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Around the Sound: Family Night Out

Source: Around the Sound: September 24, 2019

Summer is coming!  Except for the killer magpies, it’s the exact opposite feeling to the ‘Winter Is Coming’ refrain from Game Of Thrones, Perth is warming up and we’re coming back to life after a winter of relative hibernation.  Let’s face it, one drop of rain and most Perthites will stay under the doona in front of Netflix until half way through September.

Which is what makes those first big outdoor events of the summer so very special as we all emerge bleary eyed into the sunshine and begin to live again.  And, this year, on 9 November, Perth is blessed with what will be one of the biggest outdoor events of the summer, and the whole family is invited.

The Family Night Out featuring Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is a fundraiser for the Children’s Leukaemia and Cancer Research Foundation.  Around The Sound spoke to event coordinator, Kylie Dalton to find out more.

“This is out seventh event.  The others were nice cosy events for up to 500-1,000 people, but this one we decided to see what we could do if we could get a big name and make it an event for even more people.  That’s why we got Perth Symphony Orchestra.

“This is going to be our best family night out ever.

“It’s not just about the concert.  We’re hoping that it’s the perfect balmy end of spring, beginning of summer weather.  We’ve got the entire grassed area in the middle of Gloucester park.  There will be food trucks, a bouncy castle, a cuddly animal farm, everything will be right there for people.

“We designed the setlist to be family favourites.  The first set they play will be Disney favourites for the young kids.  The dance area at the front of the stage will be packed with kids.  After the first set the kids will settle down with Mums and dads on the blankets and people will be able to get up and have a bit of a boogie as well.”

The PSO’s song list includes all-time favourites from shows Frozen, The Lion King and The Greatest Showman and songs originally performed by Katy Perry, David Bowie and Taylor Swift. The supporting act is popular local musician JAX.

Cancer is the leading cause of death from disease in Australian children. One in 500 kids will develop cancer before they reach their 15th birthday. As CLCRF receives no government funding, it relies on community support – especially the money it can raise at events such as the Family Night Out.

Gates open at 4.30pm, with the musical acts starting at 5.30pm.

For more information and tickets click here.