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Music Venue Closures?

By chutneyGreen - 26 August 2013 44

Hey I am a local CIT student studying PR and for my latest assessment I am researching the Canberra music scene.

I am looking for a list of live music venue closures over the past decade within Canberra. I am exploring the link between noise complaints made by neighbouring residential developments and the closure of venues.

An example would be the closure of Toast due to noise complaints made by The Waldorf Hotel. I believe nearby Transit Bar has also had to reduce it’s live music capacity due to similar complaints from The Waldorf.

Also looking for facts and figures on closures and live music attendance over the past decade.
If anyone has any ideas or links they would like to share I would be very appreciative 🙂

Even email me separately cagreen@live.com.au

Thanks 🙂

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Music Venue Closures?
Bussie 10:36 am 27 Aug 13

veg said :

The Terminus was downstairs in East Row opposite Bailey’s Corner and it changed into the Gypsy Bar. The restaurant upstairs forced them to close due to noise and so the Gypsy moved to the downstairs spot near King O’Malleys and operated for a while. Not sure why it closed at that location.

After the cafe that was where London Burger is now forced ridiculous noise constraints on the Gypsy Bar which meant they couldn’t operate as a live music venue Gypsy broke its lease and moved to underneath King O’Malleys. Their old landlord sued and won ~$450 000 IIRC so Gypsy had to close permanently. A sad tale all round.

Funny how horrible places like Mooseheads never seem to have these sort of problems.

PBO 10:32 am 27 Aug 13

veg said :

The Terminus was downstairs in East Row opposite Bailey’s Corner and it changed into the Gypsy Bar. The restaurant upstairs forced them to close due to noise and so the Gypsy moved to the downstairs spot near King O’Malleys and operated for a while. Not sure why it closed at that location

The Terrace Bar was over next to what used to be Electric Shadows (close to the casino) and was closed in 1994. I remember hearing that the casino didn’t like all the smelly long haired people congregating out the front which gamblers had to walk near however I’ve no idea if they actually closed it. Some of my favourite gigs were at the Terrace and I still miss it

Rock Ape in Dickson was quite regularly hassled by the Tradies probably due to metalheads boozing and bonging in the car park and I don’t think it was a noise issue with them.

You had me right up until you made that last comment.

veg 10:22 am 27 Aug 13

the website http://www.mendicantmusic.com has a lot of scans of old gig flyers from 1988 to present with heaps from Terrace Bar, Gypsy and Rock Ape.

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Geoff_from_Lushpup_I 10:09 am 27 Aug 13

Oh wow … so many memories! Back in the day when I played in bands we used to do the Asylum (I think I still have an Asylum weekly gig guide somewhere from the early 90’s … I’ll have a look!) and Gypsy(1&2), the Terrace Bar of course … played up at Heaven more than a few times too 🙂

Darker gigs were to be had at the Rose & Crown (Weston) or the Boot & Flogger (Kingston) or even Subway (Garema PLace). There was the Glovebox in Philip too. I miss them all in their own way. Oh don’t forget Finnigans in Dicko.

Good thread!

veg 9:12 am 27 Aug 13

The Terminus was downstairs in East Row opposite Bailey’s Corner and it changed into the Gypsy Bar. The restaurant upstairs forced them to close due to noise and so the Gypsy moved to the downstairs spot near King O’Malleys and operated for a while. Not sure why it closed at that location

The Terrace Bar was over next to what used to be Electric Shadows (close to the casino) and was closed in 1994. I remember hearing that the casino didn’t like all the smelly long haired people congregating out the front which gamblers had to walk near however I’ve no idea if they actually closed it. Some of my favourite gigs were at the Terrace and I still miss it

Rock Ape in Dickson was quite regularly hassled by the Tradies probably due to metalheads boozing and bonging in the car park and I don’t think it was a noise issue with them.

Jungle Jim 8:21 am 27 Aug 13

I really miss Zorro’s. Although I don’t think it was closed due to noise complaints or anything else like that. Hadn’t Sue just had enough and decided it was time to call it quits?

NB – I was in my naive early 20’s at the time, so I may be completely wrong

I can’t remember if it was the Terrace Bar or The Terminus where I first saw The Living End play – before they’d been signed. Was it the Terminus downstairs in East Row, before or after Gypsy Bar moved to the area under King O’Malley’s?

Grrrr 12:15 am 27 Aug 13

I have nothing of value to add.

RIP Lithium @ Toast.

milkman 8:56 pm 26 Aug 13

The Terrace Bar – wow that brings back memories.

Grimm 7:28 pm 26 Aug 13

Pretty much every place that had metal bands on regularly. Some of these are more than a decade ago, but all closed due to noise complaints:

The Asylum
Circus Circus
Terrace Bar
Zorros
The Gypsy Bar (Twice)
The Rock Ape

dkNigs 7:24 pm 26 Aug 13

A good one to watch will be the lighthouse in Belconnen with all the apartments being built around it. The Old Canberra Inn have some ridiculous noise monitor which sends them a fine every time they breach the dB limit now too.

bundah 7:24 pm 26 Aug 13

The Greenroom operated in Phillip above O’Sheas from 2003-2008.

Finnegans/Rock Ape in Dickson

Thumper 7:02 pm 26 Aug 13

Filthy’s at Kingston.

Masquara 6:23 pm 26 Aug 13

The wonderful Gypsy Bar, downstairs near where the Phoenix is, closed because developers who were opening a brasserie on the corner above wanted it gone.

chutneyGreen 4:28 pm 26 Aug 13

This is also what I am researching, the other reasons behind the closures of venues in Canberra so any more insight you have would be great 🙂

johnboy 4:20 pm 26 Aug 13

To be honest I think Toast had more and bigger issues than just the noise complaints for all I loved it so.

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