Freo's View


Posted in bathers beach art precinct, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on July 22, 2017



It very rarely happens, but I am in a really shitty grumpy old man mood today, so take my comments about the lacklustre KRAKEN festival at Fremantle’s Bathers Beach with the grain of salt they deserve.

There were quite a few people around and no doubt the pirate ship and some other bits are fun for kids, but for me it was all a bit unresolved, undefined hippy shit that needs a wee bit of maturity and class and a real concept.

The thing I liked best that there was finally something happening on the grassed area next to the Roundhouse. It supports the Captain’s Lane artists, such as underwater photographer Glen Cowans, and it was no surprise the insipid Walyalup Centre did not bother to open

No doubt most people will come at sunset for the burning of the Kraken pine boat, and no doubt that is really good for the environment, and very Freo.

I warned you that I am in a shit mood, so comments calling me a dickhead are welcome! ; >(

Roel Loopers


Posted in clasical, concerts, fremantle, fremantle chamber of commerce, Uncategorized by freoview on July 22, 2017


FCO concert Emily Leung


Young violinist Emily Leung will be playing with the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra at the Fremantle Townhall tomorrow Sunday July 23 at 3 pm.

Beethoven, Bruch and Mendelssohn are on the program so it should be a beautiful afternoon of great classical music.

If you can’t make it tomorrow, or want to listen to the concert twice, they are also performing today at 3 pm at the Perth Town Hall.

Roel Loopers


Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach, city of fremantle, culture, Uncategorized by freoview on July 22, 2017


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TODAY! Saturday  July 22 Blazing Swan and the City of Fremantle  present ‘KRAKEN – A mid winters blaze’ an activation of the Bathers Beach Art precinct providing a free community event for Fremantle residents and the wider community.

Bathers Beach and surrounds will host a sunset sculpture burning of the Kraken, as well as a series of family friendly art workshops and activities.

What to expect –

  • 12pm – 5pm Acoustic music at Bathers Beach boardwalk gazebo
  • 12pm – 7pm Fashion and craft markets on Bathers Beach boardwalk
  • 3pm – Welcome to Country by Reverend Sealin Garlett (Bathers Beach Gazebo)
  • 5.30pm – Effigy burn on the beach at sunset accompanied by fire twirling and drumming
  • 12pm – 11pm Food and theme camp activities at J-shed
  • 3pm – 11pm DJs at J-Shed grass
  • 12pm – 7pm Food trucks in front of Kidogo
  • 12pm – 9pm Pop up bar at Kidogo
  • 12pm – 5pm J Shed and Mrs Trivett’s place residents hosting workshops
  • 12pm – 9pm Photography and light exhibition in the Whalers Tunnel


Posted in Uncategorized, music, city of fremantle, hospitality by freoview on July 21, 2017




This sounds like fun!

This Saturday night we roll into Fremantle town to play for the beautiful people at Clancy’s Fish Pub , with a pretty cool line up Nate Lansdell, Gavin Sounness, Matt Hantler, Tom FisherAshlea Reale, Kerryn Curwood, Mike de Velta (on harp), Steve Gibson will be entertaining in a campfire singalong styled setting .

Performing in a circle in the centre of the room the Ring of Fire breaks down the barriers between audience and musician as everyone gathers around the circle and join in the fun. Unrehearsed and always a slightly different line up, the Ring of Fire is a little edgy, fresh, and exciting .

This is one of those nights where the audience become the show as we sing our way through a massive list of our favourite tunes. Just like a campfire singalong, or old time jamboree ….  Welcome to the Ring of Fire. Doors open at 8pm .


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


Posted in art, arthur head, bathers beach art precinct, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2017


The Fremantle KRAKEN Festival is on at Bathers Beach all day this Saturday July 22.

Come enjoy a day of free community activities as the Bathers Beach Art Precinct comes to life for this winter warmer for the whole family.

What’s on at Kraken? 

1 pm – 6 pm  Acoustic music at Bathers Beach boardwalk gazebo

12 pm – 7 pm Fashion and craft markets on Bathers Beach boardwalk

3 pm Welcome to Country by Reverend Sealin Garlett (Bathers Beach Gazebo)

5.30 pm  Effigy burn on the beach at sunset accompanied by fire twirling and drumming

12 pm – 11 pm Food and theme camp activities at J-shed

12 pm – 7 pm Food trucks in front of Kidogo

3 pm – 6 pm Drinks at Kidogo

12 pm – 5.30 pm J Shed, Captain’s Lane and Mrs Trivett’s Lane artists open for business

12 pm – 9 pm Chill theme camps at the Round house

Plus roving entertainment and so much more!


Posted in city of fremantle, culture, music, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2017


Hidden Treasures


The very Freo HIDDEN TREASURE WINTER MUSIC FESTIVAL is on again in the historic and beautiful West End every Thursday evening in July.

It starts this Thursday so check out the performing bands on the Facebook page and

It is an absolute bargain that for only $ 20,00 one gets access to all six venues, and of course evening parking for Fremantle residents with a permit is free.

It starts at 7.30 pm and is High Street at the Buffalo Club and Navy Club, the National Hotel and Orient Hotel, and just around the corner at the gorgeous PS Art Space in Pakenham Street.

A very special event has been added with music on the Fremantle Tram and a drive out onto the South Mole. Hop on the Tram in High Street!

Suppor our local musicians and hospitality outlets!

Roel Loopers




Posted in city of fremantle, culture, festival, music, Uncategorized by freoview on June 14, 2017


North Freo winter music festival

The Fremantle Winter Music Festival is on again this year in North Fremantle on Saturday June 17 from 7 pm in different venues.

It is the 11th year the festival is in the lovely North Freo hub and it will present 20 acts.

New Nausea, Black Stone, U-Nites, Demon Days, Catherine Traicos, Billie Rogers and the Country Gentlemen, etc. will be performing at Mojo’s, North Fremantle Bowls Club, Railway Hotel, Swan Lounge and Swan Basement.

Tickets and more info at

Roel Loopers



Posted in city of fremantle, food, hospitality, Uncategorized by freoview on May 30, 2017



North Fremantle people will tell you that they are even more unique than the rest of Freo and looking at the lovely little hub there one has to agree with them.

Even parking is special in North Freo with the City creating parking bays that are partly on the road and partly on the footpath.

There are some quirky mural artworks and brilliant restaurants such as Habitue and Propeller, and the famous Mojo’s music venue, plus cafes, Mrs Brown and Flipside burgers.

Change your routine now and then and instead of going to the Freo CBD or South Freo, go and support the North Freo traders!

Roel Loopers


Posted in culture, fremantle, street arts festival, Uncategorized by freoview on April 17, 2017


It was unusually quiet on Sunday afternoon for the Fremantle International Street Arts Festival but traders told me it had been busy during lunchtime.

There were only a handful of people in High Street between 2-4 pm when I walked around to take some snaps and even the Cappuccino Strip was not packed full.

It is likely some people came into Freo for the evening performances, but compared to very busy Friday and Saturday it was relatively quiet on Sunday, so now hoping that the masses will come today for the last day of the free festival.

I must admit the festival has not excited me as much this year as previous years, so I hope other people will have found more fun in the acts.

Roel Loopers

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