New Live Music Venue To Open In Melbourne
More than two years, a failed liquor license and many broken hearts on, the owners of Melbourne’s former favourite punk and hardcore venue, The Arthouse, have found a new lease of life. Quite literally.
Back in January 2010, management for the live music venue were facing the end of their lease and decided not to renew due to the recently introduced Vicotria Liquor Licensing laws that required them shut at 1am instead of 3am to avoid being labelled as a ‘high risk’ venue. High costs for unnecessary security essentially forcing the small venue to close its doors.
Fast-forward to a month ago, at a new location in Footscray, and the former owners of The Arthouse are ready to reopen in a new location with a full view to reintegrating live music as a major component of their new site – located near the edge of the Maribynong river.
“After a slight name hiccup, the previous Arthouse owners are gearing up to open THE REVERENCE HOTEL. Located at 28 Napier st on the rivers edge of Footscray, expect to see the pubs front bar, band room and beergarden open next weekend! Stay tuned for the kitchen and 2nd larger band room launches coming soon!”
The news of a fresh face appearing in Melbourne’s live music scene is clearly a positive amidst the current climate that’s seen bandrooms dropping like flies. Including the closure of Phoenix Public House, only six months after opening. While last week, Melbourne’s Palace Theatre was put up for public auction, most likely to be razed for a ‘high-density residential project.’
Other notches on the gravestone of Melbourne’s live music scene include theclosure of East Brunswick Club following its Laneway Festival sideshows earlier in the year, as well as The Public Bar in the last year. Adding to that, is the bleak future of The Prince Bandroom in St Kilda since it was sold to a restaurant group.
On the bright side, we here at Tone Deaf for one can’t wait for the opening of The Reverence Hotel. You can check out the teaser for the new venue below:
On 23rd February 2010, the SLAM rally saw 20,000 people march through Melbourne to the tune of AC/DC’s definitive ‘Long Way to the Top’, in protest against the Victorian Government’s misguided policy link between live music and violence. Out on the streets of our city, we showed our support and love for a truly great live music community. The SLAM rally was the largest cultural protest in Australia’s history. Now all of Australia has the opportunity to participate in a national event that celebrates our local musicians in our small venues.
Thursday 23rd February 2012, is National SLAM Day and a huge number of gigs are being held around the country to support local artists and venues. You can see a ful gig guide here of the day here. To celebrate our friends at SLAM have got together some of Australia's best musicians and asked them through a series of speech bubble photos what live music in small venues means to them.
Check out their answers on the following pages, and on Thursday help support the industry by getting out and experiencing the spontaneous excitement and intimacy you only get at a small venue. Watch this slideshow »