As voted by my friends on Facebook

So these last few weeks in particular, I’ve noticed that a lot of Australian artists have announced some pretty huge tours of their homeland, most being events catering to all ages. The variety of venues stretch from capacity, to location, to being dependent on the popularity of the band. I was rather curious to see what the best venues in Sydney that cater to all age events are, and I thought why not. Let’s put it to a vote.
So, essentially, I created a poll. I invited my friends ranging from ages 14-25 on Facebook to vote for their favourite venue that caters for all age events. And I can safely say, I was kind of surprised.


5. Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney
A pretty new installment upon the Australian music scene, the Sydney Entertainment Centre is in its 30th official year in action. Large in size and stature, this expansive structure is definitely fit for catering for absolutely any kind of show. Its availability ranges from use by bands from all kinds of expansive genres within the spectrum to a simple structure supplied for use by sporting teams and events. With a large arena feel to it, the seating curves around the stage in an ascending manor, allowing all patrons a fantastic 180˚ view of the stage and all of its glory.

Powderfinger at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, 2004

4. Enmore Theatre, Enmore
Mansard roofs aplenty, this venue has been furnished to honest beauty. The floor is leveled so that the slope angles from the back of the room to the stage, a better view for everyone at any point. The upstairs balcony caters to patrons who want to enjoy the show from a seated perspective. I think what I like most in particular about this venue, is the intimacy. The stage in proximity to the crowd is very close-knit, creating a direct connection. Located on Enmore Road, just minutes from Newtown train station, it is quite easy to get to and from. An intimate experience highlighted by some pretty quality acts.

Beach House at Enmore Theatre, 2013

3. Allphones Arena, Homebush
Honestly speaking, this venue can cater for absolutely anything. Previously hosting the likes of the Olympics as well as the Paralympics in 2000, this internationally acclaimed venue is very highly regarded in the Australian entertainment community. Not to mention it has a pretty huge reputation, fueled by being featured in the top 10 best arenas in the world. With 360˚ seating around the venue’s entirety, the eye-boggling experience you can only achieve from something so large-scale is something to remember, and something to continuously go back for.

Exterior shot of Allphones Arena, previously Acer Arena

2. Metro Theatre, Sydney
A high-flying loft above Sydney’s George Street, the Metro Theatre is certainly a space you wouldn’t think existed. Upon first arrival, you are welcomed by a team of security who proceed to do the usual checking of tickets, age, etc, all of the boring stuff. A huge (and I mean huge) flight of stairs looms ahead, awaiting your ascent. The small foyer combined with bar welcomes you into a dark corridor, opening up to the theatre itself. Small in size, but not sound, it has catered for some pretty huge international acts as well as continuing to support local breakthrough bands.

Markus Schulz at Metro Theatre, 2011

1. Hordern Pavillion, Moore Park
It’s safe to say I totally wasn’t surprised by the popularity of this venue amongst my audience. The entire space radiates sheer professionalism. Not only is the interior absolutely fitting for the scale of the shows, but architecturally, it is beautiful. Built in 1924 to originally aid in the lack of exhibition space at the Easter Show, this wonder has continued on to cater for the likes of boxing matches and rock/pop concerts. The venue is the perfect sized space for any artist, ranging from recent breakthroughs to artists with their fifth LP just released months before. It provides for those who want to take a seat, or are too sore to keep moshing. The floor space is ridiculously huge, able to fit any music-hungry crowd. The merch table is in a conveniently located area, right inside the doors when you first walk in, and propped neatly against the wall when you come out. What I particularly like about this venue, is the length of the stage. It’s incredibly wide, allowing for all patrons to gain a cherished view of the artist at practice.

Nevereverland: The Klaxons at Hordern Pavillion, 2008


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