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our ears always perk when the latest renew adelaide project is unveiled, even more so when the term 'music venue' is attached. vinyl is the new addition to the cbd venue family, and we headed along to the opening night for a quick sticky beak.
We were most certainly feeling the heat in the upstairs venue, with just the two lane-view windows providing some air into the room. This space has been empty for decades so it was no surprise to see it lacking air-con/fans, nor was it too much of an issue. Worries do arise for Fringe time if we have any more of those forty degree days on our hands.
This space is going to be the ultimate venue for intimate acoustic shows.
The mix of the decor, mood lighting, small capacity and low-set stage all scream, or softly suggest: "Hey there, take a seat. Why don't you let us fix you a G&T and perhaps a sandwich while a folk songstress tells her tales of heartbreak and woe."
Well, if we have to.
It was pretty much ORANGE galore though. We loved the two windows that faced toward the lane, the collective feel to the decor featuring mixed and matched wooden furniture, and the pictures on the wall that we wishfully imagine were still there from the last owners all those years ago. With the Pancake Kitchen just a stumble across the lane, we already hate ourselves for how many post-gig late night feasts are written in the stars.
Vinyl is now open to the public Friday and Saturday nights for craft beers, wine, food using locally sourced produce (which looked delicious) and a host of great live music. Local folk artists Maggie Rutjens and Louis Donnarumma will be hosting the first of their three Fringe Festival shows at Vinyl on the 19th of Feb. You can exchange dollars for a ticket here.
Whispers tell us there might be a couple more bars popping up in these lanes. Let's all keep our eyes peeled.