Bassendean: Rock band J.F.K headlines WAMFest Live in the Park

J.F.K band members, BACK L-R: Alex Leadbetter of Karrinyup (Lead Guitarist), Anthony Leadbetter of Stirling (Drummer) and Rob Courtis of Mosman Park (Bass). FRONT: James Knox of City Beach (Lead singer). The band will be performing at WAMFest in Bassendean. Picture: David Baylis
J.F.K band members, BACK L-R: Alex Leadbetter of Karrinyup (Lead Guitarist), Anthony Leadbetter of Stirling (Drummer) and Rob Courtis of Mosman Park (Bass). FRONT: James Knox of City Beach (Lead singer). The band will be performing at WAMFest in Bassendean. Picture: David Baylis

GARAGE rock band J.F.K will connect the Bassendean community with animated live tunes at WAMFest Live in the Park for the second-straight year.

The six-piece band, fronted by Perth singer-songwriter James Knox, is influenced by international bands The Hives, Queens of the Stone Age and Temples.

In 2017 the band won the WAM Rock Song of the Year award for A Boy and a Boy, which was based on a protest against homophobia during the gay marriage campaign.

Following the release of Forget About It at the start of the year, the band has performed at Hyperfest, Fools Festival and Illuminate Night Party.

Knox said the band was looking forward to playing to an all ages crowd at BIC Reserve on November 24.

“I remember last year there were all these little kids that came up to the front; it was super cute and they were all dancing. The majority of our gigs are 18 plus, so it’s nice to be able to connect with the wider community,” he said.

Member Rob Courtis said he was looking forward to a cooler evening compared to last year.

“It was just such a fun time last year and we are really keen to play again and it’s always fun to help out WAM as well,” he said.

Alex Leadbetter said the band was always adding to their repertoire.

“We are working on new songs and are looking to start recording an album early next year,” he said.

THE ESSENTIALS
What: WAMFest Live In the Park
Where: BIC Reserve, Wilson Street, Bassendean
When: November 24, live music from 4pm to 8pm, kids activities 4pm to 7pm, indie music films 8.30pm to 10pm
For information, visit Town of Bassendean’s Arts and Events Facebook page.