Nathan Farrell to book Melbourne venue The Night Cat
Nathan Farrell will book and oversee programming at Melbourne venue The Night Cat.
Established in 1996 on Johnston Street in funky Fitzroy, The Night Cat quickly cemented its reputation as the 475-capacity home of funk, soul, Latin, jazz, disco, hip-hop with a 360-degree format and Meyer sound system.
Farrell also merged his venue booking entity, Nathan Farrell Entertainment, with Calibre Artist Management, his artist management company with business partner Adam ‘Weez’ Booth
They represent the Thundamentals, 360, Adrian Eagle and Chillinit, award-winning producers Styalz Fuego and UNO Stereo.
Farrell has fond memories of The Night Cat: “It was the first venue I ever went to in Melbourne, sneaking in years back when I was 16!
“I have loved this venue for close to two decades, this role is basically a dream come true”
Speaking on the venue’s future direction, he says, “It has an amazingly rich quarter of a century history of presenting quality live music.
“We want to lean into this as much as possible celebrating everything that has made The Night Cat what it is and its special place in Melbourne’s nightlife.”
Venue owner Justin Stanford points out, “Nathan’s experience, good nature, enthusiasm and wide-ranging industry connections promise a bright new era for the venue.”
Farrell recently relocated to Melbourne after 15 years in Sydney where he was venue booker, festival programmer and artist manager.
He programmed rooms such as The Basement, The Lansdowne, Hudson Ballroom, The Vanguard and The Mac among others.
As reported in TMN, he appeared at the parliamentary inquiry to Sydney’s lockout laws and made a definitive statement as to how things had descended in Sydney – by declaring he was leaving that week to Melbourne where opportunities were greater.
Recently taking on Fremantle, WA’s bustling 500-capacity Freo.Social, Farrell helped push the new venue to close to $2 million in gross ticket sales in its first six months of operation under his watch