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Posted in city of fremantle, culture, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 28, 2017

Tom Fisher and the Layabouts at the Buffalo Club.
Photo by Deb Albrecht


There have been complains about the unacceptable long queues at the final night of the Fremantle HIDDEN TREASURES Music Festival, and calls for more venues to be added next year to avoid people having to wait for a long time.

The queues are clearly the result of the success of the festival and I wonder if growing it bigger will work.

After all this is an event where patrons only pay $ 20.00 to get entry into all five venues-National Hotel, Bar Orient, Buffalo Club, Navy Club, PS Art Space, plus the Fremantle Tram. That is an absolute bargain to listen to great local musical talent!

If the organisers added more venues the ticket price no doubt would have to be increased, and the initial concept behind Hidden Treasure was to create awareness for the struggling West End clubs. But since the start of the festival the Workers Club and Wyola Club have closed and other venues been brought in.

What do you think?


Roel Loopers

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  1. Pete said, on July 30, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Excellent idea Rochelle … love that heritage cafe/venue.

  2. Michael said, on July 30, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Sounds like the event’s success could see it transform into something wider in scope than just an “event.” Is it a “movement’?

  3. perthsounds said, on July 29, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    Take note. They added a newvenue in 2015 the orient and this year the tram.

  4. freoview said, on July 28, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I agree Rochelle!


  5. Rochelle said, on July 28, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    I think the Carriage would be an awesome spot for a new venue next year! 😘😙

  6. earthloop said, on July 28, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    The issue with the Hidden Treasures format is that the venues all have capacity limits (of course) so with the number of people attending overall you have to get to venues with your preferred artists early…especially the higher profile ones…because of the capacity issue. This means that no-one gets to more than two venues usually because after you go, say, to The Buffalo Club early to see the first act on there, you have to rush to go to, say, The Navy Club just down the street because by then it is probably 8.30-9.00 or so and people who know the ropes have already decided where they want to be for the final part of the night.

    This means people who have been to other venues descend on the next venue for the headliner of the night there and find that capacity has been reached already and have to wait for others to leave which doesn’t happen much for the aforementioned reasons. This leads to the inevitable queues at the prime venues with the best (or most popular) acts on last. The only solution is more venues with more high profile acts at the end of the night at venues. Even then there will be disappointment for some.

    The only way to avoid this is to nominate a venue and go early and stay there as I would have done last night…The Navy Club would have been my pick if I could have gone. And enough people are aware of this that there will be one or two venues where the queue will be long for those who went to another venue early…which means that for the new higher price of twenty dollars you won’t get in to more than two venues maximum, so not such a bargain really.

    I have attended over the years in both capacities as an artist manager with privileged access, thus no queueing, and as a punter standing in one of those long queues, so I know how it works. :).

  7. Rob said, on July 28, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I went again this year only to be disappointed. It’s a great event and very reasonably priced and the organisers need to be congratulated, but the people who support it actually come to see the bands. It’s disheartening for people that come along only to be outside waiting for hours in line. And yes I mean hours. The Buffalo Club was full early on and they were letting one in as one went. So when they reached their 180 people, it was curtains. Same with the Navy Club. There are stacks of local bands wanting this type of exposure so filling additional venues such as J-Shed, The Whalers Tunnel, Kidogo (And there are stacks more) would not be a problem. It’s certainly a success, but more venues and bands will be needed next year.

  8. freoview said, on July 28, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Could not agree more, Michael!


  9. Michael said, on July 28, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Interesting observations, Roel. Would people rather stand in a queue, or have nothing to wait for? Could be that if there are signs of demand, supply will follow; if this is true, other important market factors will keep the price right. And better a dilemma than no options.

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