EMI Records in Australia is doing its part to save the Annandale Hotel in Sydney. The company has bought a brick in the Annandale wall.
The Annandale is selling bricks to raise money for upgrades. The venue is crippled by debt and close to closure.
The venue has hosted hundreds of EMI acts over the years including The Cat Empire, Something For Kate, 360, Jet, Bob Evans and Faker. “Pretty much any band who has made it big in Australia has played here,” he said.
“Some of the Foo Fighters were here on Wednesday night with Jack Black watching a band; Kings Of Leon have played here, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Hummingbirds and Paul Kelly. The Metallica guys turned up after a Big Day Out, and bassist Rob Trujillo picked up glasses when we were short of staff. Having punters own a part of this place will allow it to remain as a music venue.”
Hotel owners Matt and Dan Rule say its now or never for the venue. They didn’t want to see the venue close like so many Aussie venues have in recent years, so they are doing something about it.
Music fans can save the venue by contributing to the buy a brick program. The alternative is developers will knock it down and build units.
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