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Canberra bar Sideway announced it’s permanently closing in a post on Instagram on Tuesday 4 June.

The venue, which hosted many queer parties of the years including Throb, has said that it will be open for one last dance on Friday 14 June.

The post at @sidewaycbr said:

“After 5 years and 5 months of service, Sideway will open its doors for one last dance on Friday June the 14th, 2024.

It’s impossible to put everything into words here, so we’ll say this – the journey of running this music venue has been stressful, maddening, saddening, excruciating, life affirming, soul nurturing, soul destroying, freaking epic, insanely fun, and ultimately, totally worthwhile.

The mission was very simple. We thought cool things were missing in Canberra in the music, art and performance world. We tried our best to address that. We’re proud of what we did.

We’ve learnt many things along the way so here’s our ten cents: Don’t take venues for granted. Show up, buy tickets, buy drinks, support the arts.

We would like to use this post to say thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years. The talented artists, free spirits, generous dancers, committed regulars, all the crews who have played here and above all, the staff who have kept the feel and energy of Sideway kind and open.

To Jon our Sound Engineer who has dedicated countless hours to this venue and can make any band sound good, Aaron our tireless booker who has sustained live music in this city, Alex and Communi-Fi sound for the best club system in the country and all our long serving staff, Xav, Taylor, Lucky, Hamish, Jacquie, Spillane, Genie, Zoe and Charlotte, big love to all of you.

We hope you loved, smiled, danced and shared a joyful moment at our venue.

Nico, Tim and Fin.

PS We know the notice is short but that’s show biz baby. We have some information on the last 5 gigs dropping ASAP. Some merch is on the way.”