going to be intense and wonderful.

 

 

KISHI BASHI

Fri 17 Feb

Friday night madness of the Chevron Festival Gardens variety is going to be wild thanks to Kishi Bashi and Teeth & Tongue. This is a quirky double-header, but it's one for music lovers, risk takers and tastemakers. Both bands offer a glorious combination of power-pop indie delight – with a twist. Thanks to these two acts, Friday 17 February will explode in one big joy bubble.

 

TEETH & TONGUE

Fri 17 Feb

I fell in love with Teeth & Tongue earlier this year. And then I saw Jess Cornelius live and I was afloat on a sea of Blondie meets PJ Harvey meets Siouxsie And The Banshees meets power-pop, indie synth-rock goddess goodness. This woman is ELECTRIC. The live show is captivating. Come share the 80's glam electro synth-pop wonders on Friday 17 February.

 

EL GUINCHO

Sat 18 Feb

El Guincho is a man whose tunes have tickled my ears for many moons. An eclectic beat master with a tropical flair, he is as chic as he is danceable. This is a dude who knows how to get the party started right. This double bill with Skinnyfish Sound System will throw world music electro bursts into a dancefloor-igniting blender. I don't think there's any place I'd rather be on a balmy night than dancing to these gurus.

 

SKINNYFISH SOUND SYSTEM

Sat 18 Feb

The countdown continues! The other half of our Saturday 18 February dance floor fiesta features the NT's slickest MCs from B2M (Bathurst to Melville) and Lonely Boys, with James Mangohig of sietta fame, driving the good vibes on the wheels of steel. There will be live didgeridoo and freestyling in Indigenous language. This is a world premiere! And I can't wait to bring the sounds of the Territory to Perth.

 

WARPAINT

Sun 19 Feb

I'm a lover of all things Warpaint. I came across their drummer Stella Mozgawa years ago and it has been incredible to watch her star rise as she drums with everyone from Kurt Vile to Red Hot Chili Peppers. She is insane on the pots and pans. Add to that, three ladies of art-rock, experimental indie-rock magnificence, and it's fair to say this quartet will leave you swooning. The new album is HOT! If you want in, don't delay.

GABRIELLA COHEN

Sun 19 Feb

I'm pretty much just as pumped about the wunderkind opening for Warpaint as I am about the LA-based lady legends themselves. Gabriella Cohen is hot property, igniting all of the tastemaker blogs and vibes across the globe with her slacker pop swagger. This is her #westcoastbestcoast debut.

 

BEARDYMAN

Tue 21 Feb

I was a bit chuffed when we managed to snaffle Beardyman for the 2017 program. This man is a vocal wizard – a true shaman of the beatbox musical jam. He is as dextrous as he is fluid, as mind-bendingly wild as he is musically gifted and you will not believe your eyes and ears when he unleashes. Tuesday 21 February is all about electro-beatbox, techno boldness. Oh, it will be a good time!

 

BIG THIEF

Wed 22 Feb

Standing in a Brooklyn bar, shoulder to shoulder with New York's hippest, I witnessed Big Thief magic. Rising in melodic fervour, propelled by front-woman Adrianne Lenker's epic songwriting, this band is one to watch. It's no wonder they called their debut album Masterpiece. They will surely rise. Be one of the first to say you were there. You heard it here first.

 

KATY STEELE

Wed 22 Feb

We love Western Australian rock'n'roll royalty Katy Steele and we particularly love her new record Human.


Overflowing with pop sensibilities, vocal dexterity and rock furore, this album heralds the return of powerful and quirky femme. We also love double bills – and this is a darn GREAT one. Kick it with Katy Steele and Big Thief!

 

JAMBINAI

Thur 23 Feb

The sheer intensity of Jambinai is arresting. Hailing from South Korea, this band injects the program with the kind of world music we favour, fusing traditional foundations with a contemporary twist. A shuddering and haunting assault of post-rock awesome, this band will leave you breathless. We are certain you haven't heard of them but we are equally certain you won't ever forget them. So dive in – because these summer nights are all about discovery, aural adventures and earth-shattering musical trips. Take one with us!

 

GOLD CLASS

Thur 23 Feb

Melbourne is responsible for some of the country's greatest bands. In the case of Gold Class, it's fair to say they are a lot more Brit-pop than Melbournian swagger, with Joy Division as a certain influence. Any way you look at it, these boys create stellar tunes and we are thrilled to share them with you. This is one helluva double bill. Get along for a slice of South Korea and a side dish of Melbourne.

 

ARISTOPHANES

Fri 24 Feb

Friday 24 February is a hip hop electronica extravaganza. I think it's fair to say that this is my single most anticipated show.

I have no idea what Aristophanes is rapping about, but her flow is so compelling and exciting. Fusing new-wave, jazz, electro and hip hop psychedelia, this Taiwanese pocket rocket is a fiery blaze of energy. With the likes of Grimes taking Aristophanes under her wing, the future is bright for this musical trailblazer.

 

 

L-FRESH THE LION

Fri 24 Feb

Politically-charged and cascading with poetic rhymes, L-Fresh the Lion is a breath of fresh air on the local hip hop scene. His shows are interspersed with potent messages and rocking beats and we’re stoked this gent is bringing his live extravaganza to our Mainstage.

 

KUČKA

Fri 24 Feb

Perth’s very own electro-kween, kučka has had quite the trajectory. On a fast track to super-stardom, her wild beats have earned her a place on worldwide lists of ones to watch on the electronica scene. Capping off a stellar double bill with her technical wizardry, this will be a superb homecoming.

 

EVAN SHERMAN BIG BAND

Sat 25 and Sun 26 Feb

The third weekend at Chevron Festival Gardens is all about revisiting the swinging jazz era. Dedicated to making you jump up and dance, Evan Sherman and his big band will have you tearing up the floor. We have Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz to kick-start the good times. This will be one for the whole family to enjoy.

 

DANIEL SUSNJAR AFRO-PERUVIAN JAZZ GROUP

Sat 25 and Sun 26 Feb

The Gardens will be alive with free-flowing jazz grooves courtesy of Perth local jazz cat Daniel Susnjar. A drumming maestro who blends South American flourishes with his own version of stylish jazz grooves, Susnjar has recently released a new album and is very excited to bring the vibes before our New Yorkers, Evan Sherman Big Band unleash.

 

 

KURT VILE

Mon 27 and Tue 28 Feb

This gent is an indie cult hero. The love for this song writing demon runs deep and it's no wonder we had to add a second show. For an intimate Kurt Vile encounter, look no further. Tickets are still available for Monday 27 February. The Tuesday gig is SOLD OUT. This song is quite simply delightful. Come be ‘pretty pimpin'’ with us.

 

JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW

Wed 1 Mar

Combining sublime soul with folk-tronica, James Vincent McMorrow tears at the heart strings while blowing minds with his vocal range.

An Irishman who has drawn comparisons to Bon Iver, JVM possesses a unique and candid ability to unpack the human condition with a sweet and endearing vulnerability. We quite simply can't get enough of his cover of 'Higher Love', not to mention his glorious albums.

 

MARGARET GLASPY

Thur 2 Mar

I caught this emerging star in an LA club and she tore my face off with her guitar-slinging cool. Her songs are stellar, her attitude is disarmingly engaging and her band kicks ass. Ladies and gents, Margaret Glaspy is all killer. She threw down a cover of Ms. Lauryn Hill and floored us all. This young woman is all guts. Miss this diamond at your peril.

 

FRANKIE COSMOS

Thur 2 Mar

Joining Margaret Glaspy for a double bill of sheer amazing is Frankie Cosmos. This indie-pop princess has down-tempo pop bliss bombs down pat. We're swooning over her poetic witticisms and sweet musings. She's a little bit Courtney Barnett and a lot The Moldy Peaches. Come join the sway!

 

MOSQUITO COAST

Thur 2 Mar

Rolling out sublime west coast style indie-pop that is as warm as a classic Perth summer night – we love Mosquito Coast! Since being unearthed by triple j, these local heroes have gone from strength to strength and are most certainly the perfect opener for our US indie darlings Frankie Cosmos and Margaret Glaspy.


NATHANIEL RATELIFF AND THE NIGHT SWEATS

Fri 3 Mar

Top of our list when we started dreaming up the 2017 program sat this denim-clad, whiskey-soaked gent –Nathaniel Rateliff. We can't get past his blend of gospel, rock'n'roll and filthy blues, not to mention the all-male harmonies, clap-alongs and foot-stomping energy that emanates from the stage the very second they hit it.

 

 

ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS

Fri 3 Mar

Sydney’s very own awesome foursome from indie-folk harmony heaven, All Our Exes Live in Texas is a fantasy draft of Sydney’s finest singer-songwriters. But it’s not only their songs that are killer – these gals abound with hilarity of the sassiest variety! They are mischief-makers of the best kind and we have no doubt they will wreak havoc with those Night Sweats. Fans of folk and Americana, be warned, you will fall deeply.

 

LA MAMBANEGRA

Sat 4 Mar

CANNOT WAIT to burn up the floor with La Mambanegra on the closing weekend. This band radiates a sultry, sweaty, hip hop salsa and Latino blaze. As engaging as they are seductive, they are sure to have the Chevron Festival Gardens hopping. We'll certainly be dancing!

 

TORO Y MOI

Sun 5 Mar

To close the Chevron Festival Gardens 2017 season, we're presenting a man who embodies the program in one.

A chameleon of genres, renowned for pioneering the chillwave sound, Toro y Moi is a wizard of electronica, quirky folk, indie-pop and soul. Flitting through the musical canon with ease – we love his sonic powers. And we know he will send us off with a bang. Sunday 5 March is the end of a summer of fun. Be there to send it off in style.

 

LANKS

Sun 5 Mar

A mastermind of electro excellence, the man behind LANKS is a startling talent. His fuzzy beats and soulful vocals are world-class and there could be no better choice for the Toro y Moi opener. Come, let the bleeps and samples bewitch you.

 

Program Associate: Contemporary Music

Written By Clara Iaccarino

Festival programmer, artist manager, wordsmith, wild child and more – our Contemporary Music programmer Clara Iaccarino wears a lot of hats while travelling far and wide chasing the world’s most tantalising sounds. All so she can program your summer nights at Chevron Festival Gardens.

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