The Jade Monkey and Two Ships to close
Proprietors of Adelaide music institutions The Jade Monkey and Two Ships on Twin Street have been told that they must close the venue in October as per the request of the owners a new inner city hotel which will be established on an adjacent block.
The Jade Monkey released a statement via their Facebook earlier today confirming that both 29 and 29a Twin Street will be forced to shut their doors to make way for the new development.
The statement reads:
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
With Save Live Australian Music Day launching nationally for the first time this Thursday, the announcement has provoked an immediate response from the local music community, who have begun to petition Adelaide Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood online to intervene. The Lord Mayor has so far responded to calls 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!”
FasterLouder has previously reported upon the closure of The Tote, in Brisbane, The Hopetoun in Sydney and The Arthouse in Melbourne, with The Jade Monkey set to be the first big national casualty of 2012.