Soulful rock and roll. Alternative country. Psych-punk. The joy of spending a day in the sun with mates and watching 20 local WA bands. As ever, this year's instalment of In The Pines has plenty to interest local music fans.
"Each year we try to get a snapshot of the WA music scene with the In The Pines line- up," says Chris Wheeldon, the radio station's operations manager and the event's coordinator.
"This year's line-up shows the supreme talent we have in Perth and how, even though we like to keep Pines as a 'guitar' type gig, that in itself lends to so many different types of acts."
No one could accuse the concert's opening line-up of lacking diversity. Davey Craddock & The Spectacles, for instance, will be bringing their alt-country, folk and soulful rock to the Somerville Auditorium at UWA while Jacob Diamond, Joni In The Moon and Verge Collection will also be exploring the folkier side of things.
At the other end of the spectrum, punk act Helta Skelta and psych rockers The Pisssedcolas will be supplying heavier sounds. Keeping with In The Pines tradition, 90s grunge outfit Bucket will be reuniting for the concert after almost 15 years away from the stage.
In short, it's looking like a unmissable day for live music junkies, not least when you consider the likes of Tame Impala, Jebediah and San Cisco are among the (once unknown) acts to have played In The Pines. According to Wheeldon, the event's longevity can be chalked up to a focus on the music.
“Festivals have died because the focus shifted to other things, but In The Pines hasn’t really changed its model for 23 years and still works,” says Wheeldon. “We always talk about expanding or adding other stages but then you would lose the ethos of it. Good bands will always make a gig great. When music is the focal point of a gig, it can't go wrong. Perhaps others should take note."
In The Pines is on Sunday April 24 at the UWA Somerville Auditorium. Presale tickets are $25 for RTRFM subscribers and $30 for general public and can be purchased online at rtrfm.com.au, 78 Records (Perth CBD), Mills Records (Fremantle), Noise Pollution Records (Northbridge), Highgate Continental (Highgate) and Diabolik (Mt Hawthorn).