Tonight a brand new music venue promising to host local and outside talent will officially open at 68 North Terrace –right on UniSA’s doorstep.
Born from the ashes of Fowler’s Live, the iconic Lion Arts Factory will stay open until 5am, three nights’ a week, much to the joy of red-eyed rock fans.
Located in the same block as the City West Campus, it is bound to become a hotspot for many students.
The bold venture to elevate Adelaide’s rock scene was largely put together by three men, Craig Lock, Ross Osman and Hugo Pedler.
‘ArtsSA asked us to pitch for the Fowlers Live tenancy earlier in the year and in our mind it was the perfect fit for our skills sets,’ Hugo says.
‘We are looking forward to bringing something really special to a building that has such strong live music connection and history.’
The trio intend to restore the building back to a heritage factory style.
Further down the track they are planning to incorporate a really exciting line-up of comedy and drama within the space.
‘Bringing high calibre acts back into Fowlers Factory on a weekly basis is really exciting – it is going to be something really special for the South Australian music scene.’
The Lion’s Arts Factory already have a large number of gigs lined-up over the next few months, with several already sold out.
Bands already on board with the project include West Thebarton, who will be the first Adelaide band to headline at the venue.
Band member “Rev” Ray Dalfsen is excited by the prospect.
‘Can’t wait to play the place and I can’t wait to see this place foster all the Adelaide talent that is in this beautiful city.’
Other local bands, Venice Queens and Bad//Dreems also feature in the early line-up.
‘It’s a massive honour to be considered for a slot like this, and to be able to play the revitalised, revamped version of one of South Australia’s most renowned live music venues,’ says Sam from Venice Queens.
Bad//Dreems band members believe that Adelaide has suffered from an underdog mentality in an attempt to compete with the larger capital cities and that the venue will prove this unwarranted.
‘The more late night music venues we have to continue to foster and build our rich and impressive arts scene, the more our spot on the map will be deep rooted,’ they said.
As well as showcasing local talent, interstate bands will figure prominently in the line-up, including Brisbane’s DZ Deathrays who are playing on February 16.
‘It’s always good to have music available as late as possible. We always love coming to Adelaide,’ says lead vocalist and guitarist for the band, Shane Parsons.
‘Don’t let it turn into another Sydney though!’ he warns.
The venue promises to inject a new vitality into Adelaide’s West End but in true Adelaidean style, it will also maintain the memories of yester-year.
Words by Ryan Colsey
To find out more go to: https://lionartsfactory.com.au/