Who knows what you’ll find
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. 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,” she said.
“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.
“Most musicians just want to play. It really is as simple as that, and any event that allows for this is a plus for musicians.
“We average 650 people a night, so playing Hidden Treasures is a great way for your band to be seen by a big and discerning Freo audience in one hit.”