The managers of Adelaide music venue The Jade Monkey have been told that they must close the venue by October because a new inner city hotel is being established next door. This means the Two Ships venue, which is part of the establishment, will also be forced to close.
The Jade Monkey released a statement via their Facebook page:
Ok my friends here is the biz: After 10 years of much loved service to the wonderful and diverse Adelaide (and beyond) musical community at Twin St, the end is nigh. Our wonderful 131 year old bluestone walled building at 29 & 29a Twin Street, Adelaide will be no more. Because even though we aren’t on the exact spot, it seems that the owners don’t want a live music venue next to their shiny new Hotel, something I’m sure this city needs…..BUT! Despite the sadness and turmoil this will bring, we still have till early October to send the Jade buidling out in style! So if you have ever played/celebrated or simply been at the Jade (or Two Ships) in the last Ten years then we invite all of you to come and do it one last time. This is the last dance at Twin Street chums and we’d love to fill the dance card with you! Please tell everyone you think would care and Contact Zac at firstname.lastname@example.org before it’s too late! Lots of love and kisses, Zac, Naomi & The Jade Crew oxoxo
Local music fans haven’t taken the news well and a petition has been set up to try and get Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood to intervene. The Lord Mayor has addressed the situation via his Twitter account, stating: “will chat to jade team to see if we can find new old building. Land owner has right to develop land!”