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Freo heats up for another Winter Music Festival

Simone & Girlfunkle @2x

West Australians have long known that Fremantle is home to some of the most amazing – not to mention quirky, alluring and downright ingenious – musicians.

Throughout the warmer months, Perth’s sister city lights up with plenty of fun and frivolity including the Street Arts and Fringe Festivals, but what draws us there in the colder season?

The Fremantle Winter Music Festival – that’s what! 2016 sees the festival celebrating its 10th anniversary, and this is one event that’ll bring everyone out to play again – specifically to enjoy quality music while keeping warm and cosy.

This year, over 20 acts will be taking over five of Fremantle’s best live music venues.

At the Swan Lounge, you can soak in the eclectic sounds of Simone & Girlfunkle (pictured above), Matt Cal, Michael Savage, Stella Donnelly, and Mo Wilson & The Drivers.

Step into the Swan Basement for an offering of brass-heavy, worldly delights courtesy of Barefeet Sojourns, The Brow, Ladywood & Pow! Negro.

Then wander off to the North Fremantle Bowls Club for a smorgasbord of country, blues and folk brilliance courtesy of Galloping Foxleys, The Justin Walshe Folk Machine, Los Porcheros, Ralway Bell and Tom Fisher & The Layabouts (pictured below).

Tom Fisher

Or head to the Railway Hotel where things get raw, odd and loud-like in sets from High Horse, Moistoyster, Red Engine Caves, Rag’n’Bone, and Scalphunter.

Finally, at Mojos, immerse yourself in sonic wonder from the finest electronic experimentalists and beatmixers including Akioka, Craig McElhinney, Hugo Gerani, and Sacred Flower Union.

So who wants to hibernate this winter? Not us, that’s for sure.  Lisa Andrews


The Fremantle Winter Music Festival is on Saturday 25 June.

For tickets, head to rtrfm.com.au.

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