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What about music venues?


Canberra’s live music scene took a beating during the pandemic and has struggled with both unfavourable sound laws and the current lack of a range of venues catering to key gig sizes from 2,000 people all the way up to 25,000 people. Our plan includes converting the old Canberra Theatre into a flat-floor venue with standing room for 2,000 people, including a live-music venue in the new convention centre with a maximum capacity of 5,000 people, upgrading Stage 88 into an outdoor venue modelled on Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl with capacity for 10,000 people, and a purpose-built multi-use arena that has a roofed southern bowl with capacity for 7,000 to 14,000 people under shelter and a maximum capacity of 25,000 if the entire venue is utilised in stadium format. This combination of facilities will give Canberra the ability to host the full range of live music acts and more music festivals by the lake, including multi-day events, while providing the infrastructure needed to support a Civic entertainment precinct with appropriate sound laws to transform our night-time economy.