Ambar, one of Perth’s longest-running nightclubs, today announced it will close in July.
Owner Liam Mazzucchelli posted on Facebook: “it is with heavy hearts but clear minds the decision has been made to close Ambar.”
After noticing the changing landscape of the clubbing scene, it took six months for Mazzucchelli to make the painstaking decision.
“Music streaming services have reduced the appetite for punters to seek out live electronic music in nightclubs,” he says. “Day parties and large pop-up bars are now more popular.”
The club, a champion for the breaks genre, has been a steady fixture in Perth’s electronic music scene for nearly two decades. Despite being a little club down a Murray Street alleyway, Ambar achieved big things including being voted Perth’s best nightclub for 11 years running in the Perth Dance Music Awards. It also reached number 42 in the 2006 DJ Mag Top Clubs in the World poll, making it Australia’s highest-ranked club at the time.
Although Ambar’s days are numbered, Mazzucchelli will remain involved in the breaks scene and will continue to promote Breakfest, Perth’s longest running music festival. The festival started in 2001, the same year Ambar opened.
“Ambar is a legacy,” he says. “This is a full stop on that chapter.”
Ambar will close on Saturday July 7 with a final party.