Aug 9, 2011

‘Sticky carpet-clad’ Ted pledges Libs’ love of live music

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu draped himself in the iconic Melbourne music venue The Tote's mythical sticky carpet to ram home his message that Liberals "love live music".

Andrew Crook — Former <em>Crikey</em> Senior Journalist

Andrew Crook

Former Crikey Senior Journalist

On a chilly Sunday last April, former Victorian premier John Brumby stood in the gutted Tote front bar to announce the re-opening of the hallowed rock palace, which had been forced to close its doors three months earlier.

The stilted occasion was the culmination of delicate negotiations between local Labor MP Dick Wynne, new Tote owners Jon Perring and Andrew Portokallis and the leaseholder to safeguard the venue’s future, the demise of which sparked a large protest.

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4 thoughts on “‘Sticky carpet-clad’ Ted pledges Libs’ love of live music

  1. Mel Campbell

    Yes, the first stat that caught my eye was how little musos earned. But apparently some wags are already scoffing about how the big stadium acts must have artificially skewed the figure too high!

  2. Son of foro

    Ol’ Brucey certainly picked a lucky time to go broke!

    As for Ted, please …

    Oh, and love this stat. Someone needs to hire a sky writer to fly over the MCG on grand final day:

    “A massive 5.4 million people attended gigs — way more than the 4.3 million that attended AFL games.”

  3. SBH

    So any chance we can get a world class venue to replace that f#*%ing barn festering hall? I mean not that I’m a fan of stadium shows but there’s the G, Game in a Box stadium, tennis centre, velodrome, convention centre, recital centre, world class art gallery but for the biggest money earner we have rectangular converted warehouse ex wrestling ring with bad acoustics, lousy seats, poor views of the stage shitty services and is probably a fire trap! What gives?

  4. Neil Walker

    Seconded. Bulldoze Festival Hall. Melbourne’s worst music venue. Have vowed never to return despite many good bands opting to play there. The sound – surely a vital consideration for hosting music gigs – is beyond dire.

    Melbourne needs a new mid-sized venue since Festival Hall is the only show in town for bands that are too big for the many excellent smaller venues but not quite popular enough to fill stadiums (yet?).

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