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WA Premiere Major Presentation Music

A love letter to the Queen of Soul

ARETHA is a powerful memoir, live on stage, celebrating the life and music of one of the greatest voices in history – the iconic Aretha Franklin.

Journey through the highs and lows of Aretha Franklin’s tumultuous life, narrated by the multi-talented actor/director Jada Alberts, with outstanding Australian vocalists Emma Donovan, Thandi Phoenix, Thndo, Mahalia Barnes and Karen Lee Andrews paying their respect to the global star’s innumerable hits with jaw-dropping renditions of their own.

Previously performed to sellout crowds at Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne, ARETHA is more than a concert – it’s a celebration of an icon, a performance of equality, and a unique showcase of Australian talent.

Do not miss your chance to hear ‘Respect’, ‘I Say a Little Prayer’, ‘Think’ and more like you never have before, in an intimate pop-up venue below the dramatic spiked entry statement of ECU Joondalup.

“A superb eight-piece band and five impressive singers, this is a memorable memoir and fitting tribute to a woman who was a brilliant performer and trailblazer.” – Arts Hub

“Had the entire audience on their feet” – Arts Hub

“[The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall] swayed and swooned with gospel like adulation” – Stage Whispers

The cast of ARETHA


The custom-built ARETHA venue is located at the northwest entrance of ECU Joondalup, on the corner of Grand Blvd and Kendrew Cres. VIEW THE SITE MAP.

The event site is outdoors, with the stage framed by the huge ‘spikes’ visible from Grand Blvd.

Seating is supplied – you do not need to bring your own chair. 

The event features allocated seating. We ask that you stick to the seat number noted on your ticket. Speak to event staff if you need help finding your seat.

The only unallocated seating area is the concrete Grandstand at the rear of the venue. Guests are invited to bring a pillow or rug if sitting in this section.

You are welcome to BYO food and snacks to enjoy at the concert. Tommy Taco food truck will also be there selling a range of delicious Mexican food options. VIEW THE MENU.

Alternatively, Joondalup CBD offers a range of great food options to get something to eat before the event. Check out the Uptown Directory to see what’s around.

A licensed Drinks Bar will be operating at the concert, offering beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. A valid ID must be presented for purchases of alcohol.

ARETHA is a licensed event and BYO alcohol is not permitted.

Ample free parking is available on the ECU campus, with the nearest concert parking found off Kendrew Crescent. VIEW THE SITE MAP.

Catching public transport to ARETHA is encouraged, with the concert site only a 10 minute stroll from Joondalup Train Station. PLAN YOUR JOURNEY.

As an outdoor venue, it can be windy during the evenings. Bring a jacket or scarf with you in case it gets cold.

ECU Joondalup is a smoke-free venue.


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