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Friday 22nd December

Courtyard Club 2017


Perth Theatre Trust and RTRFM are proud to announce the return of The Courtyard Club, a free 8-week concert series taking place every Friday evening from 3 November to 22 December in the State Theatre Centre Courtyard.

In RTRFM’s 40th year we are pleased to be teaming up with Perth Theatre Trust for the fourth year to bring live, local music into the heart of Northbridge at the iconic State Theatre Centre Courtyard. The Courtyard Club has become the perfect place to start your weekend with friends while experiencing live radio and local music for free.

The series opens on Friday 3 November with six hours of Perth’s finest indie rock, punk, folk and avant-pop as a part of WAMFest presented by Drug Aware Live Friday showcases. Kicking off at 4:00pm, catch WAM Hall of Famer (DJ), Airline Food, Nerve Quakes, Spring Peaks, Simone and Girlfunkle and Verge Collection playing long into the night at the State Theatre Centre and live on RTRFM. Presented by local music program Homegrown, catch some of Perth’s finest all in one place.

Throughout November and December join RTRFM every Friday night from 5pm for live radio, live music and RTRFM DJ’s. Alongside the WAM Festival hear from the jazz infused Fat Sparrow, Australian troubadour and story teller Peter Bibby, garage/fuzz-pop masters Catzilla, ambient noise makers Erasers, hip hop super group Premiss, purveyor of groove Charlie Bucket Band and Fremantle rhythm makers Bambuseae Rhythm Section.

Each live set will be followed by RTRFM DJ’s, featuring Oliver Laing (Drivetime), Libby Noble (Out To Lunch), Gidget Duck (Rock Rattle n Roll), Aki Swati (Mei Saraswati and Aikoka), Alyshia Gatani (Trainwreck), Osric (Black and Blue) and Charlie Bucket (El Ritmo)

The Courtyard Club is an all-ages event with licensed bar and food options, making it the perfect meeting place to celebrate the end of the working week.

Enjoy free live radio from RTRFM and local music under the stars in the beautiful surrounds of the State Theatre Centre Courtyard every Friday from 3 November ‘til 22 December.

State Theatre Centre Courtyard
4.30pm ‘til late

Week 1 – Friday November 3
WAMfest Showcase
Homegrown Presents
WAM Hall of Famer
Airline Food
Simone and Girlfunkle
Spring Peaks
Nerve Quakes
Verge Collection

Week 2 – Friday November 10
Fat Sparrow + DJ Oliver Laing (Drivetime)

Week 3 – Friday November 17
Peter Bibby + DJ Libby Noble (Out To Lunch)

Week 4 – Friday November 24
Catzilla + DJ Gidget Duck (Rock Rattle n Roll)

Week 5 – Friday December 1
Erasers + DJ Aki Swati

Week 6 – Friday December 8
Premiss + DJ Alyshia Gatani (Trainwreck)

Week 7 – Friday December 15
Charlie Bucket Band + DJ Osric (Black and Blue)

Week 8 – Friday December 22
Bambuseae Rhythm Section + DJ Charlie Bucket (El Ritmo)

Time: 5:00pm
Venue: State Theatre Centre - Courtyard

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Saturday 27th January

Distant Murmurs 2018


RTRFM’s local music festival Distant Murmurs returns for it’s fourth year at The Rosemount Hotel for, with over 20 acts across three stages, boasting a line up of new and up-coming local bands, with one of the more diverse line ups of the year.

It all kicks off in the Rosemount Hotel Beer Garden from 6pm, with everyone’s favourite RTRFM volunteer The Whipcracker DJing alongside Will Slade, plus the futuristic beats and rhymes of Toyotomi, neo-soul wunder kids Demon Days, mind blowing production from Shy Time, pop magic from Your Girl Pho, driving beats and rhythms of Bonny Upwelling and the multi layered sounds of Human Buoy.

In 459 it’s going to a little loud and raucous with the no nonsense sounds of Apollo Zen, the in your face punk of Chick Spit, the madness and joy of Debbie Downers and the brilliance of Shit Narnia.

 And in the Rosemount main room it’s a mixed bang of sounds with the unknown sounds of the winner of MOJO Rising Band Competition, the brilliant sound writing of Carla Geneve, the Brit pop sounds of DIY Rainclouds, the intoxicating rawness of Hussy, the mind-blowing amazement of Benjamin Witt and the wondrous pop melodies of The Money War.

Distant Murmurs is the best way to spend a summer Saturday afternoon, immersed in tunes from the present and future of Perth’s music landscape.

WHEN: Saturday January 27, 2018, 6pm ‘til late

WHERE: The Rosemount Hotel (+ 459 Bar & Beer Garden)

WHO: Apollo Zen | Benjamin Witt | Bonny Upwelling | Carla Geneve | Chick Spit | Debbie Downers | Demon Days | DIY Rainclouds | Human Buoy | Hussy | Mojo Rising Winner | Shit Narnia | Shy Time | The Money War | The Whipcracker and Willy Slade | Toyotomi | Your Girl Pho.

TICKETS: Presales $15 general / $10 subscribers via and Oztix.

Time: 7pm - 1am
Venue: The Rosemount Hotel

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Sunday 11th February

Alternative Frequencies: 40 Years of RTRFM

RTRFM bring you Alternative Frequencies: 40 Years of RTRFM, an exhibition at the State Library of WA.

Alternative Frequencies: 40 Years of RTRFM is a journey through the sometimes turbulent, often uplifting and always community-focused history of RTRFM. The exhibition celebrates the past, present and future of Western Australia’s longest running FM community radio station.

Originally named 6UWA and housed on the grounds of the University of Western Australia, the station, was the first in Western Australia to broadcast in stereo. The station merged with Murdoch University to become 6UVS on the 92.1 frequency. Predominantly volunteer driven, the station became an incubator for student activism and left-of-centre music, operating as a counter point to commercial broadcasting.

6UVS became home to volunteer broadcasters who liked to push the boundaries of musical norms. Shows like Sunday Morning Coming Down, Drastic on Plastic and Vershun Galore played music rarely heard outside of the bedrooms of the very discerning collectors who presented these ground-breaking programs.

After several battles for survival, the station lost its university funding. Volunteers banded together to start again and RTRFM was born. The station received a community broadcasting license and operated with its call signal being a play on ‘Arty radio’.

“It’s a great community radio and without it I, personally, wouldn’t both listening to the radio. The passion that each presenter has bring forth a fantastic, expanding and infectious love of our community.

– Cameron, Alfred Cove

Curated by RTRFM and the State Library, the trip down memory lane features a unique collection of audio, images, stories, memorabilia and equipment that not only tells the story of RTRFM, but the story of FM radio in Western Australia.

Alternative Frequencies: 40 Years of RTRFM runs until Sunday 11 February in the Ground Floor Gallery at the State Library of Western Australia.

Entry is free.


Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: State Library of WA


Sunday 25th February

Harbour Sundays 2018


After a wonderful second season, Harbour Sundays is back for 2018 for your perfect Sunday night local music fix at one of Perth’s most picturesque venues, the WA Maritime Museum.

Join us on the Museum’s balcony at Victoria Quay for five weeks of local music, DJs, drinks and the best spot in Perth to watch the sun go down.

The 2018 season kicks off on Sunday January 28 with country styling’s of Delilah Rose and the Gunslingers, alongside the folk tinged soulfulness of the Kat Wilson Trio, plus DJ Jas Hughes of Tuesday Drivetime.

On Sunday February 4, we are blessed with the talents of singer songwriter Grace Sanders who produces blissful soul music, plus the amazing song-writing and soaring vocals of one of Perth’s finest song writers, Jacob Diamond. Joining them will be one of RTRFM’s longest serving presenters and founders of the Drastic on Plastic program, Lorraine Clifford.

Sunday February 11 sees an eclectic duo of musicians, spanning jazz to Cuban salsa. Join Human Contact the jazz concept band lead by WAYJO maestro Alana McPherson, plus the Cuban magic of Cube De Son for some traditional Cuban salsa on your Sunday. DJ Claude Mono from El Ritmo will keep the wonderful vibes flowing with his eclectic musical excursions.

Perth favourite troubadour The Justin Walshe Folk Machine will take you on a story telling journey on Sunday February 18 with his wonderful take on the world, joining him will be Racoo Charles and The Moke Folk with their distinctively Fremantle take on folk/country music. Rockin’ The Roots’ Tamara Szep will continue your musical journey as DJ.

Harbour Sundays closes its 2018 season on Sunday February 25 with a hell of party. Grace Barbe and Jamie Searle’s other project, Crucial Rockers will have you swaying on the balcony with a sublime selection of reggae tinged tunes, and Boom Bap Pow will close things out with their neo soul magic. Lead by Novak Bull, Boom Bap Pow belt out tune after tune of hip shaking goodness. SoulsidesDJ Foxman will continue the party with his selection of 45 classics.

Harbour Sundays is the perfect way to spend a summer by the Indian Ocean, with stunning ocean views at an iconic Fremantle landmark and some of the city’s finest local musicians.


Sunday January 28

Delilah Rose and The Gunslingers
Kat Wilson Trio
DJ Jas Hughes (Drivetime)

Sunday February 4
Grace Sanders
Jacob Diamond
DJ Lorraine Clifford (Drastic on Plastic, SMCD)

Sunday February 11

Human Contact
De Cuba Son
DJ Claude Mono (El Ritmo, GAOTS)

Sunday February 18

Racoo Charles and The Moke Folk
Justin Walshe Folk Machine
DJ Tamara Szep (Rockin’ The Roots)

Sunday February 25

Crucial Rockers
Boom Bap Pow
DJ Foxman (Soulsides)


Time: 5:00pm- 9:00pm
Venue: WA Maritime Museum, Victoria Quay, Fremantle