It’s been five years, but for Hana Shimada and Jimmy Singline, owners of late night danceteria GOODGOD, the party has come to an end.
It’s potentially devastating news – the club and restaurant have put on thousands of excellent nights and it holds a special place in Sydney’s heart. But while the owners are walking away from hospitality to explore their love of music in different forms, that does not mean GOODGOD’S cocktails, live music and midnight snacking must stop. Shimada and Singline are seeking someone with the knowhow, passion and resources to take on the venue and evolve the legacy that is GOODGOD. “We’ll schedule events and continue as normal until we find the right tenants, whether that takes three months or a year,” says Singline.
GOODGOD has seen local talent Royal Headache, Seekae, The Preatures and Eddy Current Suppression Ring grace its stage, as well as international acts Jamie XX, Thom Yorke and Skrillex. “One of my favourite memories at GOODGOD is Lorde's debut Australian show, which was only her fifth show ever,” Singline says.
Despite the threat that lockout laws pose to Sydney’s nightlife, Singline explains that GOODGOD’s reason to move on does not concern regulatory or financial challenges. “We’ve never been lacking in support from our patrons. GOODGOD’s foundations in a diverse music formula and open-minded vibe have kept the place buzzing,” he says.
Shimada and Singline would like the space to remain as a bar and music venue, but are open to unique ideas. “We're excited to hear of the different visions people have for the enchanting basement that captured our imaginations.” Singline says.
As for their next project, “We designed a whole stage production at the Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid last year. Doing set design and curation is something we would love to keep exploring,” Singline says.