In news that comes awash with the eyeliner-streaked tears of a generation of Melbourne scene kids, the city’s Saturday night alternative club stalwart Bang! is shutting up shop after 12 sweaty years of live music mayhem.
Promoters announced the bittersweet news on Facebook tonight with an official event counting down the final ten weeks of the weekend alt-bash and — yep — they’re planning to go out with a ~BANG~
“We’re going to have some huge surprise bands, DJs, guests and reunions planned for this final 10 weeks,” promoters promise.
One of their final shows includes this epic Simpsons-themed metal party dubbed ‘Homerpalooza’, which includes free donuts, alcoholic squishees, Duff Beer and a headlining set by Springfield-themed doom band, Dr. Colossus.
However, promoters also promise that “this won’t be the last you see of us”.
“We’ve got some super special and amazing things in the works which we can’t wait to tell you about very soon,” they write. “But for now we’re going to throw some of the biggest, best and craziest parties to send us off in style.”
You can read the full statement from Bang! organisers below, or check the official Facebook event right here.
Thnks fr th mmrs, Bang!
Statement from Bang!
“Flashback to March 18th of 2006 – we launched a little idea called BANG and little did we know this little idea would turn into 12 amazing years of the best parties of our lives on Bourke St for our generation… So here we stand, 12 years on and we’re announcing the end of an era…. the FINAL 10 WEEKS EVER of BANG.
12+ years. That’s over 600 events, around 2000 bands, a million stairs to the Party room, 2 million drinks, thousands of Jagar Bombs, countless hours chilling in the smokers, endless singlalongs and too many Southern Cross Hungry Jacks runs to ever keep track of! We’ve partied with our idols from across the world… Fred Durst, Oli Sykes, Ronne Radke and Andrew WK just to name a few.
There’s no doubt we’ve had some of the best years of our lives bringing BANG to you all. We’ve seen friendships made from the dancefloor to the smokers to the bathroom to picking up a new mate when he fell down in the mosh, we’ve remembered our unforgettable nights with thousands of incredible party pics, there have been multiple marriage proposals, bands grow from obscurity to selling out stadiums. We’ve seen our DJ’s nervous for their first set to travelling the world… and we’ve no doubtedly slept at Flinders Street station WAY too many times as we waited for that first Sunday morning train.
You guys have loved BANG unconditionally, and unconditionally BANG has given you all love. You’ve grown with BANG, as BANG has grown with you. From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank ALL the incredible venue staff, the promoters, bands, DJs, hosts, door staff, photographers, security guards and all you incredible people for making BANG the longest running and best punk/alt club in Australia. You’ve been our friends and our family for over a decade. This place was for the misfits, for those who didn’t fit in, it gave us all a home and a place to belong.
So Melbourne… you’ve been the home that’s housed us and we hope we’ve been your home away from home… So Melbourne, it’s time to show up! We’ve got 10 weeks to do this… to take it out right… so let’s turn up, let’s get buck wild, and let’s GO OUT WITH A BANG!
We’re going to have some huge surprise bands, DJs, guests and reunions planned for this final 10 weeks – so make sure you click ATTENDING so you can stay up to date with all the surprises and announcements as it unfolds over the upcoming weeks.
But… this won’t be the last you see of us. We’ve got some super special and amazing things in the works which we can’t wait to tell you about very soon. But for now we’re going to throw some of the biggest, best and craziest parties to send us off in style.”