News February 12, 2019

Fortitude Music Hall and Freo.Social announce first acts

Fortitude Music Hall and Freo.Social announce first acts
Image: Fortitude Music Hall head booker Mark Gibbons

Much anticipated new music venues, the Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane and Freo.Social in Fremantle have announced their first acts.

British metalcore outfit Architects were announced to play the Fortitude Music Hall on August 8, as part of their national Holy Hell tour through Live Nation.

However they won‘t be the first band to play the venue, news on opening night will be announced in the coming months.

“We’re as excited as hell to have Architects be one of the first acts to scorch the stage of Fortitude Music Hall,” said head booker Mark Gibbons.

“The venue is going to be open to an incredibly diverse array of programming.

“Already we’re in talks with some of Australia and the world’s largest touring acts, as well as comedy, children’s shows and some very cool surprises.”

The Fortitude Music Hall offers a music or event space for 3300, with flexible flooring and seating for variations of concerts for 1200 and 2000, with a smaller upstairs bar-style venue for about 300.

The 550-capacity Freo.Social opens in early April at Artillery Drill Hall after $250,000 worth of renovations.

Its first week is titled Freo Week and features John Butler Trio, The Waifs, San Cisco and Superego with Freo Gold on April 6 with The Fling, Big Boss Man, Lee Sappho and The Chevelles.

Altogether the first 40 confirmed acts are announced on the venue’s website, including nights themed “you saw them here first”.

The Entertainment Hall also has artists’ co-working spaces, beer gardens, food trucks and a brewpub.

Director Dave Chitty revealed the venue would also showcase comedy, opera, community, dance, theatre, big band and dining.

“We’ve confirmed a really diverse entertainment program designed to appeal to, and attract, a broad range of people to the venue, from lovers of culture and the arts, to live music and performance followers,” he said.

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