The nuffies at Hillsong
Cult have done the dirty and purchased a historic live music venue for their future gatherings (for $23 Million, god loving/tax free, dollars mind you), unfortunately, that venue is Melbourne’s iconic Festival Hall… and live music fans have all come out in hoards expressing their distaste of the idea.
A lot of us are unsure about the future of Festival Hall hosting gigs, especially on Saturday evenings or any night prior to early morning masses the next day etc and the availability of renting the venue for gigs is uncertain, especially in terms of what they’ll charge in terms of fees and the types of bands they’ll actually allow to perform inside now that they own the power.
It’s also been revealed that staff knew about the purchase of the venue for a while now and unfortunately, no future employment opportunities were created for them to keep their jobs moving forward with the new mob, so you can assume that a new way of running the venue will be enlisted and things won’t be the way they were before the sale… We’re bummed and absolutely gutted for all the staff involved in this, especially with 2020 delivering massive blows to the industry already.
I have been waiting for an article to be written to comment about this. This week is my last week at Festival Hall with no future employment. I have known about the sale for quite sometime and I must admit today it feels real and sad. Thanks for the memories xxx https://t.co/zWHI5n5XZS— Tanny (@whatsuptanny) October 25, 2020
Last night I asked the metal community to come out of the shadows and talk about the heaviest, god hating bands that they’ve seen playing the stage at Festival Hall, just so the owners know what they’re getting themselves in for and the relationship these punters have with the infamous landmark…
Thread: What was the heaviest, god hating heavy act you saw at Festival Hall. Let's remind Hillsong what they've bought and make them understand how iconic this venue was! https://t.co/w8e3CTjQdx— Paul 'Browny' Brown (@brownypaul) October 25, 2020
Luckily for us, the fans didn’t miss a beat when it came to discussing the bands they were lucky enough to catch behind Festival Hall’s sacred doors:
One of our favourite shows and memories of the venue was catching Iggy Pop celebrating his 72nd Birthday in April last year which featured a surprise appearance by Henry Rollins. Relive that coverage here and if you’re on Twitter, go join the conversation and we’ll add more of your stories to the article as they come through!
*Note: The views expressed in this article reflect that of the writer, me, Paul ‘Browny’ Brown and not of the contributing staff of Wall of Sound.