Good news for live music lovers – Sydney’s iconic venue The Annandale Hotel has been sold to a publican and will remain an entertainment venue, with the Leichhardt Council today confirming that the site would not be turned into apartments.
Mixed reports ran wild yesterday, with The Daily Telegraph reporting that the hotel had been sold to a residential developer, while news coming from within the hospitality industry said that the hotel being sold to a residential buyer, while TheMusic claimed the purchase was made by a publican and that there would be no redevelopment at all.
Thankfully for music lovers, the latter is correct, with Mayor of Leichhardt Darcy Byrne today releasing a statement, confirming that the Annandale has been saved as the city’s premier pub rock mecca and that the venue will be integral to Parramatta Road’s transformation into Sydney’s first live music hub:
“I am proud that we have fought to keep the doors of the Annandale hotel open and we have prevailed. This victory must be the turning point for Sydney’s struggling live music scene. We will now accelerate our campaign to transform Parramatta Road into Sydney’s first live music zone.
“The thousands of young people who have joined this campaign have put live music on the political agenda. I am calling on music lovers across Sydney to join our fight to save live music in this city before it is too late.”