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Friday 27th October

Heavenly Bodies: 35 Years of Drastic on Plastic

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

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Friday 3rd November

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, rockabilly 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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Sunday 19th November

The Big 40


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

$50 – General Admission from
$45 – RTRFM Subscribers from
$40 – Gold/ Platinum Subscribers from
*limit one per person for Subscribers and Gold/ Platinum Subscribers.


Main Auditorium:

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
Rick Steele
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

DJ Lineup:

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 C0ssio and Zoe Kilbourn
Breaking Waves
Kate Milligan and Eljo Agenbach
Kirsten Symczycz & Lenny Jacobs



Time: 3pm - 10pm
Venue: Perth Concert Hall

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