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‘End Is Nigh’ For Adelaide’s Jade Monkey

News posted Monday, February 20 2012 at 12:00 AM.
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‘End Is Nigh’ For Adelaide’s Jade Monkey

After several months of speculation, owners of Adelaide’s The Jade Monkey have announced its imminent closure.

The much loved Twin Street institution, which has hosted live music for the past decade, will shut its doors in October. The venue, as well as its Two Ships basement bar, will reportedly make way for a new hotel. The news was announced via Facebook today (February 20).

“After 10 years of much loved service to the wonderful and diverse Adelaide (and beyond) musical community at Twin St, the end is nigh,” read the statement. “Our wonderful 131 year old bluestone walled building at 29 & 29a Twin Street, Adelaide will be no more. Because even though we aren't on the exact spot, it seems that the owners don't want a live music venue next to their shiny new hotel, something I'm sure this city needs.”

Owners Zac Coligan and Naomi Thompson – also of Adelaide outfit The Sea Thieves – are determined to see off the building in style.

“If you have ever played/celebrated or simply been at the Jade (or Two Ships) in the last 10 years then we invite all of you to come and do it one last time. This is the last dance at Twin Street chums and we'd love to fill the dance card with you.”

The timing of the news couldn’t be more unfortunate, with the inaugural SLAM Day – which celebrates live music in small venues – taking place around the country this Thursday. The Jade Monkey is hosting performances by The Sundance Kids, Raider and Mere Theory. More listings here.

UPDATE 20/2: A Facebook group has been set up in protest: "While it may be too late to actually save The Jade, we're hoping to raise some awareness and voice our opinions on the state of live music in Adelaide in general. It's only going to get worse unless the (voting) pubic does something about it. Who might be next?"

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goingblank  said about 2 years ago:

So not only is the venue closing, but the building is being demolished too? That's garbage. Would have thought it'd be heritage listed.


untold/animals  said about 2 years ago:

NYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


hyperfuzz  said about 2 years ago:

Sad. I remember seeing Grand Salvo and Love of Diagrams there back in 2003 or 04 on a holiday over.


josejones  said about 2 years ago:

wait ... you took a holiday in adelaide?


alicia  said about 2 years ago:

that would be 2nd & 3rd of april 2004. good times.


hyperfuzz  said about 2 years ago:

josejones  said 31 minutes ago:
wait ... you took a holiday in adelaide?

There was a girl involved


hyperfuzz  said about 2 years ago:

We did the paddly boats thing


pollyphonic  said about 2 years ago:

Oh this is quietly devastating news.

The Jade Monkey was such a cool little venue - had lots of gigs there when I still lived in RADelaide.

Man this is thoroughly depressing


PaulsGrandfather  said about 2 years ago:

hyperfuzz

We did the paddly boats thing

Is that what the kids are calling it these days?


FrankieTeardrop  said about 2 years ago:

I played Jade Monkey a couple of times in the early to mid-2000s. It was cool. Shame to see this venue go.


FlintstoneChurchill  said about 2 years ago:

Such a waste.

SILVER LINING: the proposed hotel will have a bar/entertainment facility which will surely make up for the loss to new and eclectic bands by providing ponytailed guys in their late thirties another place to quietly strum Powderfinger and Diesel covers while an indifferent smattering of sweaty businessmen quietly self-medicate surrounded by polished black marble.

Phew.


electricsound  said about 2 years ago:

We did the paddly boats thing

aww

jade monkey one of the places i got to play in adelaide, was a v nice place to drink


LeRayonVert  said about 2 years ago:

Been to a hell of a lot of shows there (and organised a couple myself). As far as tours go Bill Callahan, Microphones, Crooked Fingers, Josephine Foster, Spiral Stairs, Philip Jeck, Rafael Toral, Max Tundra, Curse Ov Dialect, Love of Diagrams, Darren Hanlon, Music vs Physics, Kris Wanders & Keiji Haino come to mind, but of course have also seen an enormous number of great local bands there as well.


mswahili  said about 2 years ago:

Damn. Only got to visit once, but I liked that place. Would've liked to play there.


Mess+Noise  said about 2 years ago:

Facebook group has been set up in protest. See above.


LeRayonVert  said about 2 years ago:

The Jade Monkey at its best (care of Spoz):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTO-MGB03sw


Velodrone  said about 2 years ago:

Played a bunch of shows there with My Sister The Cop and SWORDS (and have one coming up in March). Great venue, great people running it (and Two Ships) and I'm sad to see it go.

It will be sorely missed.

Adelaide is running out of good venues pretty quick.


bamesjaker  said about 2 years ago:

I'm still trying to remember what this place was back in the 1980s and 1990s (and before). The only place around Rundle Mall with anything approaching music was the Richmond Tavern, and the Mansions Tavern.


LeRayonVert  said about 2 years ago:

As far as I know it wasn't any sort of venue until the JM opened. Was probably a shop of some sort. Old photos show it was originally a biscuit factory.


melvo666  said about 2 years ago:

when i was a kid it was a pet shop then irving baby moved in then the jade.

Keiji Haino

WHAT???
WHEN???
WHERE WAS I???


mulligan  said about 2 years ago:

The pubic need to do something!


mulligan  said about 2 years ago:

Also seriously shitty news.


Velodrone  said about 2 years ago:

I'm kicking myself for not seeing Crooekd Fingers there, but I'm glad I saw Limit Of Shunt play there on the floor.


dogsvscats  said about 2 years ago:

If anyone's interested in the politics behind this, this is an interesting read: http://renewadelaide.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/one-step-forward-one-step-back-tuxedo-cat-opens-jade-monkey-closes/


LeRayonVert  said about 2 years ago:
Keiji Haino

WHAT???
WHEN???
WHERE WAS I???

Sorry, I managed to write down completely the wrong name! He did not play there. I was thinking of Shoji Hano.


LeRayonVert  said about 2 years ago:

If anyone's interested in the politics behind this, this is an interesting read: http://renewadelaide.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/one-step-forward-one-step-back-tuxedo-cat-opens-jade-monkey-closes/

Was about to recommend this myself


bamesjaker  said about 2 years ago:

Interesting piece. Thanks.


firewitch  said about 2 years ago:

I could never get a gig here. But i know a lot of locals rate it so it's shitty news indeed.


Velodrone  said about 2 years ago:

Channel 9 ''news'' story last night...

http://youtu.be/1Pfig1oU14w


Velodrone  said about 2 years ago:

From the AdelaideNow website...

ONE of Adelaide's most cherished live music venues will close indefinitely in October.
The Jade Monkey on Twin St, which has played host to many international, national and local artists, has cited an inner city hotel development on nearby Grenfell St as the cause for its closure.

Management posted a statement on the The Jade Monkey's Facebook page which spread quickly across social media and helped launch an online petition.
''Our wonderful 131-year-old bluestone walled building at 29 & 29a Twin Street, Adelaide will be no more,'' the statement said.

A petition for Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood to intervene in the development plans has received more than 2000 signatures in less than 24 hours.

Mr Yarwood said he would assist the present owners of The Jade Monkey in finding a ''bigger, better location''.


anonymous  said about 2 years ago:

So not only is the venue closing, but the building is being demolished too? That's garbage. Would have thought it'd be heritage listed.

this also surprises me.




josejones  said about 2 years ago:

so a 131-year-old historic building can get demolished in adelaide, but pretty much every shitty weatherboard gets a heritage overlay in melbs? something not right here...


bamesjaker  said about 2 years ago:

Wouldn't have happened in Don Dunstan's day.


josejones  said about 2 years ago:

a 10-year-old venue is one thing, but we're talking about a 131-year-old building and the site of a historic bakery.

it's absolutely baffling the government has allowed this.


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