News: Brisbane Venue The Zoo Set To Close In July

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Landmark Brisbane live music venue The Zoo will be closing its doors after 32 years, bringing a definitive end to a local institution.

The announcement was made in a statement to the venue’s socials, revealing The Zoo has been operating at a loss for more than three years and will cease trading as of 8 July.

It’s yet another nail in the coffin for the local live music sector amid a crippling financial crisis.

“The financial reality of keeping music venues afloat in 2024 is all too stark,” the statement reads.

“The hard truth is that we’ve been running at a loss for over three years. Despite exploring every avenue available to us, we could not secure the level of support needed to surmount the continued financial strain.

“We have no choice but to call last drinks for both of our beloved music venues.”

The Zoo invites everyone to come enjoy one last show before the final curtain call.

“To our loyal punters and past performers, we thank you for the great times we’ve shared; the decades of dancing, singing and moshing. The kindness of our community of music lovers is a gift The Zoo team has cherished.

“We hope you’ll join us for one last dance over the next few months. We want to make the last shows very special and will be looking to add extra shows while we can!”

A defining feature of the Brisbane’s live music scene, The Zoo has played host to countless local and international acts in its lifetime, including Powderfinger, Wolfmother, Nick Cave, The Pixies, Paul Kelly, Violent Soho and many more.

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