Past and Future of The Fly
Though we are unfortunately saying goodbye to the Artillery Drill Hall in Fremantle, The Fly By Night Musicians Club is going out with a bang (and a dance)! Come and pay tribute to the past 28 years and toast the road ahead with a choc-a-bloc month of gigs in February that crescendos with Swing By Vintage at the Fly, held on Sunday 1 March.
Executive Director John Reid says, “We’re really proud of everything that we’ve achieved over the past 28 years and this is the perfect series of community orientated events to send us off into the next stage of the Fly. It really summarises what we’re all about. “We have a lot to be thankful for, including the 8,000 supporters who signed our petition to the National Trust and understand our cultural significance for the community and the Club’s members. “If you’re not a member already, become one and help keep us going for another three decades – wherever we end up we’ll continue fostering a sense of community through live contemporary music.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR THE FLY?
As a not-for-profit arts organisation, the Fly is currently searching for the perfect venue to call home so that we can continue to support emerging local artists, maintain our community-centred and charitable activities for Western Australia, and provide further opportunities for our members.
This includes not just one staged performance area but also rehearsal rooms and a lease that allows the Club to charge significantly less than commercial rates for hiring the space to support artists and community organisations and therefore sustain rich cultural diversity and development. The skills, services and contacts that we have acquired over almost 30 years will be channelled into activating a new contemporary live music venue.
We will ensure this new space has a similar ambiance and character to our previous home while providing the same platform for emerging artists that the Fly has become known for. In the meantime, we will be presenting arts events at other venues, including blues legend Tony Joe White at the Astor Theatre in Mt Lawley on Sunday 15 March.