Something's afoot at the ol' Broadway corner pub — the Lansdowne is set to close after this weekend. But it's not what you think. The red flags went up yesterday with some sleuthing by theMusic.com.au, that planned gigs at the hotel have been moved to other Sydney venues for the month of February without explanation. But the hotel is only closing the bandroom, as stated by their Facebook page today.
Making its mark as one of Sydney's key live venues since changing ownership in April 2014, the Lansdowne has experienced somewhat of a genuine revival over the last year. Revamped by new owners the Oscars Group (also the brains behind last year's Annandale Hotel renovation), the Lansowne has been home to free, well-programmed live music and cheap, cheap steak every week for a a good ten months. Brows started perspiring yesterday, as theMusic.com.au reported the imminent closure of the pub for a possible four months, with scheduled shows from the likes of The Laurels, Daily Meds and Grenadiers all moved and the pub's bookers told not to book any further live gigs.
But the Lansdowne Hotel's not going anywhere. The pub's Facebook page issued this comment:
"RELAX- WE'RE NOT CLOSING!!!!
Despite many rumours, keep calm we are NOT in fact closing.
While there are renovations only the bands will be off, our doors will remain open for you!!!
And YES, there will continue to be live music after the renovations."
The Hard-Ons and Born Lion will play the final February gig this Saturday night. If you're planning to head to the Grenadiers, The Laurels or Daily Meds shows, check their Facebook pages for new details.