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Hidden Treasures

Ed

If it’s Thursday night and it’s July, you might feel a strong pull towards one of Freo’s quirky West End venues.

It could be the joyful vibe coming out of the Navy Club, say, or some pop brilliance spilling from the Buffalo Club or the National Hotel. Maybe there’s a catchy acoustic tune trailing from a tram headed for the lighthouse, carrying a happy mix of Millennials, hipsters and old rockers.

Curious? That’ll be Hidden Treasures, the festival that’s been warming up winter in Freo for eight years running.

The whole of the West End comes alive with people walking between off-beat venues on a single $20 ticket, listening to everything from hot new local bands to established national treasures.”

Hidden Treasures Winter Music Series is like no other music event,” says curator Bruna Chiovitti. “It has a special feel to it. The whole of the West End comes alive with people walking between off-beat venues on a single $20 ticket, listening to everything from hot new local bands to established national treasures.”

One highlight of this year’s festival is Abbe May, who will headline an evening dedicated to the launch of a new book, Freo Groove. Written by local writers and musos Bill Lawrie and Claire Moody, it features a raft of much loved Fremantle musicians who have prevailed through many decades. Jim Fisher, Lucky Oceans, Dave Johnston – expect to see some familiar faces around the festival. Maybe some world famous ones as well.

Because The Night Belongs to Lovers is another must-see. Musical couples will take to the stage in an ode to love, performing their own songs, favourite love songs, songs that were playing when they met, or songs that remind them of their love. See Jeff and Kirri Strong, Joe Kapiteyn and Rachel Dease, Jill Birt and Alsy McDonald, Lee Sappho and Wayne Green, Daniel and Sarah Durack, and Gemma and Myles Durham. If you’re not feeling the love by the end, maybe check your pulse.

Fans of new local music are spoilt for choice by the lineup. WAMI Award winners Feels are on the bill, along with Nerve Quakes, Downsyde and Leopard Lake. There’s punk stylings from The Bible Bashers, The Debbie Downers, Last Quokka and Axe Girl. Heart stirring stuff comes courtesy of Emlyn Johnson, the Koondarm Choir, the HeebieJeebies and the Norfolk Pines. Terrible Signal released one of the most beautiful albums this year, and their Hidden Treasures performance is much anticipated.

As always at Hidden Treasures, the combination of venue and music creates an undeniable magic.

There’s also a new secret venue in this year’s event. Even long time Freo locals are likely to find this alluring – a rare chance to see inside an old institution. As always at Hidden Treasures, the combination of venue and music creates an undeniable magic.

For the full lineup go to hiddentreasuresfreo.com.au

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