Suburban Vibes brings together some of Australia’s most compelling artists for a laidback Sunday arvo in a picturesque setting
From backyards to laneways and now beautiful gardens, Suburban Vibes brings their signature laidback style to the Cottesloe Civic Centre Gardens on Sunday 29 May with a national line-up and one of their most picturesque shows yet.
Co-headlined by east coast folk/blues singer-songwriter Kim Churchill and Perth’s mesmerising Katy Steele with special guests, this Sunday arvo session on the last weekend of autumn is one for the whole family – a chance to experience folk favourites in the fresh sea air before winter begins with a BYO picnic, panoramic ocean views, and a sunset like no other.
Hailing from Merimbula NSW, multi-instrumentalist Kim Churchill is best known for his humble, raw, and expressive charm. Kim picked up the guitar when he was only 4 years old, and accompanies it with blues harp (harmonica), stomp box, drums, and percussion instruments, as well as playing lapsteel and tambourine. Barefoot and often living out of his van in beach carparks, Kim embodies the backyard ethos that Suburban Vibes loves to champion.
Currently touring with his new single ‘Fighter’ from his forthcoming album described as “layered guitars and blues-infused soundscapes,” Kim’s been venturing to all corners of Australia and heads to Perth on the back of performing at the 2022 Byron Bay Bluesfest.
He’ll be joined by one of Australia’s most longstanding and ethereal voices – Katy Steele – who is bringing the full band and backup singers to the Civic Gardens. The first show back after the birth of her second child, Katy, who’s musical career spans decades, will be performing new tunes from her upcoming sophomore album to be released later this year, as well material from first album ‘Human’ and Little Birdy classics.
Opening solo on the piano, she’ll then be joined by long-time partner and collaborator Graham McLuskie on keys and guitars, Sam Maher on drums and Ben McDonald on the bass and Moog synthesiser, for a dance-y affair on the lawn.
Kicking off the afternoon will be Alivan Blu – a coastal duo from the far north coast of NSW who are firmly establishing themselves in the folk and roots scene and touring in celebration of their much-anticipated debut EP ‘Someone I Call Home’, alongside local folk singer-songwriter Helen Shanahan who’ll share heartfelt and beautifully poetic songs about thoughtful observations and introverted reflections.
Suburban Vibes was formed in 2016 by husband-and-wife team Jono and Regan Grant when they spontaneously staged Nathan Hawes in the backyard of their home after a social media call-out for an informal venue presented itself. Drawn to the personalised and intimate experience with the musicians, Suburban Vibes was born, and now continues to host countless stripped-back performances in gorgeous venues across Perth for music lovers of all ages.
“The focus of the evenings is on the musicians and their stories, asking audience members to immerse themselves in the sounds, while also getting the chance to mingle with friends and the musicians themselves,” says organiser Regan Grant.
“Whether the musician is a homegrown, mostly unknown talent, or a travelling big name from interstate, Suburban Vibes gives them the chance to really tell their story, inviting audiences along for the ride,” she says.
“We love to take the music out of dingy basements, crowded clubs and impersonal theatres with uncomfortable seats, overpriced drinks, and long lines. Suburban Vibes is about creating a space for intimate and chilled performances and good vibes – just perfect for these times.”
Suburban Vibes Presents Katy Steele & Kim Churchill with guests Alivan Blu & Helen Shanahan
Date: Sunday 29 May 2022, 3pm (gates open at 2:15pm)
Venue: Cottesloe Civic Centre Gardens. Enter via Napier Street
Tickets: Tickets from Humanitix. Early Birds from $12 to $50 +BF; Second release from $15 to $60 +BF.
Suburban Vibes is BYO food and drinks. Food van options also available to purchase will be announced closer to the show. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.