Fringe Common Rooms

  • Approx. floor space
  • Capacity
    174 people
  • Ceiling height
    Very high (4m+)
  • Audience

Space overview

Bring your next big idea to life at a vibrant artistic hub set within a beautiful historic building – bring it to Fringe Common Rooms.

Whether it’s a photoshoot that'll go down in history, a rehearsal for your upcoming spectacular, or a party that'll have the whole town talking, give your next gig a bit of that Melbourne Fringe flair. Centrally located in the heart of Melbourne at the iconic Trades Hall building, Common Rooms is Melbourne Fringe’s year-round home for independent artists and people who like to party. The Ballroom is a performance space & bar that holds up to 174 patrons standing or 114 seated theatre-style. Perfect for your big party, DJ night, music gig or cabaret show. The Lounge is a second, intimate salon-style space that holds up to 76 people and is ideal for smaller functions, workshops, meetings and rehearsals. The Ballroom is a fully-equipped party space, with a professional bar and state-of-the-art sound system, projectors and all the lights you could dream of – and yes, that includes a mirror ball.

Located in Melbourne’s iconic Trades Hall, in the heart of Carlton and just a stone's throw from Melbourne CBD.

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Pricing options

  • $120 per day (ex GST)
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Available now
Short term hire

Features and facilities

Access features

  • Load in access
  • Double doorways
  • Wide Corridors
  • Trolleys

Accessibility features

  • Accessible public transport
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path to entrance from parking or public transport
  • Accessible stage and backstage area
  • Accessible toilets
  • Adjustable lighting
  • Doors wide enough to cater to people in wheelchairs (1100mm+)
  • Hearing loop
  • Lift with audio announcements
  • Quiet areas or spaces
  • Relaxed or sensory friendly environment
  • Seating at a variety of heights
  • Well-lit at night
  • Wheelchair access (full space)
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General features

  • Non-gendered toilets
  • CCTV Monitoring
  • Change Room
  • Shower
  • Table and chairs
  • Air conditioning
  • Free wifi
  • Heating
  • Kitchenette
  • Toilets
  • Queer friendly
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Performance features

  • Food and beverage service area
  • Lecturn
  • Stage

Specialist features

  • 3 Phase / 20 Amp Outlet
  • Lighting rig
  • Lights on stands
  • PA system

Technology features

  • Audio system
  • Computer
  • Projector



Trades Hall, 54 Victoria Street
Carlton, 3053

Access Hours

Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm

There are two spaces available at Common Rooms – the Old Ballroom (standing capacity 174, seated is 80-110) and the Lounge (standing capacity 70, seated is 30) – which can be booked separately or together.

The venue is wheelchair accessible (including lift access to the stage), and in keeping with our Trades Hall home, Common Rooms is a place where everyone is welcome.

We support artists at all stages of their careers to develop their work. We encourage work by First Nations artists, artists who are Deaf or with a disability and other voices from the margins.

Getting here

Transport options

  • Train
  • Bus
  • Tram

Train Trades Hall is located 800 metres from Melbourne Central train station. Bus Trades Hall is around a 15-minute bus trip from Melbourne CBD. Catch the 907 Smart Bus from Swanston and Lonsdale Streets. Tram Catch the number 30 and City Circle trams East along La Trobe Street. Alight at corner Russell and Swanston, and walk north on Russell Street. Continue to Victoria Street, when Russell Street becomes Lygon Street. Trades Hall is on the corner of Victoria Street and Lygon Street.


There are a number of street car parks outside Trades Hall on Victoria Street, including an accessible parking bay. Lygon Street carpark is a short walk from Trades Hall – located at 204 – 218 Lygon Street.

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Pricing options

  • $120 per day (ex GST)
See pricing terms


Available now
Short term hire


Trades Hall, 54 Victoria Street
Carlton, 3053

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Pricing Terms


Artistic Rehearsals, Industry Meetings and Residencies:
Available for hire between 10am and 4pm every weekday, we offer accessible pricing options for independent artists and producers

General hire:
Depending on the kind of event you want to run, we’ll set a hire fee based on either flat venue-hire cost or minimum bar spend.