A dazzling new licensed live music venue has been proposed for Geelong West

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A dazzling new licensed live music venue has been proposed for Geelong West

Homegrown Magic Dirt at April Sun 2021. Photo by Joshua Braybrook.

Please let this happen.

From modern-day band rooms and stages in bars, to iconic pubs and towns halls, Geelong’s live music venues have put on a slew of great shows that live long in the memories of music lovers.

Bringing local and big-name musicians to the forefront, we’re always sad when a live music venue closes its door, and while the past year has been an excruciating time for the music industry, things could be looking up with the news of a new licensed live music venue in Geelong West.

The key takeaways

  • A new live music has been proposed for Geelong West
  • Plans have been submitted for the city’s approval
  • Plans for the new live music venue show some minor works would be undertaken to provide further soundproofing

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In plans submitted to The City of Geelong for approval, a $300,000 proposal was put forward to transform an arts education centre on Gordon Ave in ­Geelong West into a 400-person capacity live music venue with an on-premises liquor license that would showcase local and international performers in all forms of arts and music.

The site is currently used as an education centre in association with our good friends over at Oxygen College, a training organisation offering full time and part-time courses in Photography, Music Performance, Sound Production, and Screen and Media, and continues to develop its reputation as one of Geelong’s most exciting creative destinations.

In what would be a welcomed addition to Geelong West, providing a platform for art, a source of revenue for local musicians and nights out watching your favourite bands, plans for the new live music venue show some minor works would be undertaken to provide further soundproofing, ensuring to keep the peace in the area.

“The building has been used as a music studio and ­performance space associated with the Oxygen College (along with art display) and this use has caused no loss of amenity to residents due to the building construction, which includes acoustic attenuation,” planning documents revealed.

“Further attenuation is proposed, including the removal of windows from the western facade and infilling with brick, upgrading the roof system, ­upgraded glazing and new external walls to have a RW (weighted sound reduction index) rating of 50 or higher.

“The concept is based on providing a facility that is designated for this express purpose that will be closed when events are not being held. The venue will continue to be used by Oxygen College during the day with no change to their operations.

“The application proposes a change of use to a live art/music entertainment venue that will operate for a maximum of 400 patrons and within the following hours: Sunday to Thursday 6pm-midnight, Friday to Saturday 6pm-1am.”

An artist impression of the venue.

With a stunning proposed facade, a dedicated bar, stage, box office and retractable seating, this could be just the boost our live music scene deserves, especially following the loss of the Geelong Workers Club earlier this year.

The public notice period for the planning application will remain open until July 23. Fingers and toes and everything crossed this one goes through.

You can read through the plans here.