Australia’s Hi-Fi Bars In Voluntary Administration

The three major live music Hi-Fi Bar venues in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney went into voluntary administration Feb. 12.
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According to a statement from Melbourne-based parent Hi-Fi Group, a dispute with an unidentified major creditor “could not be resolved.” “The creditor as a result put the business into voluntary administration. However, it’s business as usual in all three venues,” the statement continued.

Administrator Simon Nelson, from Melbourne accounting firm Romanis Cant, is selling the three venues as a package and expects a sale within four weeks.

The Hi-Fi Bar chain was a high-profile showcase of international and Australian acts including PrincePublic EnemyFoo FightersAnthraxNo DoubtThe Cat Empire and Hunters and Collectors.

The first venue began in Melbourne almost 20 years ago in a 650-capacity basement in the heart of the main Swanston Street thoroughfare.

In 2009, the Group bought the site of the Pavilion in Brisbane’s West End and set up the brand there as a 1,500-capacity room. Three years after, the Forum Theatre in Sydney’s Entertainment Quarter became the third link on the East Coast, with a capacity of 1,400. Bookings for the three clubs run up to June/July.

Among the acts scheduled to play there are Deltron 3030BlackstreetArchitects360Seth SentryThe HauntedA$AP Ferg, The B-Boy World Champions, a She Who Rocks pairing by the female-fronted Baby Animals and The Superjesus, Northeast Party House and The Beards.