Sydney’s Hopetoun Hotel Could Soon Reopen For Live Music
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It appears that legendary Surry Hills pub the Hopetoun Hotel has been purchased, with the new owner planning to reopen the venue for live music.
Sydney band Willing Ponies tweeted yesterday that Adrian Bull of Blind Records has secured the venue, and the speculation was confirmed by bull himself in a series of Facebook comments yesterday evening.
As The Brag points out, after a series of users thanked Bull for the purchase, he responded, “The only thanks I need is you showing up at the bar!”
The Hopetoun Hotel closed its doors amid protests in 2009, but in its heyday was a go-to venue for rising Sydney musicians, hosting concerts for a large number of Aussie artists in their formative years, including the likes of Darren Hanlon and Paul Kelly.
When the Hopetoun closed, singer-songwriter Sarah Blasko told Fairfax Media, “It was one of the only places you could get a gig when you first started playing. It’s so intimate, you almost feel like you could order a drink from the stage.”
Since the closure of the Hopetoun in 2009, a slew of other live music venues in Sydney have also shut down, but a report from the NSW Government’s heritage division recommended in 2012 that the Hopetoun should be retained and conserved, having existed for 150 years and hosting bands continuously for 20 years.
Music Feeds have reached out to Adrian Bull for comment.
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