Freo's View

NO WORRIES ABOUT NOT PAYING RENT IN FREMANTLE

 

There is something quite endearing about the naivety that Fremantle Council displays on occasions, as was the case last night when allowing the Fly by Night club to stay in Victoria Hall three months longer, so now they do not have to vacate the premises at the end of August, and the for sale signs at the beautiful heritage building will have to wait a while.

One Councillor said that the Fly had offered to pay $ 3,000 rent per month, so supposedly that was a good thing. But there is no guarantee whatsoever that the musicians club will actually pay that rent. One of the reasons they have to vacate Victoria Hall is that Council had to write off thousands of dollars in outstanding rent, and they have had financial help from Council previously.

But no one talked about a bank or personal guarantee, so that there is certainty the rent will actually be paid!

That is nothing new in Fremantle where Council in the past financially bailed out the Deckchair theatre company, Kulcha, and artists up at Arthur Head. Sign a lease with Freo City and just stop paying rent and it will become an unrecoverable debt. I hope Enkel and DADAA are not reading this!

Roel Loopers

 

Henty's

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BYE BYE FOR VICTORIA HALL FLY

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, culture, fly by night club, music, Uncategorized by freoview on June 6, 2018

 

The Fly by Night Club, which has been an iconic part of the Fremantle music scene for more than 30 years, will leave Victoria Hall in August this year.

The City of Fremantle has gone out of its way to help the Fly survive, including offering half-price rent on Victoria Hall, spending more than $20,000 to improve the acoustics of the hall and giving them a $20,000 cash grant. Fremantle Council also agreed to waive the club’s outstanding debt to the City, which was around $70,000.

Despite lots of hard work by the Fly by Night board and staff and support from the City of Fremantle, the Fly has not been able to make Victoria Hall work as a profitable venue.

While not supporting a long-term extension of the lease when it was considered in February, the council did agree to a six-month, rent-free lease to allow the club to honour existing bookings and give it time to transition to a new arrangement.

Over the past few months the City has been working with the club to help them improve the sustainability of the business and find a new home in Fremantle. This has included exploring opportunities for the Fly to continue to present shows after August in other suitable venues in Fremantle, including the Navy Club, Fremantle Town Hall and South Fremantle Football Club event space.

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WILL FREO CITY FLY SWAT MUSICIANS CLUB?

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, fly by night club, music, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2018

 

I received new information about the rumour that the Fly by Night club might be leaving Fremantle.

My informant told me that City of Fremantle officers will recommend to Council to terminate the Fly’s lease for Victoria Hall, so it will be a Council decision to keep the live music venue going or let is die.

Money is probably the issue here, so we will have to wait and see if Fremantle Council is willing to financially support the Fly by Night club again, or let them go.

Before the Fly moved into Victoria Hall Clancy’s offered to manage the heritage building as a live music venue and run the bar and daytime cafe, but that offer was not taken up by Fremantle Council.

Roel Loopers

FLY AWAY FROM FREMANTLE?

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, culture, fly by night club, music, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2018

 

A musician who spoke at the Fremantle Council meeting last night claimed that the Fly by Night club will be leaving Fremantle next month.

I have heard the rumour before and am also aware that the Fly wanted a rent reduction from the City of Fremantle, but I have no confirmation that the musicians club will vacate Victoria Hall.

It would be sad to lose a live music venue, so I am keen to find out what is going on.

Does any of Freo’s View readers know more about it?

Roel Loopers

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GASLIGHT CLUB CONCERT AT VICTORIA HALL TONIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, concert, fly by night club, Uncategorized by freoview on January 3, 2018

 

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I love this photo the Gaslight Club at the Fremantle Fly by Night Club is using to promote tonight’s event with Josh Ellis, Lindsay Wells and Apollo’s Attic.

It is on from 8-11pm in the beautiful old Victoria Hall at 179 High Street.

Roel Loopers

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FLY BY NIGHT NEEDS PRACTICAL SUPPORT

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, culture, fly by night club, Uncategorized by freoview on November 30, 2017

 

A report in the Fremantle Herald indicates that the Fly by Night Musicians Club is financially struggling again and now wants the City of Fremantle to give them cheaper rent.

They had payment problems in the former venue the Drillhall with the National Trust as well, before being forced to move to Victoria Hall because Sunset Events was granted the Drillhall lease.

The City of Fremantle had money issues with the former Kulcha and also with Deckchair theatre, but a small local council cannot keep bailing out culture clubs no matter how important they are to the community.

I believe the City needs to offer more practical support to the Fly and help them with marketing etc.

For me the brand is confusing and needs to be tightened. On Wednesdays for example there is the Gaslight Club Blues Club at the Fly by Night Musicians Club. Does that make marketing sense?

I have not seen any evidence that the Fly is promoting the venue for corporate events, functions, maybe even weddings, and that would be a certain way to create income.

I wonder how many bums on seats they get at ticketed events in the relatively small hall, as the lack of audience was the downfall of the Deckchair Theatre Company.

We all want a thriving music industry that supports our local musicians in Fremantle, but it is not the role of local government to keep throwing money at companies which can’t sustain themselves

The Fly needs and deserves support, but it needs to be more practical than just money.

Roel Loopers

JOIN THE FLY BY NIGHT MUSOS

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, fly by night club, Uncategorized by freoview on November 23, 2017

 

Fly by Night memberships

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HAVE A FREO FUNDAY!

 

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It’s going to be a pleasant 33 degrees today, so perfect for the outdoors.

Start your Sunday with breakfast, live music and great fresh produce at the GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET at Annie Street, Beaconsfield between 8am and midday.

Then from 2-4pm the Bambuseae Rhythm Section will perform at the free courtyard session in the Fremantle Arts Centre.

They are a lively eight-piece fusing blues, funk, afrobeat, jazz and reggae. With their vivacious rhythms, pulsating baselines and raucous horns.

When you are in the area walk up to Cantonment Hill where the Fremantle Sea Rescue has open day of the Signal Station from 1-5 pm.

And after that the Fly by Night Sunday session is on from 5-10pm.

Have a Freo fun day!

 

Roel Loopers

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SUNDAY SESSION AT THE FLY BY NIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, culture, fly by night club, Uncategorized by freoview on November 10, 2017

 

Sunday session Fly by Night

 

The Fly by Night Musicians Club will be holding a Gaslight Sunday Sesh at Victoria Hall on November 12 from 5pm to 10 pm. Tickets just $ 10.00.

Live music in the gorgeous heritage building will be played by Craig Hallsworth and Paige McNaughton&the Aretinos.

Do support our local music industry!

 

Roel Loopers

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FINALLY FREO DRILLHALL PROGRESS

Posted in city of fremantle, fly by night club, music, sunset events, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2017

 

After three years of procrastination since the eviction of the Fly by Night musicians club from the Fremantle Drillhall, Sunset Events has announced that they secured a liquor license for the 800 patron  Freo Social Hall venue.

I noticed last Friday when I had a meeting at Fremantle Prison, that there were a lot of tradesmen around the hall, so hopefully it will open sometime next year.

Roel Loopers

VOTE ROEL FOR CITY WARD!

 

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