Jakarta. A vast, arid Australian Outback is the first perception many have of Western Australia's largest city, Perth. Some even think the state's capital city is intended only for audacious, thrill-seeking travelers looking to explore some of the area's unique natural sights.
But that is not always the case. In fact, Perth also offers a vibrant urban nightlife, on par with the country's two largest cities, Melbourne and Sydney. Did you know that psychedelic rock icons Tame Impala and YouTube personality-turned-singer Troye Sivan call the Western Australia capital home?
Indeed, Perth hosts regular music festivals each year, such as the Big Day Out, Soundwave and West Coast Blues & Roots Festival. Some of the most hip international artists have taken to the city's venues in the first half of 2017 to entertain the most committed music fans.
More world superstars will travel to the city in coming months to ride the Perth bandwagon, including Irish indie rock band Two Door Cinema Club, who will hit the Metro City club on July 19, while girl-power quartet Little Mix will perform at the Crown Theatre Perth the following day. Rock legends New Found Glory will bring their "20 Years of Pop Punk" tour to Perth on August 8th.
Towards the end of the year, the city's most popular venue, Perth Arena, will be abuzz with high-profile names, including Alice Cooper, who will hit the stage in October; British boyband Take That, who will play in November; and chart-topping pop star Shawn Mendes.
What makes Perth such an attractive place for artists to visit? The answer can be found in the abundance of hip, popular live music venues.
Perth Arena, a Rubik's cube-shaped venue, accommodates up to 15,500 people and has housed concerts of such international superstars as Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, Elton John, The Rolling Stones and Katy Perry. According to the venue's website, more than two million people have visited the arena for more than 200 major events in the past two years.
If local music is more your scene, The Bird on William Street in Northbridge boasts a quirky and intimate vibe and is central to Perth's indie rock community. Other indie venues include Badlands Bar on Aberdeen Street and Jimmy's Den on James Street. Jimmy's is so cool that in the 1970s the bar doubled as an illegal gambling den.
Getting to Perth to take advantage of the burgeoning music scene there, Jakartans can fly on one of four weekly flights to the Western Australia capital on Garuda Indonesia. The national flag carrier also offers daily flights to Perth from Denpasar, Bali.
Plan your next trip to Perth at www.garuda-indonesia.com/australia.