The Lansdowne Hotel was saved thanks to the Oxford Art Factory team taking the reins
The rich history of the Lansdowne Hotel is set for another chapter, with the Oxford Art Factory team announcing that they have agreed to take over the reins. The OAF team have revealed they have reached an agreement with the owners of the beloved venue, ending plans which would have seen the Chippendale spot closed.
In February, longtime caretakers Mary’s announced they would be moving away from the beloved pub and music venue, after learning the owners were turning the upstairs live music space into a hostel . The announcement stated that live music would cease at the site in April; however, concerts continued through May, sparking speculation that the venue might be saved.
Oxford Art Factory CEO and founder Mark Gerber has now confirmed that the OAF team will step in to take over the venue. “Oxford Art Factory can confirm the rumours. 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. “, said the OAF team. in a report.
The Lansdowne has stood proudly on the corner of Broadway and City Road for decades, acting as a breeding ground for up-and-coming local bands from the 80s and 90s through to today. After its closure in 2015, it was revitalized two years later by Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham of Mary’s.
Gerber and co also revealed that renovations to the site have begun, with plans to give the pub a full makeover with upgraded amenities, bathrooms and audiovisual systems, as well as new food and drink offerings .
“Music and art can never die. They make us stronger and allow us to live longer!” Gerber said. “Sydney doesn’t need to lose music venues anymore; it’s suffered enough. Lockdown laws and COVID-19 have severely affected a once thriving and vibrant nightlife, and I wasn’t going to let another one down. concert hall. the roadside – not under my supervision!”
To celebrate the good news, The Lansdowne will host a free Rejuve (nation) party on Saturday, June 25. The concert will last 12 hours from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. and will feature a range of local favorite bands and DJs. You can expect more details to be announced soon.
The Lansdowne Hotel is located at 2–6 City Road, Chippendale.