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Rarely legal: The story of Sydney’s 505

February 16th, 2010 by marcus


After years of ‘running on the sly’, one of Sydney’s leading underground jazz clubs is becoming a legal venue.

An infamous Sydney underground jazz venue is finally going legit. After nearly six years operating ‘505’ off the record and strictly hush-hush, recent changes in licensing laws and compliance regimes as well as a change of venue have finally allowed cofounders Kerri Glasscock and Cameron Undy to make what they do legal.

Back in 2004 they established the original 505 venue at one of the lowest points in Sydney’s live music history, “POPE [Place of Public Entertainment] licensing was unbelievably expensive and venues had turned away from hosting live music. We decided that all our community was missing was a supportive space and so we decided to create 505,” Glasscock says.

505 began as a space for the local theatre and music scenes to meet, collaborate and present work. As time moved on it gradually into one of Sydney’s leading underground jazz venues.

“Running gigs on the sly has actually worked out to our benefit in many ways,” Glasscock says, “It has meant that we were able to build up a solid audience base of dedicated music lovers who because of the nature of the space had to hunt it out, which meant we have a very respectful and appreciative base to now move forward with.”

Read the full story on the ABC Arts site.

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