Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

THERE are hid­den tal­ents ev­ery­where you look in the mu­sic scene but op­por­tu­ni­ties to grab the spot­light can be few and far be­tween for most.

The City of Fre­man­tle’s an­nual Hid­den Trea­sures Win­ter Mu­sic Se­ries is a plat­form for lo­cal mu­si­cians to take over some of Fre­man­tle’s lesser-known venues, en­ter­tain the crowds, and get their names and sound out into the pub­lic sphere.

This year’s pro­gram is no ex­cep­tion, with mu­si­cians such as Carus Thomp­son, Verge Col­lec­tion, Tim Rogers and Peter Bibby tak­ing over West End venues the Buf­falo Club, Bar Ori­ent, the Na­tional Ho­tel, the Navy Club and PS Art Space ev­ery Thurs­day night in July.

Lo­cal mu­si­cian Lucy Peach, who has per­formed in the se­ries be­fore, knows first-hand how Hid­den Trea­sures can help get per­form­ers on to a stage and in front of a crowd.

“It was fan­tas­tic, a great op­por­tu­nity to play to an eclec­tic crowd,” she said.

“It feels as though they just ap­pear from the wood­work and be­cause you are all in spa­ces that you usu­ally don’t go, it feels like a bit of an ad­ven­ture and a chance to cre­ate your own world that ev­ery­one be­comes a part of.

“It’s re­ally spe­cial, a true com­ing to­gether of com­mu­nity and art on a win­ter’s night in the old streets of Fre­man­tle. It is won­der­ful to be a part of a big­ger col­lec­tive and to be able to step into a cu­rated space with peo­ple who are ready to have a great time.”

Hid­den Trea­sures or­gan­iser Davey Crad­dock said he was proud of this year’s bumper line up of more than 40 acts.

“I hope that it con­tin­ues the Hid­den Trea­sures tra­di­tion of book­ing big­ger name acts and un­usual re­for­ma­tions right along­side buzzy, brand new bands,” he said.

The Hid­den Trea­sures Win­ter Mu­sic Se­ries is on ev­ery Thurs­day night in July. Visit www.fre­

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