You’re the voice: City of Cockburn targets John Farnham to headline community concert

John Farnham performs on stage at November's ARIA Awards in Sydney. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
John Farnham performs on stage at November's ARIA Awards in Sydney. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

AUSTRALIAN singer John Farnham is the City of Cockburn’s main target to headline its community concert early next year.

City councillors signed off on its 2017-18 calendar of events last Thursday evening, with $160,000 to be allocated to the free event at the Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre in February.

Previously two community concerts were held annually, with X Factor 2013 winner Dami Im and crooner David Campbell headlining events this year, but the City has decided to drop that to one.

Farnham, the ARIA Award winner behind hits including You’re the Voice, tops the list of 11 artists being considered to star.

Also among them is Fremantle band San Cisco, Perth rock band Birds of Tokyo, Perth-raised singer-songwriter Troye Sivan and Jessica Mauboy, who performed at Cockburn’s community concert in 2012.

One will be selected, with a support act to be determined by the cost of the main act.

The 2017-18 calendar of events will cost the City about $715,000.

New to the schedule is the introduction of a major arts and cultural light event along the Cockburn coast.

Flagged in December, “Coogee Live” will be a three-day festival showcasing the area through a range of free lighting and laser displays, art, theatre and hawkers markets.

It will be held in March at a cost of $260,000, subject to the City securing about $90,000 in sponsorships from Lotterywest and Healthway.

Cockburn’s events and cultural coordinator Marie La Frenais said she was confident the City had struck a good balance of events.

“We refine our events calendar every year according to feedback, research and current trends in the community,” she said.

“We believe that the mix of events has something to appeal to everyone and if we can secure sponsorship to run Coogee Live, that has the potential to become an iconic event for Cockburn.”

Artists being considered by the City to headline its free community concert in February

1 – John Farnham, 2 – San Cisco, 3 – Human Nature, 4 – Birds of Tokyo, 5 – Joe Camilleri, 6 – Sheppard, 7 – Hoodoo Gurus, 8 – Jessica Mauboy, 9 – Guy Sebastian, 10 – Troye Sivan, 11 – Leo Sayer.

Community events for 2017-18

Fur Run: September 2017.
Senior Social Evening: September 2017.
Side Splitter Comedy Festival: October 2017.
Teddy Bears Picnic: October 2017.
Christmas on the Green: December 2017.
Australia Day Coogee Beach Festival: January 2018.
Community Concert: February 2018.
Coogee Live: March 2018.
Cultural Fair: April 2018.
Senior Social Evening: May 2018.
Senior Social Evening: July 2018.
Three Pop Up Events: TBA

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