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GET TO KNOW: The Fremantle Folk Festival happening Saturday 14 October

3 Oct


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The Fremantle Folk Festival will be returning this year for their second annual event, and is set to be bigger and better than the last. A family-orientated event filled with music, food, culture, a Kid’s Zone, roaming entertainment, a night sky light installation and everything to love about Fremantle, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.  Oh yeah, and music, lots and lots of very sweet music – and 80% of it WA gold! We spoke to organiser and self-proclaimed ‘Clambassador’ Tom Fisher to find out more about the festival happening next weekend.

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: The Fremantle Folk Festival

DATE: Saturday 14 October

TIMES: 11am -11pm

VENUE/S: Princess May Park, Clancy’s Fremantle and Surrounds



WA ACTS ON LINE-UP: The Pigram Brothers, Kav Temperley, Stella Donelly, Old Blood, Timothy Nelson, Soukouss Internationale, Dilip and the Davs, Jim Fisher and the Hamilton Hillbilies, Carla Geneve, Salary, Dan Howls, Toby Beard, The Fling, Bambusea Rhythm Section, Jack Davies and the Bush Chooks, The Fling, Duncan Saige, Caitlin Keegan, Circus WA

TOURING ACTS ON LINE-UP: Lloyd Spiegel, Mitch King

A history in brief: It’s the 2nd year of the event – it started as a casual discussion of how a festival in the historic Princess May Park in Freo would be ace. Nek minute….ha ha!

What makes your event stand out/unique? It’s a festival for all, we cater for kids to hipsters and grannies. We have a Big Top circus with performances from circus WA, Nature play etc, a main arena for setting up on the grass and a rowdy pub stage. Pass outs available and a small comfortable capacity.

Vibe of the upcoming one: All about the 20 year anniversary of the Pigram Brothers ‘Salt Water Country’ album. An iconic WA indigenous release for me. Stella Donnelly is also blowing the world apart and will be amazing on the big stage.

How important are the local artists play in the programming of your line-up? It’s what we are all about, this festival will always feature at least 80% WA acts.

Three acts on the line-up you’re personally looking forward to the most? (and why)
•    The Pigram Bothers (as mentioned before)
•    Stella Donnelly (she’s incredible)
•    Soukouss Internationale (will be dancing madness)

A fave surreal/random/funny thing that’s happened during your event in the past?  Abbe May Gospel choir blew the roof off last year and great to see a dance floor packed with all ages and types.

Anything else people can expect from the event? Great craft beer, cider selection , Awesome foodie trucks and offerings, market stalls.

Advice for other upcoming or hopeful promoters putting on events?  Get a bank job? Ha ha. Be prepared to loose some hair.


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WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lottery West, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.