By Abbey Wheeler

The William Street Bird has been cranking the tunes across Northbridge since 2010, proudly providing a stage for up-and-coming live music acts and helping to launch the careers of some of Australia’s biggest artists, including Flume, Tame Impala and Stella Donnelly.

Since its inception, The Bird has become one of Perth’s favourite pubs, standing apart for its welcoming atmosphere and commitment to championing diversity and inclusion. The Bird is known for its wheelchair and braille friendly design and support of the LGBT+ community.

However, the impact of the Covid pandemic has lingered and The Bird is now facing financial challenges which threaten to close its doors for good. In a last-ditch attempt to Keep the Bird Flying, they have been hosting a series of themed gigs, alongside a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to revitalise the venue and keep staff employed.

The final Keep the Bird Flying gig is on the 4th of February, and will feature Project Bexx, Sunny Flowers, Nest FM, Carolina Reaper and Ash Traylia.

The Bird’s director, Kabir Ramasary, says: “by supporting this fundraiser, you’re making a statement—that the arts matter, that diversity matters, that community matters”.

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