Occupying a forsaken warehouse on Coverlid Place, W4 and W4 Parlour open today. This is Melbourne’s newest hub for live music in the CBD. And both spaces are licensed until 5am.
W4 is the latest project from Sam Sleigh, Letitia Lillis and Marco Schirru of The Luminosity Group (the team’s repertoire includes party notables such as Future Music Festival, Mercury Lounge and Trak Lounge). The venue sits below infamous (open-late) nightclub and live-music spot Roxanne, and opposite Charltons Entertainment Complex, a spot renowned for karaoke sessions and billiard wars.
The space holds a comfortable 350 guests in the main bandroom. An additional 200 fit into W4 Parlour, a more intimate upstairs performance room.
Venue manager Schirru says W4 is a spot for shows by mid-size acts. What he describes as something between the “smaller pub-style bands and the bigger-time bands”. “The Melbourne CBD is lacking venues of this capacity; sure, there are bits and pieces around the suburbs – but nothing of this size in the city. We saw an opportunity,” he says.
Although both spaces are suited to live music shows and DJ sets, the upstairs parlour is, as Schirru describes it, “more of a champagne room in contemporary dress up”.
Australian dance-music veteran Lachlan Elmore is at the production helm, looking after a ceiling dressed in a lighting rig “capable of [anything from] the traditional to the esoteric”. Schirru is responsible for bringing talent to the stage, along with Brisbane-based booking veteran James Power, who is lending his expertise to the venue as live music venue consultant.