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Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, culture, music, Uncategorized by freoview on June 14, 2018


Hidden Treasures. July


The Fremantle HIDDEN TREASURES Winter Music Festival is on again on the Thursday in July, so something to look forward to.

In its 8th year the festival will be held in the historic West End of Freo in the Buffalo Club, Navy Club, the Orient, the National Hotel, and PS Art Space. There will also be concerts on the Fremantle Tram.

PS Art Space serves as the gathering-ground for hip hop, roots-reggae, beats and soul with Hyclass, Downsyde (featuring new member, Beni Bjah), Reef Prince, New Nausea, Feels, and Randa & The Soul Kingdom. Upstairs at the much-beloved National Hotel, the diversity shines with Emlyn Johnson, Turtle Bay Television, Leopard Lake, Jere Sosa, Kopano and more.

The Buffalo Club brings the energy and sonic joy of the Paige McNaught Experience, Debbie Downers, Terrible Signal, Nerve Quakes, Tomas Ford, Axe Girl and The Bible Bashers, with a special performance from The Runarounds (July 26), featuring former-Jam Tarts members and Fremantle-darlings Lucy Lemann and Sophie Gare plus family guests.

The Navy Club teams WAM Song Of The Year-winning-heavy-hitters J.F.K. with The Soul Movers (featuring Perth’s Lizzie McKenzie and former red Wiggle and guitar-wielding hot potato, Murray Cook), then turns the stage over to some of WA’s favourite musical couples (Jill Birt & Alsy McDonald, Joe Kapiteyn & Rachel Dease, Lee Sappho & Wayne Green, plus more) for Because The Night Belongs To Lovers (July 12) where they will talk and sing of many splendoured things.

The Navy Club also plays host on July 26 to the official launch of Freo Groove, Bill Lawrie and Claire Moodie’s book about Fremantle music culture, followed by performances from Lois Olney, Dave Johnston, Jim Fisher, John Wilson and Lucky Oceans, with Abbe May closing the night with a performance of her 2008 album, Howl & Moan, a love-affair all its own, in its entirety.

Hidden Treasures’ secret venue comes to the fold with Last Quokka, Bluenade, Roses For Ghosts, Flossy, Post-Depression Makeout Session and the reformation for Hidden Treasures of legendary Freo party-monsters, Prawns With Horns.

And following its acclaimed 2017 debut, The Fremantle Tram is back. Hosted by Justin Walshe it’s a good-time set on wheels that will pick up punters for a ride through some of Freo’s most picturesque spots, before stopping for acoustic performances from the quality likes of Oosterbanger, Cal Kramer (Southern River Band), David Lawrence and Jay Le Kat.

Tickets to Hidden Treasures are $20 on the night only. Tickets gain you entry to all venues: Navy Club, Buffalo Club, PS Art Space, National Hotel and our new secret venue. Hidden Treasures runs from 7:30pm-midnight on July 5, 12, 19 & 26.

For a full line-up and venue list head to


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


Posted in city of fremantle, culture, festivals, Uncategorized by freoview on July 27, 2017


Hidden Treasures


It is the last day of this year’s Fremantle HIDDEN TREASURES Winter Music Festival, so move your lazy bones to Freo’s beautiful West End.

Only $ 20.00 to enter all the venues, so an absolute bargain.

It’s on at the Buffalo and Navy clubs, the National and Orient hotels, Ps Art Space, and you can also hop on the Fremantle Tram and do a sightseeing tour while enjoying local musos.

Week 4 – 27 July:

Grace Sanders, Matt Cal, DJ Lucky Oceans, Tom Fisher and The Layabouts, Rag N’ Bone, Scalphunter, COLAB, Kid Dingo, The Tommyhawks, The Automasters, De Cuba Son, Crucial Rockers and Timothy Nelson.

One $20 ticket grants a night’s entry to all six Hidden Treasures venues but get in early as some venues have limited capacity.

Door sales only.

For more information visit



Posted in city of fremantle, culture, festival, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 20, 2017


Hidden Treasures


The Fremantle HIDDEN TREASURES WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL is on again this evening, so head to the historic West End for an evening of good music and fun at the National and Orient hotels, the Navy and Buffalo club, PS Art Space and the Fremantle Tram.

Enjoy the sound of Helen Shanahan, Big Orange, DJ Peter Bell, Thee Loose Hounds, The Shakeys, The Volcanics, Childsaint, Bats, FOAM, Day of The Dead, The Naptunes, Grievous Bodily Calm, Demon Days, Steve Parkin and more…

One $20 ticket grants a night’s entry to all six Hidden Treasures venues but get in early as some venues have limited capacity.

Door sales only.

For more information visit


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