RTRFM presents The Big 40

RTRFM presents The Big 40

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Sunday 19 November 3-10pm

Perth Concert Hall

Audience: 18+event unless accompanied by a legal guardian

Ticket Prices: 40 RTRFM Gold Subscribers / Members and $45 RTRFM’s Subscribers. $50 general admission. Presale Tickets on sale 19 Sept 10am for RTRFM Subscribers. 20 Sept 10am for General Public. 



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RTRFM announces its fortieth birthday party thanks to the era-spanning roll call of WA artists who have banded together to pop a cork to toast this achievement on Sunday 19 November  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 traditional 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, songs in Noongar language from WAMI winner 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 Odway 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 Dream Rimmy 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 RTRFM’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 some of RTRFM’s longest running specialist shows will ply their wares in a tunnel and wherever there’s room to dance throughout the historic Concert Hall through the mighty Voyager sound system. Deep in the bowels of the venue TURA and Difficult Listening will also join forces for a stage that showcases the station’s more esoteric tastes.

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