End of an era. Essendon squat melbourne

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End of an era. Essendon squat melbourne

Postby dave-brown » Fri Nov 11, 2016 10:59 pm

The d.i.y punk scene of Melbourne took another hit this week......Blackgoat closed its doors last year. Hotshots is on the brink of closure and in a drastic electrical fire, essendon squat (7 years strong) is now gone.
Everyone survived the late nightfire but are now rendered homeless.
A regular fixture for gigs and band practices, not to mention the home and crash spot for many is now gone, along with thebelongings of some of the inhabitants.

It was facing eviction,has been for many months, but this was is still an unfortunate eventfor all involved (except maybe the ever looming property developers).
It served as a home for many travelling punk and several migrating kiwis, and a stepping stone for many bands needing affordable (free) rehersal
Thank fuck everyone got out,but its a sad day.
I had many a good time there, living rent free for two years with a bunch of g.c's being the highlight.
It was famous for being inhabited by 90% kiwis, that and un pc and somewhat dimwitted drunkenness..... hand in hand i guess.
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Postby the croc » Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:43 pm

Sorry to hear Dave, glad everyone is ok.
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Postby PertHJ » Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:31 am

That's a real bummer
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Re: End of an era. Essendon squat melbourne

Postby Bolshy » Sat Nov 12, 2016 7:41 am

yeah, its always sad to hear shit like this, no matter where it is. Sounds like it would've been a cool place to hang out, especially for a kiwi just arriving in Australia.

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Postby 9seconds » Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:48 am

i just heard about another squat in london being shut down too
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Postby Dixon Cider A.C. » Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:42 pm

End of an era alright. Had some fuckin good times at that pad. Pretty sobering to think how easily it could've happened any time I stayed in that front room, absolute fluke nobody burned alive.

Heard one of that cats didn't make it out? Total fuckin bummer.

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Postby dave-brown » Sun Nov 13, 2016 11:32 am

Dixon Cider A.C. wrote:Heard one of that cats didn't make it out? Total fuckin bummer.


Yeah one of the two cats didnt make it. Which is a massive bummer to her owner.
Theres no rumours of attemting to lay any criminal charges which is a relief.
The sales at the BWS bottle shop around the corner are sure to plummet. Place will probably close down. Guys there bloody loved us. Used to keep the out of date stock aside for us and all.
Ahwell.
There were heaps of sweet shows at tha place and it will be sorely missed . NO Class is one of many whom wouldnt of existed without that space to jam and test waters with live shows

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Postby Sam Deformed » Sun Nov 13, 2016 3:05 pm

Bummer to hear indeed. Like you said though glad everyone is safe and not toast. Poor kitty though!

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Re: End of an era. Essendon squat melbourne

Postby aerozol » Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:42 am

Damn. Were you living there currently Dave?

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Postby dave-brown » Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:17 pm

aerozol wrote:Damn. Were you living there currently Dave?

Nah I moved out about 6 months ago aye.

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Postby Drax » Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:16 pm

This sucks hard. I only enjoyed the hospitality of this place for one night, but it was a fuckin rad squat and I was looking forward to maybe visiting it again soon. The music in the kitchen included Fortress and the spare bunk I crashed on came complete with a porn mag and unopened connie. All the mod cons!

Dave was Josh still living there at the time of the fire? That house was a beautiful building too.

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Postby dave-brown » Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:25 pm

Drax wrote:This sucks hard. I only enjoyed the hospitality of this place for one night, but it was a fuckin rad squat and I was looking forward to maybe visiting it again soon. The music in the kitchen included Fortress and the spare bunk I crashed on came complete with a porn mag and unopened connie. All the mod cons!

Dave was Josh still living there at the time of the fire? That house was a beautiful building too.


Hah. Fortress, definately the only punk house in melbourne u could listen to that wihout being shot. Nah bro, josh moved to coburg about a year ago. Lives with stef. Nah all the kiwis had moved out by that point, oh no actually ther was Sam, a young aucklander who reminds me a bit of that pessamistic donkey from Winnie the pooh was living there. He played in Jurassic Penguin some moons ago....he lost all his guitars etc in the fire. Poor fella.

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Postby Drax » Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:52 pm

Oh yeah, I know the dude. Nice guy, he was there that night we hung out.

I definitely enjoyed the Fortress. First RAC I've ever heard that was musically fuckin mean. So stoked to learn that 'racial rock is on the rise'!
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