In exciting news for live music in Melbourne, Live Nation Australia has announced today that it has secured a long-term lease to operate Melbourne’s iconic Palais Theatre. Today the City of Port Phillip announced: “Live Nation’s proposal met or exceeded all our objectives and we are excited at what can now be delivered for our community and live music fans across Australia. We welcome Live Nation aboard and look forward to this much loved St Kilda venue delighting audiences for years to come.”
Michael Coppel, president and CEO of Live Nation Australia and New Zealand, said: “Live Nation Australia is thrilled to have been successful in securing the rights to operate the Palais Theatre. Both as a major presenter of live events and as a Melbourne-based and staffed music business firm, we are very aware of how important the venue is to the St Kilda community and to the people of Melbourne in general, and what a very special performance space it is.
“To have been granted stewardship of this iconic venue carries a great responsibility, and we will seek to restore the Palais to its former glories, to better adapt it to the changing requirements of live performances, and to operate it for the benefit of all stakeholders, hirers, staff and patrons.
“We look forward with great enthusiasm to successfully navigating the opportunities that lie ahead.”
This development helps ensure that Melbourne will remain the live music capital of Australia for a long time to come.