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