A popular live music venue is set to close due to COVID hardships


Popular Perth music venue The Aardvark, which is located in the basement of the Norfolk Hotel, has announced it will be closing in October due to COVID restrictions.

Over the years, Spacey Jane, Tame Impala, the Presets and John Butler have all graced the stage, along with many local favorites.

Mark Spillane, who is the director of Bespoke Touring – a company which promotes tours in WA and handles room bookings for the Aadvark and other live music spaces – said the venue had made the difficult decision to close after years of COVID-related restrictions.

“Two years of COVID and not being able to open or have 50% capacity for a very large part of that time in a space like The Aardvark which has 70 people, the margin between profitability and loss is really very slim,” Mr Spillane said.

“So you could have a bigger night and you hope that night pays for the nights that aren’t that big. But when you don’t have the ability to do that, it really erases the possibility.

“Norfolk have been supporting live music for 22 years in space, but I think just two years has taken my breath away.”

While The Aardvark is closed, the popular and iconic Norfolk hotel will remain open, and the institution is determined to make the concert venue’s final months “fun and great”.

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“We’ve been inundated with requests for people to play shows, so we’re filtering them out and hoping to pick up some acts that have played over the years and some of our favorites,” Mr. Spillane said.

“We will also have our anniversary weekend there which is a two night party with around 14 bands and then in October we are planning our closing party with a special guest number which we cannot yet announce, but we’ll go out with a bang.

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