Sunset Events to take over Fly By Night venue space
Local Fremantle based promoters Sunset Events, responsible for events including Stereosonic, Groovin the Moo and Southbound, have been successful in its expression of interest in relation to The Artillery Drill Hall in Fremantle after recently presenting its vision for the venue (also currently known as The Fly By Night Musician’s Club) to the National Trust (WA).
Sunset aims to target profiled local, national and international acts and continue to accommodate intimate tours, rehearsals, band competitions and album launches for local talent. Their vision for the venue is to enhance the foot traffic through the greater Fremantle area, contributing to the economic and cultural impact on the town and community at large.
Sunset Events will now enter into lease negotiations with the National Trust which will include consultation with the The Fly By Night Musicians Club regarding when the lease would commence. Sunset Events have commended the excellent work of the Fly By Night Musicians Club (affectionately known as The Fly) in developing the space as a live music venue for Fremantle and is committed to securing the future of the venue as a live music space.
In the meantime, The Fly are continue to gather support to keep the space, still driving a petition (click here for more) now in efforts to overturn this decision.
WAM’s CEO Mike Harris commented, “WAM has discussed with The Fly and those involved, privately, and had input. That said, our commitment and obligation is to ensure the venue remains as a live performance venue and gives ongoing opportunities to the WA music industry and not become a pine warehouse… I am currently in the process of setting up discussions with the Freo Council to further discuss opportunities for original live music in Fremantle, and ways to see that expand rather than reduce.”