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A FREO SUNDAY FULL OF LIFE

 

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It is going to be a gorgeous day in the best port city in the world, so make sure to take advantage of all that is on offer today.

Of course start the day at the Freo Farmers Market at Fremantle College, which is open till midday.

Then off to Bathers Beach for the Sculpture at Bathers exhibition, and from there to the Fremantle Arts Centre for the free courtyard music session from2-4pm. Gordon Koang is one of South Sudan’s biggest popstars, so bring your dancing shoes!

Then head of to the port where at Victoria Quay there are Foodtrucks in B Shed with DJs and a great ambience. And at the Maritime Museum the free concert is on from 5pm with Lorraine Cliiford, The Lost Quays and Dan Howls.

Have fun. I’ll see you around. ; >)

 

Roel Loopers

DOES FREMANTLE GET A GOOD RETURN FROM FESTIVALS?

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, festivals, local government, music, Uncategorized by freoview on February 13, 2020

 

I love the big music festivals in Fremantle. There is a real buzz around town when thousands of young people dressed to a T- and many barely dressed-walk to the venues, but what, besides giving Fremantle the reputation of festival city, do these festivals do for the Freo community?

From my own observation most patrons arrive in Freo and walk straight to the venue from the train station or bus stops, or get dropped off by family or friends, or taxis and Uber, so they don’t wander around our city and frequent cafes.

Even when pass-outs are permitted there is little reason to leave the venues, where there are bars and foodtrucks, and inner city Freo has none of the popular food franchises, so why should festival visitors bother to leave the great ambience of the festival. Being part of a big singalong crowd of 15,000 people, all with the one focus of having a great day out listening to great music, brings and almost intimate sense of belonging, so why pop out to buy food and drinks elsewhere?

So how much really does Fremantle benefit from these festivals, how much does the City of Fremantle charge festival organisers for the use of Fremantle Oval, the Esplanade, and Fremantle Park? What are the financial benefits for a city with a small ratepayers base, that is struggling to find funding for the repairs of Arthur’s Head, the Roundhouse and other projects?

According to the CoF they got $ 1,840 per day, per sector, plus additional payment for the use of carparks, but I don’t know how much that is, plus there is a bond required for the ground restoration.

I assume the per day fee includes the many days for setting up and dismantling events.

The City told me the arrangements with the festival organisers are subject to a commercial agreement, and that the city gets dividend from these large events. If that dividend is high enough is the question I am asking myself.

I wonder why the City of Fremantle does not demand a percentage from the ticket sales, as is the case in some other states, when the organisers make a lot of money. For example the Falls Festival at Fremantle Oval reportedly had 37,000 patrons over the two days, with an average ticket price of $ 150, and that totals well over five million dollars, plus they get a percentage of the sale from the very busy food stalls.

I assume the St Jerome Laneway Festival had well over 10,000 patrons as well, and the average ticket price there was also $ 150, while the Cold Chisel New Year’s concert at Fremantle Park charged an average of $ 160.

That’s big money, and Fremantle needs some of it badly, so maybe financially better deals for the City should be considered by Fremantle Council? What do you think?

Roel Loopers

HARBOUR SUNDAYS GREAT SETTING

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, culture, fremantle port, Uncategorized by freoview on February 10, 2020

 

 

Here some arty impressions from the Harbour Sundays concert on the deck of the Fremantle Maritime Museum.

The band of very young musicians was excellent, but it would have been even better if they had turned the sound down a bit, as the deck is not that large and there is no real need to turn it up as high as they did.

It is a very popular session and a real delight to watch the port activities and sunset from there.

Roel Loopers

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FREO FUNDRAISING FOR FIRE VICTIMS

Posted in bushfires, city of fremantle, community, fundraising, Uncategorized by freoview on January 7, 2020

 

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At the initiative of Fibonacci centre owner Robby Lang the Fremantle community is getting together to raise funds for the bushfire victims in the eastern states.

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FREMANTLE FALLS FESTIVAL A BIG EVENT

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, culture, festival, fremantle oval, music, Uncategorized by freoview on December 29, 2019

 

Fremantle will be invaded by thousands of the young and beautiful next weekend when the FALLS FESTIVAL is on at Fremantle Oval and surroundings on January 4 and 5. The first concert of the new year and decade!

The organisers are expecting 15,000 people per day on Saturday and Sunday so that will be a big event in the centre of our city.

Some carparks in the area will be closed, so check out websites and Facebook pages.

The lineup is:

Now that I live only three hundred metres from Freo Oval I’ll probably have a free weekend of music. It’s that or earplugs, depending on the act. ; >)
Roel Loopers

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LUCKY OCEANS SUNDOWNERS AT KIDOGO

 

One of Fremantle’s favourite musucians Lucky Oceans will be back with regular concerts at Kidogo Arthouse on Bathers Beach this summer. Lucky by the Ocean are sundowners on Wednesday nights.

Wednesday, November 20 @ 7:00PM        
Bill Rogers and Family Boots ‘n All – Soul, Blues and Gospel
Bill is joined by his daughters Anna and Billie for a rare, inspiring night of family soul, laughs and togetherness. With Dave Brewer on guitar and Lucky Oceans on pedal steel.
https://www.trybooking.com/BGMHY

Wednesday, November 27 @ 7:00PM        
Dave Brewer and Lucky Oceans Quartet – Blues
When Dave and Lucky play together, they urge each other on to greater heights of passion and innovation. With Ric Eastman on drums and Karl Florisson on bass, this is the same band that sold out Kidogo and rocked the room last year, so be quick to reserve!
https://www.trybooking.com/BGMHW
Wednesday, December 4 @ 7:00PM          
Sassafras Quartet with Lucky Oceans – Gypsy Jazz
Expanding out from their mastery of Gypsy Jazz, Sassafras adopt a unique approach to Western swing while applying their intricate arrangements to toe-tapping swing, breakneck gypsy jazz, wistful french ballads and re-worked jazz standards in a vibrant and engaging mix of acoustic music, all performed with the dazzling virtuosity and passion that is intrinsic to the Gypsy jazz tradition.
https://www.trybooking.com/BGOQO

Wednesday 11 December @ 7:00pm
Dave Milroy and the Wilarra Band with Mr. Crowbones – Blues & Indigenous Songs

Award winning playwright and his band play his haunting, unique songs with Wayne Freer on double bass and tuba, Lucky Oceans on pedal steel guitar and Lauralee Faith on vocals. This was a sellout last time so be quick!

The bonus second set will feature a mysterious band, called ‘Mr. Crowbones’ who will play old blues with their old hands on their old instruments with stories to accompany the songs. Some of the stories will even be true! Last year, people were dancing on the tables!
https://www.trybooking.com/BGPOS

Wednesday 18 December @ 7:00pm
Jams with Sam (And Adam and Lucky!)  – Swing

Everyone’s favourite Perth expat guitarist Sam LeMann returns home from Melbourne after his triumphant show at WA Guitar Festival to join up with Adam Gare and Lucky Oceans for something of a Nansing Quartet reunion. This sold out last year.
https://www.trybooking.com/BGQFH

Friday 20 December @ 7pm
Hawaiian Sundowner Howie Morgan, Lucky Oceans & the Lemanns – Swing
Revisiting their sell-out show of last year, with Pacific sounds from Howie, Lucky, Sam and Lucy Lemann and Alistair Peel. Experience the beauty of island music without the schlock!
https://www.trybooking.com/BGROH
Wednesday 15 January @ 7pm
Jeff Lang and  Lucky Oceans – Roots, Folk, Blues 

Startlingly unique live performer and musical dynamo Jeff Lang teams up with Lucky Oceans to recreate their dynamic sellout show of 2018.

https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=576414&

 

Roel Loopers

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FREO ARTS CENTRE COURTYARD MUSIC IS BACK

 

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‘YEEEEAAAAHHH!!!!! The first of the free Fremantle Arts Centre Courtyard Music sessions starts today from 2-4pm, so make sure to head out that way.

The highly energetic and invigorating Junkadelic Brass Band will start of the summer season so it will be a great session.

The Fremantle Arts Centre says: The Junkadelic Brass Band Junkadelic Brass Band (WA) combines a smoking hot brass section, electric bass and sassy soul vocals with hard-hitting recycled percussion to bring you an upbeat blend of street rhythms. Taking inspiration from traditional New Orleans street music, Junkadelic combines funky grooves with Latin and hip-hop flavours.

See you at the FAC. Cage, oizza bar and bar will all be open, so relax, enjoy, have fun!

FAC courtyard music is on every Sunday during the summer months.

Roel Loopers

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NAIDOC MUSIC AWARDS AT FREO SOCIAL

Posted in aboriginal, city of fremantle, entertainment, event, music, Uncategorized by freoview on August 30, 2019

 

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Kaya! The NAIDOC Music Awards are on at Freo.Social on Parry Street next Friday September 6. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are available at Moshtix.

Support our Aboriginal musicians!

Roel Loopers

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FREMANTLE HIDDEN TREASURES MUSIC STARTS TONIGHT!

 

The great Fremantle Hidden Treasures music festival starts tonight in Freo’s beautiful historic West End and it is cheap entertainment. For just $ 20.00 one gets entry to all the five venues!

On the music menu tonight are:

BUFFALO CLUB: Oosterbanger, Dawesville Cut, Filth Wizzard

NAVY CLUB: Trevalene&The Dashleys, Tashi, Lincoln MacKinnon

PS ART SPACE: DJs, Lxxvers, Gazey, DJs

WYOLA CLUB: Sgt.Hulka, Aborted Tortoise, the Chevelles

NATIONAL HOTEL: Cecilia Brandolini, James David with Mel Robinson and Geordie Batey, Donna and the Devils Johnson.

THE TRAM: Tanaya Harper.

Have fun!

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HOW MANY MUSIC FESTIVALS FOR SOUTH BEACH?

 

The FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council will have to deal with the conundrum of how many festivals are sustainable for our Festival City.

Two event operators have requested to shift events from Port Beach to South Beach because of the uncertainty of the Port Beach erosion, but how many music and other summer events are acceptable to the South Fremantle community that is already getting the weekly Sunset Markets and a new tavern opening at the Sealanes site.

One also has to consider the beach goers whose local beach will be closed off and where parking will be a nightmare, so what is the solution?

Applications have been made for Sets on the Beach and Sundown Sessions, as well as For the Love music events on February 29, March 1 and March 7 so it would become very busy at South Beach.

City officers recommend that Council only approves one event at South Beach, but that would mean Fremantle loses two major events that would attract crowds of up to 5,000 each and that is not perfect either.

All events applied for are beach events so they can’t be shifted to Fremantle Oval or the Esplanade, and Bathers Beach is probably too small.

What will the preferred compromise be? Have your say at the FPOL Committee this Wednesday 6pm at the North Fremantle Community Hall.

Roel Loopers

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