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The Annandale top ten withMatt Rule

The Annandale Hotel will kick off its 10th Birthday celebrations tonight with a super-sized gig featuring The Vines, Bluejuice and the John Steele Singers. This show will be the first of eight celebratory happenings taking place at The ‘Dale over the next fortnight, all in honour of The Rule Brothers decade long support of live music.

The Annandale has had a turbulent journey to say the least. After enjoying a solid run as one of Sydney’s most popular live music venues in the 80s and 90s, the hotel was sold-off and converted into a poker-machine playhouse, just as it was becoming ever so fashionable to do so in the Harbour City.

When this ‘revamp’ failed to have the desired effect Matt and Dan Rule swept in to save the day, purchasing the hallowed ’ Dale in 2000 and slowly but surely revived the hotel, making it the staple of Sydney’s live music scene that it is today.

On the eve of The Annandale’s 10th Birthday, Matt Rule talks to FasterLouder about some of his favourite moments in his time at the helm of the Dale.

KINGS OF LEON – 2006
This was supposed to be the band using the Annandale to just rehearse for their Big Day Out set in between shows. There was just four of us in the bar at the time and they ended up playing their whole Big Day Out set from start to finish for us.

GERLING CHRISTMAS SHOWS
To this day I think that Gerling is one of the most dynamic live bands in Australia. Each year, while they could have played larger venues, they played here [instead]. They were by far the most anticipated shows of the year and would sell out in a day.

SILVERSUN PICK-UPS – 2007
That huge hit of their’s had just come out on radio here and the show just exploded off the phones. It ended up being epic.

JOHN BUTLER TRIO
This was ages ago and one of the first times he had come to Sydney. He had just played the Blues and Roots Festival and called us asking whether he could play, with only a weeks notice. So he played this show on a Sunday arvo, he played solo with a small foot stomping box and there was like 200 people who watched him and were just flawed. We didn’t even have our stage up at that point, so he just played in the corner.

THE CAT EMPIRE’S FIRST SHOW
This was pretty much exactly the same [as John Butler]. They had played Blues and Roots and we got a call, and they said they promised they’d bring people. We were like whatever, and then they had the place absolutely jumping and from that show on they sold out everywhere.

THE SLEEPY JACKSON
I think this was The Sleepy Jackson’s first show as a three piece, around the time of that song Miniskirt and we didn’t have a stage. Not that many people were actually there and they were so much heavier than what they would become. It was just two guitarists going berserk and kneeling down Hendrix styles.

THE SAINTS
This was the first time they had played together for ages. It was unreal. Just to see that legendary, influential act play their first show back.

SYDNEY SWANS MAD MONDAY (after winning the 2005 Grand Final)
We use to let the Sydney Swans celebrate Mad Mondays at The Annandale cause we lock them in and let them go ballistic and they’d have a great times. And this one was a particularly good one, as you could imagine.

THE BRONX – 2004
They played their first Aussie show here. And we ended up doing a live at The Annandale DVD with a hand-held camera. It was the first show they ever sold out in the world. And the place went wild. I was a big fan and it was fucking brilliant.

You Am I – 2009 three night run
This was when they played the three nights in a row. They changed their set every night. They are good friends and they have been great supporters. It was like they were coming in and playing their lounge room every night. Three great shows.

Photo credit: David Campbell.

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Spicy McHaggis

Spicy McHaggis said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

Best venue in Sydney hands down.

The Fool

The Fool said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

it shits all over the metro, factory and enmore that's fer sure

BTIazza

BTIazza said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

Def. one of my favourites. I just love how raw it is. Yet, the sound there is always great.
Isis's gig there was awesome.

The Fool

The Fool said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

best gig ever was when i took a special german friend to see further and tucker b's. she didn't care much for the bands but i ended up shagging her senseless. goddamn she was hot.

i miss her :(

pac man

pac man said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

anyone got set times for tonight?

BTIazza

BTIazza said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

best gig ever was when i took a special german friend to see further and tucker b's. she didn't care much for the bands but i ended up shagging her senseless. goddamn she was hot.

i miss her :(

Niccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccce.

Yaki

Yaki said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

@The Fool - the first one's always memorable!

Churly Temple

Churly Temple said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

best gig ever was when i took a special german friend to see further and tucker b's. she didn't care much for the bands but i ended up shagging her senseless. goddamn she was hot.

i miss her :(

a ginger and a german bumping uglies. great story. something to tell the grandkids.

rOWdi

rOWdi said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

The 'Dale is the tits.

The end.

The Fool

The Fool said on the 23rd Jun, 2010



a wog not getting laid. so sad.

see i can be mean too

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

Love the Annandale, but I'm not sure it's my favourite venue in Sydney.

Can't wait to see Gareth (not THAT Gareth) there next Sunday, though.

Biboni

Biboni said on the 23rd Jun, 2010

that silversun pickups gig was awesome....whats the chances of getting them back to the dale later this year??

modtang

modtang said on the 24th Jun, 2010

Always have a great night at the Annandale, last night included.

Spicy McHaggis

Spicy McHaggis said on the 24th Jun, 2010

How were the Vines Modtang?

zakes

zakes said on the 25th Jun, 2010

haha nice one! im in that bronx video!

hedonism gibbon

hedonism gibbon said on the 26th Jun, 2010

so many great gigs, some memorable, some very little remaining memory but special mention to

the mark of cain
the bronx
the vasco era
melvins

danny_doom

danny_doom said on the 26th Jun, 2010

i love the annandale and the sound is generally always good. although i disagree that it's a better venue then the enmore or the metro. those places are a whole different ball game!