Creating a Live Music Hub for Sydney

29 Sep

It has come to my attention through a discussion with fellow live music scene campaigners Nightfusion that based on the statistics I mentioned in an earlier post, Sydney doesn’t yet have a large enough hub for live music. It could be possible to focus on popular areas for live music as a starting point in forming this major hub. So, with this in mind, I set out to find what Sydney’s top ten live music venues currently are. However, the most recent list I found came from a post by Trish Roberts of Concrete Playground, written in 2011, which named their top ten live music venues that year as:

  1. The Enmore (Enmore)
  2. The Red Rattler (Marrickville)
  3. The Annandale Hotel (Annandale)
  4. Goodgod (Sydney)
  5. 505 (Surry Hills)
  6. The Vanguard (Newtown)
  7. The Factory Theatre (Marrickville)
  8. The Lansdowne (Sydney)
  9. Black Wire Records (Annandale)
  10. Oxford Art Factory (Darlinghurst)

What do you guys think? Do you agree with this or are there other venues that you believe were perhaps more popular last year? What venues would you suggest have made the top ten this year?


4 Responses to “Creating a Live Music Hub for Sydney”

  1. nightfusion October 6, 2012 at 3:43 am #

    Its interesting that The Annandale was listed as the the 3rd most popular venue for 2011, because although this may be the case, it did not stop the venue from struggling financially. I’m a little confused as to how that could possibly work, one would think if it was that popular, it would be making a lot more money, but maybe not. It’s no secret that The Annandale has been in some trouble this year with its ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign to help keep it alive. I think it should be further down the list, at least for this year. It’s sad to think that this venue was once at the top but has now been forgotten with the emergence of new and more popular venues around Darlinghurst and Surry Hills. As Peter Garrett describes it, “the Annandale Hotel sits like an ageing rocker on a rundown corner of Parramatta Road.” (N.E)

    • GIGS (Get Into Gigs Sydney) October 9, 2012 at 6:27 am #

      Good point. How did The Annandale do so terribly if it was relatively popular last year? On the other hand, nightclubs are forgotten all the time. In that field, it’s all about the next big thing. Maybe the fact that the Annandale has been around for so long is the reason why it’s not doing too well.

  2. Refund for Recycling October 13, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    The Standard has definitely become one of Sydney’s best live music venues. After being renovated the Annandale is back stronger than ever. It’s got a new live music night on Thursday that features popular local acts. It’s also the venue for The Black Keys secret show when they come out here. Things look good for The Annandale and that can only be a good for Sydney’s live music scene.

  3. nightfusion October 19, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    Venues like the Annandale are struggling because all their business has gone to the Oxford St scene. I’m actually amazed that the OAF was listed at 10 and the Annandale at 3, when on any given night there’s a lineup outside the OAF and the Annandale struggles to fill a room. Sydney does have hubs, but they are becoming more ‘cultural’ rather than straight musical. Newer venus and events like SFX and Hot Damn are pulling massive crowds because there is a lot to do there…if you get bored of the bands, you can go to a different area, whereas with traditional venues, the live music is all they have gong for them. (JG)

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