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Fans see red over closure of Greenroom

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Canberra music lovers have reacted angrily to the closure of the Greenroom at Woden Tradies Club.

Woden Tradies management announced yesterday that after a month long trial in March, and despite that fact that Perth band Karnivool had been booked to play there in June, the live music venue would not be reopened.

Punters have taken to Facebook to express their displeasure.

"The Greenroom would have attracted so much attention, especially with bands like Karnivool playing there. What a terrible decision," one user said.

"You should be ashamed of your treatment of the Greenroom, Chaos Act was the first time I have been back to your club in 20 years. I will not return," another comment read.

Canberra promoter and Greenroom manager Garry Peadon said Tradies' decision was "very disappointing" after what he said had been a very successful trial period of live bands playing at the club.


Mr Peadon said that Tradies management had approved renovations to the room so that the Greenroom could become a full time fixture, and that he had used his influence in the industry to make sure high profile bands would play there when it reopened.

"The issue is that a lot of acts skip Canberra because venues are too expensive, or they don't like the area or they don't like the management, and we got around that," he said.

But a spokesman for Woden Tradies Club said that it had emerged since the trial that establishing the Greenroom as a permanent live music venue would not be commercially viable.

"We are very supportive of the music industry and we wanted to make it work," he said.

The spokesman said that while there had been some initial costs with setting up the Greenroom as a temporary space, installing the air conditioning, lighting and soundproofing required to reopen the venue would be more costly than first anticipated.

"This was strictly a business decision, it's not a sinister thing," he said.

The spokesman also said that while patronage of the Greenroom had been good, feedback from the club's members had been mixed, with some complaining about the behavior of those there to watch bands.

Fans who had bought tickets to Karnivool at the Greenroom will be contacted to arrange a refund.  The band will now play the Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay on the NSW Central Coast on Wednesday 11 July, as no other Canberra venues could be arranged.