Fly­ing by seat of its pants

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

FLY by Night is call­ing on the com­mu­nity to make a con­tri­bu­tion to keep live mu­sic alive in Fre­man­tle.

Fly By Night board of di­rec­tors chair­man Steve Wells said the venue was cur­rently be­tween a rock and a hard place.

“Fre­man­tle Coun­cil mak­ing the de­ci­sion to sell Vic­to­ria Hall and the grant to ex­tend the lease un­til Oc­to­ber has meant we’ve had un­cer­tainty in book­ing acts,” she said.

“Of­ten you need three months in ad­vance no­tice to book an act and do pro­mo­tion.

“Since the whole thing hap­pened there has been a down­turn in book­ings.

“As a re­sult we have had less rev­enue than ex­pected. We de­cided re­gard­less of what hap­pens we need more funds so we can op­er­ate in the fu­ture, which is why we started crowd­fund­ing.”

Cur­rently the GoFundMe page has raised more than $5400.

Mr Wells said any con­tri­bu­tion will make a dif­fer­ence.

“With­out sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing the Fly could fold or op­er­a­tions be se­verely com­pro­mised,” he said.

“Many great acts have come through the Fly.

“We have sup­ported Toby Beard, who now tours the world as an indie per­former; Rob Walker and Stella Don­nelly have all gone through the Fly.

“Come and see the shows; we’ve got so many ex­cit­ing things hap­pen­ing in Oc­to­ber, in­clud­ing the Pretty Things per­form­ing.”

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