Sunday Service at The Gladsong Hotel

Sun 23rd January, 2022
12:00pm – 10:00pm
115 Regent Street Chippendale 2008
Price: Free entry
What’s a live music venue to do when singing and dancing are banned indoors, except for church gatherings? Host a religious celebration, of course. (And the holy water? It’s beer on tap.)

When the NSW government reintroduced restrictions banning singing and dancing in indoor venues like pubs, bars and clubs, religious institutions were exempt, leading Hillsong Church to push through with its music festival-esque youth summer camp (NSW Health has since ordered it to stop).

Seeing the double standard, the Lord Gladstone Hotel saw a way to keep live music going inside the pub: holding a Sunday service. Now taking on the moniker “The Gladsong Hotel” – remember when it was “The Lord Jabstone” last year? – the venue is throwing a day of gigs and worship.

“This event is to highlight the inequality being shown to live music venues across the country while religious organisations get to carry on under a different set of rules,” the team explains in its Facebook event. “It will still be heaps of fun and we can all drink schooners and laugh and be merry in the face of hypocrisy. The Gladsong loves a piss-take.”

Expect to sip on holy water (aka the house lager on tap) and $10 Bloody Lords while DJs play live sets in the courtyard. There might even be a cover band coming along on the day. The pub is popping open a Goodkeg with pay-what-you-feel schooners, and the UFC will be showing on the main bar’s TV screens.

Entry is free.

More information here.