The Arthouse officially closing
Over the last two decades The Arthouse has become somewhat of a punk rock institution in Melbourne. Hosting up to 20 bands every week and run by one family for its entire lease, the venue holds a special, albeit grimy, place in many punter’s hearts. Sadly, one year after venue manager Melanie Bodiam announced that The Arthouse was under financial stress from Victoria’s new liquor licensing laws, it will be closing its doors forever.
In a statement issued on Friday The Arty said: “The Arthouse Hotel is proud to announce closing celebrations to mark the end of 20 years of commitment to music, community and general mayhem. Lovingly run and lived in by one family for its entire 20 year lease, The Arthouse has gathered a larger extended family along the way. Music venue, recording studio, and home to many permanent and semi permanent residents, it has surely been a rare and wondrous establishment.”
The venue plans to go out with a bang and in true Arthouse style has announced a fortnight of gigs for dozens of bands, many of which helped put the venue on the map in the first place.
Horsell Common and Antiskeptic will both reform for a one-off farewell show for the Arty on Sunday April 10th. And other bands playing over the last fortnight of musical mayhem include, Mid Youth Crisis, Conation, Away From Now, Days Worth Fighting, No Grace, H-Block 101, Fuck…I’m Dead! Captain Cleanoff, Bodyjar, A Death in the Family, Lungs, The Nation Blue, Extortion, Hawaiian Islands and of course, Mindsnare.