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Sydney loses another livevenue

The Raval, located above the Macquarie Hotel on Wentworth Avenue in Surry Hills, will close later this month. The intimate venue adorned with armchairs, gothic styled stained glass windows and a red velvet curtained stage has hosted live shows since August 2009.

The venue’s management has explained to FasterLouder that: “With great regret, it is true Raval is closing final date for music is March 25th, the venue is unable to sustain itself with live music in there. The room was designed and conceived with live music in mind but alas due to certain restrictions on the space was never able to reach its full potential. The room will remain open for private functions and industry showcases only and whether regular live music will become part of the room again at this stage is unclear. The Mac downstairs on the other hand has had a record breaking summer and will continue to present quality music week in, week out. Raval would like to thank all the great acts and agents who worked in the room and more than ever the punters who supported it.”

The closure will affect several upcoming shows including a set from Nashville darling Caitlin Rose and a showcase night for Popboomerang Records.

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Spicy McHaggis

Spicy McHaggis said on the 15th Mar, 2011

This is bloody annoying, but I must say in this case, the blame needs to be shared with any promoters using the space. I don't think I heard of any shows being performed in there at all. I knew the venue was there, but both venue and promoters need to get serious about advertising these shows.


ThatDude123 said on the 15th Mar, 2011

According to responses on twitter it was hella expensive to hire out and the sound guy was a douche.

Doesn't seem like this place was well liked around town, me thinks.


crob said on the 15th Mar, 2011

never heard of it... still sucks seeing the Sydney music scene lose another venue.


knate said on the 15th Mar, 2011

I think some friends are playing there next friday, is it the one on wentworth st?


MorningAfterboy said on the 15th Mar, 2011

I loved this place. Two of my biggest musical inspirations, Dan Mangan and Jen Cloher, played there. Great, very memorable gigs. Was so looking forward to seeing Caitlin Rose there, too!


Lorraine said on the 15th Mar, 2011

I love this place as well. This is such a shame. There's not enough intimate spaces like this in Sydney.


jase3812 said on the 15th Mar, 2011

and the cocktails were awesome!!!

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 15th Mar, 2011

really like that place the few times i went. Had a nice feel inside