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The Gladsong Hotel Sunday Service

The Lord Gladstone has rebranded as a church and is throwing a Sunday Service to point out the hypocrisy of the current restrictions on singing and dancing in NSW.
By Ben Hansen
January 20, 2022
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By Ben Hansen
January 20, 2022
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Beloved Chippendale pub the Lord Gladstone is changing its name once again. Last year, during Sydney's extended lockdown, the venue temporarily rebranded as The Lord Jabstone in a push to get Sydneysiders vaccinated and back to the pub. Now, the Gladdy is transforming again, this time into The Gladsong Hotel.

The latest iteration of the inner-city pub is in response to the NSW Government's recent ban on singing and dancing in hospitality venues — restrictions that don't extend to places of worship. The tongue-in-cheek play on northwest Sydney's megachurch Hillsong looks to point out the hypocrisy in the current legislation, which targets the arts and hospitality after two incredibly tough years for both industries.

The Gladsong Hotel's one-off Sunday Service is being billed as "a day of worship, schooners and good times" and will be happening on Sunday, January 23. On the day, there'll be DJs spinning tunes, plus $15 jugs of 'holy water' (The Gladstone's larger), $10 Bloody Lord cocktails and some lighthearted religious-themed shenanigans. And at midday, a pay-what-you-want keg will be tapped, with all proceeds going to Support Act.

"It's been an absolutely frustrating period of time for all venue owners. Right now and over the past couple of years. Once again it feels like our leaders are leaving our poor struggling musicians and artists back in the darkness," venue owner Mitchell Crum said.

"Live music venues, musicians, pubs and clubs all across the state have been the hardest hit without any support or closure. I can't say I'm terribly religious though I worship live music. Does that make us exempt?"

Images: Jarrad Shaw

 

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