Freo.Social to bring new life to artillery drill hall

Rhys Lopez (Brewer) and David Chitty (Director) at the construction site of the new venue Freo Social. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Rhys Lopez (Brewer) and David Chitty (Director) at the construction site of the new venue Freo Social. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

THE old artillery drill hall is getting a new lease of life.

Freo.Social is set to open in March 2019 and the venue will offer craft beer, live entertainment and food trucks.

Triple-1-Three Director David Chitty said the vision of the venue is to bring people together to create a unique experience.

“One of the attractions, despite the challenges that comes with it, was the heritage of the building,” he said.

“The feel of the room is incredible with spaces to play music in and perform in.

“We wanted to activate the outdoor areas so we will have Otherside Brewshed microbrewery.

“We also have a relaxed family outdoor area with a kids playground and another space which has a courtyard feel with food trucks.”

The outdoor areas will be open the public whether there is a show inside the main building or not.

Mr Chitty said they wanted to offer free office space to emerging talents in the creative industry.

“We want to host a range of emerging talent – it is all part of the ethos of the space and engaging the community,” he said.

“In the entertainment hall we have world class production and noise equipment facilities and in the morning we want to work with the entertainment industry to offer that as a rehearsal space.

“It could be for bands going on tour, students preparing for an end of year concert.

“The hall is not just for live music but for community fundraisers, working in comedy, theatre, fringe and lifestyle events.”

Food trucks will feature street food from all around the world.

The venue is set to host its first show in April 2019.