Melbourne Music Venue: Festival Hall

Address: 300 Dudley St, West Melbourne VIC 3003
Capacity: 1,741
Opened: 12 October 1956

Was formally known as West Melbourne Stadium and once held boxing and TV wrestling matches (which my Dad likes to remind me).

Before entry you might be lucky enough to get a pat down by a security guard, as they tend not to like people bringing in camera’s or recording devices, which often amuses me as you can get some great small camera’s and even phones do a excellent job in low light.

If you ever go in the general admission, is like a sweaty pit, people are rearing to go to see their favourite band.

Every gig I’ve been too here you can walk down the street to find someone selling bootleg t shirts (which I been a sucker for).

My first gig was The Presidents of The United States of America, back in 1996. Highlights have been seeing Devo, Eddy Current Suppression Ring supporting Devo, Pulp and TISM.

Festival Hall, 28/06/2020.
One entry to Festival Hall and Merchandise, 28/06/2020.
Ticket for Presidents of the United States of America, 26/07/1996.

Melbourne Music Venue: The Gasometer Hotel

The Gaso, 10/05/2020

Address: 484 Smith St, Collingwood VIC 3066

Trading as The Gasometer Hotel (from 2011), was also know as Gasometer Hotel (1861 to 1997), Irish Murphy’s (1997 to 2000), Father Flanagan’s Hotel (2001 to 2010 (information via https://collingwoodhs.org.au/view/all-hotels-2/entry/44/).

Currently this venue is up for sale. There’s some nice interior shots via the link https://www.commercialrealestate.com.au/business-for-sale/gasometer-hotel-1p4990-2016213506. Hopefully it will stay a venue rather than turning into appartments.

1st gig to see here was Home Blitz, Ruined Fortune Band, Constant Mongrel and East Link, on 7/10/2012. (going by my concert archives account https://www.concertarchives.org/gregory/venues/the-gasometer-hotel–10)

Highlight were Maggot Fest Three and seeing my mates band The Pink Tiles play a residency in the upstairs band room.

Above photo has current colour of red, which I didn’t notice as most of the times I would be here at night time. This corner shot is at the tram stop for the 86, where I would normally get off.

9/09/2018 – picture of the band room looking down from the mezzanine level, which you can also see the retractable roof. Not sure if the band was The Sugarcanes or Baby Blue.
The Pink Ties playing in the upstairs band room, was taken during their Wednesday residency for June 2013.