Whis­pers over head­line acts

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A HOST of big-time per­form­ers are be­ing con­sid­ered by the City of Cock­burn to head­line its com­mu­nity con­cert in Fe­bru­ary.

AUS­TRALIAN singer John Farn­ham is the City of Cock­burn’s main tar­get to head­line its com­mu­nity con­cert early next year.

City coun­cil­lors signed off on its 2017-18 cal­en­dar of events last Thurs­day evening, with $160,000 to be al­lo­cated to the free event at the Cock­burn Aquatic and Re­cre­ation Cen­tre in Fe­bru­ary.

Pre­vi­ously two com­mu­nity con­certs were held an­nu­ally, with X Fac­tor 2013 win­ner Dami Im and crooner David Camp­bell head­lin­ing events this year, but the City has de­cided to drop that to one.

Farn­ham, the ARIA Award win­ner be­hind hits in­clud­ing You’re the Voice, tops the list of 11 artists be­ing con­sid­ered to star.

Also among them is Fre­man­tle band San Cisco, Perth rock band Birds of Tokyo, Perthraise­d singer-song­writer Troye Si­van and Jes­sica Mauboy, who per­formed at Cock­burn’s com­mu­nity con­cert in 2012.

One will be se­lected, with a sup­port act to be de­ter­mined by the cost of the main act.

The 2017-18 cal­en­dar of events will cost the City about $715,000.

New to the sched­ule is the in­tro­duc­tion of a ma­jor arts and

cul­tural light event along the Cock­burn coast.

Flagged in De­cem­ber, “Coogee Live” will be a three-day fes­ti­val show­cas­ing the area through a range of free light­ing and laser dis­plays, art, theatre and hawk­ers mar­kets.

It will be held in March at a cost of $260,000, sub­ject to the City se­cur­ing about $90,000 in spon­sor­ships from Lot­tery­west and Health­way.

X Fac­tor 2013 win­ner Dami Im.

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