The Newsagency was once a peddler of print publications but now it's a small and spirited music venue. Founder Alison Flett both manages and lives at the venue, and says the idea to repurpose and rethink the space was born out of necessity.
The Newsagency hosts anything from acoustic, soul, jazz and folk to experimental music and DJs and has more recently started to show some comedy, theatre and cabaret acts. Tickets to the 40-seat, intimate space are available to buy either in advance, or at the door. To keep things simple, The Newsagency operates under a BYO licence – punters are invited to pick up takeaway drinks from The Vic hotel across the street. “There’s a great community spirit among the surrounding businesses,” Flett adds.
As far as live music venues go in Sydney, Flett sees The Newsagency as a space for emerging artists. “It’s a great place for artists to have their first gig or to even act as a testing ground for new material and to see if they could fill a bigger room.” And certainly, what’s most special here is the opportunity to hear something new, something that might just be worthwhile, even outrageously good. “There’s something to take away from every kind of performance, good or bad,” says Flett. “Even if the music isn’t exactly to my taste, I love that there’s a room full of people hanging off every lyric and note.”