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Fly By Night confirmed to remain in Freo

27 Feb

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Amongst the recent domino effect of Perth live music venues closing down from Deville’s Pad to The Bakery, the Fly By Night Musicians Club has struck gold, announcing they will remain in Freo.

On Wednesday evening, Fremantle’s Strategic and General Services Committee voted unanimously in favour of leasing Victoria Hall to the Fly By Night Musicians Club.

The decision will see the Fly shift to the heritage listed building and stage community programming plus national touring acts in the 260 capacity space.

“We are very much looking forward to this new chapter for the Fly” said General Manager John Reid. He adds, “Vic Hall is a smaller capacity room, so we need to re think our business model but largely, we are just feeling optimistic and excited about the future ahead for the Fly”.

Last year the National Trust notified the Fly By Night Musicians Club that they would not be extending their lease in the Artillery Drill Hall and putting the building out to tender. It posed the Fly with a potentially grim future, given that Fremantle had been so much a part of the Fly’s culture.

“Moving to another iconic venue, just a few doors down the road means that we can keep the Fly culture alive in Fremantle, as well as utilising the beautiful Victoria Hall space & further activating Freo’s East End” explains Reid.

The Fly has one final week of events in the Artillery Drill Hall, with a jam packed program of local and national talent to close out a 28 year run at the venue.

The venue would like to extend their appreciation to all the Fly supporters, old and new who have been incredibly supportive during this transitional time. They look forward to re-opening their doors as well as “continuing the Fly mission of creating a healthy community through music and providing a unique experience for artists and music lovers alike”.

More info here.

Government of Western Australia Department of Culture and The Arts Australian Government

WAM is supported by the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts, and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.