A new basement venue is set to bring live music back to the heart of the city. The Sewing Room will open its doors in the coming weeks, offering music fans an exciting new alternative to their other favourite venues typically in Northbridge or Fremantle.
The venue, on the corner of Wolf Lane and Murray Street had not been touched since the 1950’s, but co-owner Martin Black‘s vision to transform the space is finally on the cusp of becoming a reality. He describes the 500 square metre space as an underground basement of “multiple personalities”, and is looking forward to being able to utilise it in a way that has something for everyone. “It will be different from other nightclubs due to the versatility of the music and the crowd and an overarching focus on being a friendly venue for all lovers of music” he said.
Music fans can look forward to relaxed live music in the evenings accompanied by their in-house Steinway piano, popular bands rocking their state of the art sound and lighting system until 5am, 6 nights a week. The venue will also be the first to operate under Perth’s new seven-day nightclub license in more than 20 years.
Black describes the space as “pretty grungy,” and was ideal for creating an underground rave space complete with a Krug champagne vault and a hip sewing machine installation. The Sewing Room will have more scope to keep the good times going right through the night, as the CBD location means it was not limited by the noise concerns of venues closer to residential areas. Even so, Black assures the venue has “taken a number of steps to minimize any noise at street level with things like double doors, sound insulation and acoustic treatments, bricking in windows.”
The venue’s first event launches the new album of Perth’s own Helta Skelta on Saturday, October 14, supported by Melbourne ‘death funk’ act Product with local artists Nerve Quakes and Debbie Downers. The Sewing Room basement was also chosen as part of the 19+ venues that will exhibit the best of WA’s local talent as part of this years WAMfest on Saturday, November 4.