Breaking: Geelong's The Nash To Close
News posted Thursday, October 18 2012 at 12:00 PM.
Related: National Hotel.
Geelong’s beloved National Hotel – fondly known by locals as “The Nash” – will cease to operate as a live venue effective next month.
After much speculation, event manager Al O’Neill confirmed the news on Facebook today. It’ll host its final show on November 10.
“The reason the venue is closing is not financial, nor did we not have enough punters through the doors,” read the statement. “The venue is closing as the structural integrity of the foundations supporting the building has been compromised and the council has issued an order to the landlords to commence major works to investigate whether these foundations can be repaired.”
If those issues can be resolved, there may be hope for the future of The Nash just yet. However, O’Neill maintained that the outcome at this stage it “out of our hands”.
While the pub itself may continue to operate after November 10, he said the venue had to “bite the bullet” and confirm an end date for shows as operators didn’t want to inconvenience bands. “Pulling the pin on it now seems a better option rather than having 48 hours notice to close the building down and leaving a lot of touring bands with no options,” he said.
O’Neill, who estimated some 2000 bands have performed in his seven year tenure, said he wanted to thank everyone involved in the venue – from the sound engineers to the punters and DJs. He implored people to come pay their respects to the Nash by attending a show in its final few weeks.
“I will miss the place terribly,” he wrote. “I have seen some amazing bands over the years and the venue has opened up so many doors for me. I cannot thank everyone enough for the amazing memories I will have for the rest of my life.”
The origins of the Heritage-listed National Hotel can be traced back to 1856. It was purchased by Carlton United Breweries and rebuilt in 1944.
Upcoming gigs include Henry Wagons, Royston Vasie, House Vs Hurricane and Yung Warriors. The Nash is located at 195 Moorabool Street, Geelong.