Festivals & Venues May 3, 2019

Clancy gets award, The Archer returns, Cherry Bar stays at AC/DC Lane & more

Clancy gets award, The Archer returns, Cherry Bar stays at AC/DC Lane & more

WA’S CLANCY GET AWARDED

WA’s four-venue Clancy’s Fish Pub has been recognised for its support of live music and the creative way it uses music to increase business.

The Australasian Performing Right Association named it licensee of the year in the run-up to the APRA awards this week.

The category was introduced in 2017, and already two WA venues have taken out the win.

Adelaide’s The Gov won it the first year, and Settlers Tavern in Margaret River scooped it up last year.

Clancy’s music director Tom Fisher is a musician himself.


THE ARCHER BACK ON POINT

Five months after its former owner went into liquidation, North Adelaide’s heritage listed The Archer is back in the swing of things under new old owners, Australian Leisure & Hospitality (ALH).

ALH had sold it in 2016 to Bloody Mary Group’s Huntsman Hotel P/L which had planned to spend $2 million on an overhaul.

But last November it closed, with staff, creditors and the ATO a reported hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Archer relaunched under their new owner with live entertainment and DJs.


FREDA’s GRANTED 4AM LICENSE

Chippendale bar Freda’s has just been granted a license to extend trading hours on Friday and Saturdays.

The bar will now trade til 4am on those nights, and 2am for all other nights of the week, effective immediately.

“We have seen Sydney’s nightlife go through a sad and painful decline over the last 6 years,” said owner David Abram.

“However, this is an important turning point in Sydney reaching its immense potential as a late-night city.

“We are grateful that both City of Sydney, and ILGR have supported our application for extended trade, and we can further our commitment to showcasing the incredible arts, culture and music the city has to offer.”


STAYS ON LANEWAY TO HELL

Melbourne’s hard rock mecca Cherry Bar is not leaving AC/DC Lane just yet.

Owner James Young posted. “So as our move to a new location has been tangled up in red tape, we’re reopening Cherry in our beloved basement location down AC/DC Lane for a limited time – and it starts this weekend!!”

Fluff, Grindhouse, and Two Headed Dog are among those playing tonight.

The club had, in fact, closed its doors, but Young says, “We’re sick and tired of paying rent on a closed and viable live music venue in Melbourne.

“We’re sick and tired of looking at an empty stage that could and should be hosting local bands and late-night revelers.”


PERTH BOUNCER CHARGED WITH ASSAULT

A 48-year old Perth bouncer has been charged with assault, allegedly breaking the jaw of a 19-year old man when escorting him in a headlock out of the Coconut Grove bar in Northbridge in the early hours.

The 19-year old had surgery to rewire his jaw at Royal Perth Hospital.

Nine News Perth reporter Jerrie Demasi reported, “The force of that headlock was so intense the teenager’s jaw was allegedly broken in three places and eight of his teeth were shattered.”


ADELAIDE LOSES JAZZ, CABARET VENUE

Adelaide jazz and cabaret venue La Boheme has closed after 12 years, with a final bash on Sunday.

Operators explained, “The generosity of all or supporters allowed us to get though Fringe and back to the table with the owner of our building, but he has unrealistic expectations in the current circumstances of our part of Grote St.”

They added: “The Metropolitan Hotel next door is experiencing the same drop in trade as us, holding out until the rebuilding of Her Majesty’s is complete.

“We, unfortunately, won’t be by their side in the arts precinct that will occupy this space in the future.”


THE BENDIGO HOSTS FULL STOP FEST

The Bendigo in Collingwood, Melbourne, is on Saturday May 11, hosting the Full Stop festival. This festival is dedicated to stopping sexual assault and domestic violence.

Niche festival promoters Marianna Bouyiouris and Olivia Reppas who founded The Muses, which is presenting the show alongside ‘Your Highness’.

Performing are Scaphis, Crystal Ignite, Trigger, Flynn Effect, Atomic Death Squad, Demonhead, Suldusk, Horizon’s Edge, Interitum, Filth Dimension, Paper Souls, Monarchus, The Ménage, and Valkyrie Odin.

All proceeds to Full Stop Foundation.


SYDNEY’S CARTER SET FOR MAY 11 OPENING

Carter, the Beyonce and Jay-Z-themed nightclub is set for a May 11 opening at 16 O’Connell St, Sydney.

The three-level nightspot was renovated, with one floor themed on Beyonce’s ‘Hold Up’ video while another is based on Jay-Z’s New York 40/40 Lounge.


PRINCE PUBLIC BAR CLOSING FOR OVERHAUL

The Prince Public Bar in Melbourne’s St. Kilda is closing its door for the rest of 2019 for a “major overhaul”.

This is the final weekend for a while, with sets from various DJs and a showcase by the Elwood Blues Club.


MARY’S CIRCULAR QUAY OPENS

Mary’s Circular Quay, home of the old legendary jazz club The Basement, opened this week under owners Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham, initially, Mary’s was only a burger bar.

Mary’s Underground, the live music venue, will be ready to showcase acts in four weeks.


ALLEGED BAR TOILET FILMER IN COURT

30-year old French national Medhi Gaci is accused of filming under stalls with a mobile phone of the female toilets at Oxford Street nightspot Burdekin Hotel.

A patron complained to security who called the police.

Security detained the man when he tried to leave the venue.

Appearing in Central Local Court this week, Gaci pleaded not guilty to unlawful filming but pleaded guilty to possessing cannabis.

He returns to Downing Centre Local Court next month.


HOTA PATRONS UP 37%

HOTA (Home of the Arts) on the Gold Coast, which also hosts live acts, has a successful year.

A report found that patron visits were up 37% to 350,000. 142,898 were tickets sold to 170 events, and box office revenue up 25% to $875,869.

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said HOTA would be essential in delivering the City’s Live Music Action Plan.

“Since opening its doors in March 2018, the Outdoor Stage has hosted more than 45,000 visitors in a wide variety of events – 23,000 of these in the last six months of last year.

“This is an outstanding result for such a young venue still establishing itself.”


CHAT AND MUSIC AT SOLOBAR

The Playhouse at Solbar, Maroochydore in Queensland is on Wednesday May 22 holding A Night Of Music And Conversation.

Journalist and radio talk show host, Matt Collins will be conducting interviews. He will chat to The Church’s Peter Koppes, singer-songwriter Ayla and Sunshine Coast musician Dan England about the inspiration behind their songs.

The night is presented by Solbar and David Dean Events.

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