Dust off your dancing shoes and get ready to welcome back live music with the return of City of Fremantle’s Hidden Treasures.
Now in its 10th year, Hidden Treasures will present some of WA’s best musical talents, transforming tucked away venues in the port city’s west end every Thursday night in September. This year’s diverse, intergenerational line-up features Fremantle artists at its heart, with a mix of old favourites and exciting up-and-coming bands.
With the easing of restrictions in Western Australia, City of Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said it is an exciting opportunity to bring back this popular event and celebrate the return of live music.
“For many of us, experiencing live music is something that we’ve missed the most. We are all looking forward to reuniting and sharing the music together. As an entertainment precinct, it’s wonderful to be able to offer Hidden Treasures to music fans and lovers of good times.”
“Over its 10-year history, Hidden Treasures has traditionally been held in winter, but we know it is an important time to support musicians and local businesses, so we’ve decided to surprise everyone and hold it in September for the first time.”
“We are lucky in Western Australia to be in a position where COVID-19 restrictions are easing, and we can start to enjoy parts of ‘normal’ life again. We all need to remain vigilant with our physical distancing and personal hygiene so we can continue to enjoy great events like Hidden Treasures,” says Mayor Pettitt.
Hidden Treasures will bring together 50 musicians across four nights of epic live music performances at five venues in Fremantle’s west end.
Among the line-up are several WAM Song of the Year nominees, including exciting up-and-coming artist Siobhan Cotchin, Fremantle favourites Dilip and the Davs, singer-songwriter Adrian Dzvuke and alternative rock band Phoneline Valentine.
Playing their first live gig at Hidden Treasures, Easy Jean is a new studio collaboration and Fremantle ‘supergroup’ with Andy Hill from electronic act Ambidexter, Cheree Dobra from Melbourne dream pop band Bayou and guitarist Drew Wooten from The Panics.
Fremantle’s own Superego will be making their Hidden Treasures debut and get the party started on opening night (Thursday 3 September). Winners of the National Live Music Awards Live Act of the Year, the energetic and thought-provoking band has played at festivals across Australia.
Fremantle is known for nurturing musicians and some of this year’s line-up have been playing gigs in the port city since they were pre-teens. Vancool (Dion Mariani), Marley Wynn (Adrian Hoffman) and country band Albert Loss all played at Fremantle’s Garage Kids Ball alongside groups such as San Cisco and Tim & Jean.
Up-and-coming band and WAM Song of the Year nominees Joan and The Giants are looking forward to returning to the stage for Hidden Treasures this year.
“We have loved this festival for a long time and are absolutely thrilled to be playing it. We are also excited that it is going ahead in these unprecedented times; honestly to be on the stage again feels like such a cathartic experience in itself. My heart goes out to artists all over the world and in some parts of Australia who do not have the same opportunity that we do here, and we definitely don’t take it for granted. Every time we get to step foot on stage and connect with an audience, is so special to us,” said Grace Newton-Wordsworth of Joan & The Giants.
Venues throwing opening their doors include The National, The Buffalo Club, The Navy Club, PS Art Space and the highly-popular Fremantle Tram. Fremantle’s favourite dance party Clubb Medd will host the closing party at PS Art Space.
Set times are staggered so live music-goers can enjoy a meal at one of Fremantle’s many popular food spots to kick off the night and then work their way down High Street. Get ready for good times, warm fires and an epic return to live music at Hidden Treasures.
To view the full 2020 Hidden Treasures line-up or purchase tickets visit: http://hiddentreasuresfreo.com.au