For the first time, PIJF 2016 hosted several free performances in St George’s Cathedral and Cathedral Square, including shows from Alexandre da Costa & the Graham Wood Trio, as well as Chris McNulty’s performance of her orchestral album Eternal.

PIJF 2016 featured US-based headline acts Hiatus Kaiyote and Yellowjackets. Yellowjackets’ performance saw the return of Perth-based bassist Dane Alderson to his hometown.