Perth is the capital of Western Australia, as well as its largest city, and is one of the top destinations in the region. Aside from its impressive collection of museums, exciting culinary scene and pristine beaches, Perth is also known as a festival town. The city hosts a range of cultural events and music festivals every year.
Once skipped over by a lot of international artists because of its isolation from other major Australian cities, Perth has fostered a festival culture that highlights a lot of local musical groups and artists. Because of this, more and more overseas acts are recognizing the city’s popularity as a musical venue and adding it to their tour stops.
With music festivals slowly coming back after a long hiatus from the COVID-19 pandemic, Perth has started to welcome back some of its regular events along with some newcomers. There is a lot to look forward to this 2022, as both local and international acts are touring the world once more. Be sure to know how to get around Perth by reading our guide. You'll feel at ease in the city and won't miss a beat.
Mark your calendars, get your friends together and buy your tickets to the music festivals happening in Perth (and in regional WA) this 2022. For a hassle-free festival experience, search for a Perth luggage locker and safely store your large bags and other belongings. Don't be weighed down while enjoying jazz music in a theatre, country sounds on a live music stage, or any line up that suits your tastes.
July Fest (Festa Junina da Brazil WA)
Happening on July 16th, the Festa Junina da Brazil (also known as July Fest) will be celebrating its 10th year at the Perth Mess Hall in Northbridge. Bringing one of the most celebrated parties from Brazil, this festival will showcase the best of traditional music, regional dance and food that the nation has to offer. The July Fest will have several concerts, performances and community activities throughout the event and is a great place to learn about Brazilian culture and to socialize with people from all walks of life.
Wave Rock Weekender
Wave Rock Weekender is a three-day festival that takes place in the heart of the Australian bush. The event is going to be held at the Wave Rock Caravan Park & Surrounds in Hyden, which is about a three-hour drive from the city center of Perth, and will run from September 23rd to 26th. More than just a music festival, Wave Rock Weekender aims to provide participants with an adventurous and authentic weekend outdoors.
Festivalgoers can enjoy performances from both local and international musical acts along with documentaries and film screenings, food trucks, cheap alcohol, workshops and yoga classes. The venue also has a man-made therapeutic salt pond where eventgoers can take a dip throughout their stay. Because it is held in a caravan park on the edge of the desert, there are no hotels or inns nearby and all guests must pitch a tent to be used for their accommodation. Some of the artists that have been tapped to perform at the 2022 edition include Tijuana Cartel, Jaguar Jonze and Sunshine Brothers, with more acts to be announced in the coming months.
Good Day Sunshine Festival
The Good Day Sunshine Festival is one of the biggest music events happening in the city of Busselton, located in the South West region of Western Australia and about a three-hour drive from Perth. Taking place on September 24th at Barnard Park, this exciting music festival will have performances coupled with the best food and beverages from the South West region.
For the 2022 version of Good Day Sunshine, the lineup of artists include American singer-songwriter and Grammy Award-winning artist Leon Bridges along with local acts The Teskey Brothers, Josk Pyke, Abbe May and Aboriginal-Australian folk artist Thelma Plum, to name a few. Tickets to the one-day event can be bought online through the festival's website as well as affiliated online ticketing outlets such as Oztix and Songkick.
Listen Out Perth
Founded in 2013, Listen Out is the biggest dance music festival in Australia and regularly features an impressive lineup of world-renowned electronic and hip-hop artists. The event travels across the country and takes place in major Australian cities, including Perth. This 2022, the event will be held on September 25th at the HBF Arena in the suburb of Joondalup, a Perth suburb and around 16 miles north of the city center.
Listen Out Perth 2022 will be showcasing some amazing local and international artists in the hip-hop and electronic music scene. The event will be headlined by British duo Disclosure and will also feature acts such as Swedish singer Tove Lo, Louis the Child, Bbno$, rapper Young Thug, Brisbane band The Jungle Giants, MEDUZA and much more. General admission and VIP tickets are on sale through official ticketing outlets and can be bought through the festival’s website.
Oktoberfest in the Gardens
Oktoberfest in the Gardens is Australia’s biggest event dedicated to the traditional Bavarian festival and takes place in a variety of cities across the country. The event is once again going on a national tour this 2022; in Perth, the festival will be held on the 8th of October at Langley Park in the CBD. Oktoberfest in the Gardens aims to be as authentic as possible, featuring an eccentric range of entertainment such as yodelers and roving accordion performers.
The venue also boasts German food stalls as well as two gigantic beer halls where you can sample some authentic Deutsch delicacies and an array of beers and alcoholic beverages that have been imported from Germany. The festival will also be showcasing both local and German musical acts for the duration of the event. Attendees can also participate in other activities such as dodgeball and silent disco. Tickets can be bought from the Oktoberfest website and cost anywhere from AU$55 to AU$140.
Gidgestock Music Festival
Returning for the seventh time in 2022, the Gidgestock Music Festival is perhaps the biggest music festival dedicated solely to showcasing local Perth music. Held in a 50-acre property in the lovely hills of Gidgegannup, around 45 minutes away from the city, this annual fundraising event features some of the best Western Australian musical acts. Additionally, it is a family-friendly event; the venue features a range of activities for kids as well as food trucks and market stalls.
The 2022 Gidgestock Music Festival will take place over the course of three days, from October 14th to 16th. The lineup consists of 22 bands, including beloved local acts such as Helen Townsend and The Wayward Hearts, Bradley Hall, Johnny Reid and Moonlighters. The venue also has a campsite and eventgoers have the option to set up their own tents or caravans and stay for the duration of the event. Tickets can be bought via the event’s official website and range from single-day passes to multiple-day tickets. All the proceeds from the festival are donated to the Leukaemia Foundation and the West and East Gidgegannup Volunteer Fire Services.
Defected is one of the biggest house music festivals in the world and takes place in major cities all over the world. The event organizers are from the music label of the same name, founded by Simon Dunmore, which has built a reputation as one of the biggest record labels dedicated to the genre. Some of the recognizable names that have previously graced the Defected stage include Bob Sinclair, Todd Tery, Kevin Saunderson, Kings of Tomorrow and Dennis Ferrer.
This 2022, the Defected Festival will do a two-week tour in the Australiasia region, its first one since 2020, and will make stops across Australia, New Zealand and Bali. One of the stops for the Australian leg of Defected is Perth, which is its first time in the city, and will take place on the 5th of November at Metro City. Concertgoers can expect a massive and epic house party featuring the hottest names in dance music, such as Sam Divine, Ferreck Dawn, Riva Starr and Mike Dunn. Tickets are currently on sale online, with prices ranging from AU$55 for general admission to AU$100 for VIP.
Blues at Bridgetown
Another major event that takes place every year in the South West, the Blues at Bridgetown is definitely one of the top music festivals dedicated to blues and roots music in Australia. This annual 3-day festival is held in the idyllic town of Bridgetown, situated a little over 270 kilometers southeast of Perth and is about a three-hour drive from the city. Festivalgoers have the option to go camping at the “Tent City” site inside the venue or to stay in accommodation in the surrounding towns.
Despite its distance, thousands of people flock to Bridgetown in order to witness this incredible event. Returning this 2022, the Blues at Bridgetown will take place from November 11th to 14th and is expected to showcase some celebrated blues and roots music artists, both local and international. While the 2022 lineup is yet to be announced, some of the acts that have previously performed at the Blues at Bridgetown include ThornBird, Dave Hole and Matt Taylor. Ticket prices and where to buy them will be announced soon via the festival’s official website.
If music and booze together is your idea of a good time, then you should mark your calendar and buy a ticket to Wine Machine, the premier wine, food and music festival in Australia. The one-of-a-kind event is set in some of the country’s most popular and picturesque vineyards and promises to bring the best music from local artists together with the finest wines sourced from all over Australia.
The Western Australia leg of Wine Machine will take place on the 26th of November and will be held at the Oakover Grounds in Swan Valley, which is about half an hour away from Perth CBD. Some of the artists that have previously played at the festival include Hayden James, PNAU, The Presets and Crooked Colours. For 2022, the artist lineup consists of names such as Flight Facilities, Client Liasion, San Cisco, Lime Cordiale, Cut Copy and Mell Hall. The Wine Machine festival is the perfect venue for a day filled with drinking, dancing and dining with gorgeous wine vineyards as your backdrop. Tickets are currently on sale online via the festival’s official website, with prices ranging from AU$79 to AU$129.
Festival X Perth
Undoubtedly one of the most anticipated summer events in Australia every year, Festival X is a major music festival with shows across the biggest cities in Australia. Its inaugural tour was held in 2019 but has since been inactive due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This 2022, the festival will also be making its way to Perth for the first time on the 4th of December; the event will be held in the lovely Burswood Park, overlooking the Swan River.
Festival X Perth will surely be a popular event among locals and tourists in Perth because of the topnotch acts from all musical genres that will be performing on stage. Some of the names included in this year’s lineup include DJ superstar Calvin Harris, female hip-hop sensation Megan Thee Stallion, Boys Noize, Don Toliver, John Summit, Cosmic Gate and so much more. Tickets are available online at Moshtix, with prices ranging from AU$190 to AU$310.
Planning to spend more days in Perth?
Once the festival season is over and you still have a couple of days left in Perth, there are plenty of ways to spend your remaining time in the city. Perth boasts several attractions that cater to all tastes, budgets and interests; you may want to work on your tan on one of the city’s beautiful beaches or get cultured at the museums found all over Perth. There are also a number of noteworthy restaurants and cafés that are worth visiting. If you’re unsure of how to spend your time, plan a three-day itinerary in Perth to help you keep busy while in the city.
If you're planning to stay longer in Perth, take a look at our other Perth guides for other fun activities!