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No more Devine music

By Kerces 9 August 2005 31

Tilley’s is closing its doors to regular live music acts at the end of October.

Owner Paulie Higgisson told The Canberra Times (and also here) that it just isn’t viable for her to keep the performance side of the business going.

“Besides the extra staff needed for concerts, there are other associated costs in doing shows – advertising, copyright – that just aren’t covered by the ticket price. We’ve been carrying that now for over 20 years,” she said.

Also because of their policy of no food or drinks served during shows (a policy which is adored by both performers and audiences), gigs tend to be an unproductive time in financial terms for the cafe as well as a pain for people wanting a meal.

With Toast probably also closing down in October it will be a tough time for live music in Canberra. Ms Higgisson said the lack of live music venues in Canberra was a hard part of her decision.

“It’s the reason I’ve put this decision off for a couple of years. Someone does need to do a baton-change with us, but I don’t really see anyone on the horizon. But I’ve come to the realisation that I’m not here to provide wonderful music to the public at any cost; it’s not a public service. I’m just hoping that there’s somebody out there with the stamina and integrity to run that kind of venue.”

Tilley’s will still host the occasional gig, such as during the Multicultural Festival next February, but mainly they’ll just be another inner-north restaurant and cafe. Which could be good news as many potential patrons have been turned off by having to either keep track of the gig timetable or ring and check if they are able to come for a meal.

The final concert series finishes on Sunday 30 October with blues singer Pat Thompson and the Ragtag Jazz Band.

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bonfire 5:00 pm 10 Aug 05

tilleys blows. if they want to charge premium prices, have table service. last saw tex there, and the church, so it is an OK music venue, but for a feed, no thanks.

LurkerGal 4:19 pm 10 Aug 05

Wasn’t directed at you RG. Promise.

RandomGit 4:13 pm 10 Aug 05

LG, just following the conversation.

As for how she runs things, she simply didn’t use good business sense is what I am told.

LurkerGal 4:05 pm 10 Aug 05

Aah! Hence the interest in both areas! Makes sense.

David Heidelberg 4:01 pm 10 Aug 05

Lived in sub-tropics since January this year. Prior to that, Canberra since 1978

el 3:21 pm 10 Aug 05

Toast is being closed because of noise complaints from the wankers at the Waldorf.

el 3:15 pm 10 Aug 05

Do you mean the old Asylum AD? I only remember the Gypsy being where there is now a (Fernwood?) gym next to King O’Malley’s.

LurkerGal 3:13 pm 10 Aug 05

How come noone is bagging out Toast, if they are closing soon?

And if it’s her business, it IS her personal dictatorship. If people don’t like Tilleys, why are they upset that they won’t be able to go there for music anymore?

I just don’t get it! This forum is becoming more and more about disagreeing with everything, and this seems like just another case in point.

RandomGit 3:02 pm 10 Aug 05

LG, the way she ran the place like her own personal dictatorship was hurting the business, or so I’m told.

Maybe I’ll be able convince my source to post his hilarious diatribe on the subject of Tilleys as a venue that he shared with me yesterday.

xman 2:47 pm 10 Aug 05

Never saw the Dirty Three at Tilley’s. Did see them some years ago at the ANU with Tex, Don and Charlie. They kicked some serious arse!

I’ll bow to everyone’s superior knowledge of the negative character aspects of Lauren Jackson’s bestest friend.

Absent Diane 2:46 pm 10 Aug 05

Maybe he (brian) should look at opening up where gypsies was in the interchange…. which would be fully sick for lithium and other great nights as well as give canberra back that feel of having a decent venue

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