The hugely successive St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is moving to Fremantle next February.
At Fremantle’s council meeting on Wednesday the council voted to allow Sunset Events to hold the music festival in the West End.
The music promoters, who are based in the port city, have stitched up a five-year deal, with an option of another five. The council has waived the $17,000 fee for using part of the Esplanade Park, car park two and any hiring costs for the first five years.
Till now the festival had been held at the Perth Cultural Centre.
For Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt having St Jerome’s in the port city is music to his ears.
He expects up to 10,000 music-goers and dozens of bands to squeeze into Croke and Mouat Streets, next to the Herald.
“I am excited about the possibility of this event coming to Fremantle as it ticks a lot of boxes in my mind including reinforcing Fremantle as a festival city, with fun and funky events,” he says.
by BRENDAN FOSTER