Long-Standing Melbourne Nightclub Lounge Will Close Its Doors Forever

The Swanston Street venue will wrap up 29 years of operations with a special run of farewell parties.
Libby Curran
Published on December 12, 2018

It might have been kicking on for close to three decades and an army of fans to its name, but it seems even that's not enough to save the legendary Lounge from extinction. The long-standing Swanston Street live music haunt and nightclub has called last drinks, announcing via Facebook that it'll shut its doors for good come April.

According to Bookings and Marketing Manager Liam Alexander, Lounge's operators have been given little choice but to close, following their landlord's decision not to renew the lease. It's unclear what's planned for the site, but many would guess a redevelopment is on the cards for 243 Swanston Street.

The Facebook post touched on the venue's long-running legacy and revealed plans for some hefty farewell celebrations. From January, Lounge will be rounding out its 29 years of operation with a special run 29 shows. The program features a mix of local and international artists who've been a part of the Lounge family over the decades, as well as return appearances by some of the parties and club nights from the days of old. Prepare to revisit former favourites like Butter Sessions, Pleasure Planet, Bunker, Technoir, Lucid and loads more.

Across its colourful history, Lounge has seen an impressive lineup of artists walk through its doors, including Nick Cave, Björk, Kylie Minogue, Gil Scott-Heron and Jeff Buckley. It's known for its diverse programming, covering DJ sets, live acts, art installations, performance pieces, short film screenings, live radio streams, multi-day parties and everything in between. So it's safe to say it'll be missed by Melbourne's arts community.

Lounge will throw its last party at 1/243 Swanston Street, Melbourne on Thursday, April 18. Entry will be $20 — find more details here.

Updated: April 11, 2019. 

Published on December 12, 2018 by Libby Curran
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