Fans of Melbourne live music venue the East Brunswick Club are still reeling from the confirmation yesterday from the band bookers that the venue will be closing some time in March next year.
The news comes after we discovered a planning application a month ago that indicated that the owners planned to knock down the band room to make way for an apartment complex.
The application asked for permission for the partial demolition of an existing building, the development of a multi-storey building (five storeys plus basement) for shop and dwellings, use of the land for the purposes of dwellings, the continued use of part of the land for the purpose of an hotel and office space.
Now The Age has uncovered a computer render of what the owners plan to do to the venue which shows in no uncertain terms that the band room will go. You can see the render above. The render appears to show a multistory building with shops and apartments will replace the band room but the public bar will remain intact.
The owners have remained tight lipped on plans with no statement made to the media yet but the official Facebook page for the venue posted this message last night:
So, it’s official, the band room at The East will be closing it’s doors come Spring. However, this gives us one more chance to spend a Summer of Love together. Feel free to buy a ticket to The Stepkids, San Cisco, The Jim Jones Revue, Jordie Lane, Chairlift, Northeast Party House, Sons & Daughters, The Paper Kites, Bad Manners, Jim Ward (or any of the other amazing shows that we have), and we can share some last drinks and good times.
Let us know what you think of what they plan to build.