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The End of WCBR and the Start of Freo’s Blues, Roots & Beyond

We’ve loved bringing you this event as much as we hope you’ve enjoyed it.  After 12 years of delivering WA’s premier ‘Bluesfest’ event – WCBR is moving on and forging the way into new territory,  announcing it’s biggest change since its inception way back when in 2003. 

Our much beloved WCBR has undergone some what of a makeover; new concepts, a new space, with a brand new name to match. 

Freo’s Blues, Roots & Beyond encompasses all that was great about WCBR while growing the event and introducing some exciting new changes that we think you will love!

After our humble beginnings in Kings Park bringing Blues to the people we have decided to take our brand new festival model and make the move into Freo. 

Passouts will be introduced, allowing the festival to filter out into the surrounding streets, music venues and hospitality spaces, creating a musical journey throughout the cultural centre of the old port city.  Come and go as you please exploring Freo’s vibrant centre or visit one of the local venues we plan to programme with festival talent, offering a more intimate experience and space away from the main festival hub.  As the name suggests, you can expect slight changes to the festival program and talent on offer, still delivering world class Blues and Root’s artists’ but also providing a solid platform for upcoming and established local and national acts.

“The City of Fremantle looks forward to the evolution of this much loved event and the new festival model that encourages stronger connections with Freo and all it has to offer by providing concert goers with pass outs”  – Mayor Dr. Brad Pettitt.

The downside to all these changes is that we need time to plan, engage with the inner city and arts communities and pull everything together so we can bring you the next stage of the Blues & Roots story, delivered in the style and standard you’ve come to expect. So while it’s a year off for the Festival in 2016 rest assured we will be busy behind the scenes plotting and scheming to bring you a truly exciting and innovative festival experience with Freo’s Blues, Roots & Beyond. 

See you in 2017!

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The Cooper’s Garden Bar & The Market Place

The last bit of our WHAT TO CHECK OUT AT #WCBR2015 is here!

THE COOPERS GARDEN BAR

For the first time, Coopers is presenting the Garden Bar!  Craft beers and ciders will be on offer as well as a little food lovin’ from Smokie’s Southern BBQ (your pulled pork dream).

MARKET STALLS

For all you creative folk, we are stepping up our market stall game by introducing a wider range of goods on offer for you to dig into. Vintage threads can be found alongside handmade arts and crafts, henna art, antiques, quirky jewellery and other collectible items to add a little extra to your day. With all this and more, The Market Place has you covered for all your thriving market cultural needs!

Check out what we have in store for you in picture form here!

 

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Food Haven

Foodies unite!

You can be sure to eat to your heart’s content as our food stalls and trucks come alive, catering to everything your bellies desire. A multicultural food experience has always been a focus at WCBR but this year we’re taking it to another level. With 28 food stalls and trucks on site, the international chow down choice is yours! Whether you’re a health nut, have a sweet spot or just love street food; we have some of the tastiest inspirations from all over the globe on offer so that you’ll be spoilt for choice. From jerk chicken, empanadas, dumplings, pulled pork, tamales, bahn mi, chaat papri, cubanos and hand made icy poles to burgers, grilled cheese toasties and kebabs, if you’re more of a traditionalist. We don’t know about you, but our taste buds are already tingling!

Check out some of the food options you’ll be able to tuck into at #WCBR2015!

 

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Bringing fancy to the Festival – Wine & Champagne Bar

How about taking a breather from the crowd with a little champagne, crisp Chardy or a Cab Merlot with a deep bouquet? Sound good? As a new initiative for our 12th year, this year you can wine and dine in style with our new Wine and Champagne bar at West Coast Blues ‘N’ Roots!

Top-notch wineries (Leeuwin Estate, Vasse Felix, Houghton, Deep Woods Estate and Flametree) are on board to whet your palette with a variety of wines and champagne sure to satisfy any wine aficionado. Get comfortable and relax with seating and shade and tuck into our freshly shucked oysters or try a range of tasty tapas like arancini with chorizo, barramundi and dill croquettes and patatas bravas. Simply lay back and enjoy this new and unique experience in this stylish alfresco bar area.

Who says fancy and festival don’t go together?

Oysters by Thee Shucker and tapas by Soiree Catering.

Want to know what it’ll be like? Here are a couple of pictures of our inspiration and what’s on offer!

 

 

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Playtimes & Maps & Morgan Bain!

Just over 3 weeks to go until the West Coast Blues N Roots Festival returns to Fremantle Park for the 12th year, bringing along with it an all star cast of your favourite blues, roots, rock and soul artists!

The time you’ve all been waiting for is here… it’s time to get your pens out and start circling and plan your day. The PLAYTIMES and MAPS are now here! You can also start scheduling your day with our free phone app available for both iPhone and Android. Did we mention you get notifications so you don’t miss your favourite artist? What a nifty little environmentally friendly alternative to event programs!

We are super stoked to announce that local singer-song writer Morgan Bain will be added to the line-up. His unique mix of blues, rock and soul will be sure to blow you away – don’t miss out on watching him open the main stage at this year’s Festival!

We’ve held one last spot on the line-up for our annual Breakthrough to Blues n Roots winner. This year, we’re doing it a littler different. We’re giving YOU the power to choose who you’d like to see open the Big Top stage. Three talented bands have been shortlisted and they’ll be performing a FREE showcase March, 18th at Mojo’s in Fremantle. Check out the talented folk of Galloping Foxleys, Old Blood and The Bonekickers here and cast your vote on the same page! You could win a double pass to the Festival just by voting! Win-win.

Come on down, support local music and have a beer or two with us!

Till next time,

Team #WCBR2015

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Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires are coming!

After an amazing response to our 2015 line up announcement a couple of weeks ago, we have decided to throw in a sweetener to complete our jam-packed, talent-filled lineup of local and international blues, roots, rock and soul artists. We are over the moon and absolutely thrilled to announce the return of the one and only, Mr Charles Bradley to the West Coast Blues N Roots stage this March!

If you’re not familiar with Mr Charles Bradley, let’s bring you up to speed here.

Such talent rounds off and completes our 2015 lineup, we cannot wait for what will be an unmissable Blue N Roots next year. The last two remaining spots are held for WA home grown talent and will be announced in the new year.

Keep an eye out here or on our FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages to stay in the loop!

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Early Bird SOLD OUT!

Well now, that was quick! Our allocation of early bird tickets to West Coast Blues N Roots has now been exhausted  – in other words, sold out folks! We’re glad to hear that you are just as excited as we are about the 2015 lineup. It sure is going to be a cracker!

You’ll need to wait until tomorrow (Tuesday) 9am WST to get you hands on our limited first release of tickets. Head here for all information regarding ticket types and pricing.

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Your artists are here!

The wait is over. It may have taken a while but  the West Coast Blues n Roots 2015 line-up is here and ready to kick some butt. The much loved multi-genre festival has sen the likes of many a legends in the past 11 years (yup, 11!!!) and this year’s is no disappointment.

Your 2015 artists are…

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Head to the artist page to check out their bios!

Tickets go on sale via moshtix Tuesday, 18th November 2014.