Melbourne’s Ding Dong Lounge Reopens
Ding Dong, the witch is most certainly not dead, as one of Melbourne’s most iconic music venues, the Ding Dong Lounge, is set to re-open its doors on July 6 after some extensive cosmetic surgery. A fire in the German restaurant downstairs in 2011 forced the closure of the Ding Dong, and owner Billy Walsh took the opportunity to give the bar a facelift. After a very quiet year, the Chinatown institution is back and, thanks to some very exciting changes, it’s better than ever.
It’s been split into three rooms – a saloon bar modelled after the ladies lounges of Australian pubs of yesteryear, a Studio 54 style bandroom, and a disco, complete with sunken dancefloor. They’ve added a garden balcony, a brand spankin’ new PA and lighting setup, a private den for functions of special guests, and to top it all off there’s a brand new cocktail menu designed by their in house mixologist!
And what better way to launch this remodelling than to throw a weekend long housewarming with some absolutely epic acts? On Friday July 6th, Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens Of The Stone Age and The Gutter Twins) will be returning to Australia for the second time this year to play a very special one off and intimate solo show, and the next night will see Australia’s favourite female rock quintet of Zappa, Hendrix and Zeppelin lovers, the four Findlay sisters – otherwise know as Stonefield – return to the stage of Ding Dong with their blistering live set fresh off the road from a sold out National Tour for their current single ‘Bad Reality’.
Surround http://dingdong.oztix.com.au/ for tickets
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