Taking a look at Sydney rock venues and the bands that loved them, Sydney has a tempestuous relationship with live music.
Sydney is a difficult beast. We have spawned and destroyed some of the best and most iconic venues in the country. The old guard of Newtown Social Club FKA the Sandringham, The Annandale, The Hopetoun have all fallen over due to what could be generally ascribed to ‘general gentrification,’ or more specifically pinpointed at things like pernicious licensing issues, cantankerous neighbours and lacklustre love for the arts surrounding our legislation to protect our venues.
At the same time, rock music and Sydney is a story that is both historical, surviving and contemporary.