[First filed: May 23, 2010 @ 1:23
Second filing: May 24, 2010 @ 8:45]
The sign on the door of The Phoenix this Saturday has sent shockwaves through Canberra.
“DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THE PHOENIX IS CLOSED TEMPORARILY”
Some have been saying the power got turned off. And yet there were lights on inside.
Others would note that the once mighty Phoenix empire of pubs has fallen on hard times with Filthy McFaddens closed and Trinity in Dickson increasingly tatty. Others have heard tales of staff not being paid.
With the crowds that fill the Phoenix every night of the week it’s hard to believe the bar on itself is not sustainable, if the less beloved venues on the same block can somehow stay open.
In any event it will, at best, be a terrible blow to the cultural life of the city if these doors stay closed.
UPDATE: Word reaches us that there was an “electrical issue” and they plan to be open Monday night for the bootleg sessions.
FURTHER UPDATE: Still closed tonight, Bootleg Sessions cancelled.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Still closed. If they’re not open tomorrow the Mojo Juju show is being relocated to Trinity in Dickson. =(