“It’s certainly a weird recipe.  Take Melbourne’s most famous chef and one property magnate, inject them into an old strip club and add a couple of smoke machines.  Congrats, you just built Geddes Lane Ballroom…the guys have done an amazing job” – The Urban List

“This is what happens when a fine-dining chef steps down from his restaurant in the sky to open a live-music venue. In a former strip club” – Broadsheet

Melbourne’s most exciting new music venue, Geddes Lane Ballroom, is now officially open to the public, after a wildly successful launch party that gave a select few an exclusive preview of the venue, alongside a secret gig featuring popular Melbourne rockers Kingswood.  With a pumping calender of gigs (with Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve getting in on the action) to kick off the summer at Geddes Lane, including already sold-out shows from Kyle LionhartHarvey Sutherland and Augie March, this intriguing new venue is sure to be a hotspot for music lovers and foodies alike.

Thanks to Shannon Bennett and Lorenz GrolloGeddes Lane Ballroom is set to begin restoring live music to an iconic location. The 400+ capacity venue, encompassing a ground floor bar and first floor band room is situated in the heart of Melbourne, Australia’s music capital.  The infamous 170 year old ex-Showgirls Bar 20 venue has undergone a world-class makeover as part of the King Street Revival (KSR) project, transforming its beautiful old bones into a vibrant and world class, live music venue where punters can enjoy quality curated live music, alongside exemplary food and drinks from a menu heralded by the inimitable Shannon Bennett. Innovative partnerships are underway, including development of cashless technology, and there are plans for a variety of bespoke vending machinesand a green room that’s actually green!  In a time that many live music venues are closing their doors, the notable team behind Geddes Lane Ballroom are excited to shine a light on Melbourne and celebrate all things music and the vibrant Melbourne laneway culture.

At the launch party for Geddes Lane last fortnight, Melbourne’s music industry got together to celebrate this exciting new addition to the local music scene.  Kingswood rocked it out on the entertaining stage, making the most of the catwalk during their set; up and comers SŸDE played a killer DJ set, and Shannon Bennett’s food and drinks were a hit.  And Bennett’s got some big plans for the culinary experience at Geddes Lane, explaining, There is still so much to come – the evolving food menu and especially the exciting mix of great local food from a permanent Benny burger to the vending machines being custom designed for us out of Japan.  All are designed to create an experience combining great music with great food. Also, if you’re lucky enough to sneak into our green room and see the fun stuff we have for our bands, then you will realise why we have attracted the caliber of acts we have!  Fun and uniqueness is what Geddes Lane Ballroom stands for!”

Geddes Lane Ballroom will be booked by Ben Thompson and Ashlea O’Loughlin (The Venue Collective, 170 Russell, East Brunswick Club).  Already thrilled by the early sell-out shows and the roaring success of the launch party, Thompson says, We have been blown away by the interest in the new room – to have Kyle LionhartHarvey Sutherland and Augie March all selling out shows in our first month is very exciting.  Bands love the history of the place, and they want to play in the city.  They have fans all over Melbourne, it makes sense.  Kingswood played a killer secret show last week and the room looked and sounded amazing.  The space feels special and lived in and I think that has something to to with it having hosted thousands of live shows in another lifetime.”

Bennett is pumped to be an integral part of this new joint venture, as he enthuses, Being a newcomer to the live music scene I have been blown away by the epic response from the music loving public to Geddes Lane Ballroomswinging open its doors.  With the calibre of bands that we have been able to book it was no surprise that these shows booked out, but how quickly they booked out was astonishing.

The venue has had a good spruce up, a world class PA has been fitted, and Geddes Lane Ballroom is bringing the music back and open for business and bookings!

Entry to Geddes Lane Ballroom is via Melbourne’s Geddes Lane; the ground level bar open to the general public every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 5PM – late.

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