Posted: 4 August, 2015
New South Wales lockout laws claims another victim.
Barry O'Farrell's controversial nightlife lockout laws has forced another iconic Sydney venue to shut it's doors.
The Lansdowne Hotel has been a part of the Sydney live music scene for an incredible 90 years, however, the increased pressures from the laws have will force its closure.
A development application has now been lodged with the Academy of Music and Performing Arts looking to take over the building, turning it into educational facilites.
Here's what the DA entails:
"Change of use of the Landsdowne Hotel to an education use (200 students) and associated alterations for new main entry from Knox Street, new signage, accessible ramp, internal lift, fire stair, multi-purpose hall, staff toilets, practice studios, ensemble rooms and administration office. "
The iconic venue that's hosted acts such as The Living End, Mudhoney, Hard-Ons, Died Pretty, Go-Betweens and You Am I - could have as a little as a month left before it closes it's doors.
In an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, booking agent and 80s musician Adam Yee explained the massive loss.
"If you stuck a pin in the map at Central a drew a circle within a 3km radius you could play and see a gig three times a week within a three-kilometre radius [at the] Annandale, the Lansdowne, the Hopetoun, the Evening Star, the Gaelic, the Phoenician club where Nirvana played, the Strawberry Hills, the Teachers Club, the Graphic Arts.
"The Landsdowne was pretty much last man standing," he said.
However, the history of the venue as a performing space will still be preserved says the head of the redevelopment company, Arc Education Group's COO Isaac Lee.
"We also recognise the long history of the Lansdowne and it’s link with the live music scene in Sydney, and our plan is to continue offering opportunities for emerging and established artists to utilise the space as a performance venue," Lee said on Music Feeds.
"It will also be an amazing opportunity for AMPA students to perform and be trained in a venue that has hosted some of Australia’s greatest musicians and bands."