It is a worry to read in the Sunday Times this morning that Fremantle Sunset Events director David Chitty has admitted his company does have financial problems and paying suppliers after a less than successful Southbound event.
Several companies claim Sunset Events owes them tens of thousands of dollars with one of them making strong personal attacks on Facebook.
The worry for Fremantle is what this will mean for the Jerome Laneway Festival, but more importantly what it will mean for the 25-year-lease Sunset Events has signed for the No 1 studio in J Shed at Bathers Beach.
Rumours are that the company still wants to go ahead with a scaled-down version of the tavern and music venue, after planning approval for it was refused by Fremantle Council, the WA Planning Commission and the State Administrative Tribunal.
Will Sunset Events be able to commit hundreds of thousands of dollars to build a tavern, toilets, commercial kitchen, etc?
Maybe it is time for City of Fremantle officers to pro-actively engage with the events organisers and find out if it would be better to move on and for them to relinquish the lease and for the City to find a more appropriate use for the historically significant location.
Fremantle’s West End is buzzing with rumours that Sunset Events will propose a scaled-down version of the rejected tavern and outdoor music venue at J Shed on Bathers Beach. The music events organiser has a 25-year-lease for the number one studio there.
The proposal for the venue was rejected by the City of Fremantle, the WA Planning Commission and the State Administrative Tribunal, so only heaven knows why the SE directors are still trying for the same, but a bit smaller.
From my memory SAT and the WAPC rejected the proposal because a tavern and live music venue were deemed inappropriate for the A Class Reserve in one of our state’s most historic areas. The number of patrons was not the issue for the two state bodies, but a licensed pub and music venue was.
I have no doubt that should Sunset Events put a scaled-down proposal forward it will again be opposed by Fremantle community groups and end up again at WAPC and SAT. Common sense tells me that these bodies will not change their ruling just because Sunset Events is reducing the number of patrons.
A small bar/cafe and art gallery would be nice there, but anything bigger is not on.
Steve Kilbey – Up Close and Personal @ The Fib
Wednesday 21 September, 7pm
Steve Kilbey can only be referred to as a polymath; a modern day renaissance man. Musician and hitmaker with his band The Church over the last 32 years, his solo career and many collaborations with some of Australia’s finest musicians have seen fans treated to an unrivalled catalogue of material.
From Jack Frost, in which he collaborated with the late Grant McLennan of the Go-Betweens, to more recent endeavours with Martin Kennedy and the Underground Lovers’ Glenn Bennie, Kilbey’s output is prolific.
While arguably at his creative peak musically, he has also come in to his own over the last decade as a visual artist, blogger and raconteur.
Inducted along with The Church in to the Australian Music Hall of Fame in 2010, Kilbey has also been lauded by recent polls which have declared his 1988 hit ‘Under The Milky Way’ the ‘greatest Australian song of all time’.
Bar and food will be for sale. No BYO!
Book now to avoid disappointment. Check out the Fibonacci Centre and Blinco Street Cafe Facebook pages!
The HIDDEN TREASURES Music Festival is on again this evening so head out to gorgeous High Street in the historic West End of Fremantle.
At the National Hotel the acts are David Craft, Timothy Nelson and a Special Guest DJ. Times 7.30, 9 pm and 10.45.
The Buffalo Club has Mt Mountain at 8.15 and Maurice Flavel’s Intensive Care at 9.30.
Bar Orient shows Salary, Verge Collection and Gunns. Times for the acts are 8 pm, 9.15 and 10.30.
At the Navy Club is the rare father and son performance of the famous Jim and Tom Fisher at 8 pm, followed by Stella at 9 pm and the Honey Riders at 10.15.
Around the corner at PS Art Space in Pakenham Street are Mathas and Beni Bjah with a one-off hip hop night that starts at 8 pm.
Tickets are only $ 15.00. http://www.fremantlestory.com.au/hiddentreasures
The Fremantle HIDDEN TREASURES Winter Music Festival starts this Thursday evening in venues in the historic West End and will continue every Thursday in July.
Entry to all venues for the night is just $ 15.00 so an absolute bargain. You can hop from one place to the next without having to pay again, so only one ticket required to get into the venues. That’s a lot of music for just 15 bucks!
The National Hotel has Stumbling Block Showcase at 6.30, Joel Barker at 8.30, Lucy Peach at 9.45, and Special Guest DJ from 10.45.
The Buffalo Club has Mo Wilson & the Drivers from 8.15, Carus Thompson at 9.45 and the Dave Brewer Band at 10.45.
Bar Orient has the opening of a photographic survey of Freo music at 8.00, Segue Safari at 9.15, and The Durongs at 10.30.
The Navy Club has Peter Bibby at 9.00 and The Kill Devil Hills at 10.15.
For those not from Fremantle, all the above venues are in High Street.
PS ART Space in Pakenham Street has Jacob Diamond at 9.30, and Usurper of Modern Medicine at 10.45.
There is no reason to be bored on this long weekend Saturday as there is quite a bit on in Fremantle. The Captain’s Lane artists in the Bathers Beach Art Precinct are having a free festival from 5-9 with live music, stalls and open studios.
Down at the Fibonacci Centre the UKENDOIT ukelele group will be jammimg with other uke bands and the Blinco Street Cafe will have pizza for sale. BYO and only $ 5.00 entry. 7-9.30 pm.
At Kidogo Arthouse is the underwater film festival but it will cost you $ 27 which seems a bit steep. 7 pm
Tomorrow the BIG Growers Green Farmers Markets will be on with a huge variety of goods on offer. It’s on from 8-12.
The Urban Adventure Race is also on around Arthur Head from 8 on Sunday morning and in the afternoon the Fremantle Arts Centre courtyard music will feature The Darling Downs from 2-4 pm..
See you around!