Live music is coming to the Aardvark

Promoter Mark Spillane at The Aardvark. Photographer: Jon Hewson
Promoter Mark Spillane at The Aardvark. Photographer: Jon Hewson

AN opportunity to do something different has lead to the former venue Norfolk Basement revamping as The Aardvark as a new music venue in Fremantle.

The venue will hold its official opening Thursday July 12.

Promoter Mark Spillane said he really wanted to focus on the music side of things.

“We really want people to feel at home like the third place — you have your house, work and then third place where you go and socialise,” he said.

“There is no other small music venue in the central of Freo of that size. It’s the size where an east coast band would do their first tour play at.”

The bar will serve food such as pizza, steak sandwiches and serves a range of drinks from Emu Export cans, mulled wine and aged bourbon.

A can only bar will also be opening during busy periods which will only serve cans of beers.

Mr Spillane said the venue has had a long history of musicians performing.

“Tame Impala used to rehearse down here, presets have done, we want to see the venue continue for as long as we can,” he said.

“We want original live music but we are keen to make sure to have gender diversity across the lineups.”