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Some great news for Sydney live music fans today; The Lansdowne Hotel has been saved by the awesome people behind our city’s other iconic live music venue, Oxford Art Factory

“Music and Art can never die. They make us stronger and live longer. Sydney doesn’t need to lose any more live music venues; it has suffered enough. The lockout laws and Covid-19 have severely impacted a once flourishing and vibrant nightlife, and I wasn’t going to let yet another music venue fall by the wayside, not on my watch!

“Losing music and entertainment venues impacts business communities, our culture, and future generations. Live Music venues are an originator of creativity. They give identity that we can be proud of and take to the world.

“Lansdowne has played a hugely important role in the careers of many of our greatest music stars who have conquered the world. The Lansdowne is rejuvenated and continues to give voice to emerging and established artists and musicians.” – Mark Gerber, Founder and CEO of the Oxford Art Factory

The Lansdowne had announced back in February that they would be closing their doors later this year as their lease was coming to an end, while also mentioning the building owners had chosen to convert it into hostel accomodation. This news was crushing to anyone that had ever been to or performed at The Lansdowne, and it was also another huge blow to Sydney’s struggling live music scene. 

But now as you can see in the below photo (courtesy of Purple Sneakers) the venue have updated their signage with some of the sweetest words you’ll ever see;

“NEW MANAGEMENT, LIVE MUSIC IS HERE TO STAY” 


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