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The Forum Sydney closes

The Forum at Moore Park – home to many gigs over the years – has announced it’s closing its doors. The announcement comes from Waterfall Entertainment, who manage the venue.

“The landlord has decided to capitalise on the success of Waterfall Entertainment and the Forum by negotiating a new lease to a national operator,” reads the statement from Waterfall director Damien Comerford. “I am delighted with everything we have achieved at the Forum and I would like to publicly thank my team who have worked tirelessly to help establish the Forum as one of Australia’s best live music venues.

“The feedback from punters over the years has been amazing. People really fell in love with the place. We will be announcing our next project shortly and are hoping to deliver as we have done in the past with both the Gaelic Club and The Forum with an exciting new venture.”

It’s worth noting that there could still be hope for the site as an entertainment space under a different name, given that the landlord is “negotiating a new lease to a national operator”.

The FasterLouder Sydney community will no doubt be keeping its fingers crossed given the great acts who have graced the venue. Stay tuned for updates.

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Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 9th Mar, 2011

Maybe Playbill will pick it up. There's surely some synergy in managing The Hordern and The Forum.

grattan

grattan said on the 9th Mar, 2011

Impressive list of shows the joint has hosted over the years:

The Presets
Digitalism
Tame Impala
Robyn
Passion Pit
Calvin Harris
Lady Sovereign
Ladyhawke
Bonde De Role
Girl Talk
Deadmau5
Santogold
Soulwax
Cut Copy
Orbital
Jamie Lidell
Cold War Kids
Chk Chk Chk
The Kills
OKGO
Lupe Fiasco
M.I.A
MSTRKRFT
The Streets
The Charlatans
Eskimo Joe
Evermore
Something for Kate
The Grates
Operator Please
Faker
Kelly Clarkson
Katy Perry
Primal Scream
Supergrass
Jason Mraz
Kaiser Chiefs
Damien Dempsey
Gomez
MIK A
Roy Ayers
Shapeshifter
Ghostface Killah
Lyrics Born
Fat Freddy’s Drop
Blackalicious
Xzibit
Enter Shikari
The Haunted
Parkway Drive
The Vines
Stained
Dragonforce
As I Lay Dying
Killswitch Engage
Thursday
From The Jam
Flogging Molly
Stiff Little Fingers
Saxon
Dillinger Escape Plan
Talib Kwelli
Tesla
DJ Premier
Boyz Noize + D.I.M
Crazy Penis
Mickey Avalon
Tony Allan
Trail of Dead
The Buzzcocks
Alexisonfire
Switchfoot
Spoon
Miike Snow

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 9th Mar, 2011

I hope it returns as a live venue.

I've only been there once but it's be a shame to lose it forever.

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 9th Mar, 2011

In before Justin Hemmes is the new owner.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 9th Mar, 2011

I'd be surprised if it didn't stay as a concert venue. I can't imagine what else they'd do with it.

It's not like EQ gets enough traffic for it to run as a full time bar.

JackT

JackT said on the 9th Mar, 2011

Luxury apartments? There's a cab rank right outside after all.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 9th Mar, 2011

EQ is part of the Centennial and Moore Park Trust.

It's publically owned land. It won't be becoming luxury apartments or sold to Justin Hemmes.

Dawson182

Dawson182 said on the 9th Mar, 2011

re brand, the hifi sydney

Spicy McHaggis

Spicy McHaggis said on the 9th Mar, 2011

Playbill would be good for it.

Waterfall did a great job getting it up and running; the only thing it needed was more consistent events coming through. Hard to do when the Metro/Enmore is pushing so hard.

JackT

JackT said on the 9th Mar, 2011

EQ is part of the Centennial and Moore Park Trust.

It's publically owned land. It won't be becoming luxury apartments or sold to Justin Hemmes.

I do hope you know I was joking re. apartments........

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 9th Mar, 2011



I did. It was more a response to the Hemmes theory.

shazie

shazie said on the 9th Mar, 2011



I think he was joking about that as well

crob

crob said on the 9th Mar, 2011

i really like the forum, hopefully someone good buys it.... mainly i don't want fuck face Justin Hemmes to buy it

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 9th Mar, 2011



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scottyk82

scottyk82 said on the 9th Mar, 2011

saw some crazy good gigs there last year. century seem to know what they are doing. let them have it. will be a bit of a monopoly on sydney venues though. anyone but hommus

Silver Surfer

Silver Surfer said on the 10th Mar, 2011

Rename it the Iron Duke and go from there.

MuffinMan

MuffinMan said on the 14th Mar, 2011

saw a few good gigs there, i really liked the venue.

elefant traks 10th annivaersary was amazing, it had a huge atmosphere in the place. supergrass was really good there too. ghostface killah a little disappointing

ThatDude123

ThatDude123 said on the 14th Mar, 2011

Place has potential, but you can never see anything unless you were at the front, the sound was always crap and the bar serves Carlton Draught, Carlton Draught and Carlton Draught.

It needs new owners.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 14th Mar, 2011

What's wrong with Carlton Draught?

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 17th Nov, 2011

to be fair, it was a pretty good call, coming 8 months before the announcement...

Fake Plastic Android

Fake Plastic Android said on the 17th Nov, 2011

It was a great call. Hence the offering of said medal. I don't hand out medals like I do candy down at the local park.

p1owz0r

p1owz0r said on the 17th Nov, 2011



How about a chest to pin it on?