Melbourne’s iconic Cherry Bar has just announced its first gig back in front of a live audience, with local blues legend Phil Para and band taking to the stage before a limited crowd.
Going down on Wednesday June 24, the show marks a bold new step for the trailblazing institution. The situation is incredibly unique and will be tightly administered to align with the current social restrictions in play.
As such, Cherry will welcome seven tables of four people, with two sittings taking place from 7:30pm-10pm and 10:30pm-12:30am. Tickets are $396 per table and $99 per person for the earlier of the two sessions and will see punters gain access to the show alongside a bunch of other perks such as three hard drink tokens, dinner provided by Flinders Lane Italian restaurant Tazio’s, a Cherry Bar tea towel and unlimited access to watch the live streamed recording of the show.
Tickets to the 10:30pm session will enable the viewer all the same inclusions for $89 per person.
With a normal capacity of 260, Cherry will be operating at just over 10% capacity with 28 guests able to attend the show. This is in accordance with the government restriction that 50 people can come together in the one area as long as each person is allocated four square metres of space.
Because of the reduction in capacity, Cherry Bar has launched a ‘Back in Black’ Pozible campaign to help it see out the end of COVID-19 restrictions.
Aiming to raise $75,000 by Sunday, June 28, the bar has revealed that a $100 donation will get you a plaque on the Cherry wall, two tickets to a gig and a Cherry tea towel; $500 will get you three tickets to a gig, Dinner at Tazio’s with Cherry Bar owner James Young and cocktails before a gig at the Andy Bar.
Written by Tom Parker via Beat Magazine.
Photo by Andrew Bibby.