Friday 29th September
IN RTRFM’s 40th YEAR WE CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF FULL FREQUENCY. FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29, AMBAR.
Since 1992, one program on Perth radio has been pushing the boundaries of electronic music of all genres. Full Frequency originally aired on RTRFM 92.1 in January 1992 and was the first all prime- time dance music program on Perth radio.
Originally part of the Drivetime roster, Adil Bux and Ben Stinga lead the charge for electronic music during the day across the airwaves. In the early 1990’s new management looked to move the program to another time slot on Saturday evenings, this show became Strictly Rhythm and later Underground Solution with now legendary, Ben Stinga.
Not satisfied with removing electronic music from a peak slot, Adil and Robert Fletcher lobbied the station for a dedicated electronic dance program and Full Frequency was born. Robert Fletcher went on to create the now iconic Full Frequency theme.
Originally lead by the heavyweights of the Perth club scene, Rhys Evans, Rachel Harvey, Dan the Man, Mr Whippy (Jeremy Junk, who has since passed) and Saxon. Later to be taken over by a host of DJs and presenters including Mallinder, Ecohic, Sardi, Ben Elliot, Rok Riley, Ben M, Jo Lettenmaier, James A, Massiv Trav, Craig Hollywood, Matty P, Declan Doherty and more.
Now in RTRFM’s 40th year we are going back to the big beat and bringing you the ultimate Full Frequency Party at Ambar, Friday September 29. The current line up of presenters will be joined by some of those who used to call 3-5pm home.
Adil Bux x Saxon
Declan x James A
Allstate x Craig Hollywood
Dart x Devo
Micah x Philly Blunt
Will Slade x Will Backler
Rok Riley x Ben M.
A massive line up for a massive show at a massive venue. Join us as we roll out four o’clock classics, get down to the funky beat and play music to make you lose control.
For more information and tickets head to RTRFM.COM.AU.
WHAT: Full Frequency Party
WHEN: Friday September 29, 10pm till late
WHO: Adil Bux x Saxon, Declan x James A, Allstate x Craig Hollywood, Dart x Devo, Micah x Philly Blunt x Ben Mac, Will Slade x Will Backler, Rok Riley x Ben M.
Time: 10pm - late
Friday 27th October
Kick off this year’s Fremantle Festival in style with RTRFM’s Heavenly Bodies: 35 Years of Drastic on Plastic. Celebrate 35 years of women in music with RTRFM’s dedicated women in music program, Drastic on Plastic.
Join us at St John’s Church in Fremantle as we fill the hall with the wonders of Perth’s finest musicians and artists, Friday October 27 with Stella Donnelly, Rabbit Island, Em Burrows and Friends, Ruby May, Akioka and Michelle Harpist.
Few artists in Perth this year have captured the RTRFM listener like Stella Donnelly, her irreverent and unique take on the world, captured perfectly in her honest and moving song-writing, has led to her being one of the most played performers on RTRFM this year. Catch her in solo mode as she fills St John’s church with her ethereal voice.
Amber Fresh aka Rabbit Island has captured the imagination of WA music fans for ten years with her soaring vocals and magical song-writing. Catch her with a full band, made up of her musical and life-long mates. Em Burrows never stops making music, whether it be with her band The Bearded Rainbow or solo, she is a force to be reckoned with and has a grasp on the musical world like very few before her. Joined by a gang of friends, Em will fill the halls of St John’s Church with her ambient, other worldly sounds.
Ruby May’s backed by here eight-piece band will let her voice soar across the church as she belts out her unique take on new-soul. Akioka makes music in her bedroom. DIY to the very core, she makes incredibly intricate and marvelous beats. Michelle Smith aka Michelle Harpist is a classically trained Harp player who has shared the stage with a number of WA performers. A major part of Mathas’ live make up, her harp transcends beyond the traditional.
Heavenly Bodies: 35 Years of Drastic on Plastic takes over St John’s Church in Fremantle, Friday October 27 to kick of the 2017 Fremantle Festival. Celebrate West Australian music in a unique venue whilst celebrating 35 years of women in music on the Sound Alternative, RTRFM
For more information and tickets head to RTRFM.COM.AU. Tickets also on sale through Oztix and Fremantle Festival.
Time: 7pm - 11:30pm
Venue: St Johns Church, Fremantle
Sunday 19th November
RTRFM UNVEILS THE BIG 40: A FOUR-STAGE 40TH BIRTHDAY PARTY AT PERTH CONCERT HALL CELEBRATING WA MUSIC OLD AND NEW
RTRFM is not in the least bit embarrassed to announce its 40th birthday thanks to the era-spanning roll call of WA artists who have banded together to pop a cork and toast our wrinkles on November 19 at Perth Concert Hall.
The Big 40 is a four-stage celebration of RTRFM’s rich history and its deep connection with all corners of the WA music scene. In the main auditorium and much-loved verandah space, heavyweights from multiple genres will toast the station. Highlights of this carefully-curated program include Abbe May performing with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, Odette Mercy and Her Soul Atomics performing with a Tongan choir, a rare-as-hens-teeth gig by ‘90s darlings Adam Said Galore, hip hop trailblazers Downsyde reimagining their catalogue with strings and an exclusive performance of Red Jezebel’s classic album Revelations. Plus, Mt Mountain performing Dust with special guests, songs in Noongar language from Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse and a very special performance by WAM Hall of Famer Rick Steele.
As a nod to the station’s all-important role as a champion of the here and now, no less than four supergroups of current WA buzz-acts will perform on the Verandah stage as the Slightly Oddway Orchestra. This will see members of Childsaint, Rag n’ Bone, The Love Junkies, Grievous Bodily Calm, PUCK, The Chlorines, Kitchen People, Jacob Diamond, Bells Rapids, Carla Geneve and Flossy all put their spin on WA songs written in 2017
Concluding this mega party is RTRFM – A Musical History, a specially commissioned projection and live show that combines fascinating audio, photos and video from the station’s archives with key songs from WA music history. A collaboration between Dr Adam Trainer (researcher), Davey Craddock (director), Steven Aaron Hughes (projections) and Timothy Nelson (musical director), this one off show will guide the audience through RTR’s unusual, sometimes rocky history, with the help of an all-star lineup of guest vocalists and musicians.
In true RTRFM fashion, The Big 40 also has plenty of hidden, subterranean gems. Throughout the night, DJs from RTRFM’s specialist shows will ply their wares in a tunnel and wherever there’s room to dance throughout the historic Concert Hall. Plus deep in the bowels of the venue, TURA and Difficult Listening join forces for a stage that showcases the station’s more esoteric tastes.
RTRFM General Manager Stu MacLeod says The Big 40 has been deliberately curated to celebrate both the past and future: “Your 40th birthday is a time of your life when you think about the past and the future in equal measure. RTRFM’s The Big 40 not only represents the history of this incredible, amazing place, but also the future. It’s a way for us to showcase the last 40 years and the next 40 years at the same time, with the finest artists from our past and present, performing alongside each other and creating unique performances together that you simply will never find anywhere else. Party of the year!”
The Big 40 – Sunday November 19, 3PM – 10PM. Perth Concert Hall
$40 RTRFM Gold Subscribers / Members
$45 RTRFM’s Subscribers.
$50 general admission.
From Ticketmaster or Perth Concert Hall Website.
Abbe May with the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra
Adam Said Galore
Downsyde with Strings
Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse
Mt Mountain performing Dust with guests
Odette Mercy and Her Soul Atomics with a Tongan Choir
RTRFM – A Musical History
The Verandah Stage:
DJ Gemma Pike
Grace Barbe Afro Kreol
The Kill Devil Hills
Red Jezebel performing Revelations
Slightly Odway Orchestra featuring members of Childsaint, Rag n’ Bone, The Love Junkies, Grievous Bodily Calm, PUCK, The Chlorines, Kitchen People, Jacob Diamond, Boat Show, Bells Rapids, Carla Geneve and Dream Rimmy
The Sunshine Brothers
Black and Blue with Paul Gamblin
Dan The Man v Rok Riley
Jah Wisdom Sound System
Rock Rattle n Roll
Underground Solution Crew
Difficult Listening Experimental Stage supported by Tura:
Ashes of Burnt Sage
Eduardo Cassio and Zoe Kilbourn
Kate Milligan and Eljo Agenbach
Kirsten Symczycz & Lenny Jacobs
Time: 3pm - 10pm
Venue: Perth Concert Hall