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Music in Fremantle

There is a dedicated, diverse music and dance scene in Fremantle. Appreciate the dazzling arts of the many talented buskers on the streets of Fremantle. Enjoy live music every day of the week, in the numerous fantastic bars and hotels, each one friendly and interested in helping you to enjoy your time in Fremantle!

FREO is alive and vibrant throughout the week, but at the weekends it really is pulsating with crowds of happy humans who come out to enjoy life and socialise. Join in at a dance, music event, festival, market, show, performance or top class concert.  

Learn to perform or learn to play a musical instrument right here in Fremantle...you can participate at any level.

Live Music Daily & Nightly!

Music Club in Fremantle

A celebratory atmosphere is all around as you stroll through Fremantle.

Watch the buskers perform outside the Fremantle Markets, take a stroll in Esplanade Park, wander around the vibrant Fishing Boat Harbour, stop for lunch on the bustling Cappuccino Strip, meander through the Markets, shop in the unique boutique stores, have a cold beer in the pub, have a swim at one of the beautiful beaches... and listen to the music of Fremantle all around you.

Fremantle Nightlife

There is much to do in Fremantle in the evenings:

Fremantle has a live, vibrant music scene

Fremantle boasts a vibrant live music scene with many local performers and venues. Popular live music venues include the Fremantle Arts Centre, Mojo's, Clancy's Fish Pub and The Fly By Night Club, all of which host local and touring performers. 

Bon Scott, lead singer of the Australian rock band AC/DC, lived in Fremantle as a boy.  His grave site has become a cultural landmark.  
In 2009, a statue of Bon Scott, was erected at the Fishing Boat Harbour.   Bon Scott was actually born in Kirriemuir, Scotland, but his family moved to Australia when he was six and to Fremantle when he was ten. A Bon Scott Statue was also unveiled in his in Scottish Hometown in 2016. 

In the July 2004 issue of Classic Rock, Scott was rated as number one in a list of the "100 Greatest Frontmen Of All Time" 

Singer-songwriter John Butler (frontman of the John Butler Trio) lived in Fremantle during his teenage years, and he started his music career busking in the city's streets. 
John Butler Trio

Former John Butler Trio member Gavin Shoesmith is also based in Fremantle with his band The Groovesmiths. The band is recognised for its unique style and awe inspiring live performances, blending strong elements of Reggae, Jazz, and Hip-Hop into traditional Blues and Roots music. 

The Waifs, Little Birdy and Eskimo Joe all have connections with Fremantle, and belong to what has been dubbed the 'Freo Sound'.

"The Waifs
are an Australian folk rock band formed in 1992 by sisters Vikki Thorn and Donna Simpson as well as Josh Cunningham. Their tour and recording band includes Ben Franz and David Ross Macdonald."  "Little Birdy are an Australian indie rock band in 2002 by Katy Steele, Matt Chequer, Simon Leach and Scott O'Donoghue." "Eskimo Joe is an Australian alternative rock band that was formed in 1997 by Stuart MacLeod, on guitars, Joel Quartermain, on drums and guitar, and Kavyen Temperley, on bass guitar and vocals, in East Fremantle".  
This music scene, and that of neighbouring Perth, were explored in the 2008 documentary Something in the Water. "Using live, archival, and interview footage it explores the history and environment behind the development of local and nationally acclaimed musical talent in Western Australia." 

"Maybe there's 
something in the water, maybe it's the isolation from the rest of the country, but there is definitely an upwelling in talent from this city by the Indian Ocean." Mick O'Donnell. Kavian from Eskimo Joe talks about Fremantle not only as the place where he lives but like it's one of his friends." "Little Birdy's lead singer Katy Steeles from the famed Fremantle family is sister to Luke Steeles, lead singer in The Sleepy Jackson."
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WA built Paddle Steamer Decoy is an iconic entertainment venue cruising the Swan River for over 25 years!

PS Decoy, a historic steam powered paddle ship, provides river cruises along the Swan River showcasing a wide variety of live music from WA musicians- jazz, strings, reggae & more! Believed to be the only steam powered paddle ship in the Southern Hemisphere the decoy is delighting Australians and friends from abroad with old world charm & elegance. Enjoy locally made beers, cider and wines from the licensed bar and Tapas styled food from the kitchen! Not suitable for very young children. The Decoy was built in Fremantle, WA in 1986 as a replica of the original steamer, which toured the Swan River back in the 1870's. For latest events, acts, schedules and ship-shape news go to our website.

Paddle Steamer Decoy

Live Music in Fremantle:

Fremantle Classical Music

Fremantle Symphony Orchestra

The City of Fremantle Symphony Orchestra, which started in 1961, is a non-profit community orchestra with approximately 60 amateur musicians. The Orchestra performs around 5 concerts every year both locally and further south.

The 2014 season celebrated the The City of Fremantle Symphony Orchestra's 50th birthday. New membership enquiries are always welcome.

For more information please visit:
Fremantle Symphony Orchestra

Music Club in Fremantle

Fly by Night Club

"The Fly By Night Musicians Club is a an iconic venue which has a rich history of musicians, actors, comedians, and even circus performers who have showcased their talent on the Fly's stage over the last 20 years with local, national and international artists performing at the club
The Fly by Night Musicians Club is a not for profit community musicians club and music venue located in the heart of Fremantle.  This building now run by the National Trust of Australia was originally constructed in 1895–96." 

The Fly has provided a launch pad for many local bands since 1986 including some of WA’s biggest exports… John Butler Trio, The Waifs, Eskimo Joe, San Sisco, The Panics, Tame Impala, End Of Fashion… and many more who have started off their careers with the assistance of the clubs facilities. 
The Fly is situated in the majestic Victoria Hall Building in the heart of Fremantle hosting 280 guests in the Main Hall."
Music Lovers Membership
VICTORIA HALL BUILDING 
179 High Street, Fremantle, 6160
Tel: (08) 9430 5208 
Fly By Night Musicians Club

Music Events & Music Festivals in Fremantle

Music Club in Fremantle

Music & Events

Music Events @ Fremantle Arts Centre
From October to March, every Sunday afternoon, this free outdoor community event is well frequented. There is a great live music line up of local acts and touring artists. This is a wonderful family friendly venue. Relax in the shaded grounds with a picnic lunch or pick up lunch from the cafe as you enjoy the music and company.

Address: Fremantle Arts Centre, Finnerty St , Fremantle
Telephone: 9432 9555
Website: Fremantle Arts Centre

Music Festivals in Fremantle

Hidden Treasures - Fremantle's Winter Music Series
Hidden Treasures will light a spark in your winter night with music, yarns, and shenanigans.
Every Thursday night in July!
Visit Hidden Treasures on Facebook

Freo Royale
Freo Royale brings the Fringe to Freo: Feb 100 shows, 10 venues promoting Cabaret, Theatre, Comedy, Music and Art. Kings Square Common transforms into the hub of the festival with a pop-up bar, delicious food and markets.
Freo Royale
Freo Royale on Facebook

St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Feb
St. Jerome's Laneway Festival is about leading new and revered seminal music. The festival has always been interested in finding what's fresh and bringing it to unique settings and surrounds to be appreciated by music lovers.
Laneway Festival
Laneway Festival on Facebook

Blues 'n' Roots Festival: March
The West Coast Blues 'n' Roots Festival is an annual music festival held in Fremantle, Western Australia. It features many blues and roots performers, both international and local.
Blues N Roots 

Fremantle Night Clubs:

Metropolis Fremantle
The Clink
Address: 14-16 South Terrace, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9336 1919
Website: www.theclink.com.au
Metropolis
Address: 58 South Terrace, Fremantle WA 6160
Telephone:(08) 9336 1880
Website
: www.metropolisfremantle.com.au



The Monastery Address: 189 High St, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9335 5405
Website: www.themonastery.com.au

Fremantle Pubs, Breweries & Licensed Hotels with Music:

Fremantle Pubs, Breweries & Licensed Hotels

Fremantle's Pubs, Breweries and Licensed hotels are among the best in Western Australia. The port city has the best draughts from around the globe as well as the tastiest brew from right here in Fremantle.

Bar Orient: Address: 39 High St, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9336 2455
Website: Bar Orient Website

Ball & Chain:
46-54 Marine Terrace, Fremantle
TEL: (08) 9435 1896
Website: Ball & Chain
Benny's Bar and Cafe: Address: 10 South Terrace, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9433 1333
Website: Benny's Bar & Cafe
Clancy’s Fish Pub:Address: 51 Cantonment St, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9335-1351 
Website
Clancy's Fish Pub
Federal Hotel Address: 23 William Street, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9335 1645
Website: Federal Hotel

Gypsy Tapas HouseAddress: 3/124 High St, Fremantle 
Telephone: 9336 7135
WebsiteGypsy Tapas House

Little Creatures Brewery Address: 40 Mews Rd, Fremantle 6160
Telephone: (08) 9430 5555
Website
: Little Creatures Brewery
Marine Lounge Bar:Address: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges   
Cnr Marine Tce & Essex St, Fremantle

Telephone: (08) 9430 4010 
WebsiteMarine Lounge Bar

Mojo’s Bar:
Address: 237 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9430 4010
Website: Mojo's Bar
Moondyne Joe’s Bar & Cafe: Address: 69 - 73 Wray Ave, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9430 5513
Website: Moondyne Joe's Bar & Cafe
Mrs Brown: Address: 241 Queen Victoria St, North Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9336 1887
Website: Mrs Brown

National Hotel:Address: 98 High Street, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9335 6688
WebsiteNational Hotel
Newport Hotel: Address: 2 South Terrace, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9335 2428
Website: Newport Hotel
The Norfolk Hotel: Address: 47 South Terrace, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9335 5405
Website: The Norfolk Hotel
Sail and Anchor: Address: 64 South Terrace, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9431 1666
Website: Sail and Anchor
Salt on the Beach: Address: 42 Port Beach Road, North Fremantle
Telephone: (08)9430 6866
Website: Salt on the Beach
Swan Hotel: Address: 201 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9335 2725
Website: The Swan Hotel
The Monastery Address: 189 High St, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9335 5405
Website: The Monastery
Who's Your Mamma Address: 142 South Terrace, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9467 8595
Website: Who's Your Mamma

Fremantle Comedy Clubs:

Fremantle Comedy - Fremantle Stand Up Comedy

Little Creatures Loft
The Little Creatures Loft hosts Fremantle’s only Saturday night comedy show.  Featuring local, national, and international comedians.
Address
40 Mews Road,
Fremantle, WA 6160
ph: 9430 5555
Telephone: (08) 9335 1509
WEBSITE: ComedyLounge

Fremantle Comedy - Fremantle Stand Up Comedy
Fremantle Comedy Factory
Open Mic Comedy Night every Thursday at the Sail and Anchor.
$5 entry, 12 comedians, guaranteed laughs....
Address: 64 South Terrace, Fremantle
Telephone: (08) 9431 1666
Check out WA’s up and coming comedy talent!
Fremantle Comedy Factory on Facebook


Fremantle Secure Taxi Rank:

Secure taxi rank
The secure taxi rank for Fremantle is based in Henderson Street Mall and is open every Friday and Saturday evening from 11.00 pm to 5.00 am as well as some public holidays. The taxi rank aims to improve safety and security and reduce waiting times for taxis in peak demand periods. It has enhanced lighting, CCTV, good accessibility to public toilets and extra security guards.

Security personnel also staff the Fremantle taxi rank on:

New Years eve & New Years night.
Australia Day eve & Australia Day night.
Labour Day eve & Anzac Day eve.
Foundation Day eve & Queens Birthday eve.
Christmas eve & Christmas night.

Conventional taxi ranks:

Fremantle Railway Station.
Adelaide Street, opposite St John’s Church  
Collie Street next to Esplanade Hotel Fremantle­-by Rydges

A few simple rules to make catching a taxi a safe and enjoyable experience for you and your driver. 


Busking in Fremantle

What is a Busker?

Busking in FremantleStreet performance or busking is the practice of performing in public places, for gratuities, which are generally in the form of money and edibles. People engaging in this practice are called street performers, buskers, street musicians, minstrels, or troubadours. Street performance dates back to antiquity, and occurs all over the world.

Performances can be just about anything that people find entertaining. Performers may do acrobatics, animal tricks, balloon twisting, card tricks, caricatures, clowning, comedy, contortions and escapes, dance, singing, fire eating, fire breathing, fortune-telling, juggling, magic, mime and a mime variation where the artist performs as a living statue, musical performance, puppeteering... [wikipedia: street performance]

Fremantle Busking Rules & Regulations:

Information on Busking in Fremantle can be found at the City of Fremantle's Website:
Filming & Busking in Fremantle

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