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The Aints

Forty years after the release of (I’m) Stranded, one of the great Australian debut albums of all time, Ed Kuepper returns with a brand new band and a brand new contender for the title: The Aints! The Church of Simultaneous Existence (ABC Music). Made up from songs, musical elements and bits and prices that Sir Ed wrote from when he began high school in 1969 and started seriously fantasising about being in a band through to The Saints implosion in 1978, The Church of Simultaneous Existence is an album 40 years in the making. ”Things had started to move fairly…

Tijuana Cartel

Tijuana Cartel’s new album ‘Live at Hotel Brunswick’ (out 14 September 2018) is teeming with the infectious party vibes that characterise their live show. The electronic tour-de-force never fails to ignite a dance floor and this compilation of tunes captures what their live show is all about. Heavy bass and beats underpin virtuosic instrumentation and exotic sounds reminiscent of the Middle East, Morocco and Spain. Experience it for yourself this year as they embark on a massive international tour that encompasses the East and West coast of Australia, Bali, the UK and Germany. Doors 8pm | Tickets $29.60 incl. bf

Abbe May

Abbe May celebrates the success of her critically acclaimed album “Fruit”, praised widely as one of the most important Australian albums of the year, with the release of a limited edition of just 150 autographed, hand numbered, 180g vinyl copies of the 15 track LP. Abbe May’s live shows are electric, sexual and a metric fuck tonne of fun. Widely respected as one of the strong women of the Australian music industry, Abbe May launches Fruit on Vinyl at Mojos on Saturday, December 1, with special guests Hyclass and Alana Jagt! “Boasts the kind of song writing an artist like Prince might once have…

Thundamentals

Following the release of lead single ‘I Miss You’, Thundamentals today have announced their new album I Love Songs will drop on September 21st, and deliver yet another track from the album, ‘All I See Is Music’. Pre-order the album from here and receive both ‘I Miss You’ and ‘All I See Is Music’ as instant gratifications tracks. In more news, the hip-hop heavyweights have announced they will be taking their new album on the road for their I LOVE SONGS TOUR. The tour kicks off at The Forum in Melbourne on Saturday November 10th wrapping up at Fremantle Arts…

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks

Known for their epic live shows, Cash Savage and The Last Drinks are excited to announce a national tour to celebrate the release of their fourth studio album Good Citizens, the follow up release to 2016’s critically acclaimed One Of Us. ‘Pack Animals’ is the second single from Good Citizens, you can watch it here. Good Citizens raises the stakes and signals the ascent of Cash Savage and the Last Drinks as one of the heavy hitters of Australian music’s new era. An incandescent live band at the height of their powers, led by their mighty frontwoman, whose potent lyrics…

Sunday Music | The Norfolk Pines + Justin Bernasconi

The Norfolk Pines (WA) are a local Fremantle band who play an original mix of Celtic blues and roots. They’re opening for folk musician Justin Bernasconi (VIC), a highly skilled guitarist renowned for his precise technique that’s both detailed and smooth. Sunday Music is FAC’s free weekly live music program. Enjoy the best local and touring bands every weekend in the beautiful setting of FAC’s Front Garden. Bring a rug and picnic to this family friendly event, or enjoy wood fired pizzas and drinks from our bar. Some chairs provided.

The Cat Empire

Cat Empire Carnivale takes over all the outdoor areas at Fremantle Arts Centre for two nights and transforms the space into a magnificent melting pot of music, feelings and fun with three stages, a silent disco, markets, bars, global food. If it has been a while since you danced up a storm, sang out loud, smiled your face off, had a night out with your friends or lover…the time has come. The Cat Empire have announced a National Tour for Sept 2018 through some of their favourite Australian venues. They will be taking some new songs out on the road,…

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Oh Pep!

In exciting live news, Oh Pep! have just announced a run of headline Australian shows for summer. Kicking off December 1 st in their hometown of Melbourne, the I Wasn’t Only Thinking About You…album tour will also hit Brisbane, Adelaide, Fremantle, Perth and Sydney. Tickets are on sale now! Entry $18+bf

Mick Thomas The Roving Commission Tour

Raconteur, troubadour, balladeer and poet, Mick Thomas is best known as the song master of pub-rock icons Weddings Parties Anything. His band The Roving Commission features Squeezebox Wally on piano accordion and a rotating schedule of talented performers to keep the party alive with Mick's unique mix of folk, roots and country. Mick’s ever-evolving talents as a writer and performer defines a career as intriguing as it is enduring. 2017 saw Mick release his new album “These Are The Songs”, a ‘best of’ focusing on his solo career; as well as his autobiography, “These Are the Days”, the story of an inspired and uniquely Australian creative force…

Falls Festival

Falls Downtown 2019 will once again be taking over the Fremantle Oval Precinct along Parry Street and will be incorporating and reimagining historic sites, streets, carparks and buildings to delight, entertain and inspire our audiences and artists. Our unique passouts policy will also continue to retain free flowing access to all of Fremantle’s many delights during the weekend of Jan 05 and Jan 06 - Fremantle Markets, cafes, restaurants, retailers, artisans, tourist sites, the port, Bathers Beach and more. Line up includes:  Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals • Catfish and the Bottlemen (only Aus shows) • Vance Joy • Chvrches • Hilltop Hoods • Toto • Interpol • 88Rising - Feat. Rich Brian, Joji, Niki & August 08 (only Aus shows) • Flight Facilities • Amy Shark • Dma's • King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard • Golden Features • First Aid Kit (only Aus shows) • Ocean Alley • Hockey Dad • Cashmere Cat (only Aus shows) • The Vaccines • Cub Sport • Ruel • Jack River • Bishop Briggs • Mallrat •  Briggs • Touch Sensitive • Tkay Maidza • Dermot Kennedy • Tired Lion • Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers • Soccer Mommy • Odette • Mahalia • Hatchie • West Thebarton • Sam Fender • Tia Gostelow • Kota Banks • Triple One • Alice Skye • Heaps Gay DJ's & Friends

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St. Jerome's Laneway Festival 2019

Featuring the most talked about, critically-acclaimed and best live acts in the world right now, the 2019 Laneway Festival - our fifteenth birthday! - is gonna be the hottest ticket in town. For a full day of musical discovery and adventure, we have you covered. With Australian debuts from future RnB superstar JORJA SMITH, beloved heartstring puller REX ORANGE COUNTY, teen sensation CLAIRO plus unmissable sets from the mighty GANG OF YOUTHS (their headline set will be their last Australian appearance for a very long time), peerless electronic pioneer JON HOPKINS, Australian songwriter royalty COURTNEY BARNETT and much, much more,…

Fat Freddy's Drop

Widely wowed as one of the best live experiences in the world, perennial soul shakers NZ’s Fat Freddy's Drop are making a long awaited return to Australia in March 2019. The band’s first Headline Australian Tour since 2016 comes hot on the heels of the release of new single Trickle Down an electronic-driven reaction to global economic theory, a voice of hope for those still “waitin for the rain to fall”. The single shot to #1 on the NZ Top 20- Hot Singles Chart and is a tantalising taste of a new album in the making from the band that’s…

Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival 2018

Music lovers are in for a veritable feast throughout the ten days of the Fenians Fremantle and Freedom Festival. International acts and local artists will converge on our port city in a program put together by Fremantle’s own music legend, the double Grammy award-winning Lucky Oceans, and fellow musician Donough O’Donovan. Headliners Martin Hayes and Declan O’Rourke both accepted invitations to perform because of the historical importance of the event - celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the last convict ship to Australia, the Hougoumont, carrying 62 Irish Fenians. Internationally renowned Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, one of the finest guitarists in traditional Irish music, are considered one of Irish music's most acclaimed duos of all time. Their adventurous, soulful interpretations of traditional tunes fittingly open the Festival at the John Curtin Auditorium on Friday 5 January. It’s a rare opportunity to hear traditional Irish music performed by masters of the genre. Aria award winner, songbird and folkloric explorer Kavisha Mazella returns home to support Hayes and Cahill in concert. Irish folk sensation Declan O’Rourke, will play songs from across his career in his two concert performances, including a selection from his latest album, ‘Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine’. He will pen a song in commemoration of the of the arrival of the military Fenians in 1868. There are plenty of quotes about Martin and Dennis for example:  "Martin Hayes is one of the best fiddlers on the planet. Dennis Cahill is a subtle guitar master. Put aside your notion of Irish music...and just listen." NPR. Declan is supported in his concert at the WA maritime Museum on 11 January by Fiona Rea whose songs are influenced by her Irish heritage and a lifelong love of music and its power to reach people. Rob Zielinski, supports Declan on 13 January at the John Curtin College of the Arts Theatre. Rob is a Perth based traditional Irish musician who will feature some lively jigs, reels, hornpipes, strathspeys and haunting slow airs. Singer Aminah Hughes returns home from Ireland to share with us a collection of enchanting songs, both new and old, written during her time there along with some of her favourite songs from the Emerald Isle.  Award winning poet and storyteller Jaya Penelope- a descendant of Fenian, James Kearney, transported to Fremantle in 1867 on board the Hougoumont joins Aminah in performance on 7 January at Kidogo Arthouse. The next day ‘The Last Convict Ship’, a selection of stories and songs by one of Perth’s leading experts on Australian Fenian history, renowned Irish musician Brendan Woods will be performed at the Hougoumont Hotel in Bannister Street. The Lucky Oceans and his Gaelic Gumbo Band will explore new creations mixing Irish and Louisiana sounds. Be the first to hear the world premiere of a band and repertoire made exclusively for the festival at Kidogo Arthouse on 12 January. Kidogo’s Kelp Bar will be running throughout the festival and will be home to spontaneous musical performances featuring Festival acts and local musicians. The closing event and street party ‘The Feast of The Wild Goose’ features entertainment by the Freo’s own Rogues, playing their very own brand of Pogues magic to celebrate the end of an incredible ten days of Irish music. Festival Program www.feniansfestival.com.au  

Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival

 As you wander through Fremantle in early January, make sure you listen carefully. You’ll hear the sweet sounds of one of Ireland’s greatest fiddlers, Martin Hayes and the echo back from his musical confidante, American guitarist Dennis Cahill as they capture the essence of traditional Irish music in a contemporary rhythm to uplift your spirits. Focus again and you’ll pick up the enchanting, rich melodious voice of gifted, Irish singer and songwriter Declan O’Rourke. If you know something about the hidden treasure spots of the West End, you might uncover the textured language of one of Ireland’s best loved poets, Tony Curtis.  There’s clearly something significant happening in Fremantle, to draw such fabulous Irish talent here. Indeed, there is! It’s a ten-day Irish cultural immersion, the first of its kind, called Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival, commemorating a journey made 150 years ago by 62 Irish political prisoners – the Fenians. The Fenians were young men, between 19 and 30, who grew up in Ireland in a time of starvation, death and forced evictions - the years of the great famine. Having exhausted all attempts to gain self-government through political means, they decided to fight for independence and they staged a rising. Their plot was uncovered, they were arrested, sentenced for treason, exiled from their homeland and transported to Western Australia.  After spending months in solitary confinement, it was a bitter-sweet relief when they boarded the very last convict ship to Australia, the Hougoumont, where they shared stories, organised concerts, wrote a newspaper called the Wild Goose, and looked out for each other. You might recognise the name Hougoumont, it’s that funky hotel in Bannister Street. There’s clearly something significant happening in Fremantle, to draw such fabulous Irish talent here. Indeed, there is! It’s a ten-day Irish cultural immersion, the first of its kind, called Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival... They also dreamed of escape. The most famous of the Fenians, John Boyle O’Reilly did escape a year later, on an American whaler. He became the editor of a Boston newspaper and together with supporters in the US and Ireland, organised a crowd funding venture to purchase a whaler, the Catalpa, and rescue his mates from the bottom of the world, out of Fremantle Prison. It’s a big story and there’s a big festival to commemorate and celebrate it. As well as the concerts, there’ll be a family day at the Maritime Museum, art exhibitions, Irish film, literature workshops, remarkable stories and of course, the Guinness …plenty of it on tap at the Festival Gardens and Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse. But you won’t be sitting still, there’s music to get your feet tapping and a traditional Irish ceili dance with an Indian Ocean sunset as the backdrop. After 10 days of celebration and commemoration, you’ll have to get in quick to book a table at the primal food extravaganza and street party, the Feast of the Wild Goose, sponsored by Fremantle BID and supported by the Hougoumont Hotel and the Bannister St traders. This 150 year old story of valuing your culture and looking after your friends is the one we still strive for here in Fremantle. Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival | 5-14 January 2018

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Live music

Fremantle is a vibrant city that loves its live music. You can find live bands and musicians performing almost every night of the week, from open mic nights and live gigs at small intimate venues that you didn’t know existed, to larger music festivals such as St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Fremantle. Keep an eye on our event listings to stay up to date with events and live music in Fremantle.