Global beats, bangers and dreamy soundscapes will punctuate Perth’s front yard for 18 balmy summer nights in 2018, with one main mission – to get you to move or be moved.

Perth Festival’s Chevron Gardens returns to Elizabeth Quay in February. The Mainstage and Gardens stages will showcase a diverse span of contemporary music ranging from UK grime, cinematic pop and ’50s rockabilly to Afropunk, soul and hip-hop. This year’s line-up also includes a mini-festival celebrating Australian female musical talent.

International headliners Ben Folds, Dizzee Rascal, Mogwai, and Liam and Neil Finn will perform among a strong line-up of local and Australian acts, such as politically resonant hip-hop duo A.B. Original; electronic legends The Avalanches, returning from a long absence; hypnotic singer-songwriter Abbe May; and Tropical Fuck Storm, a punk-psych-experimental-rock supergroup featuring members from Melbourne rock bands The Drones, High Tension and Harmony.

The three-week party starts on February 9 with Kardajala Kirridarra, the Sandhill Women from the Northern Territory desert and their electro sounds. South Australia’s Electric Fields will bring their electro-pop and angelic vocals. Indigenous hip-hop masters Skinnyfish Sound System will remix their catalogue with a performance featuring live didgeridoo, beat poets and Arnhem Land rap.

“Our opening-night celebration sets the tone for Chevron Gardens in 2018,” says contemporary music program associate, Clara Iaccarino. “The program is peppered with genre-bending artists who not only create exciting, fresh sounds, but who are challenging the status quo and sparking conversations that transcend musical engagement. Our dual purpose is to make you move or be moved and in many instances we are confident the artists we are presenting will do both.”

Lalla Rookh, Sauma and The Standard will run pop-up food stalls on-site to feed guests. The fully licensed venue will offer a selection of summer-appropriate drinks.

Homegrown talent will provide free entertainment on the Gardens stage every night.

Chevron Gardens 2018 runs February 9 to March 4 at Elizabeth Quay. For the full line-up visit perthfestival.com.au. Chevron Gardens is part of Perth Festival, the city’s major celebration of diverse art forms including circus, dance, theatre, classical music, writing, film and visual arts.