While chasing up a story lead for our next edition of The West End Magazine, I got the chance to see one of the 4101’s most iconic music venues the way few have seen it before. Locked up and empty!

Our photographer Eric Wang described The HiFi best when he said the space feels like a ‘home away from home’, and for one very passionate venue manager, it is. Frances Olsen has worked behind the scenes and in the live music industry for almost seven years. Eclectic and enthusiastic, Frances is the venue’s only full time permanent staff member, making sure every gig goes off without a hitch!

Leading us past walls filled with band posters, behind the set and onto the main stage, we saw Frances’ bubbly personality come to life as she jumped into some fantastic poses for our shoot.

She guided us through the venue’s interior into the adjoining Vinyl bar, which opened up six months after The HiFi bar. Records fell from the roof of this trendy bar which opens onto Boundary Road, and can be spotted from their signature ‘Vinyl’ sign drawn on the chalkboard out front.

To hear more goss from our chat with Frances, make sure you check out 2014’s Spring edition of West End Magazine!


Image by Eric Wang