The Pilerats Guide to SOTA Festival 2019
From John Butler and Drapht to Food Trucks and Glitter Stations, here's everything to do in Burswood Park this WA Day.
This incoming Monday sees the arrival of SOTA Festival, which storms into an all-new location - Burswood Park, just south of the Crown Casino/Crown Towers complex - on WA Day, Monday June 3rd. Over the past few weeks, we've spoken endlessly about the music talent you catch across the day at the festival stage - which we'll rehash for you in a second - but there's a lot more on offer too, from food trucks and glitter stations to the Lotterywest Family Stage and water ski demos. Together, they aim to highlight everything West Australia has to offer as a brilliant state, and beyond its art, music and culture, there's plenty to explore; so much so that digesting everything going on can be a bit of a difficult task. Luckily for you, however, we're breaking it down - presenting our ultimate guide to everything SOTA Festival has to offer in 2019. Grab more details HERE.
Catch John Butler, SLUMBERJACK, Drapht + more at the SOTA Centre Stage
Over the years, SOTA has become renowned as a place people of all ages can experience the best music the west coast has to offer, and this year is no different. This year, SOTA - in co-operation with WAM - have really pulled all the stops to welcome a genre-diverse list of names for this year's event, including old favourites and newcomers amongst the country's most exciting. Leading the charge is John Butler, who is stripping things back without his infamous trio for a homecoming show worth trekking over to Burswood for, while trap titans SLUMBERJACK and hip-hop heavyweight Drapht also top the billing. Elsewhere, there's rock legends Jebediah, PJ Harvey comparable Katy Steele, indigenous collective The Struggling Kings and lot of Pilerats favourites - T$OKO, Reija Lee, Your Girl Pho, Hyclass, Great Gable and Flossy among them.
Get science-y at the BHP Art Meets Science Area
There's a lot more to SOTA Festival than music, and one of these areas sees art meet science, brought to you by BHP. At the top end of the Burswood Park grounds, you can find food trucks, and activations from the WA Museum (who are putting on a space-themed exhibit for the WA Day long weekend), St Johns First Aid and Community Awareness (to brush up on those skills), an interactive, puppet-based display titled String Symphony and Star Dreaming - an indigenous storytelling exhibit through a unique, 180-degree dome.
Entertain the kids at the Lotterywest Family Stage and BUPA Play in WA Area
SOTA Festival is one of Perth's only music-centric all-ages shows, but if you're planning on bringing kids along without knowing what there is to do beyond the free music, then head down to the Lotterywest Family Stage. There's a disco, a circus workshop, acoustic sessions and flower shows, while over at the BUPA Play in WA area, you can find arts and crafts, Channel 7 Perth recording live, animal farms, sausage sizzles, inflatable playgrounds, performers and the opportunity to pan for gold thanks to the Perth Mint.
Chill out with some food at the Synergy Eat Street
After a long day of activities, you're no doubt going to get peckish. Luckily, SOTA are here for you, giving you a place to rest your legs while you munch down on food from some of WA's best restaurants and pop-ups. Find a few food trucks in the chill out zone alongside bean bags and water ski demos, while Synergy's Eat Street has you covered meal-wise, with the following places being repped:
Bantastic Mi / Baolicious / Big 5 Curry Den / Black Bean Coffee Bar / Boost Mobeel Perth / Braised Bros Food Truck / Bunga Raya Satay / Chips on a Stick WA / Churras South American BBQ / Churro Central / Con Pebre / Crush Juice / Curb Your Hunger / Dal Pizzaiolo / Gary’s Diner Cheeseburger Truck / Georges Kebabs Greek Streats / Gift of Taste / Islander Malays / JD’s Fairy Floss Cart / JD’s Mexican / JD’s Seafood / Joey Soft Serve Icecreams / Jumplings / Laksa Hut / Laundry 43 / Lowlight Espresso / Master Panda / Meast / MJ’Z Ice Cream / Mopoke Coffee / Mosaic Bites / Ninja Cuisine / Shake Waffle n Roll / Smokin BBQ Bus / Street Food Lab / Suzy’s Soft Serve Ice Cream / Thai on Tyres / The Caffeine Machine / The Canuck Truck / The Cookie Box / The Dirty Swine / The Fish Boss / The Habibs / The Melt Hub / The Milky Monster / The Pasta Truck / The Patron Beverage Co / The Phat Pharaoh / The Sweet Box Cart / The Tapi Truck / The Wooden Box / Tikka Tango / Toast My Curry / Wicked Waffles & Icecream/
Have a few brews at while you enjoy the tunes at Centre Stage
While the Centre Stage plays host to SOTA's extensive musical lineup, there are a few other things going on in the same area. Alby and Gage Roads will have designated bars if you enjoy some locally-sourced brews, while festival rides, more food trucks, glitter stations and wine bars will also keep you entertained if the music isn't your thing. So much music, so many things to do, so little time.
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