Freo Social Hall: music to fill Artillery Drill Hall again with plans to revitalise venue

Brad Pettitt, David Chitty and National Trust WA’s Kelly Rippingale.

An artist’s impression of the new venue.
Brad Pettitt, David Chitty and National Trust WA’s Kelly Rippingale. An artist’s impression of the new venue.

MUSIC will once again fill the Artillery Drill Hall in new plans for the venue’s revitalisation.

Sitting vacant for more than two years after the Fly by Night Club moved out, leaseholders Sunset Events has unveiled plans to transform the 1895-built, heritage-listed building into the Freo Social Hall, offering live music and events, locally made food and drink and a “music festival vibe”.

Sunset Events managing director David Chitty said the Freo Social Hall would include a main entertainment room, food and beverages areas and two alfresco spaces and that it would be a family friendly hub which embraced the venue’s roots.

“Freo has such a great vibe and we know that locals love their live music and good food and drinks and that’s what the Freo Social Hall is all about, bringing the community together in a space that has always been a social hub for the city,” he said.

“We are working closely with National Trust to pay homage to the beautiful building by maintaining its heritage features while activating new spaces to expand the offering a create a truly unique experience.”

He said he venue would cater for up to 800 people.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt said the revitalisation of the building was an important project in an area of Fremantle that was undergoing a lot of change, with the nearby Fremantle Oval and Kings Square precincts also pegged for redevelopment.

“The iconic venue has played an important role in Fremantle’s rich history and, more recently, it’s live music culture, and it’s nice to be able to tell people it’s coming back to life,” he said.

“Freo Social Hall is just one of many projects taking place in Fremantle and it’s great to have a number of offerings that will meet the needs of musicians, no matter where they are in their career.”

The plans have been approved, with preliminary work already underway.

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