Festivals & Venues July 25, 2018

Venues update: Great Northern, Creatures NextDoor, Hopscotch and more

Venues update: Great Northern, Creatures NextDoor, Hopscotch and more

Musicians around Australia have more places to play in as this round-up shows, while others are getting their share of bouquets and brickbats.


Great Northern, Newcastle

Work has begun on the Great Northern in Newcastle for the music showcasing venue to re-open on November 1.

It is now owned by Ben McBeath while the $20 million redevelopment is managed by the hotel’s previous owner, Kurt Braune.


Creatures Nextdoor, Fremantle

Fremantle’s Creatures NextDoor has made available space for live music bookings.

Its capacity is 200 standing and 120 seated. The music format is folk, indie blues, jazz, soul, comedy, cabaret, electronic, Americana and world.

More info from Nick Compton at nick@sixbynine.com.au.


Molly, Hopscotch, Canberra

At Monday night’s Australian Hotels Association ACT Hospitality Awards at QT Canberra, Molly won best live entertainment venue while Hopscotch took home the trophy for best late-night entertainment venue.

32 awards were presented for hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and industry workers from across Canberra.


Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane

The Mansfield Tavern, a major live Brisbane southside music venue in the 1970s and 1980s is looking “tired” and could be knocked down to make way for a shopping complex, the Courier Mail reported.


The Ville Resort-Casino, Townsville

As part of its opening of its poolside lawns, The Ville Resort-Casino in Townsville has initiated outdoor concert series Live On The Lawn featuring local and intestate acts.


The Palace, Broken Hill

The Palace in Broken Hill, home of the Broken Heel festival, and central location of filming of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, is now up for private sale.


La Casa Sawtellis, Melbourne

The operators of La Casa Sawtellis in Melbourne’s Tooradin are furious that they are banned from showcasing live music outside due to red tape, while the amplified noise from the bands would be drowned out by traffic on busy South Gippsland Highway right outside.


Bank Street Social, Adelaide

Basement venue Bank Street Social in Adelaide’s Hindley Street strip won the best nightlife experience in The City awards for its EDM music playlist.

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