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WA Day Festival 2024: Guy Sebastian, Eskimo Joe and The Waifs among performers for free Perth event

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Eskimo Joe, Guy Sebastian and The Waifs are among the performers for WA Day.
Camera IconEskimo Joe, Guy Sebastian and The Waifs are among the performers for WA Day. Credit: The West/Jem Cresswell

The countdown is on for the State’s beloved WA Day Festival — and it is set to return “bigger, better and brighter” than ever next month, with the likes of Guy Sebastian, and other world-class artists to perform for WA families at the free event.

Festivities kick-off on June 2-3, with the State’s biggest drone shows, free carnival rides, a mouth-watering lineup of more than 70 food trucks, roving entertainment, show bags, fireworks and Indigenous storytelling.

This year’s festival will expand to new spaces across the Marlee Lawn and Burswood Park thanks to major sponsors BHP, the WA Government and Lotterywest. Families should start their journey at Optus Stadium precinct.

A stellar lineup of musicians has been announced for the two-day event.

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Sunday will feature Guy Sebastian, Eskimo Joe, folk-infused rock band The Waifs, ‘O Yeah’ singer End of Fashion, Sneaky Sound System, Drea, Ullah and Ricky Neil Jr.

Monday’s acts include Fremantle act POND and Perth’s Grievous Bodily Calm band, with their modern jazz sound.

Joan and the Giants, Siobhan Cotchin, Maatakitj, Angie Colman and Mia June will also grace the stage on Monday.

WA Day Concert Announcement - Monday lineup - Pond Michael Tartaglia
Camera IconWA Day Concert Announcement - Monday lineup - Pond Michael Tartaglia Credit: Michael Tartaglia/Michael Tartaglia

Foodies can look forward to a dedicated barbecue and brew area, a melting pot of culinary creations and delicious multicultural eats.

Premier Roger Cook has called on West Aussies to support the free event, which will be complemented with free public transport across the two days.

“WA day gives every Western Australian an opportunity to celebrate our great state and everything that makes WA the best place,” he said.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to bring their families out for free events on the WA day weekend and so I wanted to double down — go bigger, better, and brighter than ever.

“And this year. It will be a great, great lineup . . . it’s two days of headline music acts and it’s all free.

“The very special element of the WA festival is we’ve got a very special RTR festival featuring Western Australian artists to make sure everyone in WA just appreciates the incredible wealth of talent that we have here in contemporary music in WA.

WA Premier Roger Cook has held a press conference to promote WA Day. Pictured is The Premier (c) with WA Day performers Angie Coleman, Drea and Siobhan Cotchin and RTR General Manager Simon Miraudo in Burswood Justin Benson-Cooper
Camera IconWA Premier Roger Cook has held a press conference to promote WA Day. Pictured is The Premier (c) with WA Day performers Angie Coleman, Drea and Siobhan Cotchin and RTR General Manager Simon Miraudo in Burswood Justin Benson-Cooper Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

RTRFM manager Simon Miraudo said the free festivals provide the opportunity to discover West Aussie talent.

“I think celebrating WA Talent is so important . . . you don’t have to wait for the next Spacey Jane or the next Tame Impala, they’re here,” he said.

“I hope that people come out . . . this is world-class talent that we have here in WA and I’m so excited for everyone to discover new hopefully favourite acts.”

WA Day Concert Announcement - Sunday lineup - The Waifs Jarrad Seng
Camera IconWA Day Concert Announcement - Sunday lineup - The Waifs Jarrad Seng Credit: Jarrad Seng/Jarrad Seng

Free, family fun activities will also be offered by Scitech, the WA Museum, Channel 7, Telethon, Alcoa, Spudshed, Coles, Perth Mint, the RAC Rescue Helicopter and Nova.

For the sports fanatics, sporting games will be provided by the West Australian Football Commission at the BHP Amphitheatre, plus a Mrs Mac’s pie-eating competition.

Regional WA celebrations will also be held on the long weekend, including in Albany, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Fremantle and Northam.

After 500 drones take to the sky at the Perth event, the spectacular show will go on tour — appearing in Busselton on June 8, Dampier on June 15 and in Newman on June 23.

The WA Day long weekend kicks off on Thursday night, with the Western Australian of the Year Awards presentation, celebrating the State’s most talented and dedicated people.

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