Fremantle has a brand-spankin’ new live music space… and it’s HUGE.
Originally the Artillery Drill Hall which dates back to 1895, Freo.Social is made up of a live music space, four bars, an operating brewery, a permanent food truck, creative co-working spaces and a playground.
It’s been in the pipeline since 2015, with the drill hall being home to the Fly by Night Club from 1986.
Director Dave Chitty, who brought the Southbound and West Coast Blues ‘N’ Roots festivals to WA, told The Music that it was more an “entertainment hall than a music hall”.
He said there would be a focus on touring acts, comedy, adult contemporary shows, dinner-and-show, some street performances, some theatre, some film.”
Chitty also previously said that he was keen to build a festival-like space.
“It will be the kind of venue where you can drop in for lunch, spend a lazy Sunday afternoon in the beer garden, taste fresh new beers straight from the tank or catch a live show.”
It’s been upgraded with better acoustics, new sound systems and new green rooms… and a maximum capacity of 795 people (!!!), with the flexibility for more intimate audiences.
And yeah, not only does Otherside Brewing Co have a microbrewery on-site… but, get this: there’s also 56 independent beers on fricken tap.
But guess what else is on tap? Wine.
We’re so in.
Freo.Social opens on Wednesday, March 20.
Live music starts on April 3 with “An Intimate Evening with John Butler”.