Lost Venues, Long Nights: An Introduction to Historical Maps of Live Music in Sydney and Melbourne

By | 1 February 2015


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8 Responses to Lost Venues, Long Nights: An Introduction to Historical Maps of Live Music in Sydney and Melbourne

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  2. you lo says:

    Sydney in the 90s was the best. we used to see live music 3 nights a week. plus the club’s were better more underground and no drunk asshats. now Sydney is a crowded boring place and it’s impossible to get around. easy way tea has replaced the music and cafe culture we had (actual cafes not the corporate cafeterias they call cafes now).. sad

  3. D says:

    thanks for sharing this. I am in my mid 50’s. I remember going to the record store and picking up a copy of Drum magazine regularly. Used to search the papers to decide which live bands to see in Sydney. We would go to The Basement or The Windsor Hotel in the CBD, Lord Nelson at the Rocks, The Rest Hotel – Milsons Point, Selinas – Coogee. Some great memories with some of the pubs still around.

  4. A says:


    Fascinating stuff for an old dude who remembers all these Sydney places – not Melbourne, remembering that in the 70’s and 80’s for a Sydney person going to Victoria was like travelling to a foreign country – Australia was not yet homogenised like it is now

    At high school I remember getting the free music papers and marvelling at how many bands were playing every night of the week

    Yes, nostalgic – but an observation – the male punters in those days were often very drunk and aggressive and quite unpleasant to women – not always a comfortable environment – now young people (and us old folk who get out on our zimmer frames to see the odd band) are much more chilled and respectful, which is a good thing

    Nice work

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  6. Sarah Taylor says:

    Hi A –
    Thanks for commenting, and yes it’s amazing to remember how much more separate the Australian cities would have seemed in the 1970s and 1980s; they still are (and more so with the borders closed!), but it can be much easier to forget this with quick internet or mobile phone communication instead of expensive and sporadic long distance phone calls, and I suspect that the types of jobs and houses you might find in each city are more similar. I would definitely have suspected that the vibe in 1970s and 1980s pubs would have been very unpleasant for women, let alone children: somewhere between Wake in Fright and Puberty Blues. Perhaps because women had only just been allowed into pubs the novelty value was enough to outweigh this! It wasn’t specifically about music or pubs, but i had a good laugh reading the Richard Glover book “The Land Before Avocado”, it cautions against reminiscing too fondly about the 70s and 80s.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Good call Sarah

  8. Great read. This will be a great source of conversation this weekend – I can’t wait to drop your research findings into our reminiscences about the Sydney live music scene in the 80’s.