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No more live music for theGaelic

Sydney’s Gaelic Hotel has today announced that as of the first week of April, it will no longer host live music.

Situated on Devonshire Street in Surry Hills, the Gaelic has been a staple of the Sydney live music scene for many years and only recently underwent renovations to make it into a “500-capacity, split-level, multi-purpose venue.”

The statement released reads as follows:

It is with heavy hearts as of 1st April 2012 The Gaelic will no longer be hosting live music.

The decision was a difficult one, made after a number of years in a tough climate for live music in Sydney venues. It joins the closure of other much-beloved venues for Sydney music lovers, including the Hopetoun in recent years.

We would like to thank all the bands, promoters, bookers and punters that have supported us over many years .There have been so many memorable shows in The Gaelic’s time, from The Drop Kick Murphies, The Strokes, Silverchair, The Pre Sets, Helmet* to *The Used, Ben Kweller, Bookshade and Henry Rollins spoken word

Venue manager Narissa Mathews said today, “We are sad to be closing the doors of another one of Sydney’s beloved music venues. The decision to do so was not an easy one and we’d like to sincerely thank all the artists, promoters, agents and most importantly – the fans – who have come through our doors over the years.”

The good news is, we still have one more month of great gigs lined up so stop by for a pint to say goodbye, or better yet come and see one of the great gigs we’re hosting, including The Freak and the Show Girl, Urge Overkill, DJ Quik, Spacetribe, The Art and Oscar Mulero.

The Gaelic will continue to trade as a bar and restaurant.

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conditionals

conditionals said on the 8th Mar, 2012

great venue. sad to see it go. so many good memories: the darkness, snow patrol, buck 65...

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 8th Mar, 2012

Thats sad

I blame The Art's upcoming show

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 8th Mar, 2012

It's The Arts fault.

Awesome venue.

squiffy

squiffy said on the 8th Mar, 2012

while it hasn't really hosted much of interest to me for a while, always a shame to see a venue go. particularly one so convenient to reach.

can't catch a break in sydney - we get the standard and the hi-fi and then bam, lose the gc.

crob

crob said on the 8th Mar, 2012

this fucken sucks.....

crob

crob said on the 8th Mar, 2012

it’s a pity that purple sneakers left... I could imagine purple sneakers were keeping them afloat for a lot of last yr

NickHallworth

NickHallworth said on the 8th Mar, 2012

:-( sad. great little venue.

RAMONESelaar

RAMONESelaar said on the 8th Mar, 2012

But where will I go to see Drop Kick Murphies, The Pre Sets or Bookshade?!

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 8th Mar, 2012

Saw some amazing acts here. The Wonder Years show would have to be the absolute pick of the bunch.

flungabunga

flungabunga said on the 8th Mar, 2012

WHAT IS THIS KIND OF MADNESS!?

shazie

shazie said on the 8th Mar, 2012

This sucks. I'm glad I got to see sleepmakeswaves there a few weeks ago as one final awesome gig though.

bucketboy63

bucketboy63 said on the 8th Mar, 2012

Such a shame, the first inner-city venue I ever saw live music at when they used to put on a lot of all ages shows.

Napoleon Solo

Napoleon Solo said on the 8th Mar, 2012

Well this sucks. Many a great gig experience at the Gaelic. Blood Brothers in 2005 is a clear standout.

Frisco88

Frisco88 said on the 8th Mar, 2012

So sad to see an awesome venue like this close its doors...

Paul_Busch

Paul_Busch said on the 8th Mar, 2012

Well they screwed that venue not too long ago when they put in those Pokies that took up the live venue space....and changed the atmosphere totally.
Another knife in the heart to the live music scene.....stop the bleeding.

Trar

Trar said on the 8th Mar, 2012

agree with paul, they stuffed it with the pokies & renovations. there was nothing wrong with the place until then! r.i.p. the gaelic (& soon the entire live band music scene with all these gig-spot closures)

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 8th Mar, 2012

Yeah the entire live music scene is dying so they should stop opening up new venues like the hifi, standard, fbi social and beresford

Yeah it's sad we are losing some places but at least there are more popping up to take there place

daverh

daverh said on the 8th Mar, 2012

*That* Strokes show.

Pypmaak

Pypmaak said on the 9th Mar, 2012

why do we always here the same platitudes "tough decision, sad to see it go, blah blah blah" but never the real reasons? what happened, guys? you survived for so long, and then, suddenly, you're gone? it's easy to blame the punters for not supporting live music, but what's behind that?

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 9th Mar, 2012

I'd say that new venues open and become popular which makes life more difficult for old venues that were probably only just viable.

Demosthenes

Demosthenes said on the 9th Mar, 2012

Yeah the entire live music scene is dying so they should stop opening up new venues like the hifi, standard, fbi social and beresford

Yeah it's sad we are losing some places but at least there are more popping up to take there place

I don't like the hi-fi. there, i said it (again).

Jose Cuervo

Jose Cuervo said on the 9th Mar, 2012

Isn't that because your hifi is shit? The Sydney one is pretty awesome imo

Wicked Gelfling

Wicked Gelfling said on the 10th Mar, 2012

this is so wrong !. this is an awesome venue and some of my fave gig were there..(eg wednesday 13, brides of destruction, fozzy, daughtry, jerk,etc)

RAMONESelaar

RAMONESelaar said on the 11th Mar, 2012

Daughtry is one of your favourite gigs? Damn son.

lauz1486

lauz1486 said on the 11th Mar, 2012

nooooooo!!!! not only does it host some great notable bands, it is one of the few venues that gives budding musicians a fair go. how is the australian music scene going to keep producing great bands if musicians dont get a fair go?

hedonism gibbon

hedonism gibbon said on the 12th Mar, 2012

i haven't been there for over 18 months so while it's definitely sad i guess i can't complain too much but i feel sorry for the younger crew who miss out on a top venue for live music (upstairs and down)... over the years i've sure seen some top acts there like everyone here, helmet (twice), cato salsa experience (that was mad), veruca salt, the bronx, mortal sin, jet (ok that was a bit sad, but it was packed), radio birdman, mammal, the mess hall.

used to sometimes stay over the road at the exhibition hotel with my girl at the time, great rooms for around $100, made for some of the best nights of my life :)

RIP Gaelicclub

shazie

shazie said on the 12th Mar, 2012

The Hifi at Sydney probably has the best sound I've heard in a live venue in Sydney, not including the Opera House.. I've only seen Manchester Orchestra so far, so I don't know how much it was good levels/good equipment/the crowd being silent during quite parts so you could hear everything.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 12th Mar, 2012

So, you're judging it entirely on one show? Yeah alright pal.

shazie

shazie said on the 12th Mar, 2012

I just said it was the best I've heard and then qualified it by I've only seen one show. And then I went on to say that I don't know if it was a great live band (obviously Man Orchestra are great live) playing in a great venue, or a great band making an alright venue great. It's only recently opened so I'm just giving my impression so far.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 12th Mar, 2012



Who's the grumpy one today?

Too many disco biscuits at Future by the sound of things.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 12th Mar, 2012

I just think saying the best sound in Sydney is in a venue you've been to once is a little trigger-happy.

Enmore and the SOH are my picks for best sound.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 12th Mar, 2012

It did have pretty good sound though.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 12th Mar, 2012

Yeah, it wasn't too bad. MO was good, although Chris' keys could barely be heard for most of the set. They've got a good vocal sound and drum sound, and that's across the board from the 3 shows I've been to.

Braveheart81

Braveheart81 said on the 12th Mar, 2012


Enmore and the SOH are my picks for best sound.

I agree with that.

I haven't been to the new Hi-Fi but the sound at The Forum was nothing to write home about. Presumably they have a new sound system now though.

shazie

shazie said on the 12th Mar, 2012

I just think saying the best sound in Sydney is in a venue you've been to once is a little trigger-happy.

Enmore and the SOH are my picks for best sound.

Agree with Enmore & SOH. If the Hifi keeps delivering then it will probably be a proper favourite, or at least one of.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 12th Mar, 2012

Yeah, the set-up is quite different to the Forum. The floor is wider and there's only one mezzanine. Looks great, sounds quite good. The people running it seem great, too.

RAMONESelaar

RAMONESelaar said on the 12th Mar, 2012



Someone's brown nosing for a NRWD show at the HiFi...

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 12th Mar, 2012

I only want a headlining gig in your pants, Selaar.

RAMONESelaar

RAMONESelaar said on the 12th Mar, 2012

That's exactly what I want too!

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 12th Mar, 2012

As long as I'm getting good pay.

RAMONESelaar

RAMONESelaar said on the 12th Mar, 2012

The pay's alright, but it's the...ah..."benefits" that make it worthwhile.

shazie

shazie said on the 12th Mar, 2012

I will collectively like that back 'n forth with this post.

RAMONESelaar

RAMONESelaar said on the 12th Mar, 2012

Sounds like a threat, actually a reward

shazie

shazie said on the 12th Mar, 2012

I feel a festival coming on...

RAMONESelaar

RAMONESelaar said on the 12th Mar, 2012

Is festival what Sydney people call an erection?