Five years’ worth of punters thrashing it to live bands in the basement and headbanging to Pantera on the dancefloor til the wee hours will come to an end this month, with Sydney alternative nightclub Venom announcing its official closure.
The stalwart of the Sydney rock & metal scene will open its doors for the last time on Saturday, 30th of April with one final night of mayhem at its ancestral home at The Agincourt Hotel, with performances from local lads Hope In Vein, Solace In Exile, Rainbow Death Ray and more acts TBA.
Playing Venom has been something of a rite of passage for all of Sydney’s up-and-coming heavy acts for the past half-decade (I played my first ever gig there back in 2011), while the nightclub has been a second home for many of the proudly pierced, tattooed, shaved and long-haired degenerates of Sydney’s heavy music community and a bastion of good times for big metal concert after-parties, themed nights and album launches.
But the most shattering thing about saying goodbye to Venom is that Sydney will no longer have a regular dedicated heavy metal night.
Posting to Facebook, promoter Nick Cauchi said:
“Over the last 5 years Venom has been a place where like-minded people could gather, listen to awesome music and have a great time. Venom has brought together people from all over the country and has been a place where many friendships have started.”
Thanks for the memories, Venom. Much respect.
Two devil horns raised.