Sydney’s Lansdowne Hotel narrowly escaped closure as a concert venue after the Oxford Art Factory team stepped in and took over at the eleventh hour. Huge stuff, I love it for the music scene.
The band Marys – who revived the Sydney music institution in 2017 – have announced they will be leaving the Chippendale pub earlier this year. The team said the owners of the building wanted to turn the upstairs music room into hostel-style accommodation, which was not part of the vision the burger empire group had for the space.
Fortunately, the Oxford Art Factory team stepped in and saved the venue from complete closure.
By Concrete playground, the OAF group is in talks with the owners of the cult pub and manages to agree on the future of the place. The deal means the tape room is safe and will only house loose riffs under the watchful eye of the OAF team.
In a statement released on Monday, the CEO and founder of Oxford Art Factory Marc Gerber have settled the rumors and whispers once and for all: to hell with the man, the Landy is saved.
“Oxford Art Factory can confirm the rumours,” the statement read.
“We are pleased to announce that we have agreed with the owners to shelve any plans which may see the demise of this iconic venue in the Sydney and Australian music and arts scene.”
Apparently the pub is going to be refurbished a bit before it becomes operational again. Gerber said there will be better amenities and bathrooms (thank goodness), along with improved audio and visual setup and an all-new food and drink menu. This latest change makes a bit of sense given that Mary’s had just taken its burgers and pizzas out of the kitchen.
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— Sally Seltmann (@SallySeltmann) May 16, 2022
“Music and art can never die. They make us stronger and allow us to live longer,” Gerber said.
“Sydney doesn’t need to lose more venues; he has suffered enough.
“Lockdown and COVID-19 laws have severely impacted a once thriving and vibrant nightlife, and I wasn’t going to let another music venue fall by the wayside – not on my watch.”
A grand 12-hour party is planned for June 25 to celebrate the revival of the Lansdowne Hotel by the Oxford Art Factory. The Rejuve (nation) party is expected to have a bunch of local favorite bands and DJs on stage from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m., so keep your eyes peeled for that one.
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