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Big things happening down south.

By venme_venue - 12 April 2007 40

Hey all, I want to be upfront and let everyone know that I am one of the owners of The Venue, the new nightclub/live music venue/pool hall/ cocktail lounge etc etc. I have also been reading the riotact for years now so wanted to post about the new business and the things we are doing to try and develop the scene in our area.

Also to let you know about some of the big things we have coming up. We are just starting up and while things are going well we still have a battle ahead of us to fight off the misconceptions and negative conotations attached with our location. So any support the good readers of The RiotACT will be muchly appreciated.

For those who don’t know The Venue is built in the ashes (not literally) of an establishment called The Jackpot Bar, a massive pool hall which had 34 operational tables in its hay day. We ended up tearing the guts out of it and after 5 months of renovations we were left with

-A modest pool hall containing 16 slate tables
-A cocktail lounge bar staffed by an award winning flair barman
-A huge licenced balcony for those who enjoy a smoke while drinking
-A multipurpose nightclub/live music venue with a 500+ capacity

The team here have a few basic goals. To give southsiders a cool place to go to relax and or party without it costing them up to $80 on a cab from the city. To try something different, something many still say can’t be done in the area, and to support and promote live music, both touring bands and local up and coming acts. But the key idea for us is that we don’t want to just be a watering hole, we genuinely want to entertain our customers, not just liquor them up.

So to that end we are experimenting with different activities during the week. So if you are in the area, and or you are interested I encorage you to come down and join in.

Monday – Pool comp (Winner takes all – Second place wins vouchers)
Tuesday – Open Mic Session and Kelly Pool (if anyone remembers what that is, it is good fun)
Thursday – Independant Band night (A mix of the cream of canberra’s original band talent and promising up and coming bands)
Friday – DJ Showcase (If no special event is on)
Saturday – Good Old Pub Rock followed by DJs and clubbing fun
Sunday – Venue Balcony Blues (Traveling and local blues acts playing the afternoon away. Band, Beer, BBQ, Balcony. What more could you want for a lazy sunday afternoon?)

Then we have our special events. First big one was the kiwi rockers Shihad which was just phenominal, ask anyone who was here.

Coming up is

20th April – The Screaming Jets
21st April – Bexta supported by Gypsy Girl and an all girl DJ line up

27th April – Bondi Cigars
19th May – The Angels
Later in the year
The Choir Boys
etc, etc

I will keep you all updated as we get more confirmed.

You can also keep an eye on our website and sign up to our mailing list for news and special offers.

Anyway thankyou for your time :-} and I hope to see you at The Venue sometime soon.


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Big things happening down south.
venme_venue 10:45 am 12 Apr 07

fnaah Tix for The Screaming Jets at this stage are available at the venue or at the door on the night.

Bexta is no presale, just $10 on the door :-} So get in early.

We are currently evaluating which ticketing agency to go with for our major events.

venme_venue 10:39 am 12 Apr 07

True the address is an image so people with pictures won’t see it. The website has at this stage been hacked together by me but we have a neato one in the works. We are planning to try alot of new things with our web presence so keep an eye out.

P.S. I added a link to a google map now too just to help the northsiders :-}

johnboy 10:36 am 12 Apr 07

The Angels, Choirboys – good work landing these guys!

20 years ago.

Indi 10:28 am 12 Apr 07

The Angels, Choirboys – good work landing these guys!

Spectra 10:13 am 12 Apr 07

Best of luck, Timbo – I know how much work you guys have put into this place – I promise I’ll make the trek down to see it soon 🙂

fnaah 10:12 am 12 Apr 07


The Venue is on Gartside Street in Wanniassa.

schmerica_ 10:09 am 12 Apr 07

The 21st of April sounds cool. Gypsy Girl is an awesome DJ and alot of the female DJs don’t get enough credit. Just sucks I can’t make it.

Jackpot bar used to be rundown and gross. Can’t wait to see the new renovated space!

Cameron 10:09 am 12 Apr 07

Beat me to it.
If that was a reactive fix, then top marks for speediness 🙂

Cameron 10:08 am 12 Apr 07

Sheer – don’t know if Tim fixed the website in the 13 minutes since you’ve posted, but the address is right there on the website under “OPEN EVERY DAY @ 5PM”.

Level 1, 38 Gartside St Wanniassa
aka the shop strip across the road from the Erindale centre.

Granted, the address is in an image and therefore invisible to anyone with images disabled, but it is there.

venme_venue 10:07 am 12 Apr 07

Hmmm good point sheer, I am still new at all this so please bare with me.

The venue is located at Level 1 38 Gartside St Wanniassa Across from the Erindale Shopping Center.

JustBands, I was certainly planning on posting on your site, just ran out of time before i had to go to work.I have a big boy job as well as the club :-/ I wasn’t able to add an event to the gig guide, not sure if I am missing something. Glad you liked the Venue and hope you had a good time on industry night.

bonfire we have a strictly non pokies policy, I am the resident style nazi down there and aside from any anti-social issues they would make the place look tacky :-}

Cameron 10:06 am 12 Apr 07

Will have to check it out. Used to stumble home from the ‘pot on many a night a few years ago.

fnaah 10:03 am 12 Apr 07

It’s an interesting mix, but one that I hope will work. I play 8-ball, listen to dance music/DJs as well as rock/blues, so I guess I’ll be turning up fairly regularly. 🙂

Where can you get tix? Keep up the ads on inthemix too. 🙂

bonfire 9:59 am 12 Apr 07

i hope there are no pokies.

sheer 9:51 am 12 Apr 07

As a hint for future promos, you might want to include the address of the venue you’re plugging – it’s not even on your website, that I can find.

As I’m sure you know, Canberra is full of immigrants from interstate, and I for one have no idea what or where the Jackpot was.

justbands 9:45 am 12 Apr 07

Hi Tim, good work mate. I went along to your opening indistry night, nice venue. Post your info on Just Bands too, . Has a more live music focus than RiotACT (although RiotACT is awesome).

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