We are very chuffed to announce that BILLY BRAGG - orator, musician, entertainer, rabble-rouser, activist, negotiator, pamphleteer, the fabled ‘big-nosed bard from Barking’ – is making the trip to Western Australia in April 2017 to perform at Fremantle Arts Centre. Billy always has something to say and something to sing about and after 13 studio albums, eight compilations, two box sets, and countless tours across countless international borders, the elder statesman of today, bearded and ‘ruggedly handsome’ (according to one Facebook fan), he refuses to slip into the dotage of self-parody. Across three and a bit decades performing there have been numerous milestones and waystations years for Billy, political and personal, including going topping the singles chart, having a street named after him, being mentioned in Bob Dylan’s memoir and meeting the Queen and he was recently named Trailblazer of the Year at the Americana Music Association UK Awards in February 2016 and the Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music at the Americana Music Awards in September 2016.
Governments rise and fall, fashions come and go, pop stars are built up and knocked down by a fickle media, and Billy Bragg adapts to survive. His enemies remain essentially the same: craven politicians, inhumane corporations, plus assorted racists, fascists, bullies, reactionaries and people with floppy fringes. Billy is a regular contributor to the national debate as TV pundit and newspaper columnist, he continues to sharpen his pen as a writer, and his first book, the considered, wide-ranging treatise on English identity The Progressive Patriot, opened up a whole new vista of possibility for a man who never stops engaging with all the trouble in the world. Whether it’s unionized workers, constitutional reform, bankers’ bonuses, illegal wars or the undemocratic commandeering of a portable toilet backstage at a festival, Billy Bragg will help fight your corner.
Come and be in Billy’s corner when he makes a rare trip to Western Australia to play for us at Fremantle Arts Centre on Friday April 28th
This is an 18+ event.
Venue Entry Terms & Conditions
i. Gates open at 6pm and all concerts finish by 10pm.
ii. Permitted items vary from event to event depending on style and layout. Please check fac.org.au for event specific terms and conditions to avoid confusion.
iii. No chairs, umbrellas, picnic baskets, bean bags, eskis, large blankets, helmets, selfie sticks, GoPro, SLR (detachable lens) or professional cameras, iPads, professional recording equipment, large items or dangerous items are permitted in to the venue.
iv. You can bring a fold out cushion (one that folds out to create a cushion with a reclining backrest that sits on the ground), a small blanket, a small soft bag for personal belongings or food, sealed water or soft drink and empty water bottles to fill v. inside the venue.
vi. Any item deemed to be dangerous, hazardous, intimidating or offensive to patrons will not be allowed into the event. This will include but is not limited to items such as glass, steel cap boots, umbrellas.
vii. The seller reserves the right to conduct body and bag searches of all ticket holders.
viii. All Fremantle Arts Centre ticketed concerts are 18+ unless otherwise advertised. This is to reflect that the concert area is licensed, that alcohol will be served and that unaccompanied minors or those with insufficient photo ID will be unable to enter the venue.
ix. Minors are permitted to attend licensed 18+ ticketed concerts at Fremantle Arts Centre if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The person accompanying the minor must be at least 25 years old. MAXIMUM OF TWO minors per parent or legal guardian. All minors must hold a valid ticket and guardians may be required to sign a declaration upon arrival which states that they will provide full and constant supervision of the minor(s). Fremantle Arts Centre does not recommend South Lawn Concerts as suitable for juveniles. Infants do not receive free entry. Fremantle Arts Centre strongly recommends these events as unsuitable for children 6 years and under.
x. Where an event is licensed, or has licensed areas, official Australian 18+ photo identification will be required for entry (driver's license, passport). Any patron refused admission due to inappropriate identification has no right to any refund or exchange.
xi. Patrons under the age of 18 attempting to enter any licensed areas by way of force, stealth or false identification will be ejected from the event immediately with no right to any refund or exchange.
Any patron engaging in behaviour deemed to be dangerous, hazardous, intimidating or offensive to other patrons will be ejected from the event immediately with no right to refund or exchange. This will include but is not limited to running, throwing objects, aggression and crowd surfing.
xii. Whilst every precaution has been taken to ensure the event area is a safe environment, you enter the site at your own risk and undertake to notify venue staff of any hazards or dangerous situations that you notice while on site.
xiii. Fremantle Arts Centre is a smoke free venue. Smoking is only permitted in a small designated area.
xiv. Fremantle Arts Centre accepts Companion Cards. The person carrying the card receives free entry to the event.
Please visit www.fac.org.au/concerts for full venue information