Opening of Freo Social Hall great news for local music
Good news for local music, the historic Artillery Drill Hall in Fremantle is set to once again become the cultural heart of the City with the venue being revitalised into a multi purpose entertainment space. After sitting vacant for several years, all approvals are now in place and the venue is set to open as the Freo Social Hall, offering live music and events, local beers and wines, curated food trucks and a music festival vibe.
The Freo Social Hall will cater for 800 people with a main entertainment room, food and beverage areas and two alfresco spaces. Staying true to the venue’s roots as a social heart for the local community, local suppliers including wine and craft beers will be available, along with fresh, tasty and affordable international street food using quality seasonal produce.
Freo Social Hall Director and Sunset Events’ David Chitty said he was excited to bring the experience of a music festival to a venue for patrons to experience every day. “We are working closely with National Trust to pay homage to the beautiful building by maintaining its heritage features, while activating new spaces to expand the offering and create a truly unique experience.”
1939 – Fremantle Military Drill Hall
Image Source: State Library of Western Australia
Building on the Drill Hall’s legacy of being a live music venue, national and international music acts will be a regular fixture with the opportunity for emerging local artists to support them. Local promoters, event producers and community groups will be welcomed to book and use the space.
City of Fremantle Mayor, Brad Pettitt, also said Freo Social Hall was an important project that paid tribute to Fremantle’s history and musical past. “Freo Social Hall is just one of many projects taking place in Fremantle, and it’s great to have a number of offerings that will meet the needs of musicians – no matter where they are in their career.”
Preliminary work is already underway in partnership with National Trust WA. Once final funding is secured, it is anticipated substantial work will start in late 2017. All approvals have been obtained and the team is ready to build. Situated in the hub of the port city, Freo Social Hall will be a great addition to the arts and culture precinct in Fremantle and is located on 1 Holdsworth St Fremantle.