Aard­vark arcs up

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Leah Roberts

New live mu­sic venue to open in Freo.

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

The venue will hold its of­fi­cial open­ing on Thurs­day. 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 beer to mulled wine to aged bour­bon. A can-only bar will be open dur­ing busy pe­ri­ods.

Mr Spil­lane said the venue had a long his­tory of mu­sic per­for­mances: “Tame Im­pala used to re­hearse down here, Pre­sets have done.

“We want to see the venue con­tinue for as long as we can. “We want orig­i­nal live mu­sic but we are keen to make sure to have gen­der di­ver­sity across the line­ups.”

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d484459 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Pro­moter Mark Spil­lane has re­vamped The Aard­vark as a mu­sic venue.

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