Iconic Sydney music venue The Lansdowne Hotel will close its doors this year after its operators chose not to renew the lease.
The venue has been operated by Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham – who are also behind Marys and The Unicorn – since 2017.
“Our lease is due to expire in the coming months, and the Landlords have chosen to close the Gig Room to build more Hostel accommodation,” a statement posted to Instagram read.
“This was not a part of our vision for the Lansdowne, and as such, we have decided to call time on our custodianship of this iconic live music venue.
The Lansdowne Hotel first opened in 1993 before it closed for the first time in 2015.
The legendary live music venue has hosted some of the best artists from Sydney, Australia, and around the world.
“Our re-opening of the Lansdowne in June 2017 marked a seismic shift in the Live Music scene in Sydney, after years of closures and devastating lockouts,” the statement continued.
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“The Lansdowne came to be a figurehead in the recapturing of our collective conscience, a bulwark against the tide of closures and a voice against the apathy that had snuck into the core of the conversations around our vital night-time culture.
“The Lansdowne showed the power of art and its deeply important role in our city and our culture.
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“We will forever be proud of what was achieved, and will continue our role in providing stages for new and emerging voices at Mary’s Underground and in venues yet to come.”
The venue will remain open until April. It has not been determined what will happen to the downstairs public bar.