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FREO SOCIAL HALL NEW MUSIC VENUE

Posted in city of fremantle, concerts, heritage, hospitality, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on May 1, 2018

 

Freo Social Hall

 

While the controversial proposal for a tavern at J Shed on Bathers Beach will come before the City of Fremantle Planning Committee tomorrow evening, at the other end of town Sunset Events appear to be progressing well with converting the former Drillhall and former home of the Fly by Night Club into the FREO SOCIAL HALL music venue.

Sunset Events signed a lease with the National Trust to bring back the heritage building to its former glory and has been working on it for years. The new music venue is opening later this year.

A new large music venue will be very welcome in Fremantle, but it will be serious competition for the struggling Fly by Night in Victoria Hall, so time will tell if the two venues can survive in the same town.

Roel Loopers

WHAT IS THE LEASE SECRECY ABOUT?

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, real estate, Uncategorized by freoview on February 12, 2018

 

I wonder what rules apply to making agenda items of the City of Fremantle ‘confidential’.

On Wednesday at the FPOL Committee there are two agenda items that deal with the lease of CoF properties. The one about the lease of the Evan Davies buildings is all out in the open and for the public to read, but the one about the lease of Victoria Hall is considered confidential and not open to the public.

We know the Fly by Night club has been struggling in Victoria Hall, so if this is about yet another bail-out Fremantle residents and ratepayers should know about it.

Commercial confidentially can’t be a reason as the lease of the former KULCHA space would also come under that consideration.

It appears that different rules apply at Fremantle Council and that is not good.

Roel Loopers

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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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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BELLYDANCE OASIS AT FLY BY NIGHT

Posted in city of fremantle, cultural, entertainment, multicultural, Uncategorized by freoview on November 17, 2017

 

Belly Dance, Nov 18

 

It could be a wet Saturday so why not heat up a bit at the BELLYDANCE OASIS at Fremantle’s Victoria Hall.

The show starts at 8pm and tickets are $ 35 pre-sale or $ 40 on the door.

Book at http://www.flybynight.org

 

Roel Loopers

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MUSICIANS FOR MALAWI AT FLY BY NIGHT

Posted in charity, children, education, fly by night club, fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on July 29, 2017

 

In 2015, Nola Formentin sold everything she owned in Fremantle and moved to Malawi in SE Africa. After an initial six months volunteering with an NGO, she was offered a job teaching music, swimming, art and environmental issues at a primary school near the city of Blantyre.

Nola now ants to raise money for Malawi at the Musicians for Malawi concert to be held at Victoria Hall on Saturday 5 August. Doors open 7pm and the night is run by The Fly By Night Musicians Club.

Headlining the evening will be Opera Australia’s Baritone Jose Carbo accompanied by David Wickham, supported by local opera singers Alexandra Bak, Jenna Robertson, Kelly Robertson, Helen Brown and Alessia Pintabona. The night then turns contemporary, with upcoming singer/songwriter Synaed Roche and The David Hyams Trio. Then finally, local country blues band The Suntones will have everyone dancing the night out! All artists are donating their time and talents for the evening. There will even be food available at the club. All proceeds go to Nola’s causes.

There are many NGOs around Blantyre in the south of Malawi. Nola has visited some that have touched her heart and she hopes to find donations to help them on their way. These include Morning Star JS Ministries, a locally run organisation that provides a safe and caring place for young men to gather and learn life skills.

They run a soccer team and need funding for uniforms and equipment, as well as rent for the clubhouse. The Jacaranda Foundation is an incredible school run solely for children affected by HIV/AIDS and has fostered some amazing talent both musically and artistically, sending students to summer schools in USA and Europe. The Fatima Centre is a small orphanage run by a retired English couple, fostering 25 orphans from their local village.

All these organisations are run entirely on donations and Nola would like to invite you to help her raise money to support these wonderful schools, which in turn will help educate and nurture these special children.

 

Tickets are available at www.flybynight.org or phone 9430 5208

Musicians for Malawi
Saturday 5 August
Doors open 7pm
Fly By Night Musicians Club
Victoria Hall 179 High St Fremantle

ZYDECATS AT THE FLY ON SUNDAY

Posted in fly by night club, fremantle, fremantle workers club, music by freoview on February 10, 2017

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The Fremantle Workers Club present the ZYDECATS at the Fly by Night Club in the gorgeous Victoria Hall this Sunday from 6 pm.

It’s going to be a rainy day so why not enjoy the invigorating sounds of one of Freo’s most loved bands.

Tickets are only $ 10.00 and for members of the two clubs $ 5.00.

 

 

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FREO SOCIAL HALL LIQUOR LICENSE FOR SUNSET EVENTS

Posted in fremantle, hospitality by freoview on March 29, 2016

I hear that Sunset Events has finally been granted a liquor license for the Freo Social Hall, the former Fly by Night club, they are leasing from the National Trust. The Fly has also been granted a liquor license for Victoria Hall depending on sound proofing work being done first.

The Freo Social Hall license allows for 800 patrons, so 150 more than the Fly could have there.

Now Sunset Events will have to do the $ 3.5 million renovations to the heritage building as part of their contract with the National Trust.

It means with the J Shed live outdoor music pop up venue at Bathers Beach, Sunset Events can now cater for 1,800 patrons for live music on weekends for 12 weekends a year as they are only allowed 12 concerts at J Shed with a maximum of 1,000 patrons. Of course the Freo Social Hall, like the Fly, will be open during weekdays as well and all weekend.

Roel Loopers

WA LIQUOR LICENSING IS NOT FAIR

Posted in alcohol, fremantle, hospitality, western australia by freoview on March 27, 2016

The Western Australian liquor licensing laws are very strange and need to be looked at because what is going on at present is not fair.

In Fremantle the Fly by Night musicians club needs financial help from the City because it has taken over a year for a liquor license for Victoria Hall to be approved and that severely affected their bar profits, but at the same time pop up bars and events can get a license whenever they like. Sunset Events at J Shed has a special events license which allows them to sell alcohol whenever they put an event on, and also at Bathers Beach the Kelp bar at Kidogo Arthouse gets an occasional license often. They are open again on Easter for three days and were open three weeks ago for the Seafood Festival.

While on Good Friday bottleshops have to close and restaurants can only serve alcohol if patrons consume a substantial meal, Little Creatures was allowed to sell takeaway beer according to messages on social media because they have a special license. How can that be right and fair?

It appears that the liquor act has a preference for pop-up venues while being excruciatingly slow in granted licenses for permanent venues. Pop ups don’t invest much in the properties and get away with unsightly and stinking portaloos, while permanent venues need to spend a lot of money on having disabled toilets, male and female ones etc.

I am not criticising those operators who get special licenses but believe the system is not fair and needs an overhaul.

Roel Loopers

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FREO COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON FLY BY NIGHT AND ENKEL

Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on March 16, 2016

I love going to Fremantle Council meetings because I can witness first hand how thorough Councillors are, the questions and suggestions they raise, and the frustrations they too sometimes have with the process and slow moving bureaucracy.

Council meetings also always make me confident that all the conspiracy theories about Elected Members going to bed with developers and proponents of whatever are basically rubbish. If Councillors went to bed with that many people they’d need to take a lot of Viagra, and that includes the two female members on Council.

Anyway, back to tonight’s Finance, Policy, Operations and Legislation Committee, ably chaired by Councillor Dave Hume. The Fly by Night Club was on the agenda and in a way it is a really sad saga. Forced out of their home the old Drillhall and moving into Victoria Hall without a liquor license has been very hard. They are in the red by between $ 40,000.00- $ 60,000.00, still don’t have a license and need City of Fremantle financial support. But the City has been accused both of not supporting cultural organisations enough, and bailing out groups like Deckchair Theatre and Kulcha too often, so Councillors are between a rock and a hard place.

No doubt most people want the 30 year-old Fly to continue, but at what cost to the community and ratepayers? As Councillor Rachel Pemberton stated, they cannot rely on continuous financial support from the City and need to start transformative moves and fundraising projects to get out of the precarious financial situation they are in.

The item will go to full council next week, but committee supported that the City will pay sound proofing at a cost of $ 20,516 and allow a debt relief to the club of $ 20,000.

The lease of the former Naval Stores at Cantonment Hill to the ENKEL group has raised some eyebrows in the community as the group is relatively new and unknown. An ENKEL spokesman was very confident they would get financial support and sponsorship, but Mayor Brad Pettitt said he wanted more detailed information on that before the item goes to full council, and that he wanted to feel confident ENKEL could pull off the big projects, and what financial resources they would be able to put in themselves.

The Mayor was clearly not happy that the process is taking so long and that ENKEL cannot access the premises, and said he felt that the officers had not given the Elected Members enough information about the timeline. “I feel I am asked to make a decision while only having half of the information.” Councillor  Doug Thompson supported the Mayor’s frustration. They were promised additional detailed information before next Wednesday’s full Council meeting.

Roel Loopers

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