When it opened late last year on the site of the now-closed Showgirls Bar 20 strip club, Geddes Lane Ballroom promised to be a welcome new addition to the Melbourne live-music scene.
But, as of September 11, Geddes Lane's online gig calendar is empty and the venue is listed as “permanently closed” on Google. Scheduled shows have been cancelled or moved, such as Angst Fest, which will now take place at soon-to-open 24-hour nightclub Colour.
A spokesperson for Vue Group, which operates the venue, said Geddes Lane Ballroom will be “continuing on as a function space”, but declined to comment further.
A former Geddes Lane employee tells Broadsheet staff were advised their final shifts would be the weekend beginning August 31, and that the venue would undergo minor remodelling before reopening in summer for events, when staff may be offered work again in some capacity.
Geddes Lane Ballroom was launched in October 2018 by celebrity chef Shannon Bennett (formerly of Vue de Monde, now serving in an advisory capacity as a minor shareholder for Vue Group) and property developer Lorenz Grollo, of Grollo Group, the company that owns the Rialto Tower, which houses Vue de Monde. That group also owns a swathe of properties on King Street between Collins Street and Flinders Lane. The opening of Geddes Lane was in part an attempt to change the image of the area, which is known primarily for its adult entertainment venues.
This news follows the May closure of Vue Group's Benny Burger in Richmond.