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Visit to “The Venue” (first and last)

By Annoyed 2 September 2007 25

What a fantastic night. After last nights experience I now know why I stay in at night. Last night my husband and I decided to go to “The Venue” at Erindale for the first time. We were charged $5 entry each for a 45 min stay and to be treated like shit. The security guys were rude, threatening and verbally abusive. We were not even allowed to finish our drink before being just about thrown down the stairs. The Venue is definitely a place to stay away from unless you are looking for trouble from meat head security guys. Has anyone else experienced this.

PS: Thanks to the guy from the service station who wanted to punch on. It topped our night off.


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Sikkukkut 12:46 am 04 Sep 07

+++I was utterly appalled at the quality of mixing it was disrespectful, to the bands that played and to the local music scene in general. I’m usually not too fussy about the mix but this was disgusting. I can safely say that it was the most pathetic attempt at mixing I have heard EVER, hands down. It seemed that not only had the sound guy not ever mixed a show before but he had not even been to a live gig. I have heard better mixes in a garage with tiny PA.+++

That’s interesting. The Jenny Morris show had similar problems – she kept having to call out directions to the mix guy, and eventually stopped playing and asked him to come down the front so she could tell him what she needed. (I don’t know how that went, I took the chance to pop to the bar.) If that was a Venue mix guy (I know nothing about how these things work) then that’s something they might need to look at.

w3st0nFTW 12:36 am 04 Sep 07

Thats Erindale for ya. Nothing but young guys who want to make a name by beating up helpless ppl and wish they played for the brumbies..

But yes the story does sound suss seems like there is some details missing.

Imo Canberra nightlife fails..

The Rabble 11:17 pm 03 Sep 07

I actually met a friendly security guard at The Venue the night I went. I was making an effort to be polite and it was a quiet night.

On the subject of the ANU bar the promoter gets fined $30/minute for amplified music after 12.00 and it’s on a campus which has a residential zone very close. Bars are usually pretty rowdy as the punters leave.

While also on the subject of the ANU bar – huge shout out to the sound guys – excellant mixes and nice sound every time I go there.

Stung 1:02 pm 03 Sep 07

“But I have not had pleasant experiences at the venue myself. Either have good friends of mine who saw a guy beat up another gig goer unprovoked right in front of the security guards and then continue to be served alcohol at the bar whilst the victim was left to call the police.”

I also heard about this. My mate told me a particular member of the rebels club was drinking in there and ended up punching another punter in the head, unprovoked, in front of security guards who then turned the other way. This isn’t going to put me off going there but you would think security should turf the bloke out wouldnt you?

Thumper 12:23 pm 03 Sep 07

I have never worn a flannie in my life….

And I shall soon be moving from Charny.

Wanna buy a house?

🙂

Growling Ferret 12:07 pm 03 Sep 07

Thumper

You are from Charnie. FFS, if anyone should be tolerant of bogans, its a flanny wearing ex-armie smoker such as yourself 😉

Thumper 11:51 am 03 Sep 07

Dropped into PJs Tuggers last Friday.

Cold guinness and wall to wall bogans. Needless to say I left.

blueberry 11:43 am 03 Sep 07

I don’t know about this persons experience, to me it sounds a bit shifty in that there is no explanation of why they got the boot.

But I have not had pleasant experiences at the venue myself. Either have good friends of mine who saw a guy beat up another gig goer unprovoked right in front of the security guards and then continue to be served alcohol at the bar whilst the victim was left to call the police.
Here is a shortened version of the post I made on another board about my first visit to the venue:
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I was impressed by the set up and the nice looking stage, very professional. I was also excited to get the chance to see three Canberra bands that I really enjoy.

But that is about where the enjoyment stopped. I was utterly appalled at the quality of mixing it was disrespectful, to the bands that played and to the local music scene in general. I’m usually not too fussy about the mix but this was disgusting. I can safely say that it was the most pathetic attempt at mixing I have heard EVER, hands down. It seemed that not only had the sound guy not ever mixed a show before but he had not even been to a live gig. I have heard better mixes in a garage with tiny PA.
The Venue, I applauded your booking of local acts but if you are not going to give them the chance to actually sound good I don’t really see the point.
Too top off the night there were staff members smoking in the gig room. If everyone else can manage to drag themselves outside in to the cold for a cigarette I’m sure you can too. )

toriness 10:49 am 03 Sep 07

i went there once to see bexta shortly after it first opened – i didn’t have an issue with the security or staff but the other people there for the gig/drinks were a bit scary, i won’t be going back. that’s not a criticism on the venue itself though.

DawnDrifter 10:27 am 03 Sep 07

been there once… bogan central.. ship em back to charnie or the quean…

justbands 9:13 am 03 Sep 07

Cool. In that case…agreed. Sure, security everywhere can be a little over the top sometimes, but that’s not unique to The Venue.

Ingeegoodbee 8:59 am 03 Sep 07

Not you Justbands, Annoyed. This sounds like a spray by someone who cant hold thier drink or their tongue – we dont need a-holes like this wrecking our nights out. Bloody bogans.

Indeed an excellent trout stream.

justbands 8:55 am 03 Sep 07

Nice river by the way.

justbands 8:55 am 03 Sep 07

Me? I’m no bogan. I just avoid trouble.

Ingeegoodbee 8:43 am 03 Sep 07

Bogan.

justbands 8:37 am 03 Sep 07

I’ve been a few times, never had a problem with the place, security…anything.

Thumper 8:22 am 03 Sep 07

Ah, I love being ‘tired and emotional’

ant 10:37 pm 02 Sep 07

Well, she’s not anonymous here, is she? Soem more info on what happened would be good though. Either there’s a real problem here, or she and partner were tired and emotional.

Easily solved – don’t go there again.

(And of course exercise your God-given right to bitch and moan anonymously on the internet).

Sikkukkut 6:30 pm 02 Sep 07

I’ve been to the Venue exactly once, for last week’s Jenny Morris gig. There were a few problems – the Moshtix computer at the door was being temperamental, and I think they have yet to get a proper handle on the dinner-show thing – but the staff were all quite cheerful and helpful, letting me in to go to the bar while they got the machine working and so on.

Not saying you’re a liar, Annoyed (maybe we just dealt with different people) but like the others I wouldn’t mind hearing a few more details of what led up to this…

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