Beloved WA Venue Announces Final Shows

14 September 2023 | 12:15 pm | Mary Varvaris

What’s a farewell to a music venue without a goodbye concert? Join Regurgitator at Badlands Bar this November.

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In July, owners of the now-iconic music venue, Perth’s Badlands Bar, revealed that the space would close for good “before Christmas”, citing rising insurance premium costs and unviable financial conditions.

Since 2016, Badlands Bar has hosted shows from local and international legends, including Gyroscope, Tropical Fuck Storm, Frenzal Rhomb, Kisschasy, Angel Olsen, Tired Lion, sleepmakeswaves and many more. The venue has been the perfect sized room for an up-and-coming act or a band like Gyroscope playing an intimate gig to their most devoted fans.

What’s a farewell to a music venue without a goodbye concert? On Saturday, 25 and Sunday, 26 November, Badlands Bar will host two gigs headlined by the one and only Regurgitator. That’s right – you can get down to Black Bugs, Blubber Boy, and I Sucked A Lot Of Cock To Get Where I Am.

Turnstyle and Last Quokka will accompany Regurgitator on 25 November, and on 26 November, they’ll be joined by Turnstyle, Grunge Barbie, and Dead Tooth Hottie. Tickets are on sale now via Oztix, but they’re expected to sell fast – you can purchase your tickets here.

Badlands Bar owners posted on Facebook earlier this year, “Badlands Bar will be shutting its doors permanently before Christmas.”

The statement continued, “For the past 12 months Badlands has been on the receiving end of a whopping 10 fold increase in our Public Liability Insurance premiums despite never having made a claim before.

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“This was the only insurance coverage we were able to obtain to ensure the venue could continue to operate. This is a known, but rarely spoken about issue that has been impacting live music venues across Australia to varying degrees for the last 18 months or so.”

Despite their struggles as an independently owned venue, Badlands Bar isn’t looking for well wishes in the form of donations.

Instead, they noted, “Badlands will not be endorsing any fundraising efforts to help with our situation, so if you see anything on Go Fund Me, a lamington drive, or meat raffle in our honour, we’d ask that you redirect any such funds to the good folk at Support Act instead, as that will be where we donate any funds raised on our behalf.”

Don’t miss out on the final shows at Badlands Bar.