The Zoo Confirms Skegss To Headline Final-Ever Show

18 June 2024 | 12:15 pm | Mary Varvaris

Special guest Ixaras will join Skegss on The Zoo's final night of operation: Sunday, 7 July.

Skegss performing at The Zoo

Skegss performing at The Zoo (Credit: Chris Di Maggio)

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Northern Rivers group Skegss have been announced as the headliners for The Zoo's final gig.

Set to be joined by special guest Ixaras, the 16-year-old Brisbane artist running her own label, Anti Dismal, the final show will take place on Sunday, 7 July. You can buy tickets to the show here.

Skegss, Ixaras and The Zoo shared posts about the event on Instagram; you can find them below.

Taking to Instagram yesterday (17 June), Skegss wrote alongside the colourful gig poster, “We’re pumped to be playing the last ever night The Zoo will be open for business. We’ve had some sick gigs there, always remembered it to have so much character and the crowds always felt turned up! Sad, but excited to give it a send off.”

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Ixaras added, “Am beyond honoured to be playing the last ever show at The Zoo supporting legends Skegss, this one’s gonna be real special and I am so grateful to be apart of it.”

Writing that The Zoo was one of the first venues she played at when kickstarting her musical project, Ixaras continued, “To be able to say I took part in the send off show for one of the most iconic venues is really surreal. Come dance, cry, and celebrate live music with us on July 7th!

“Thanks so much Skegss for having me”.

The Zoo described Skegss as “Surf rock scallywags, Northern Rivers icons,” and “national treasures” before adding: “Skegss will hit The Zoo stage one last time, on our very last night of operation, for a bittersweet ALL TIME send off. Move fast and snap up tix for our last night ever!”

The final day of trade for The Zoo will be on Monday, 8 July.

As a music venue, The Zoo has been as iconic as it gets, hosting everyone from Pixies to Silverchair to The Black Keys to Lorde to Ben Harper to Nick Cave, and The Dirty Three.

The Zoo notably celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2022, locking in a celebratory event starring the likes of Screamfeeder, Regurgitator, Butterfingers, and many more. But fast-forward to 2024, and the “financial reality” of keeping concert venues afloat has struck yet another space just months away from celebrating 32 years of live music.

In a candid statement posted to Instagram last month, The Zoo owners wrote that the venue reached the highest ticket sales in its history last year, but that still wasn’t enough to combat “rising operational costs and decreasing returns”.

Last month, The Zoo’s co-founder, Joc Curran, encouraged supporters not to mourn the venue but to celebrate it. You can read her interview with The Music here.