This just in from Fremantle’s premier music run-around:
“Fremantle’s Hidden Treasures Winter Music Series returns this July with a mix of ripe new bands, well-seasoned cult heroes, perfectly-cured venues and… a musical tram.
For the past six years the City of Fremantle has presented Hidden Treasures, which has given WA music fans a rare peak inside the tucked away, incredibly evocative old venues that dot Fremantle’s West End such as the Buffalo and Navy Clubs.
Now a staple of the local music calendar, ‘Treasures has developed a reputation as a taste-making showcase of WA’s hottest young acts while also celebrating specially-reformed cult bands from the state’s rich musical past. It’s the unusual audience this creates – crusty rock dogs rubbing shoulders with 19 year-old hipsters – that makes Hidden Treasures such an unpredictable delight.
The unearthed treasures sailing into the Navy Club this year are particularly exciting. In week one Wayne Green & The Phantoms, sweaty ’70s sungods of the Scarborough Beach Hotel, reform to play a one-in-a-blue-moon Freo engagement. Likewise, surf titans The Neptunes resurface from Atlantis to play a 30th Anniversary show. Elsewhere cult psychobilly quintet Automasters restart their well-primed engine but not before we drag one of Australia’s most accomplished ‘sidemen’ – two time Grammy-award winning pedal steel player Lucky Oceans – to finally take centre stage in a career retrospective entitled ‘Lucky Oceans & Friends’.
But Hidden Treasures is no rose-tinted walk down memory lane! This year The Orient, Buffalo Club, National Hotel and Packenham Street Art Space (PSAS) have been programmed as the ultimate, up-to-the-minute WA playlist on shuffle. Swampy noir rockers Rag N Bone, country connoisseurs Ralway Bell, songwriting savants The Chlorines, nu-jazz cats Grievous Bodily Calm, soul upstarts Demon Days and reggae believers Crucial Rockers are just some of the highlights of this four-week local love in.
In 2017 Hidden Treasures will also welcome its first ever roving, ever-changing, venue – the Fremantle Tram. The local tourist shuttle will regularly pick up punters before stopping at picturesque locations such as the North Mole Lighthouse for stripped-back acoustic concerts by artists including Lucy Peach, Timothy Nelson and Steve Parkin.
The good times will also continue at the National Hotel with our ever-popular ‘Freonality’ Afterparty DJ Sets where guest DJs include ex-Docker Peter Bell, Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, Koi Child DJs and Lucky Oceans.”