The Indian Ocean Hotel (Accommodation Available)
The ‘Indi Bar’ in Scarborough has been featuring LIVE music since 1987 when Gordon Wilson and Simon Townsend played covers to uni students and Scarborough locals.
John Green and Dean Hewitt introduced us to Rick Steele who was the first artist to put a full band into the Indi Bar. Since then the Indi has become an institution within the Perth live music scene, hosting live music five nights a week, mostly original.
Bands such as The Waifs, John Butler and Dave Hole once had regular gigs at the Indi before they became to big for a venue licenced to hold just 175.
But that is the Indi charm – a intimate environment which puts the artists right amongst the crowd, to everyones delight – both punter and artist. The Indi Bar these days predominatly features blues and roots music, often with a rock or reggae twist. Local blues/rock legend Mick Vdelli has a residency on Friday nights and Saturday night is a dedicated blues night with True Blue Promotions bringing the best local and touring blues to the Indi Bar stage each week.
Anything can happen on a Sunday, with bands of late including Jez and James Cruikshank (from the Cruel Sea), Dave Graney, The Shinkickers, Brett Hunt and Nathan Kaye. Thursday nights at the Indi is Open Mic – Acoustic, showcasing the original music of Peth’s up and coming talent. Many artists have scored gigs after performing on the Indi Stage which keeps the talent coming in week after week.
Scarborough is one of Perths most beautiful beach side suburbs. It is acclaimed by many to be the best stretch of beach in Australia and is aptly named the “Sunset Coast”. The sunsets over the Indian Ocean are truely something to marvel and the beach provides a magnificent promenade to walk, ride, surf or swim along.