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Freo Social Hall ousts Fly By Night

Name and details emerge for controversial new Fremantle venue.

CHRIS THOMSON

A corporate venue called the Freo Social Club will move into the heritage-listed Fremantle building from which the non-profit Fly by Night Club was recently evicted.

The Fly by Night was controversially shunted to nearby Victoria Hall after building owner, the National Trust of WA, granted a 21-year lease to Sunset Events instead.

The owners of Sunset, which runs the annual West Coast Blues and Roots Festival in Fremantle, have applied for a tavern licence for the 95-year-old Artillery Drill Hall building (pictured).

The liquor licence application says the Fly By Night was a victim of its Special Facility (Theatre) Licence, which limited the sale of alcohol to people attending a gig at the venue.

The Sunset owners contend “the public suffered frustration and disappointment due to these licence conditions”.

At their Freo Social Hall, the owners want to operate a concert venue for touring national, international and local acts in the building’s main hall, a la the venue the Fly By Night had operated there for 28 years.

The owners plan to use the building’s smaller hall for smaller acts.

The National Trust and their new tenant plan to give the Drill Hall a $3.5 million overhaul. Sunset’s owners say this will include a new courtyard, and a new deck area beside Queen Street with access to a food truck and an inside kitchen and bar.

Eviction of the Fly By Night prompted some of its patrons and performers to protest, including at Parliament House.

Photo: ‘Gnangarra’, Wikimedia Commons

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