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News : The newly revamped Esplanade Hotel in St. Kilda opens its doors to the public

By on November 27, 2018

The Esplanade Hotel in St. Kilda (or The Espy as its known to the locals) is back in action after nearly 3 years of lying dormant. The iconic Melbourne live music hotspot which opened its doors in 1878 is now back in business once again after months of anticipation with revamped work across the entire venue.

Prior to the venue’s revamped works, The Espy was simply a three-level music venue housing two stages, one at the front bar and the iconic Gershwin room which saw the likes of Nevermore, DungeonGloryhammer, Be’lakor, Ne ObliviscarisEnsiferum and Edguy, among many others perform on its stage. The venue was also home to the annual Sonic Forge Festival, a local metal festival promoting the best in Australian heavy metal which raised relief aid and funds for the Centre of Hope in Haiti.

The venue has now been converted into six levels (including its basement), housing 12 bars, two restaurants and three live music stages. In addition, the venue also houses a fully equipped studio for rent and an art and performance space. The revamped spaces use the venues pre-existing infrastructure which has been restored to its former glory with a new coat of paint.

The Espy is now open to the public with a slow drip feed of live shows appearing to appease hard rock enthusiasts. No word, as of yet regarding heavy metal shows at the venue in the foreseeable future. However, If you’re a booking agent or promoter, we strongly recommend getting in contact with the venue to book your next show and take advantage of the renovated iconic Melbourne venue. [email protected]

To find out more, head to the official Esplanade Hotel website for upcoming shows, functions and contemporary art programs. Alternatively, you can also follow the venue via its official Facebook and Instagram pages.


Anwar is the editor-in-chief of Metal When Anwar isn't busy promoting tours, interviewing bands and reviewing awesome music, he loves to collect metal vinyl and play video games. Follow Metal Obsession on Twitter and Facebook