The Brunswick Ballroom has arrived! Opening with a bang this month, the stunning new Sydney Road venue has already enjoyed a weekend of sold out shows.
My Plus One and I were lucky enough to attend the Opening Gala hosted by Eddie Perfect and Margot Tanjutco which features a great lineup of music and comedy with performances from Bert LaBonte, Jess Hitchcock, Ash Flanders, Vidya Makan, Jude Pearl and a Plus One’s favourite Mama Alto.
As we arrived we were treated to some bubbles and got to view some of Australian Rock and Roll’s most iconic moments at David Parker’s new photographic retrospective of Melbourne music in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Well known as a showbiz photographer, Parker has photographed some of the world’s biggest and best stars including AC/DC, Olivia Newton John, John Farnham, Ross Wilson, Skyhooks, Nick Cave, as well as international superstars Elton John, ABBA and a vast back catalogue of his time as Countdown’s resident photographer including Molly Meldrum and Prince Charles. You can catch the photography show in the hallway and adjoining bar.
Located in the old Metropolis House on Sydney Road, the Ballroom has been reimagined, refurbished and renamed while keeping some of its 1960s Brunswick charm.
Once a hat factory, nightclub, a wedding reception centre, French restaurant and most recently music venue The Spotted Mallard, the reincarnation offers patrons the chance to combine a meal with a glass of wine while enjoying a great show. Downstairs, the Brunswick Artists’ Bar will showcase local artwork and acoustic sounds from locals.
We’re excited for all the great local and international talent that will be hitting the stage here over the coming years.
– The Plus Ones