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Sydney Venue The Basement To Close

by Paul Cashmere on March 25, 2018

in News,Noise Pro

Sydney ridiculous Liberal government induced lock-out laws has claimed another scalp, according to Sydney musician Danny G Felix. The iconic Circular Quay music venue may be on the verge of closing.

The New South Wales Liberal government nonsensical rule has done extreme damage to the music culture of Australia’s largest city.

The live music scene in Sydney has been a rotting corpse ever since the lock-out laws were introduced in February 2014. Then Liberal premier Barry O’Farrell used a random attack totally unrelated to music venues to push through a law that had a flow-on benefit to the nearby casino, which was exempt from the new rules.

The venues that stayed within the lock-out law boundaries fought to keep their businesses viable but for many it was no use with music fans migrating to more active areas of Sydney.

Sydney muso Danny G Felix broke the news about The Basement.

The Basement has been servicing the music business in Sydney for the past 45 years.

A statement from AMP Capital for the ABC reads:

“AMP Capital has enjoyed a great relationship with The Basement for more than 10 years and has been strong supporters of the venue, their artists, patrons and live music in Sydney.

“Like our partners at The Basement, we are equally disappointed the partnership and venue won’t continue after a decade of working together.

“We have worked with the management of The Basement for more than six months to ensure an appropriate transition could take place and have amicably agreed to end the lease.

While it’s too soon to say whether another music operator, bar or restaurant will move in, there is absolutely no intention to convert The Basement into office space.”

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